When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.
Deuteronomy 20:1 NIV
Do Not Be Afraid
According to Anxiety Canada, some people faint at the sight of needles or blood. This is because of a sudden drop in blood pressure that just happens to some people. The Applied Tension Technique will help. Try and tense all the muscles in your body and hold it for 10 to 15 seconds. Then, relax your whole body for about 20 seconds. This increases your blood pressure, so you don’t faint. Do these five times in a row before getting the needle or when you start to feel lightheaded.
We have all been in situations where we have been gripped by fear. I am claustrophobic and while in Vietnam a few years ago we visited the tunnels just outside Ho Chi Minh City that the Viet Cong dug and lived in to avoid the bombs being dropped on them. They were about one-metre square. I stepped inside about two steps and froze. I literally could go no further. I quickly backed out and as soon as I was outside, I could breathe again. It’s no wonder the most common command in the Bible is “Do not be afraid.” In Deuteronomy 20:1 we read “When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.” When we face frightening things in life, our faith must step in. God has promised over and over to be with us when we face even the most challenging of times. His presence is the antidote to fear. No matter what you are facing right now, God is with you!
These have been words from the heart.