Psalm 40:11: Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.
Psalm 56:4: In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
Psalm 86:11: Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
Isaiah 12:2: Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
Matthew 14:27: But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Hebrews 13:6: So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
This world that we live in is filled with lots of background noise. There are many voices that compete for our attention. It’s very easy to get tuned in to the message that this world wants us to hear. The “prince of this world” is Satan and he will do everything in his power to get us to turn our attention away from God and get lost in the desires of this world. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
In our scripture readings today, we are given promises that God is present with us and he can deliver us from the desires of this world and from the “god of this age.” We are called to have the faith that calls us to step out of the boat, take the hand of Jesus and take a leap of faith. We are called to have a faith that can take down the “giants” in our lives. Turn to God through His word and through daily prayer. And you will find the faith and courage to take on the “giants” that are present in your life. God is much bigger and more powerful than any of the “giants” that you may be facing. Remember the words of Jesus from Matthew 14:27: “Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.”
Casting Crowns recorded a song that delivers this message in a powerful way. I encourage you to take a few minutes and listen to the words of their song, “Voice of Truth.” I believe that it will renew your faith and also give you a bolder faith, a kind of faith that can move mountains.