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Why should I fear when trouble comes, when enemies surround me?

There is no need to fear when times of trouble come, when enemies are surrounding me.

Proverbs 28:1The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.

We will have courage to overcome when we are obedient and firm in our faith. Then we can be confident that God is with us and wants to help us.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

Ephesians 6:10-18A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but . . . against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world . . . Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.

1 John 5:4-5For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory. And the ones who win this battle against the world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

The Devil specializes in putting obstacles in our path. God specializes in helping us overcome them. He equips us to do this with his truth, his righteousness, his peace, his Word, and his gift of salvation.

Psalm 5:8Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Tell me clearly what to do, and show me which way to turn.

We can overcome some obstacles simply by avoiding them when we see them ahead. Living by God’s rules will keep us alert to potential obstacles. Far too often, we see an obstacle, and then keep moving right toward it, not believing it could be very dangerous.

1 Peter 1:13So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the special blessings that will come to you at the return of Jesus Christ.

Self-control will restrain us from things we shouldn’t do.

Zechariah 8:6, 13, 15“This is what the Lord Almighty says: All this may seem impossible to you now, a small and discouraged remnant of God’s people. But do you think this is impossible for me, the Lord Almighty? . . . Among the nations, Judah and Israel had become symbols of what it means to be cursed. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing! So don’t be afraid or discouraged, but instead get on with rebuilding the Temple! . . . Neither will I change my decision to bless Jerusalem and the people of Judah. So don’t be afraid.

God gives us the encouragement to overcome obstacles – sometimes by speaking to us, sometimes through his Word, and sometimes through others.