“TO FEAR OR NOT TO FEAR?” A Gideon Study by Mike Varnadore

That really is the question, isn’t it?
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One thing that I have come to understand from the story of Gideon is that courage is not the absence of fear, but rather it is the ability to overcome the fear that we feel.  Was Gideon fearful to begin with?  Absolutely! 
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What made the difference was his ability to allow his fear of the Lord to swallow up his fear of man.  When God calls us to do things that we have never done before, or to do that which seems to be beyond our ability, it is only natural for us to feel a sense of apprehension and to be fearful of the unknown.  However, the Bible tells us in 1 John 4:18 that perfect love casts out fear—not just God’s perfect love for us, but our perfect love for Him.  When we love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, we will find it easy to set aside our fears in order to please and obey Him; therein lies the key to being a victor rather than a victim. 
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True warriors  of Christ needn’t consult with flesh and blood, but are to echo the resounding cry of the disciples in the book of Acts that it is better to obey God than to hearken unto men (this includes hearkening to our own discouraging thoughts and perceptions of what could happen).  We have God’s promise that those who trust in Him will never be ashamed or confounded because He will see us through to victory in the battle. 
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Victory has already been assured to us just as it was to Gideon, and now it’s our turn to take God at His Word and pull down the strongholds of the enemy of our age, Satan.  If God be for us, who cares who is against us? 
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For it’s not by might, nor by power, but by HIS Spirit that we will overcome. 
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Strength & Honor.
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Mike Varnadore

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