Things Gone Wrong Can Be Testing
Testing of Courage
Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:6-9
Key Verses: Hebrews 11:29-30
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.
Today’s Scripture Reading uses the words “courage” and “be not afraid” four times. “Be not afraid” is one of the most common phrases in the Bible. God knows that fear is one emotion that keeps His children from living the abundant life He wants for us.
Since courage is so instrumental in defeating the foe of fear, God allows tests to come our way to examine our level of courage. God wants our level of courage to grow and be strong in the face of the evil one’s tricks. If our enemy can make us think we cannot, and convinces us his lies are true, the devil defeats us before we enter the battle. Fear is the devil’s greatest tool in the stunting of kingdom causes. The many challenges to God’s people “not to be afraid” is the proof.
God knows the exact amount of testing for every individual Christ follower that is necessary to cause growth. God allows the evil one to “tempt us to fear” by painting failure and disaster pictures in our minds. We must fight these lies if we are to pass this test of courage. We must repaint a mental picture of victory — of God stepping in and creating a “God-moment” for us. When we let our imagination run wild, the devil is pleased.
The Apostle Paul challenges us to “take captive every thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Father, give me wisdom to discern thoughts given by the evil one. Help me to take his thoughts and put them into captivity so Your spirit has freedom in me. In Jesus’s Name, amen.