Be Strong and Courageous

God says in the Bible, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

For years fear paralyzed me. I would never move forward in life when I felt fear. I believed it was a warning that there was danger and I needed to stay were I was…where I was comfortable and safe. So that is what I did. And for awhile it seem to work but eventually I felt unfulfilled in life, in my career, in my marriage…in everything really, but I was safe and comfortable.

Something is wrong with this picture. Is the goal in life to be safe and comfortable? Is that was God is telling us to do in this verse?

I have learned over the years as I have stepped out in faith despite the fear I felt, that the result was overwhelming freedom and joy within me. It wasn’t easy to do life differently…to step out despite the fear…but God kept nudging me forward, reassuring me He was always with me and to trust Him. He was so patient with me as I learned to walk and move through life differently. He is still patient with me. At times it is still not easy for me. The old pattern of “don’t move forward when it is uncomfortable” likes to pop its ugly head up now and then. I still find myself proceeding forward with too much caution or sometimes even paralyzed because of fear. I don’t want to be like that. I have cried out to the Lord saying I want to be strong and courageous like your words says.

I am in a season right now where God is asking me to step out in faith in several areas that cause me to fear. The Lord spoke to my heart today, “you cannot have courage without fear.” That statement spoke loudly to me. I had to just sit with it for a moment and ponder. Then the still small voice proceeded to say, “if you truly want to be strong and courageous then you are going to feel fear but don’t let it stop you from moving forward. It doesn’t take strength or courage to go the safe, comfortable, easy route. You are going to have to continually step out in faith despite any fear you may feel. Remember I am always with you.”

So I will continue forward, leaning on God for strength and courage to move forward in what He is asking me to do. I don’t want to get to heaven one day and hear the Lord say, you missed my very best that I had for you because you played it safe, you wanted the easy route, you wanted to be comfortable or you allowed fear to paralyze you. I want to hear well done, good and faithful servant.

So rise up my friends and let’s be strong and courageous realizing God is always with us. Let’s press forward against the fears and do exactly what it is that He is laying on our hearts to do.

Be Love Give Love

About the Author


Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”