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“Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous,” God encouraged Joshua. “Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For I the Lord am with you wherever you may go.”

Joshua 1:9

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How do you react to fear of the unknown when it comes to stepping out in faith or living bold? Everyone has his or her own unique way.

Some respond to fear by retreating to the safety of cul-de-sac Christianity, which is actually one of the most dangerous places of all. Dale Carnegie once said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

You will not become be more courageous and learn to live bold by avoiding your fears. Courage based on the faithfulness and love of God is strengthened with every step of faith, no matter how small. Write the letter. Start the conversation. Sign up to volunteer. Create the blog. Make the donation. Mend a relationship. Each step of obedience creates momentum that breaks through the stronghold of fear.

The woman who lives life to the fullest is generally the one who is willing to do and to dare. Allow God to infuse you with an enthusiasm and gusto that gives fear the boot right out the door, with you following close behind.

As you consider what might happen if you step out in faith, you must also consider what will happen if you play if safe and don’t. When we live bold, we experience God’s blessings. When we don’t, we won’t.

The fact is, we all experience fear at one time or another. We fear things we can’t control, and fear things we can. We fear terrorist attacks and breast cancer. We fear losing a child and the death of a spouse. We fear financial loss and relational ruin. We fear being alone and being lonely.

Some researchers say there are more than 366 verses in the Bible that encourage us to not be afraid. I’m not sure if that number is correct, but I do know it is a continuous thread weaving a tapestry of truth throughout the Scriptures. Why is that? God knew we would struggle with it!

“Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous,” God encouraged Joshua. “Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For I the Lord am with you wherever you may go” (Josh. 1:9).

God encouraged the Israelites:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

And when you pass through the rivers,

They will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

You will not be burned;

The flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the Lord your God,

The Holy One of Israel, your Savior (Isaiah 43:1b-3a).

Your fear is fueled by your focus. Your faith is fueled by your focus. What are you focusing on today? What thoughts are fueling your tank?

I don’t want to die with gas still in the tank. I want to live bold—for God to use me until I’m all used up. But in order to do that, I must put the fear of failure, of embarrassment, of humiliation, or intimidation aside and take a step of faith.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, sometimes I am afraid to move forward in what I know You are calling me to do. Give me the courage and the confidence to allow faith to fuel my focus.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

The Psalms are a storehouse of verses encouraging us to respond to all of life’s situations and difficulties through bold believing, tenacious trust, and courageous faith—verses that embolden believers to take action despite the trembling knees. One example is Psalm 56. David had been seized by the Philistines in Gath and had started to feel afraid. So rather than give into his unsettling fear, he changed his focus to His unchanging God.

Write this verse on a note card or sticky note and place it on your bathroom mirror, car dashboard or refrigerator door.

When I am afraid,

I will trust in you.

In God, whose word I praise,

In God I trust; I will not be afraid.

What can mortal man do to me?

(Psalm 56:3–4, repeated in similar words in verses 10–11.)

Notice David did not ignore his fear. Rather he spoke to his fear, and the truth of God’s faithfulness shooed it away.

We can follow David’s example and profess with him: “When I am afraid of ___________, I will trust in God.” What would you put in that blank? Click over to my Facebook page and let’s compare answers.

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion was taken from my book, Take Hold of the Faith you Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold. And if there is anything we need to let go of in order to move forward it’s shame and condemnation. A mediocre, mundane faith is not what you were made for! In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, I reveal the most common reasons we get stuck in our Christian faith, living less than what we had hoped. I show you how to break free of all that holds you back, move forward with all that God promises, and live the adventurous faith of bold believing. It’s time to TAKE HOLD of all that Jesus has already taken hold of for you and placed in you! Click on the book cover to download a sample chapter and view a quick video. And if you’re looking for a new study for your women’s group or individual study, Take Hold includes a Bible Study guide in the back.

9 Responses to “Action Breeds Confidence”

  1. Abby says:

    This hit home for me with my job. I want a change, but I am afraid because I don’t handle change well. So I stay stuck in a rut.

  2. Mindy says:

    I love the quote from Dale Carnegie!..will put it up in my home as a daily reminder of what the strength of God can do in my life!

  3. Elaine says:

    I lost my job but was glad cause I believe God wants me to use my talents. I got stuck but your devotional is something I’m going to refer to and use to remind me that God is with me. Thank you.
    (And although it isn’t scary to write this , I’ve never done it! So it’s a step out the door!)

  4. Jo says:

    Just read Abby’s comment. I was in my job for 22 years. I eventually handed in my resignation after things got difficult. God provided for me. I had part time jobs and prayed for a more permanent position, I left it with Him. The following day I had a text from a friend I had met through a Christian support group, she asked if I knew anyone looking for specific job, I replied I could, I met the person in charge and then started the next day. I really enjoy it, so much happier. Trust in him he will provide, maybe not quite how we think but he will provide. I cannot say I do not fear change, I still get anxious about things but I try to leave it with Him, but when we step out in faith he will be there too as he always is. The people I now work with are lovely I have been blessed. I pray you will find something, that He will guide you and help you too.

  5. Chastity says:

    Thank you for this devotion. It really spoke to my heart. I’ve been praying and basically begging for several years, for God to show me what He wants me to do with my life. What is my specific purpose? I believe He has laid on my heart to teach. When I first had the naging feeling that’s what I’m to do, I jumped in full force. I got my temporary certificate and started the groundwork for the next step. God has opened door after door and gave me the contacts I need. But now it’s down to putting in an application and I feel as though I’ve frozen. Doubt and feel has overwhelmed me. I think about the idea of teaching and I get excited but the thought of me actually taking the job scares me. God got me this far, I need to “Be strong and courageous”, “Let go and let God”, and trust Him to help me go all the way. I needed this wake up call. Thank you!

  6. Rebecca Jones says:

    Truthfully, I’ve stepped out move over the internet. It has been a way to show God’s love through my writing. Fear kept me from doing some things and health but I know He is in control, the healer and makes things beautiful in His time.

  7. oheso says:

    Father GOD, Thank You so much for Your faithfulness and Your desire to return for a Bride who is without spot nor wrinkle. Thank You for watching over Your children with such care and for providing role models who not only display tenderness and compassion in their protection of their families, but who also are courageous in setting boundaries and clear standards and expectations that are applied equally to all. We continue to ask that all of us who depend upon the media for information would have those resources that are honest in providing unbiased, untainted reports and that all information would be disseminated with clarity and integrity. We continue to call back the fathers into their roles as heads over their wives to give direction, provide discernment and shield their families from death and destruction. We also continue to call forth healing in families so that each unit experiences the fulfillment that comes from unity. We see the out-working of mutual love, respect and cohesiveness in Your triune relationship and desire to emulate that same type of accord among all body-of-Christ members, to bring love to those living in darkness and glory to You, our KING. In the Name of Your holy SON JESUS we pray. Amen.

  8. Wanda says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words.

  9. Tonia says:

    I really enjoyed this devotional. I needed this. I lost my job and actively looking. These devotionals really help me and help keep my spirit up because there are others in my situation. I know God is working things out for behind the scenes.

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