Fear: Call Its Bluff

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Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. Exodus 14:13

Fear will make you say foolish things. “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”(Exodus 14:11) This is what the Israelites said when Pharaoh’s army was pressing in behind them and the Red Sea lay in front of them.

Fear is a liar and a thief. It creates mirages designed to keep you from moving forward. You don’t have time for this! Fear cost a generation of Israelites their chance to see the promised land. How tragic. All of that wondering around waiting to die. All of that missed potential and having to live with knowing someone else (even if it was their children) would experience what was meant for them.

Do not allow fear to cause you to miss out on God’s dreams for you. You must keep taking one step of faith at a time. While your feet are moving forward, keep your eyes on God. Remind yourself that HE has never failed you and never will. Keep the cross in the forefront of your mind. Why would He go through all of that agony to save you and then leave you now? The cross was your starting point, but there is so much more waiting. God has so much more glory to gain through your life, my friend. Don’t cheat Him and don’t cheat yourself of the privilege of bringing it to Him. Do the next right thing. Refuse to allow fear and unbelief to trip you.

Moses told the Israelites not to be afraid. God was about to silence a problem they had struggled with a long time.

I have discovered that the best way to beat fear is to call its bluff. Prove it to be the liar it is. Whenever I choose to do what scares me, there is this amazing quiet right afterwards. The enemy’s mouth is mute for a moment because he only knows how to tell lies. His lies become most obvious in our brave moments. The army that chased the Israelites was dead. The thing they feared most was now mute.

So, my friend, you know what you have to do. With a prayer on your lips and God’s promise on your mind, do it! Call fear’s bluff today!

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

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