Fear The Great Enemy of Success – CAC Devotional


Sunday, October 25, 2020.


Read 1 Samuel 17:4-11
4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.
6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders.
7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him.
8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, “Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me.
9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.”
10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.”
11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.

When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid (1 Samuel 17:11)

Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change, in metabolic function of the body, and ultimately, a change in behaviour, such as fleeing, hiding of freezing from perceived traumatic events – Wikipedia.org.
For about forty days, Saul and all Israel were taunted and threatened by Goliath, the champion of the Philistine “send one man to fight me” but they could not respond due to the perceived danger which made them to see Goliath as greater than their God. When David, God’s champion, showed up to fight Goliath, Saul told him that he was too young and did not have enough experience to fight. Thank God for the faith in the God of Israel possessed by this young man, David.

Also, in the parable of talents (Matthew 25:14-28), while the two servants who received five and two talents respectively traded with their talents and gained equal number of talents received, the third servant who received one talent said, “I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground” He did not only lose the talent but was cast into the outer darkness for being an unprofitable servant. A Saul and this servant ended up their lives in shame because of fear of the great enemy of success.

The fear of failure, will keep you from trying. The fear of being alone, will keep you from lifting up a standard. The fear of rejection will cause you to compromise. But if you can overcome your fears, replace it with faith and courage. God will do great things with your life.


  1. Lord Jesus, give me total victory over my fear of perceived danger in my pilgrimage to Your Kingdom.
  2. Lord Jesus, as you saved Peter from being drown in the sea, please save me from my fears and do not allow me to be drown in the sea of the world.
  3. Father, give all Christians in the troubled areas of the world, the grace to remain steadfast in You to the end. Do not allow them to be drawn in the sea of persecution.

Jeremiah 4 – 5

Remain blessed!

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