Do not be afraid...

        I think one of the biggest emotions Pastors deal with is fear. We fear making the wrong decision. We fear leading our church off the edge. We fear losing God's favor on our church. We fear how people are going to react. We fear not being used mightily for God. We fear being in over our heads and not knowing what to do about it. Pastors really are scaredy cats! I know I am, a lot of times. That's why it encourages me to remember that one of the most common phrases God used to encourage the great leaders of the Bible is: "Do not be afraid". This phrase is used 65 times in the Bible (NIV). Why was God so often telling the leader He had chosen to not be afraid? Because most of the time, he was afraid! He was being plagued by fear in his life!
        Today, once again, I sensed God speaking to me, just as He did with Joshua thousands of years ago. Here is what He said "...Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly (1 Chronicles 28:20)."