Joshua 1:5-7,9 "As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage....Only be thou strong and very courageous..Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.".
These words of God are so encouraging to me. God is with me. I cannot go anywhere that He is not with me. I will not face anything that He is not there with me. And if He is there with me, then I can pray to Him to help me. My strength and my courage comes from the fact that my God is with me. I am not dismayed because my God is with me.
Whenever anxiety threatens to take hold, I can choose to turn to God in my mind and in my heart and just start talking to Him, thanking Him that He is there and will help me because He is for me. I can pray for more of His filling so that I can stand firm. I can ask for more faith, more peace, more discernment--whatever I need. I can put my trust in Him and in His love for me, and then I will no longer be anxious or afraid. I have a huge God who stands ready to help His children when they call. Never will He leave me; never will He forsake me.
Why doesn't God want us to be afraid and fearful? Because when we are afraid and fearful, the Holy Spirit is not in control. We don't think clearly. Fear affects our faith.We sort of take back the reins of our lives as if our Lord cannot be trusted. Fear not only leads to distrust but it grows into panic. God wants us Spirit-filled not fear-filled. God wants us to have a sound mind, not a chaotic mind. Peace, not disorder. God wants His best for us. So He encourages us to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power so that we may be able to withstand the devil's schemes. Because He is with us, we do not have to be afraid. We can resist the temptation to panic and remain in Christ's love, self-controlled and alert. That is when we are most effective and the most dangerous to our enemy.