From Fear to Courage

The leaders of the church in America have led us in prayers of repentance about abortion, sexual immorality and other issues. We have seen thousands stand in Washington DC to repent of these things. 2 Chronicles 7:14 has been the guiding prayer for these prayers of repentance. This was right and needed, but the Lord revealed to me something this morning, we all, every nation, needs to repent of.

In these final days of preparation during this Feast of Unelavened Bread, Passover week, the Jews would remove all the leaven (sin) out of their houses. This is possibly where we get the phrase “spring cleaning” from. They would sweep out all the nooks and crannies. Spiritually this is the week we let the Lord do a spring cleaning in our hearts. We have a few more days in this Passover week and today the Lord would invite us to repent of disobedience to God. This is not something we are told we need to repent of, but it is a huge deal to God. Disobedience is a sin in God’s eyes and we need to repent of it.

Judges 6 says, “Now it came about when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD on account of Midian, that the LORD sent a prophet to the sons of Israel, and he said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘It was I who brought you up from Egypt and brought you out from the house of slavery. I delivered you from the hands of the Egyptians and from the hands of all your oppressors, and dispossessed them before you and gave you their land, and I said to you, “I am the LORD your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But you have not obeyed Me.”’”

God told Israel they disobeyed Him because they feared who God told them not to fear. This is an area of repentance we all need to repent of, for we have been living in fear of man for a long time and obeying that fear, rather than being courageous. Today is a great day to repent of fear and turn to courage. We have nothing to fear, for God is our provider, protector, promoter and promise keeper. Repent for disobeying God and being afraid and watch God fill you with courage to face whatever may come your way.

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