Do you remember as a child when someone dared you to do something in front of the other neighborhood kids? You wanted to save face in front of your friends, but your insides were quivering. Fear is a common reaction to many dares we are asked to conquer in our lives. Fear also creates a wall between us and that next step.
Many of us would argue that fear is the factor keeping us from brave. If our fears were kept at bay, we would have no difficulty ever being brave. Enter ME… I am by nature afraid of many things. Just telling me I can keep my fears in check, will not persuade me that I can be brave. I need something or someone to help me triumph over fear. It’s more than an assurance that I can overcome. What does this look like for you?
God speaks to us over and over throughout the Bible. He repeats “do not be afraid” as a badge of comfort and means to overcome all that we face in our daily challenges. We find this badge of truth beginning in the Book of Genesis. God speaks to Abram and says…
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Genesis 15:1
But God does not stop there and provides the armor of courage in Deuteronomy. He says…
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
As we move into the New Testament, we are reassured that our fear will give way to peace as we continue to lean into God with our whole being. John’s words teach us that our troubled hearts will be replaced with a peace that can only come from God.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
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When we read the words below from Nelson Mandela, we know that triumph over fear is possible because God will equip us with the armor of brave faith, when we choose to wear it with the belief that He conquers all fear.
May we embrace brave faith and wear it proudly as our badge of courage today.
How will you wear your brave faith today?
Let’s be brave in this journey!