I Will Not Be Fearful

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READ:  John 14:27  I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 

I remember times when fear has crept into my life.   I have had several situations that seemed unbearable to get through.   You know what those situations are like.  You feel as though you are out in the middle of sea on a boat, and the storm comes and it's black as night, pouring rain and the boat is sinking... sinking fast!   A terrible feeling of fear grips your heart and you feel as though you are about to break.  

One such time for me is when I was facing an incurable bladder disease.  I faced that thing for 10 long, gruesome, unbearable years.   I felt as though I spent every Sunday on my knees at the alter.  I remember not knowing how I was going to get through life in such horrible pain and wondering how I would possibly raise my two young sons.   There were days that my husband would leave for work, but I was curled up at the door holding his legs begging him not to leave.  (I was in too much pain to care for them).    My husband, of course, had to leave, and I would lay there crying.  I would then cry out to God for help and literally I would feel the presence of God come into the room and pick me up and give me strength for another day.   

I lived in a real state of fear.  Fear of the future.  Fear of the pain.  Fear for my health.  Fear of life in general.  Fear of the next day.  And even though I am past that point in my life and PRAISE GOD the victory came --- I have times that other things in life cause me to be fearful.   

Do you remember Who calmed the storm in Mark chapter 4?   It was Jesus.   He was asleep during the storm and the disciples woke him and asked "Teacher, don't you care that we are going to drown?"     Jesus rebuked the wind and told the waves 'silence' and all was calm.   

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

What storm are you in the midst of right now?  What fear is encompassing you, has your heart in a vice, and is just too big for you to handle?     ....... Jesus tells us in John 14 not to be troubled and not to be afraid. Give it to Jesus!    Tell Him that you are drowning here and that you need Him.   Just like He calmed the storm for the disciples, I know that He will calm the storm for you.  

As a Child of God - you do not have to be fearful.   2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  

Dear Jesus, you know that I struggle with fear.  I sometimes feel like I'm drowning in a sea of it.  Please Dear Jesus help me to give my fears to you and trust you to fill me with peace, and to help me.  Amen & Amen. 

Unforgiveness Hurts

READ:  Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Forgiveness is a HUGE subject.  The Bible tells us that we must forgive others.  It's very hard to do when someone hurts us, isn't it? 

Unforgiveness can hurt us more than it hurts the other person.   

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A few years ago I was helping one of our elderly friends with a yard sale.  There was a lady who came to shop.  She began to tell us how she was so messed up in her back from a car accident.  I love to pray for others and wanted to pray for her, but in my spirit I knew that it would be no use. The further she went in telling me her problem, the more angry she became at the man who hit her. I mean there was a great amount of unforgiveness inside of her.  This unforgiveness that she carried was robbing her of receiving all that Jesus had for her.   The unforgiveness that she carried had turned into pure bitterness.   

I sadly watched her walk away - knowing that she would not be set free from her pain physically, until she had let go of her bitterness and unforgiveness that she carried in her heart.  


Is there someone that you need to forgive?  The Bible tells us that if we refuse to forgive others, that our Heavenly Father will not forgive us.  That makes unforgiveness dangerous.  

If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14, 15.

Dear Jesus,  thank you for showing me today that I need to forgive.   Please help me to forgive others, truly forgive them, when they do something against me.  I release ____________ (name of person) now from any offense in the mighty Name of Jesus.  I pray your supernatural blessings over _______ (name of person).    

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The Power Inside Of You

Romans 8:11  The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

The world we live in today can be so scary.  I often hear people my age say "it's not the same world that it was even 10 years ago".    There are fears everywhere.... the fears can be never-ending if we let them get to us.    I love the scripture from Romans 8:11 (above).   It reminds me who we (Christians) really are in Christ Jesus.  We have P-O-W-E-R  that we don't seem to use and it really is time for the church to stand up and be who God called us and equipped us to be.  

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that I am seated with Christ in heavenly places.  (For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:6).   And that Christ is the head and I am the body.    Apart from Him - I can do nothing.  But WITH Him all things are possible. 

It really is time that Christians step into all that God has for us.  Today, as you go about your day, think about the verse above - think about how the SAME POWER that raised Jesus Christ from the dead - lives inside of YOU!!     

Listen to the below message and let Jeremy Camp's words minister to you today.   

The same power that rose Jesus from the grave
The same power that commands the dead to wake
Lives in us, lives in us
The same power that moves mountains when He speaks
The same power that can calm a raging sea
Lives in us, lives in us
He lives in us, lives in us

Are You Hungry?

READ:  Psalm 1:1-3 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.  

But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

We don't let ourselves go physically hungry very long, do we?  Personally when I get hungry, my body moves into a low insulin type of reaction and I get weak, shaky, sweaty, and extremely nauseous and it hits me FAST.  REAL FAST!    I actually carry snack bars with me for when I get that way.   I've asked my husband (who is a physician) what would happen if I was in a place where I had no protein with me and he explains that I may pass out but not die - my body would readjust itself.    ----------------     But you know what?  I get spiritually hungry too.    I do.   I can tell when it happens too.  Maybe I've been "too busy" or you know "life happens" and I don't get to pick up the Bible for a few days or listen to my favorite pastors,  and wham..... I'm weak, my faith becomes shaky, I'm walking around with worry and fear.  What do I do?  I pull out the Word of God and get back to feeding myself.  If I wouldn't do this.... I would go back to the way of the world and starve.  

As human beings we have things that bring us delight.  It might be attending a ball game, movie or concert, enjoying nature, the ocean, reading, or being with family.  It's true - there are many things that 'delight us' and because we all differ so much in our interests, what brings delight to one - maybe completely different to another.   

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As Christians, however, the Word of God tells us that meditating on God's Word (or speaking it over and over to yourself, thinking/pondering it) - should bring you delight or great pleasure.  We are told in Psalm 1 that when we find delight in the Word of God, we are like trees that are planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit and prospering in each season.  

The church today is experiencing a famine - it’s a famine of the Word of God. (Quote by: Pastor Michael Yeager)

  Ask yourself:   "Am I finding delight in meditating on the Word of God?"    Do I want to reach for the Word quicker than I reach for a novel or book?      Am I filled with faith or am I starving spiritually?     

We are told in Psalms 1 that when we find delight in the Word of God, that we are like trees that are planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit and prospering in each season.   You want to be prosperous in all that you do ----  reach for the Word of God!! 

Dear God - help me to be hungry for more of You and more of Your Word.  Give me a thirst and a hunger for you that is so deep that from this day forward I feed myself from Your Word each day.   In Jesus Name, Amen.