Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9b NIV)
Nothing hinders our efforts as much as fear and discouragement. Most of the time our fear is the paralysis of analysis. We over think our limitations while not thinking enough of God’s limitlessness. Discouragement comes from believing the lies our fears are telling us. Author Barbara Johnson said, “Fear is the darkroom where our negatives are developed.” Ten of the twelve men sent by Moses to spy out the Promised Land saw how small they were compared to the giants living there and came back fearful and discouraged. Two of the twelve spies returned full of strength and courage because they saw how small the giants were compared to God. What do you see as you are about to enter the Promised Land of your future – giant obstacles or a giant God? “Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with your wherever you go,” and He is bigger and stronger than any obstacle you will face. In Him you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
© Paul R Downing