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Overcoming Fear

TODAY’S VERSE
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We often think of fear as the reaction to scary events, like the screams in a horror movie. But some of our most fearful behavior is often hidden from us. Many people who are living daily in fear aren’t even aware of it. In “Surrender To Love” Dr. Benner writes, “One of the things that block us from gaining freedom from fear is that most fearful people don’t think of themselves as afraid. Unless their fears are focused on something external (such as snakes, heights or crowds), most people in bondage to fear, fail to recognize the true nature of their inner distress. – Although the object of one’s fears may seem to be external, the real source of the fear is internal. The danger is within. The enemy is one’s own self or at least some aspect of their self.” This is what Paul was trying to get across. We are so focused on our behavior we don’t see the motivation behind it. Paul called it a “spirit of fear”. It is this internal pervasive fear that controls what we do. It is spiritual and emotional. Satan is a liar and accuser so he fills our head with fear. Our own experience and belief systems do the rest. If we take most of the fear we have, we will see that it is a fear because of what we think and believe. But today’s passage says that we do not have to live in that kind of fear. Why? Because God has given us something else. He has given us power, love and a sound mind. What an alternative to anything we would dread. Every spirit of fear can be defeated either by God’s power, love or the sound mind He has given us. So today, when you are tempted to act out of fear, remember, there are other options. Give the power, love and the sound mind that God has given you a chance.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I thank You for not giving me a spirit of fear. Today, I want to live in Your power, love and sound mind that You have given me.
AMEN

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Everything We Need For Life and Godliness

TODAY’S VERSE
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him.
II Peter 1:3 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How many times have we felt inadequate in a situation? If only there was something that could help us? It is easy to feel this way about our spiritual life. How can we live for God? How can we live this Christian life the way He wants us to? By ourselves, we can’t. But the good news is, “He has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” How? Through knowing Him and His promises. What a blessing! Capture the scope of what Peter is saying, he has “given us everything we need for life and Godliness!” Today, spend time and get to know God. Talk to Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. If you will spend time getting to know God, you will find that He does indeed have everything you need for life and godliness.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear God, I want to live the life You want me to, but I can’t do it by myself. I need You. I need Your promises. Reveal Yourself to me today and in the days to come, so I can get to know You more and more and live the life You desire for me.
AMEN

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His Grace Is Sufficient

TODAY’S VERSE
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
II Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul the Apostle was distraught. He had asked God three times to help alleviate a situation that was plaguing him. God did not alleviate the situation but God did promise Paul that, His grace was sufficient for him. Grace, what a word! It means God’s concern, His favor, His provision, His friendship, all this, without any merit on our own that would cause Him to act favorably toward us. It is from the depth of His unconditional love for us that He helps us in the inner person. He will do whatever it takes to get us through to the other side. His grace is sufficient for anything you bring to Him today. Will you accept it?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I come to You needy. Please make me conscious of Your grace to me today. I come with an empty cup and ask that You fill it today with Your grace. Let me drink of it. Let it go down deep into my soul until I can say with confidence, “Your grace is sufficient for me.” Thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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It’s Your Move

TODAY’S VERSE
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:38

TODAY’S THOUGHT
A man was going down the road and saw a sign that read, “Do you feel far from God?” He thought about the question and was pondering how far he did feel from God when he saw a second sign which read, “Who moved?” How about you? Do you feel far from God? Today’s verse assures us nothing can ever separate us from the love of God, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t ignore His love or take it for granted. If we feel far from God, then it is because we have moved. Move back, move toward God today. Reaccept His love, thank Him for it and worship Him. Renew your love relationship with God today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I confess I often do feel far from You. I know it is because I have moved away. Forgive me. Instead, right now, I choose to embrace Your love, to accept it. Open my eyes so I become convinced that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. Because of Jesus.
AMEN

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What Do You Want Jesus To Do For You?

TODAY’S VERSE
Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
Matthew 20:32

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Two blind men were on the side of the road and heard Jesus coming. They cried out for Jesus to stop and have mercy on them. The disciples tried to stop them but they cried out louder! Jesus saw their faith and earnestness and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said, “We want to see.” Jesus had compassion on them and gave them their sight. How excited do we get about Jesus? How eager do we desire to have Him walk our way? If Jesus asked you, “What do you want me to do for you?” What would your answer be? Today, stop and have a conversation with Jesus. Talk to Him about your needs. Cry out to Him. He is there. He will listen. What do you want Jesus to do?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord Jesus, I come to You needy. I come to You crying out for Your mercy. Help me to know how to answer Your question, “What do you want me to do for you?” Heal my spiritual blindness and help me see that You desire to bless me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Confidence In God’s Help

TODAY’S VERSE
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:6 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Have you ever said anything with confidence? It is different than saying “I think so,” “Perhaps,” “Maybe” or “We’ll see.” Confidence connotes a certainty, an assurance that what we believe is true. Because we believe in a God that will never forsake us, a heavenly Father who will never abandon us, we can have confidence that this same God is our helper, our strength, our shield, our shelter in the storm, our rock of ages, our mighty fortress, our protector, our hope, our Savior. Yes, we can say with confidence, “Today, I will not be afraid!”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Thank You, Mighty God, that You have chosen to be my helper. You have reached down to me and have assured me that You care, that You will always have my soul in Your hand. I thank You with confidence in my heart that what You say is true and every thought, fear, apprehension, and doubt that stands against this confidence is a lie. I accept Your help today. I will trust You and not be afraid. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Do Not Lose Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
II Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
The heart, that part of us that balances out our rational thinking. It is the center of mystery, passion, hope, wonderment, and love. It is that part of us that reacts to the love of Christ. It is what keeps us alive. God told the Jews that He would take out their stony heart and give them a heart that is alive! And likewise, He has done that for us. Unfortunately, we can totally ignore our heart. We can get so busy, so worried, so carnal that we forget that God wants our emotional, intuitive, passionate part of us. Paul warns us, “Do not lose your heart!” The question is, “How?” How do we stop giving in or giving up? Paul gives us that answer. He says we can stop from losing heart, “by inwardly renewing ourselves, day by day.” Devotions, meditating, praying, spending time with God is the way to renewal. Today, stop and come to Him. Give Him your heart. Ask Him to renew it. If the worries of the world, the lure of riches, or the lust of the flesh has your heart in cardiac arrest, go to code blue. “Stand back” and let Jesus resuscitate your heart right now.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, creator of my heart, I come to You now in desperate need of heart renewal. You know how I have let time slip by. I have not protected my heart. I can feel it becoming callous. Forgive me. Oh Spirit of God, right now, I ask You to renew my heart. Give me the peace, joy, love, passion, hope, and steadfastness that comes from a heart renewed by You day by day. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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