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Courage Under Fire

Fear is a very real, persistent, and rampant emotion.  It can come without warning.  Under the right circumstances, it can quickly escalate to full blown panic.  The causes that create fears are many.  The reactions can range from momentary surprise to paralyzing apprehensions.  Perhaps, that is one of the reasons that we so often find the LORD promising to be our security in times of fear when we are truly living in the power of His Holy Spirit.  Here are only a few reminders….

Psalm 56:11In God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Psalm 91:5You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day.

Psalm 112:7He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord.

Psalm 112:8His heart is assured; he will not fear. In the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

Isaiah 35:4Say to the cowardly: “Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God; vengeance is coming. God’s retribution is coming; He will save you.”

Isaiah 41:13For I, Yahweh your God, hold your right hand and say to you: Do not fear, I will help you.

John 14:27“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

2 Timothy 1:7For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. 

During World War II, a military governor met with General George Patton in Sicily. When he praised Patton highly for his courage and bravery, the general replied, “Sir, I am not a brave man. . . The truth is, I am an utter craven coward. I have never been within the sound of gunshot or in sight of battle in my whole life that I wasn’t so scared that I had sweat in the palms of my hands.” Years later, when Patton’s autobiography was published, it contained this significant statement by the general: “I learned very early in my life never to take counsel of my fears.”(Copied).

As we embark on a brand new year, the news outlets are still filled with lots of things that are unsettling, troubling, and fearful.  In our daily lives, we address the things that we can improve and pray for those things that are beyond our scope.  We live by faith and in the hope provided by our LORD.  It is a constant battle. One of my very favorite quotes that motivates me is….

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”  — Theodore Roosevelt (Copied).