Do your legs shake and does your mouth get dry at the thought of talking to a nonbeliever about Christ? If so, you’re not alone.

To the extent that we learn to fear God, we can overcome our fear of people. This is what I call “the law of confidence.” It’s not the only factor in developing courage, but it’s the most important.

This rule makes little sense to those who look for security only in man-made hiding places. Yet for those who love God above all else, the words of Jesus carry strength: “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt. 10:28).

This truth dissolves fear and gives courage to those who accept it. Deep in their hearts they realize that even if the Lord allows the enemy to destroy their physical life they will lose only what is keeping them from enjoying the presence of their Savior in heaven.

Think of that when God gives you an opportunity to speak or act in His behalf. There may be an initial struggle with fear. But once you see your life as secure in God, as David did in Psalm 3, you’ll find sleep and renewed strength.