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Don’t Fear

TODAY’S VERSE
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!”
Mark 7:50 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Jesus told the Disciples to take their boat to the other side of the Lake. While they were on their way, a large storm came down upon them. They were afraid enough by the storm, but then around 3:00 a.m., they thought they saw a ghost when Jesus came walking on the water to their boat! They were terrified. Jesus, seeing their fear doesn’t rebuke them but rather says to them, “Don’t be afraid. Take courage! I am here!” He says the same to you. What storm of life has you shaking in the back of the boat? What is keeping you up at three in the morning? Today, hear Jesus say to you, “Don’t be afraid! Take courage! I am here!”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, You know those things that frighten me. Help me take courage today knowing that you are with me.
AMEN

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Worries

TODAY’S VERSE
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
I Peter 5:7

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do you do with your worries? We all have them. We can’t help what comes into our heads, but once there, we have choices. The trouble is worry feels productive. It feels like we are attempting to solve something. It feels like we are getting close to resolution, but all we really are doing is repeatedly ruminating all these negative scenarios in our heads. Situations can cause us to be concerned, shocked, apprehensive, cautioned, and even horrified. But after our initial reaction, we can reflect, review the situation and take action. Worry, however, just worries. It doesn’t stop; it goes on and on unless we do something to make it quit. We need something bigger than our worries to take care of them. That is why Peter says you can give all your worries and cares to God. Why? Because He is God, He is big enough! And because He cares about you! Can you feel your body relax? He cares for you. Can you feel the worries leave? How wonderful. Today, don’t hang on to your worries one more second. Give them to God. He cares about you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father God. Thank You for caring so deeply for me. I am bringing all my worries and cares to You. Help me to leave them there.
Amen

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Heal My Inner Self

TODAY’S VERSE
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.
Psalms 27:10 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We live in a fallen world, and many of us suffer from an early childhood that has left us emotionally immature. It seems that we are constantly using negative ways to regulate our emotions. But we don’t have to be victims of our past. In His wisdom and grace, God has provided us with the ability to overcome childhood issues through new adult relationships with Him. Today, we don’t need to suffer from a painful past. We have the presence of the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of Christ, and the love of God the Father. As we spend time with God and develop a deep relationship, we will find ourselves creating a new and liberating bond with God. This healing relationship with the Father will renew our minds and heal the painful memories and consequent beliefs that lead us to despair. Today, come to God. Let Him hold you. Allow His love to do a deep work in you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your loving commitment to me. Thank You that You have not abandoned me but love me and hold me close to Your heart. Do a deep work in me. Heal me deep in my inner self and give me the joy and peace that only You can provide.
AMEN

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Fear Not

TODAY’S VERSE
In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?
Psalms 118:5-6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How many fears do we suffer from today? Having suffered from a variety of phobias, I have had to deal with anxiety. Today’s passage illustrates a great realization that has made a vast difference in my life. It is this, the fact that the Lord is here. The Psalmist wrote, “In my distress, I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear.” The presence of our living, all-knowing, all-powerful God can bring peace to the most challenging situations. He is the God of the now. He is here, and He cares. Peter wrote, “Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you!” God’s presence brings everything into perspective. His presence switches our thinking from monstrous evildoers to “mere men.” We can say with the Psalmist, “What can mere people do to me?” Today, reframe your fears. Put it in perspective. Look at your worries in the light of His presence and power.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, free me from my fears. Help me today to realize that You are here. I cast all my worries on You because You care for me!
AMEN

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No Worry

TODAY’S VERSE
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
John 14:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever disagreed with something someone said and challenged them by saying, ‘Who says?” “Who” it is that says something can make a huge difference. That is why today’s verse is so important. Not only is the content radical, but Jesus, the one who said it, is even more radical. He lived what He taught. If there was ever a person who exemplified not being troubled and trusting God the Father, it was Jesus. Even during His darkest hour, when He fell to the ground, overwhelmed at the thought of the crucifixion, Jesus trusted God. He asked God the Father to cancel the task but then qualified His request with, “Nevertheless Your will be done.” There are many things that can trouble us on any given day. Today resolve to trust God. If your heart starts to get anxious, if you begin to fret, if you feel your blood pressure rising, don’t let your heart be troubled. Trust in God.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, there are so many things going on. I find myself getting all worked up. Forgive me for the sin of worry. Help me trust You and not worry, doubt or fret. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Hard hearts

TODAY’S VERSE
For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes—so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them.
Matthew 13:15 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God wants His word to penetrate our very being. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and this includes the way we comprehend truth. Jesus took the writing of Isaiah and applied it to the people of His day. He warned them that their “eyes” were not seeing the truth, their “ears” were not comprehending the truth, and their “hearts” were not sensing the implications of the truth. It was a result of hardening themselves toward God. Turning away from Him, they ended up ignoring God’s truth. How often have we done the same thing? But it is not too late. It is through self-reflection, repentance, and being purposeful in believing in God’s word, that we can turn this around. Today, might God help you, and I read the word, hear the word and most of all, believe the word with our whole heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for the times I have hardened my heart toward You. Help me today to see Your word, hear Your word, and most of all apply Your word to my life. In Jesus’ name I pray.
AMEN

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Confidence

TODAY’S VERSE
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
Psalms 27:3 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Sometimes the best way to overcome something is to replace it with the opposite. David decided to do this with fear. When he was surrounded by a mighty invading army, he had a choice to make. He could go with the normal response of fear, or he could replace fear with confidence in God’s love. It was the love that he had for God and the love he knew God had for him that allowed him to exercise confidence. The Bible says, “perfect love casts out fear.” Add to perfect love an all-powerful God, and you have a real confidence maker. Today, when stress comes into your life, when you are tempted to become overwhelmed, put your trust in God. Step out in faith and let confidence in Him take over.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank You, Father, that You are trustworthy. You are all-powerful and all-loving. I come to you today and lay my fears at Your feet. Give me the confidence to completely trust in You.
AMEN

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Courage To Pray

TODAY’S VERSE
So your servant has found courage to pray to you.
1 Chronicles 17:25 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Have you ever needed the courage to pray? I have. Praying is all about courage. It is looking at your situation and saying, “I will exercise my faith and trust that God is all that He says He is and that He will answer my prayer.” Praying is courage because you are trusting God and giving up your right to try to do everything on your own. It is courageous because it would be easier to run and hide instead of facing your situation and trusting God. It is courage because you are full of doubts and fears, and yet you choose to exercise faith. The Apostle John wrote something that changes everything. He wrote, “Love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.” So today, when you are stuck, frustrated, afraid, or confused, focus on the perfect love God has for you and be like David. Find the courage to pray.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I believe, help my unbelief! Give me hope and faith, so when struggles come, I will stop and have the courage to pray to You.
AMEN

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No fear

TODAY’S VERSE
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Fear can cripple us. It is an insidious cancer of the mind that eats away at our opportunities in life. Why is this? I am convinced that it is because we fear with our inner-child or some other traumatized part of ourselves. We have unresolved memories that need to be dwelt with by Christ. Now it is true that we are to have “child-like” faith, but nowhere are we taught to have child-like fear. This is an immature state-of-mine. All we see is the terror and fear that we had when we were more defenseless. Instead, when we come to our valley of the shadow of whatever it is we fear, we are to face our situations as mature adults looking through the eyes of Jesus. As an adult in Christ, we are not defenseless. We have all the power and love of Christ at our disposal. We can trust Him and step out in faith. Today, examine your fears. Ask Christ to come and comfort you like He did David. Ask Him to renew your mind and to heal that part of you that is in bondage. Remember, He is with you. He will comfort you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know me. I come now and lay my fears at Your feet. Heal me, help me, I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Give Him your anxiety

TODAY’S VERSE
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I Peter 5:7 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
So often you hear the admonitions: “Don’t fear,” “Stop worrying” or “Quit being afraid.” These are helpful and can often deter us from pursuing a downward spiral of despair. But Peter had a better way. Instead of clipping back the weeds of fear and worry, Peter recommends that you pull all our anxiety out by the roots and bring them to Jesus. Not a few or some, all! And why can you do that? Peter says, “Because Jesus cares for you!” It is like the old hymn says, “Is there a heart over bound by sorrow? Is there a life weighed down by care? Come to the cross each burden bearing. All our anxiety leave it there. All your anxiety, all your care, bring to the mercy seat leave it there; never a burden He cannot bear, never a friend like Jesus.” Today, turn to Jesus. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know all about my worry and fear. I come to You now and cast all my anxiety at Your feet. Instead of taking it back, help me take Your love with me instead.
AMEN

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