“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
It’s no doubt true that most people are facing a giant of some sort each day. You may have heard the saying, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” This came to my mind recently when someone asked how I was doing. With a big smile pasted on my face, I replied, “Just fine!”–which was pretty far from being true.
How often do we all do that? In reality, most of us have ‘something’ we are dealing with. There’s no last chapter from concerns, problems, and troubles while we are here on earth.
Sometimes the giant we are facing at the moment is some kind of fear. The what-ifs can get us crazy. It certainly is no coincidence that the Bible tells us ‘don’t be afraid’, ‘fear not’, at least 200 times: some say there are 365 verses pertaining to ‘do not fear’.
We have been equipped with a toolbox to battle daily giants. We have the sword of the spirit (the Word of God) with its promises and declarations. We have others to come alongside us to aid us in our struggles. We have Jesus’ promise to be with us always, and we have the Holy Spirit to guide, direct, and help us with each and every giant we face.
That is awesome, and definitely good news.
“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty…All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s’… Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone…” (1 Samuel 17:45, 47, 49)
“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.'” (Exodus 14:13)
“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.” (Isaiah 54:17 & 1 John 4:4)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 10:25)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Ispirational Messages, Sally I. Kennedy 2013