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When you are afraid to do God’s will

Gideon’s story is extremely helpful because we learn that God does choose insecure people to achieve his will on earth.
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Are you ever afraid to accomplish what the Lord has commissioned you to do? Some Christians are fearless to pursue the visions God has revealed to them. Then there are other Christians who tremble like Moses or Gideon when God commands them to do anything.

These people love God and want to please him, but they often do not feel worthy or equipped enough to accomplish what the Lord has assigned them to do.

What to do when you are afraid

When you are afraid, remember to pray honestly before God. He already knows your thoughts anyways, so confess your fears to him. God is compassionate and will give you the courage needed to accomplish your divine purpose.

You can also find someone you can trust and have that person pray with you if anxiety gets in your heart. Sometimes you just need another person to be there for you. However, if you cannot find anyone, rely on the Word of God and prayer. That should always be your default position.

Another way to combat fear is to read the story about Gideon. In Judges 6, the angel of the Lord called Gideon “Mighty warrior”, yet Gideon described himself as weak. He said, “Pardon me, my lord…but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family” (verse 15). Nevertheless, the Lord reassured Gideon by saying, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive” (verse 16).

Also remind yourself that God’s ways and thoughts are completely different from ours. We may perceive ourselves as being worthless, but God sees us Christians as redeemed (converted, saved, vindicated, and innocent).

Gideon’s story is extremely helpful because we learn that God does choose insecure people to achieve his will on earth. This story even reveals the level of vulnerability that is required when a Christian is chosen to work for God. For instance, Gideon started out with thousands of soldiers, and he was probably confident at that moment.

However, God said in chapter 7:2, “You have too many men.” God was concerned that the people would take all the credit for destroying their enemy. God explained that the people might say, “My own strength has saved me.” Therefore, by the time God was finished downsizing the troop, only 300 men remained. “The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands” (verse 7).

God requires all the credit for the blessings in our lives. This truth, sometimes, is a problem for our ego (flesh) because we like it when people bestow praises on us. Doesn’t it feel great when someone recognizes our accomplishments? Well, in God’s kingdom, he wants all the glory. This means God will command you to do things that will make you uncomfortable just so you are forced to rely solely on him, not your college degrees, your friends, or your charming personality.

You simply have to step on the neck of fear and obey your God, which is not always easy, but remember that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.

Helpful Scriptures

“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 5:6-7)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3: 5-8)

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