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“But now, this is what the LORD says—He who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
Last week I had the honor of speaking at River of Praise Church in Palestine during their revival week. While praying about what the Lord would have me speak the word fearless kept coming to mind. Studying scriptures on the Lord commanding us to not fear, I could not get away from Isaiah 43:1. I love the NLT version above as it uses the word summoned.
The definition of summoned is “to authoritatively or urgently call on someone to be present—especially in a courtroom of law. You could be summoned as a witness.”
It is past tense—meaning The Lord has already summoned us. We are His. It is already done. That alone should make us #fearless. What are we so afraid of?
The feedback I received after speaking this message was confirmation that fear has undoubtedly seeped into our churches and in the hearts and minds of God’s people. It has become an epidemic. I want to do what the Lord has commanded of us hundreds of times in the Bible—‘DO NOT FEAR!’
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
These three scriptures should be etched into our minds. These words should be our weapons against the enemy when he throws arrows of fear at us. After speaking about the Lord calling us to be fearless—guess what happened? The enemy tried to attack me with fear tactics. Keyword tried. Over the years I have come to recognize the enemy. We are called to be warriors for the gospel of Christ. Like any good warrior prior to stepping on the battlefield we need to study our enemy. We need to understand his plan of attack so when it happens we can cast him down with the Word of God and stand fearless in our rebukes.
But what happens when we don’t draw our swords against attacks of fear? Fear can become a momentary eclipse over glory. I use the word momentary because John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Though fear/darkness will never defeat us when we have Christ as our Savior, fear can ail us. Each time we fear, we give the enemy more power over us. Our trust in the Lord falters when fear arises.
One of my favorite biblical testimonies is of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel chapter 17. Goliath of Gath a Philistine Champion was described as having a coat with the weight of five thousand shekels of bronze, he had a helmet of bronze on his head, bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spears head weighed six hundred shekels of iron, and a shield-bearer went before him.
David was just a young shepherd boy, the youngest of eight brothers. Three of his brothers were with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah fighting the Philistines. Per his father’s request, David took food to his brothers. While in Elah David witnesses Goliath of Gath challenge any Israelite man to go to battle with him. Goliath said if an Israelite man could defeat him to death then the Philistines would serve the Israelites and vice versa. Goliath was feared by the Israelite army. “All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid.” 1 Samuel 17:24
But David did not fear Goliath.
“And David said to the men who stood by him… “ For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”” 1 Samuel 17:26
David went to Saul and requested he fight Goliath. Saul said no. “But David said to Saul “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him down and delivered it out of his mouth… The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34-35, 37.
Can we take a second and think about David’s fearlessness? His unhindered TRUST in God produced a fearless nature in him that I guarantee every man on that battlefield envied. David knew the power of the Lord we serve. He knew he had nothing to fear because the Lord was with him.
Having no armor and only 5 rocks and a sling David fearlessly approached Goliath.
1 Samuel 17:45-47 is some of my favorite words in the entire Bible. “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s and he will give you into our hand.”
David defeated Goliath with one stone and his sling. Goliath falls to the ground and David grabs the giant’s sword and uses it to cut his head off. The Philistines fled.
This was the beginning of David’s fearless nature and unshakable trust in the Lord.
I keep thinking about how much thicker the Bible would be if everyone the Lord summoned to be fearless in His name had been obedient to the calling and anointing on their life?
I don’t know about you—but I want to walk in a fearless obedience to the things the Lord has called me to do on this side of glory.
I want a faith so big that I run fearlessly into the battlefield ready to cut a giants head off —because I know Who fights for me. I don’t want to fear anything. I think we can all say that. So why has fear made itself so cozy in our lives?
The past 9 months of my life have been what some would describe as fearful. Being widowed at 27 with a 9 month old baby has ‘fear’ written all over it.
In April the Lord gave me a vision—I was standing on a rock in the middle of a large body of water. I am alone physically. I see the word fearless above me. In my spirit the Lord is calling me to trust Him, to take His hand and live fearlessly with Him. I think of this vision daily.
I am not going to lie and say the enemy doesn’t parade fear around me, and oh how easy it is to give into the fear of the unknown of life. The fear of another devastating tragedy taking camp in my life. The fear of being alone. The fear of my daughter not having an earthly father. The fear of being a single parent. The fear of grief.
I have to choose daily to be like David. I choose to face my Goliath’s knowing that my God will never leave me or forsake me. He will deliver me. He will protect me.
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
We have nothing to fear when the Lord of hosts, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and everything in between, is holding us up. Even when our lives seem turned upside down, we need to take our eyes off ourselves and look at our situations through the lens of the Gospel and Christ. The sooner we understand that our lives are NOT ABOUT US, the sooner we will begin to truly live a life of fearlessness that eludes freedom. Everything is designed for the Glory of God. He is worthy of that glory, all of the time.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
“The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4
The Lord is calling all of us to be #fearless.
I Trust my God, I Trust my God, I Trust my God.