Fear is one of our biggest blessing robbers because when we are afraid we do not engage the power of God Who is the blessing Giver. Courage isn’t the absence of fear, rather, it is overcoming fear. Who can better help us overcome fear than God Who fears nothing and no one? God will help us become courageous like He is; however, in order to be courageous like He is, we must do it like He does. God is righteous and we must follow His rules to have His courage and that’s why Proverbs says: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Prov. 28:1) Fearlessness and courage abound when we are living in God’s will and in obedience to Him. The decision to live in epic courage or cowardly shame begins in our heart. When we allow God to change our fear to courage, we find ourselves doing things we never imagined possible and it doesn’t matter what the critics, doubters and naysayers say. When God’s got our six, we are ridiculously courageous because we have experienced His power and we know there is no one as powerful as Him! However, when we have walked away from Him and chosen to sin or to not live in His will for our life—then we become fearful because we don’t have the power of the Heavenly throne standing behind our words or actions. Sin causes fright—and it drowns courage. The pep talk on courage that God gave Joshua was predicated by a command to live righteously: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’” (Joshua 1:8-9) Courage is a gift which God gives His children when we choose to walk in His righteous ways. When we choose sin, we choose fear; when we choose righteousness, we choose courage. There is no vast Red Sea or mighty Egyptian Army that can defeat the one who has placed himself in the hands of Almighty God.