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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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I was getting ready to teach my first Bible study…and my knees were shaking like crazy. I’d never taught a group of women who were staring back at me. I wanted to run.

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 more courageous and learn to live boldly 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 it 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 taught that Bible study all those years ago, and you know what, after a while my knees stopped shaking. 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.

How about you? Are you ready to take that step with me?

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.” Leave a comment and let’s share what you put in that blank.

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.

© 2020 by Sharon Jaynes. All rights reserved.

11 Responses to “Action Breeds Confidence”

  1. Harolene says:

    I was really blessed by your words of encouragement. Sometimes I need reminding to whom I belong to get my strength and focus back. This world can quickly turn you around. Thank you for the redirection.

  2. Judy says:

    I don’t really fear the things I want to do but it’s the humiliation from people I’m around. I try to avoid and ignore them but it seems every time they always show up in the same places I go. We must have the same things in common. It must just be a test to show the Jesus in me.

  3. carol says:

    Thank you, Sharon for this am devotional!
    With all the craziness of 2020, I find it as a interesting number of verses speaking of encouragement vs fear. 366…365, for each day of the year, and 1 more for a bonus!! God, blesses us with all kinds of information from His Word! Thank you for your inspired writing.

  4. Sharida says:

    I read these every morning and lately have been crouched with fear. Fear of failing or not getting it right. Today I will pick back up and move forward with revivingreality.com. Thank you for your encouragement and reminder that God is with me every step of the way. Have a blessed weekend.

  5. Candace says:

    Thanks, I needed this devotional. It couldn’t have come at a better time. With all of the shenanigans going on in the world right now, I needed to refocus my attention on Christ and what he has called me to do that I avoid out of fear. Each of those items are something that I have to do specifically. I am making a checklist from this blog today!

  6. Pamela says:

    I love Girlfriends in God. I read y’all every morning.
    Joshua 1:9 that you spoke of today was given to my last July when I was diagnosed with breast cancer.I cried for days.You see I wasn’t afraid of the cancer but of the brutal treatment for it. So I went before the Lord and just asked him what was up with this and how I was afraid of the treatment. He spoke to my heart and said I am with you where ever you go. The same day a FB post had Joshua 1:9. I went forward in peace. I had a lumpectomy and they got it all. The treatment to keep it from coming back was chemo radiation and targeted drugs.Its basically a years worth of treatment. I made it. Some of it was very brutal but I kept going knowing the Lord was with me and I would be alright. It’s been 16 months since I was diagnosed. My hair is coming back more beautiful than ever and I am totally finished with all treatment .Just a pill 😊 I love all the stories y’all post .They always hit home. God Bless and thank you Pamela Stevenson .

  7. Jeanne says:

    I find these daily devotionals uplifting and encouraging. Thank you.

  8. Linda says:

    This devotion struck a chord, as a newly found friend and I had just chatted about this very topic last night — our conversation lasted 3 full hours.
    It’s interesting how some things don’t change about us: the things that cause fear and panic, those frightening circumstances that leave us paralyzed, haunting words from our earlier life (without Christ) that chase us so that we defeat ourselves before even trying.

    I so get it. All of it. But I also know that Jesus said very simple things to me through His Word: Come. Go. Pray. Obey. Listen. He draws me in with this blessed simplicity amidst noisy chaos of the world.

    Daily I am casting my fear of rejection and humiliation, embarrassment and failure at the Feet of Jesus. Most don’t seek this battle raging, but I must admit that it persists because of Whose I am and what I know He has called me to do. The stepping out in faith is becoming a more ‘common’ response from me, but that doesn’t preclude me from the fear of failing and falling. It has become more apparent that this ‘challenge’ from the enemy of my soul is changing as my faith enlarges. Nonetheless, those ‘old tapes’ play in the background of memories.

    I am thankful that you wrote to this topic, Sharon, as it has been something that the Lord has been working within me. He has been doing “onion therapy” (peeling layers that cause tears) on me to reveal what lies beneath the layers and to TRUST Him with all of it.

    I’ve listened to you on Proverbs 31 Ministries and through Compel network of writers.

    Thank you to ALL three of you for your continued faithfulness to serve. I am blessed!

  9. Cyndee says:

    Good Morning and Thank you for sharing this message! There are a number of things I could put in that blank…I pray always for God to empower me to have courage…take action…be confident! God’s blessings to you all ✨💖✨

  10. Wanda says:

    Oh my God is soooooo Great!!! I just left a job of 22 years that I dearly loved and a boss that I dearly loved to step into a new role because I believe with all my heart God is calling me to this new place. It has been very scary for me because I do not like change and I have let fear define most of my life. I start my new job on Monday. I really needed to hear this word from The Lord this morning. The devil has been plaguing me with fear and dread ever since I stepped out of my comfort zone and took this new job. Please pray that I will bring glory to God in my new job and that I will bless others. Thank you so much for writing this devotion. This was definitely a divine appointment for me this morning. Girlfriends In God site has been instrumental in helping me overcome so many of the problems I have fought for most of my life and I thank God everyday for putting you all in my life. God bless you all

  11. Felimar says:

    I am flood with fear for i am reaching my 9 months of unemployment. I am trying to be courageous and strong to fight for this but there are times during the day that my mind pops up the word “What if” i can’t find a job? what if my employer will not call me back?
    Thank you for your this devotion. I surrender everything to HIM. I can conquer this fear and weary through HIS leading.

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