The courageous exercise of faith was applied by the men of God to defeat discouragement and fear of the challenges in serving God.
You must exercise faith to allow God to work for you in the supernatural battles overwhelming us and causing us to fear them. These battles truly belong to our God but our obedience and trust to Him will courageously give us strength to face squarely these battles and adversities that will lead us unto victory.
There are several Scriptural references wherein God reminded His servants like Moses, Joshua, David and the rest of the men of faith to be strong and take courage while facing their difficult times, and in due time they were able to see the salvation and deliverance of God because they faint not.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I swear unto them: and I will be with thee.
Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I swear unto their fathers to give them.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do [that which is] good in his sight.
Then shalt thou prosper, if thou take heed to fulfill the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.
And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Let us learn from their experience with God. Facing a difficult time of uncertainty is not so easy to bear. Fear will put your steps on hold to move forward but the Word of the Lord is clear. We are commanded to move forward with courageous strength and continue in our faith journey with God.
These are 3 steps to practice to be strong and courageous and to have the eyes of faith that will enable you to see the miraculous intervention of God.
1. Meditate the Word of God until it becomes rooted from your heart that will increase your faith.
The rhema word is the one that made triggered your faith. Rhema because the Word of God becomes alive in you.
2. Worship Him in the spirit and in truth.
The way I understand this is that you should allow the Spirit of God to teach you how the Lord will be pleased with your moment with Him.
Let His Word of knowledge be understood by your spirit by seeking and waiting to hear from the Spirit of God. This will lead you to give your acceptable worship coming from the bottom of your heart with great love to Jesus our Lord who have called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
3. Let His strength be your strength by allowing His gentle Spirit to pray with you.
If you will allow Him to do that, He will exactly pray what are needed to pray and the devil cannot hinder that prayer with Him. This is the advantage of those who exercise praying in tongues. They can pray effectively because the power of the Spirit of God is with them.
Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
1 Corinthians 14:2 – For he that speaketh in an [unknown] tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth [him]; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
The two verses above will give us an encouragement to practice speaking in tongues, for it is given for self edification and to edify other believers too. Covet to speak in tongues so that you can pray in tongues and allow the Spirit of the Lord to lead you as you lead His people victoriously in the midst of tribulation with stronger faith unto God.