(In eager anticipation of Taylor Swift’s new album next Tuesday, it’s only fitting our title is one of her songs.)

So, I apologize if yesterday was a little heavy.  In no way am I an expert on hearing the voice of God.  That is one of the many things I’m constantly wrestling to discern.  Even when I’m fully confident in where God is leading and hearing His voice, it’s so easy to have other voices that allure me to second guess myself and fill my heart with fear and doubt. 

There is however, one thing I’m confident in:  listening, trusting, and relying on the voice of God through His Word. 

In Beth Moore’s Believing God Study she talks through a five statement pledge of faith:

  • God is who He says He is
  • God can do what He says He will do
  • I am who God says I am
  • I can do all things through Christ
  • God’s word is living and active in me

There is much to be said about all of them, but it’s important we recognize the power and access we have each day through God’s Word.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “the word of God is living and active.”

So today, rather than trying to discern what is or isn’t the voice of God, I want to flood our hearts and minds with truth about facing our fears.

One of my new favorite verses about fear is Habakkuk 3:19 in The Amplified Bible:

“The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!”

Isn’t that amazing?  As we face our fears, we can be confident that God is our strength, our personal bravery, and invincible army.  He enables us to walk forward and not be paralyzed by fear so that we can make progress on our high places of trouble, suffering, and responsibility. 

It’s hard to fully convey emotion through text, but I hope each you all are as excited and I am about how rich and assuring the above verse is.  I mean, I love, love love it!!!  Try saying it out loud.  It’s powerful!  Below are some other gems:

“I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” 
Isaiah 41:13

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6
“The Lord is my light and my salvationwhom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my lifeof whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 27:1
“So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:6
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 14:27