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with Leslie Ludy



Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.
Proverbs 31:25 NASB

by Leslie Ludy

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Lesson One: Embracing Gods ProtecDon 3

The Power of Trus,ng in a Faithful Father

Lesson Two: Becoming ForDed 11

Standing Strong Against the Enemy

Lesson Three: Taking Every Thought CapDve 21

Gaining Victory Over What-Ifs

Lesson Four: Courageous Womanhood 30

Stepping Into the Fearless Life You are Called to

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The Power of Trusting in a Faithful Father

Proverbs 31 A Fearless Woman

Who can nd a virtuous woman?

Proverbs 31:10a KJV

Who can nd a virtuous woman? The word virtuous here literally means valiant, mighty, and strong. It is
the very same word used to describe King Davids might when he wrestled the bear and lion, conquered
Goliath, and slew tens of thousands of Israels ercest enemies. The chief characteris]c of the Proverbs 31
woman is strength. Its men]oned three 9mes in the descrip]on of her life, in addi]on to the valiant
virtuous opening statement.

The secret to fearless living womanhood is not striving, but surrender. Its not impressing the world with your
own strengths its ge`ng out of the way so Gods amazing strength can be seen through your life.

SprinDng Toward the BaTle

Davids Amazing Example

So it was, when the Philis<ne arose and came and drew near to meet David,
that David hurried and ran to meet the Philis<ne.
1 Samuel 17:48

Hurried and ran: to sprint with liquid ferocity

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Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.
Proverbs 31:25 NASB

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and
of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

A Biblical BaTle Plan to Overcome Fear

Principle #1 Surrender

My Lord, I have mistreated You all my life. I have treated You like a servant. When I wanted
You, I called for You; when I was about to engage in something important I beckoned You
to come and help me perform my task. I have sought to use You only as a servant to help
me in my self-appointed work. I will do so no more.

Lord, I give You this body of mine; from my head to my feet, I give it to You. My hands, my
limbs, my eyes, my brain; all that I am inside and out, I hand over to You. Live in and
through me whatever life You please. You may send this body to Africa, or lay it on a bed
with cancer. You may blind my eyes, or send me with Your message to Tibet. You may take
this body to the Eskimos, or send it to a hospital with pneumonia. This body of mine is
Yours alone from this moment on.1

Walter Wilson

I went away alone to a cave in a mountain called Arima, in Japan. I felt many feelings of fear
about the future. Thats why I was there. I wanted to be alone with God. The devil kept
on whispering, Its all right now, but what about a\erwards? You are going to be very
lonely. And he painted pictures of loneliness. I can see them sDll. Then I turned to my
God in a kind of desperaDon and said, Lord, what can I do? And He said, None of them
that trust in Me shall be desolate (Psalm 34:22). That word has been with me ever since
It has been fullled to me. It will be fullled to you. Only live for Him who redeemed you
and trust Him to take care of you and He will.2

Amy Carmichael

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As long as we cling to our rights we will be fearful about losing them.

Two Important Keys to Surrender

1) Know His Nature (Know WHO you are surrendering to)

A few Scriptures to stand upon:

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He
not with Him also freely give us all things?
Romans 8:32

Cas<ng all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones life for his friends.
John 15:13

2) Get Past Your Past

let God be true but every man a liar

Romans 3:4

Our feelings do not aect Gods facts.

This evening the clouds lay low upon the mountains, so that someDmes we could hardly
see them, and someDmes the stars were nearly all covered. But always, just when it
seemed as though the mountains were going to be quite lost in the mist, the higher peaks
pushed out Even supposing the clouds had wholly covered the face of the mountains,
the mountains would sDll have stood steadfast, and the stars would not have ceased to

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shine. I thought of this, and found it very comforDng, simple as it is. Our feelings do not
aect God's facts. They may blow up like clouds and cover the eternal things that we do
most truly believe. We may not see the shining of the promises, but sDll they shine; and
the strength of the hills that is His also (Psalm 95:4) is not for one moment less, because of
our human weakness. Heaven is no dream. Feelings go and come like clouds, but the hills
and the stars abide.3

Amy Carmichael

[We must] keep a Dght reign on our emoDons. They may remain, but it is not they who are
to rule the acDon. They have no authority. A life lived in God is not lived on the plane of
the feelings, but of the will.4

Elisabeth Elliot

Important Areas to Surrender

(These are the areas we are oNen most fearful about, but if they are in Gods hands we have nothing to fear.)

! Future

! Health

! Reputa]on

! Possessions

! Friendships

! Dreams and Desires

! Comforts and Security

! Your Own Plans and Agenda

! Your Right to Live Like the World

I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize [that He] is able to carry out
His will [for me]. It makes no maTer where He places me, or how. That is for Him to
consider [not me], for in the easiest posiDons He will give me grace, and in the most
dicult His grace is sucient.5

Hudson Taylor

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I o\en think how wonderful it is to have nothing to think of, no care in all the world but to
do His will and nish His work.6

Amy Carmichael

Surrendering Your Worries

1 Peter 5:7 says, cas]ng all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Not some of our care, but all of it.
The word cas]ng in this verse means to throw away, throw o, give up to God.

If you are facing problems even seemingly impossible problems the only way to nd true rest is to cast
them completely upon God, trus]ng that He cares for you and will be faithful to make a way where there
seems to be no way.

Jesus said, Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon
you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will nd rest for your souls (Maj.
11:28-29 NIV).

Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul
within me (Ps. 131:2).

How do we achieve this amazing state of resnulness? There is no other way than by cas]ng our burdens
upon our Lord, and no longer try to carry what only He can.

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Take it Deeper
For Further Study and ReecDon:

Read 1 Peter 3:6

1. Why does Peter specically men]on victory over fear when describing godly womanhood?

2. No]ce that in this verse, it is clear that women are not helpless vic]ms to fear, but that we can choose
whether to be overcome by fear or not. Where does the power to say no to fear come from?

3. Have you ever been overcome by fear? How did this aect your rela]onship with God and others in
your life?

Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

4. How does the principle of surrender to God correspond with victory over fear?

Read Proverbs 31:10-31

5. No]ce the strength this woman has, despite the many responsibili]es she has in her daily life. Is this
kind of strength possible in human terms? Where does her supernatural strength" come from?

6. How can we begin to tap into God's supernatural strength for our daily challenges instead of trying to
tackle them on our own?

7. How would our lives prac]cally change if we began making that shiq?

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For Personal Soul-Searching and Prayer:

1. Have I surrendered every area of my life into God's hands? Are there any areas or "rights" that I am
clinging to, that I am afraid to let go of? If you are struggling to surrender, meditate on the following
Scriptures which show how founda]onal surrender is to a victorious, fearless Chris]an life:

MaThew 16:24

Luke 9:24

James 4:13-14

2. Do I have a correct understanding of Gods nature? Do I believe Im surrendering to a harsh, demanding

tyrant or a loving and faithful Father who wants the very best for me? If you are struggling to have a
correct view of God, mediate on the following Scriptures and be reminded who He really is:

Romans 8:32

MaThew 7:9

John 15:13

Psalm 103:1-5

3. Are my emo]ons leading my life or is God's truth leading my life? If you are struggling to put your
emo]ons in their place, meditate on the following Scriptures and make the purposeful decision to agree
with God, no majer what your emo]ons are telling you:

Romans 3:3-4

1 John 3:20

4. Have I given my burdens and weights to God or am I s]ll ajemp]ng to carry them myself? If you are
struggling to believe that God really wants to carry your burdens, take some ]me to be freshly reminded
of the following Scriptures that tell us to cast our cares on Him:

MaThew 11:29

Psalm 55:22

1 Peter 5:7

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Recommended Resources:


Gladys Aylward: The Small Woman with a Great God directed by Robert Fernandez

Note: this documentary is available for rent or download at


Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar by Geo and Janet Benge

They Found the Secret: 20 Transformed Lives that Reveal a Touch of Eternity by V. Raymond Edman

Note: see chapter 18 for Walter Wilsons story.

Candles in the Dark: LeYers of Hope and Encouragement by Amy Carmichael

Tramp for the Lord by Corrie ten Boom with Jamie Buckingham

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Standing Strong Against the Enemy

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the
whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:10-11

A Biblical BaTle Plan Against Fear

Principle #2 Become a For,ed Chris,an

ForDcaDon Principles
1) Resist the Enemy

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will ee from you.
James 4:7 ESV

2) Understanding Godly Discipline vs. Enemy Harassment

ATributes of Godly Discipline:

My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correc<on; for
whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:11-12

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- It comes with Gods grace

Corrie, he began gently. When you and I go to Amsterdam when do I give you your
Dcket? Why, just before we get on the train. Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven
knows when we're going to need things, too. Don't run out ahead of him, Corrie When the
Dme comes [for you to suer], you will look into your heart and nd the strength you need
just in Dme.1

from The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

- It strengthens us and draws us closer to Him

- It builds godly character, strength, and faith within us

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the
tes<ng of your faith produces pa<ence. But let pa<ence have its perfect work,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4

Dicul]es allowed by God teach us dependence, pa]ence, endurance, and faith. The Chris]an life is not
meant to be a life of ease on a tropical island. But neither is it meant to be a life pummeled and pushed
around by defeat and enemy harassment.

ATributes of Enemy Harassment:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring
lion, seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:8

Devour: to swallow up; to destroy

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- It seeks to bring fear and hopelessness

For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, Their hands will be weakened
in the work, and it will not be done.
Nehemiah 6:9

- It seeks to hinder us from our calling

- It brings confusion and discord

This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For
where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
James 3:15-16

Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the
Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps
were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them
conspired together to come and aYack Jerusalem and create confusion.
Nehemiah 4:7-8

Prayerfully consider which dicult areas of your life are coming from the enemy, and which are coming from
God. Begin taking your authority in Christ to resist the enemys ajacks, while humbly receiving trials and
challenges that you know God is bringing into your life.

Luke 10:19 Our power over the enemy:

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy,
and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

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God can turn EVERYTHING the enemy means for evil in your life to good. Read the story of Joseph in the
Old Testament for an inspiring look at how God took the enemys evil plans and turned them for His

3) Close Spiritual Breaches

Psalm 66:18 Sin in our lives:

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

A single sin, however apparently triing a sin that we do not intend to renounce,
is enough to render real prayer [ineecDve].2

Amy Carmichael

God taught me that if a ChrisDan walks in the light, then the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses
him from all sin, making his life a closed circle and protec9ng him from all outside dark
powers. But if there is unconfessed sin in that life, the circle has an opening in it a gap
and this allows the dark powers back in When I led Jan to confess his sin, then the
circle was closed, and the dark powers could no longer return.3

from Tramp for the Lord by Corrie ten Boom

Common breaches:

! Worldly preoccupa]on

! Idolatry

! Habitual, willful sin

! Unforgiveness

! Trea]ng darkness lightly

What Repentance is: turning by Gods grace, and walking the other direction

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4) Know Your PosiDon

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new crea<on; old things have passed

away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

There is therefore now no condemna<on to them which are in Christ Jesus,

who walk not a[er the esh, but a[er the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 KJV

When we stand rm in our posi]on in Christ, no weapon formed against us can proposer. If it cannot get to
Him, it cannot get to us when we are in Him.

Nehemiahs Response to Enemy Threats:

A[erward I came to the house of a secret informer; and he said, Let us meet
together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of
the temple, for they are coming to kill you; indeed, at night they will come to kill
you. And I said, Should such a man as I ee? And who is there such as I who
would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!
Nehemiah 6:10-11

Should such as we bravehearted women who are in Christ ee because of enemy threats? We are called
to sprint toward the bajle, not run and hide from it. Why could Gladys Aylward and Mary Slessor stare
danger in the face with such uninching condence? They knew their posi]on in Christ Jesus. They also
knew that even if they were called to give up their lives if they were marked by faith and not fear, it would
be a victory for God and not triumph for the enemy.

You have put all things in subjec<on under His feet. For in that He put all in
subjec<on under Him, He le[ nothing that is not put under Him
Hebrews 2:8

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If we are in Christ, and all things are under His feet, nothing get to Him, so therefore, it cannot get to us
either fear, doubt, pride, confusion, etc. these are things we have authority over when we are in Him.

5) Wrestle in Prayer and Pray Specics

There is a general kind of praying which fails for lack of precision. It is as if a regiment of
soldiers should all re o their guns anywhere. Possibly somebody would be killed but
the majority of the enemy would be missed.4

Charles Spurgeon

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always

ought to pray and not lose heart.
Luke 18:1

And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him,
though He bears long with them?
Luke 18:7

Fearless Women in ChrisDan History

a vision of the courageous life we are called to live

! Gladys Aylward

! Mary Slessor

! Esther Awn Kim

! Sabina Wurmbrand

! Amy Carmichael

! Darlene Deibler Rose

This is the fearless womanhood we are called to smiling at the future, uninching toward danger, and
boldly facing our enemy in the power and authority of Christ.

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We are called to be oensive not defensive in our spiritual lives.

If you have been pushed around by the enemy, its ]me to take up the shield of faith that God has given you,
and resist his ery darts:

taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the ery
darts of the wicked one.
Ephesians 6:16

Men of prayer must be men of steel, for they will be assaulted by Satan even before they
aTempt to assault his kingdom.5

Leonard Ravenhill

Our enemy is more aware than we are of the spiritual possibiliDes that depend upon
obedience. We should never be surprised that he seeks by assault and, if that fails, by
undermining our defenses, to compel us to give way.6

Amy Carmichael

Pushing the Enemy Back the result of faithful praying and watching:

Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a
watch against them day and night Therefore I posi<oned men behind the
lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their
families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I said to the people,
"Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and ght
And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that
God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall,
everyone to his work.
Nehemiah 4:9, 1315

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Take it Deeper
For Further Study and ReecDon:

Read 1 Peter 5:8-9

1. Immediately aqer Peter explains the agenda of Satan to destroy Gods believers, he tells us specically
how we should respond to this threat. What does he tell us to do?

Read Luke 10:19

2. What is the level of authority that Christ has given us over the enemy? Is it par]al or complete? What
hinders us from using this authority on a daily basis?

Read James 3:14-18, John 8:44, and Hebrews 12:5-8

3. What is the dierence between the nature of Christ and the nature of the enemy? How can these
verses help us discern between godly tests of faith and enemy harassment?

4. Have you ever been harassed by the enemy? How did it impact your life and rela]onship with God?
Have you ever been taken through tests of faith by God? How did those trials strengthen your spiritual
life and impact your rela]onship with God?

Read Joshua 1:7

5. Why is being right with God such a key component to having victory over the enemy? How can
harboring sin in our lives hinder our ability to resist Satans ajacks?

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For Personal Soul-Searching and Prayer:

Read James 4:7

1. Have I been accep]ng enemy harassment and blaming it on God? In what areas do I need to gain victory
over Satans ajacks?

Read Psalm 66:18

2. Is there sin in my life that I need to repent of so that the enemy no longer has access to harass me?

Read 1 John 1:5-10

3. Have I been allowing darkness into my life and trea]ng it lightly? (i.e. decora]ve skulls, horoscopes,
vampire novels, horror movies, etc.) If so, what prac]cal things is God asking me to do to begin walking
in the light, as He is in the light?

Read Psalm 27

4. Where did Davids condence come from? Do I have that same condence in Gods protec]on over my
life? Do I need to have greater faith in Gods protec]on and the authority He has given me over the
enemy? If so, how can I begin to cul]vate this faith in my daily life?

Read Ma_hew 15:21-28

5. What does this story teach me about importunate praying? Are there areas in which I am failing to pray
with persistence because I lack faith? What specic needs do I feel God is asking to take to Him in
importunate prayer so that the enemy no longer has the upper hand?

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Recommended Resources:


If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim

The Pastors Wife by Sabina Wurmbrand

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot


I Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot

Note: this audio message is available for free download at

The Snake Story by OTo Koning

Note: this audio message can be found at

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Gaining Victory Over What-Ifs

A Biblical BaTle Plan Against Fear

Principle #3 Taking Every Thought Cap,ve

Cas<ng down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against
the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into cap=vity to the
obedience of Christ
2 Corinthians 10:5

1) Worry Hinders the Present

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

Worrying is carrying tomorrows load with todays strength carrying two days at once. It
is moving into tomorrow ahead of Dme. Worrying doesnt empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it
empDes today of its strength.1

Corrie ten Boom

Worry is refusing the given. Todays care, not tomorrows, is the responsibility given to us,
apporDoned in the wisdom of God. O\en we neglect the thing assigned for the moment
because we are preoccupied with something that is not our business just now. How easy it
is to give only half our aTenDon to someone who needs us friend, husband, or liTle child
because the other half is focused on a future worry.2

Elisabeth Elliot

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We are not vic]ms to worry in fact, we are commanded three specic ]mes not to worry by Christ in
Majhew 6.

Majhew 6:25, Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life

Majhew 6:31, Therefore do not worry

Majhew 6:34, Therefore do not worry about tomorrow

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid,
nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

Wherever you are, be ALL there.3

Jim Elliot

If you live in constant worry about the future, you will completely miss the plans that God has in store for
you today.

One of the keys to begin living in the present instead of in the future, is to forsake the worldly wisdom
of worry.

Our culture constantly bombards us with the message worrying is equivalent to being wise.

For instance, we should be worried about money and career, or else we might end up in a homeless shelter.

We should be obsessed with nding the right guy, or else we might end up a sad, lonely, and alone. We
should be consumed with health, exercise, and die]ng, or else well die young from obesity or heart failure.

At least thats what our culture wants us believe. But in reality, worry does not bring freedom. It only brings

Why do we think that the latest studies or the voices of the experts hold more weight than Gods

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Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD;
So what wisdom do they have?
Jeremiah 8:9b

Dont try to carry tomorrows load with todays strength. As Jesus reminds us in Majhew 6:34, Therefore
do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sucient for the day is its own

Embracing the Good Works God Has Prepared for You

I encourage you to prayerfully ask God to awaken you to any areas of your life in which you are living in fear
and self-protec]on, yet calling it wisdom. Ask Him to reshape your a`tudes and habits in these areas.

Prac]ce turning to the Word of God instead of to worldly or ungodly counsel, and build your decisions
around His wisdom instead of this worlds.

Instead of clinging self-protec]vely to your life, health, nances, comforts, or future dreams, ask for the grace
to completely entrust those areas of your life to Jesus Christ. When you do, you will discover a tremendous
freedom from the bondage of constantly worrying.

Then, begin to ask God to show you the good works that He has prepared for you to walk in TODAY, and
ask Him for the grace to focus completely on the task at hand rather than being distracted by future
worries. Whether you are scrubbing toilets, rising young children, or speaking to thousands of people God
has called you to be fully present in that work today.

2) Worry Discounts Gods Grace

Grace is more than the hug of God it is the enabling power to do what we could never do in our
own strength.

Rather than worrying about what might happen in the future, we can rest in the knowledge that:

! God can turn anything the enemy means for evil into good in our lives

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And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to
those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

! He will not allow us to walk through trials we are not able to handle

God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are
able, but with the tempta<on will also make the way of escape, that you may be
able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

What is the way of escape? Relying on His grace to walk in victory that we could never achieve on our
own. What God calls us to, He equips us for by His grace.

! Even when we walk through dicult circumstances, we can triumph through

every challenge when we put our hope in Him.

Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed

Psalm 25:3a

Making it PracDcal:
Reading stories of Chris]ans who suered and triumphed through their suering reminds me what is
possible through Gods amazing grace.

I encourage you to read the biographies of some of the bravehearted women in Chris]an history that we
talked about last week and be reminded that the same victorious grace that rested upon them is also
available to YOU.

I also encourage you to walk through dicult circumstances with Gods grace instead of in your own
strength. Its a simple majer of going to Him in faith and saying Lord, I cant but You can! And you will be
amazed at the strength, comfort, and power that begins to ow into your life as a result.

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3) How to Handle Fearful Thoughts

You cant stop the birds from ying over your head, but you can keep
them from building a nest in your hair.4

Mar]n Luther

We may not be able to keep fearful thoughts from entering our minds, but we can kick them out the
moment they arrive so that they dont take root inside our hearts and control our lives.

That is the essence of 2 Corinthians 10:5, which says, cas<ng down arguments and every high thing that exalts
itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into cap<vity to the obedience of Christ.

Examples of Truth that Combats Lies:

And my God will supply all [my] need according to His riches in glory
Philippians 4:19

No evil shall befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
Psalm 91:10

When What-Ifs Come Knocking

Whenever you are tempted to dwell on fearful what-if scenarios, ll your mind with truth instead. A great
way to start this principle is by memorizing some of the Psalms. Some of my favorites are Psalm 27, 34, 37,
46, 91, and 112. Whenever you are faced with tempta]on to fear, those words of truth can become vital
weapons with which to chase away those thoughts. The more you ll your mind with truth, the scarcer lies
will become.

Another thing you can do is to pray for someone else when the enemy harasses you with fearful thoughts.
When we pray for someone else we take our focus o ourselves and our own fears. Prayer for others
intercessory prayer turns us outward instead of inward.

When we know our God and believe Him to be exactly as His Word says He is, we have no reason to let
fearful thoughts overtake our minds. Ask God for the strength to take authority over fearful thoughts. Train
your mind to dwell upon His reality and His truth and develop the habit of immediately saying no to the
enemys foreboding sugges]ons.

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Final Thoughts

God has called each of us to valiant femininity. By His grace, we can be set free from the snares of fear and
anxiety, and lled with supernatural strength and courage that will cause the enemy to ee from us. Gods
strength can put us on the oense, spiritually, instead of on the defense. All we must do is allow Him to build
us strong in Him and to dress us in His holy armor. Remember, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of
power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

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Take it Deeper
For Further Study and ReecDon:

Read Psalm 19:14 and 2 Timothy 1:7

1. Why does gaining victory in our thought life majer so much in our bajle against fear?

Read Psalm 1

2. What is the fruit of our lives when we dwell on Gods truth instead of the enemys lies?

Read Ma_hew 6:25-34 and Philippians 4:6

3. What does Christ say about worrying? Is it merely a sugges]on that we stop worrying, or a command?
What are we to do instead of worrying?

Read Isaiah 31:1

4. How can worry disguise itself as wisdom? What are the things we oqen put our security in instead of

Read Philippians 4:8

5. In this verse, God gives a very clear criteria for what kind of thoughts we are to meditate upon. What
helps us cul]vate these kinds of God-honoring thoughts on a daily basis?

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For Personal Soul-Searching and Prayer:

Read Psalm 51:6

1. Have I been allowing truth to reign in my inward life? Are there specic lies that I need to reject and
replace with Gods promises instead?

Read Psalm 55:22

2. Are there specic burdens or worries that I need to deliberately cast upon God?

Read Psalm 91 and Isaiah 54:17

3. What specic promises from Gods Word can I begin standing upon for specic fear bajles Im facing

Read a por9on of Psalm 119

4. Am I trea]ng Gods Word as my lifeline, or just as a causal companion? How can I begin allowing Gods
truth to shape my thoughts, ac]ons and decisions?

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Recommended Resources:


We Will Not Fear by Eric Ludy

Reckoning with Truth by Eric Ludy

Note: these sermons from Eric Ludy are available for free download at BraveheartedChris]

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Stepping Into the Fearless Life

You are Called to

God has called us to SO MUCH MORE than living in a self-protec]ve bubble.

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves and you will be hated
by all men for My names sake
Ma_hew 10:16, 22

Oh, that someone would give me water from the well of Bethlehem,
which is by the gate!
1 Chronicles 11:17

So the three broke through the camp of the Philis<nes, drew water from the well
of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David.
Nevertheless David would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD. And he
said, Far be it from me, O my God, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood
of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives
they brought it.
1 Chronicles 11:18-19

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A Biblical BaTle Plan to Overcome Fear
Principle #4 Geang in Step with God

When we give our lives to Jesus Christ, we are no longer our own. He has a sacred claim on our lives. He
has a purpose for us beyond just going aqer my own dreams and protec]ng my own comforts. We are His
Body and He has commijed us to become His hands and feet to a lost and dying world.

If you want to see the power of God in your life; if you want to see answered prayer, if you want a sense of
true purpose be willing to take risks to stand up for the weak and vulnerable.

Its Not a Duty

Rather, it is an amazing privilege to pour out our lives for the One who gave everything to redeem us.

What if Im Not Called?

She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
Proverbs 31:20

well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged
strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the aicted, if
she has diligently followed every good work.
1 Timothy 5:10

Pure and undeled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans
and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspoYed from the world.
James 1:27

A Glimpse at the Need

! About 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes. (Thats one
person every three and a half seconds.)

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! There are between 143-163 million orphans in the world today, and the number is
only growing.

! There are 27 million human slaves in the world today; a large majority are young girls
and women in forced pros]tu]on.

! There are nearly 700,000 children in the U.S. foster care system and nearly 80% of
inmates serving ]me in U.S. prisons have come out of the foster care system.

! Approximately 150,000 people die each day without knowing Christ the biggest
tragedy of all.

Not called! did you say? Not heard the call, I think you should say. Put your ear down to
the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the re of sin. Put your ear
down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its piDful wail for help.
Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's
house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And
then look Christ in the face whose mercy you have professed to obey and tell Him
whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish
his mercy to the world.1

William Booth

Embracing Courageous Living The First Steps

1) Start with Souls

There is one soul that you have more inuence with than any other person on earth some
soul or souls. Are you doing all you can for their salvaDon? Your relaDves, friends,
acquaintances are to be rescued from the depths of sin, degradaDon and woe Let
them see the tears in your eyes; or if you cannot weep, let them hear the tears in your
voice, and let them realize that you feel their danger, and are in distress for them. God will
give His Holy Spirit, and they will be saved.2

Catherine Booth

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2) Adopt Gods Burdens

! Find out about the needs of vulnerable children, both in your own city and around
the world. Prayerfully consider how you can advocate for them.

! Learn about the persecuted church. How can you become Christs hands and feet
to them today?

! Become a mentor to young women the abor]on bajle is raging all around us.

! Visit local prisons, hospitals, and nursing homes, and share hope, love and life.

! Get involved with foster care children.

! Find out how to connect with local refugees.

! Volunteer at your local crisis pregnancy center.

! Consider ge`ng involved in overseas mission work.

Living a poured-out life starts with a new heart-adtude. One that says, my life is no longer my own; Ive
been bought with a price. Im ready to put aside selsh, shallow pursuits and make myself available to You,
Lord, no majer the cost.

Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Thy
will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all, uTerly to Thee to be Thine forever. Fill me
and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt. Send me where Thou wilt. Work
out Thy whole will in my life, at any cost.3

Bejy Scoj Stam, age 18

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Take it Deeper
For Further Study and ReecDon:

Read Joshua 1:7 and 2 Kings 6:15-17

1. Where does true courage come from? What happens when we take our eyes o circumstances and x
them on Gods power instead?

Read Job 29 and Proverbs 31

2. How do these chapters illustrate the kind of risk-taking, courageous, sacricial life we are called to live?
Why are these quali]es oqen missing from our modern Chris]ans lives?

Read Ma_hew 10:21-22

3. What kind of life should we expect when we choose to follow Christ an easy or challenging life? What
gives us the courage to embrace the challenges of a truly Christ-centered lifestyle?

Read Luke 9:24

4. How does our modern mentality encourage us to preserve our lives rather than pouring them out for the
glory of God? How would the modern church change if every Chris]ans were willing to get out of their
comfort zones and live radically for Christ?

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For Personal Soul-Searching and Prayer:

Read Ma_hew 25:32-46

1. Am I living a self-focused life, or a poured-out life? Have I been allowing fear to hold me back and live in

Read Ephesians 2:10

2. What are some of the good works that God has prepared for me to walk in? (Note if you are unsure,
write down some possible rst steps you can take toward sacricial living.) Am I willing to get out of my
comfort zone in order to fulll this call upon my life?

Read Hebrews 13:5-6

3. Do I believe that I can step out of my comfort zone boldly, knowing that God is always with me? In what
ways can I avoid leaning on my own strength and tap into His strength instead?

Read the story of Esther

4. In what ways has God placed me in my own circumstances for such a ]me as this? Are there souls He
is asking me to ght for, or other ways in which I am to stand up for His glory? What are some specic
rst steps I can take toward fulling that call?

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Recommended Resources:


Aggressive Chris,anity by Catherine Booth

Great Women of the Chris,an Faith by Edith Deen

The Set Apart Woman: Gods Invita,on to Sacred Living by Leslie Ludy


Taking the East End by Eric Ludy

The Gospel Challenge by Eric Ludy

Note: these sermons from Eric Ludy are available for free download at BraveheartedChris]

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Lesson One

1. V. Raymond Edman, They Found the Secret (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984), 152-158.
2. Amy Carmichael, Candles in the Dark: LeYers of Hope and Encouragement (Fort Washington: CLC Publica]ons, 2012), 29.
3. Amy Carmichael, Edges of His Ways (Fort Washington: CLC Publica]ons, 2011), 60.
4. Elisabeth Elliot, Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity (Grand Rapids: Revell, 1996), 35.
5. Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylors Spiritual Secret (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009), 165.
6. Amy Carmichael, Candles in the Dark: LeYers of Hope and Encouragement (Fort Washington: CLC Publica]ons, 2012), 35.

Lesson Two

1. Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherill, The Hiding Place (Fort Washington: Hendrickson Publica]ons, 2009), 32.
2. Amy Carmichael, Gold Cord: The Story of a Fellowship (London: Society for Promo]ng Chris]an Knowledge, 1952), 181.
3. Corrie ten Boom with Jamie Buckingham, Tramp for the Lord: The Story that Begins Where The Hiding Place Ends (Fort Washington:
CLC Publica]ons, 2010), 182.
4. C.H. Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1886), 116.
5. Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987), 85.
6. Amy Carmichael, Gold Cord: The Story of a Fellowship (London: Society for Promo]ng Chris]an Knowledge, 1952), 158.

Lesson Three

1. Corrie ten Boom, Jesus is Victor (Grand Rapids: Revell, 1985), 60.
2. Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender (Grand Rapids: Revell, 2006), 101.
3. Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor (Wheaton: Tyndale, 1981), 20.
4. Leslie Ludy, The Set Apart Woman: Gods Invita<on to Sacred Living (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2015), 208.

Lesson Four

1. Stephen Poxon, Through the Year with William Booth: 365 Daily Readings from William Booth (Oxford: Monarch Books, 2015), 44.
2. Catherine Booth, Aggressive Chris<anity: Prac<cal Sermons (Philadelphia: Na]onal Publishing Associa]on for the Promo]on of
Holiness, 1883), 31.
3. Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman (Wheaton: Tyndale, 1976), viii.

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