Marching Onward: Overcoming Fear with Faith

Joshua 2:24Β Β And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.

I would like to address the soldiers of the Lord today. Forty long, wasted years did the children of Israel wander around in the wilderness unnecessarily, only because of one preconceived notion that their enemies were stronger and more courageous than they! However, the truth of the matter was that the enemies were shaking in their boots!! Child of God, hear me well. Though Satan may be real, and though he may be powerful, yet at the Word of the Lord and at the advancement of His mighty army, Satan gets weak in the knees! Why? Because Jesus said, "...upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matt 16:18b). James 2:19b says, "…the devils also believe, and tremble."

You see, when Satan is afraid of losing the battle, he resorts to his most effective battle strategy: the fear tactic. He does not really have the stuff he needs to win against us, but if he can CONVINCE US that he does, then he can win the battle without even one real weapon! Need I remind you again of Isa 54:17, which says, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD."? That's why anything that is not of faith is sin, because doubt is the enemy of faith.

My beloved readers, do not let the devil intimidate you into a state of panic and paralysis! He may look intimidating now, but if you could get inside his head, you'd find out that he is more intimidated by you than you are of him! Here's why; "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." (Zec 4:6). The fact is, you and I could never take the devil on "one-on-one"; but when we say, "Satan, the Lord rebuke thee!" and when we say, "The battle is not mine, but God's!" then the devil has to run! Still not convinced that you can put the devil on the run? Consider this: "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7).

Therefore, MARCH ON, ye soldiers of the cross, MARCH ON!!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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