"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed (disheartened) for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
God spoke these words to Joshua after Moses died and commissioned him to lead His people. The enemies of faith are fear, doubt and unbelief and to defeat them one must be of great courage without which the battle cannot be won. These three weapons are the most powerful against the saints in Satan's arsenal and he has not changed his tactics since the garden of Eden and with them he has brought down many a mighty man of God!
Fear, doubt and unbelief are the opposite of faith and they render us powerless against the devil and his many schemes to keep us under his control in order to totally demoralize us and weaken us to the point of hopelessness. Jesus dealt with the enemy with the word of God and defeated him at the cross in which he was rendered powerless against the believer, left with only one option: deception! Like a roaring lion without teeth the devil has only deceit, deception and lies to try and defeat you and that's why he is called the father of lies.
Remember in your quest to follow faith that when fear, doubt or unbelief come against you it is only a lie from the devil, be strong and of good courage and keep the word of God fastened to your heart in order to defeat the powers of darkness and fight the good fight of faith! Never let your guard down especially at night when the deadly pestilence comes stalking it's prey and you are tired and weary of the battle, never waver in your faith, God is always faithful and He will never leave you nor forsake you.
"And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Fear is the opposite of faith, it is an unseen enemy that comes to destroy that which you are believing for. Fear is a spirit that will try and convince you that God doesn't really exist, or if He does He doesn't care for you or is unconcerned for your welfare, after all you haven't prayed enough, read your Bible enough or gone to church enough to gain His favor.
David was a man like us, a shepherd sent by his father to tend the family's flock of sheep. He spent many hours under the stars guarding the sheep with his sling warding off predators and even killing a lion and a bear. His accuracy with the sling was formidable and his confidence with it, deadly! David was not only a skilled warrior, he was a man after God's own heart, spending many days and sleepless nights praising and worshiping God and he trusted Him with his very life. Being the insignificant son in a family of strong boys David wasn't even recognized when the prophet Samuel came to anoint the future king of Israel.
After Samuel went down the line of Jesse's fine upstanding boys he couldn't discern the man that God had already chosen to be king so he asked Jesse if that was all of his sons? Jesse answered him saying that he had one more son tending his sheep out in the fields so the old prophet said for him to send for him at once. Immediately on David's arrival Samuel knew this was the one God had anointed to be the greatest of all the kings of Israel, a leader and commander and fearless warrior that would ultimately defeat the enemies of God! The hour of testing was upon him and the first and one of the greatest battles of his life was about to begin.
David was sent to the battlefield to bring supplies of food to his brothers who were in the midst of war with the Philistines who had all of Israel shaking in their boots with fear. Their champion, Goliath was taunting the armies of Israel challenging them to send him a man to fight and the loser would become the winner's slave. David heard his cries and immediately went to accept the giant's challenge in the midst of his own brother's disdain for him, nonetheless he continued on down the hill to meet this monster warrior who was trained from his youth, a nine foot giant of a man who intended to take David's head from him. David took his sling after choosing five smooth stones and in the midst of the enemy's verbal abuse trying to incite fear on his young challenger, David hurled his first stone hitting the giant square between the eyes and when he fell he took Goliath's sword and cut off his head.
One would think it a lack of faith for David to take five stones with him to battle, but Goliath had four brothers and he intended to kill them all! What confidence in God for a young boy and a sling to defeat one of the greatest of warriors of all time and as a result of his attack on their champion the Philistines ran in fear of Israel and scattered like rabbits. The moral of this story of faith is David's confidence in the word of God in the midst of a type and shadow of a major principality of fear, namely, Goliath, David representing the church of the living God and the five stones, the fivefold ministry that is to equip the saints to battle and defeat the greatest enemy of faith, the spirit of fear!
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7
FREEDOM FROM FEAR
Say to those who are fearful hearted, be strong, do not fear! Behold your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you. Isaiah 34:4
The shield of faith will quench the fiery darts of the enemy that he sends against our mind to breed hopelessness. The sword of the Spirit: the word of God can then be used to tear apart the lies of the enemy sent to demoralize you and bring you to a place of anxiety in which you are then rendered powerless against the devil's schemes. Many a saint of God live in the bondage of fear, denying even God's power and promises, they turn to the world and sink further into hopelessness.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, we war against the powers of darkness and the weapons of our warfare are divinely powerful for the destruction of strongholds. A stronghold of fear is built up in the mind of man and continually denies God's power until the Word and the Spirit supernaturally break the chain of lies and set the person free from his captivity. We are instructed to take every thought captive, discern where it came from and if not of God command it out of our mind in Jesus name. If we allow it access it sets up residence in our thought patterns and begins to rule us unless it is immediately dealt with the Word of God and the weapons He has given us.
Jesus said we have all power over the enemies of God, to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all of their power against us, and nothing shall harm us! We have been given the supernatural arsenal of God, the weapons of faith and power and the Sword of the Spirit to defeat even the devil himself, the archangel of fear and dread. The Word says that nothing shall be impossible to those who believe and that we would even do greater works than Jesus did because we are the body of the living Christ in the earth and He ever lives to make intersession for us as we war in the Spirit! Therefore, fear not!
Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment- this honor have all the saints. Praise the Lord! Psalm 149:5-9
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin