Tuesday, August 20, 2013
This word hit home for me. I've spent countless hours wondering “what if”. “What if my son David could walk?”, “What if my father was alive to watch me reach my dreams?”, or “What if I had a partner to help me through this journey?”. I am learning that spending my time and energy wondering about what could have, should have been, only preoccupies me and prevents me from embracing what God has already and continues to do in my life.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
What if… we allowed God to work his plan in our lives without questioning him? What if… God needs us right where we are to move in mighty ways? What if… God is just waiting for us to move out of the way so he can move?
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
(2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God’s desire is that we continually progress, that we reach higher heights and go to new levels in Him. Oftentimes, as soon as we make the decision to step out in faith and obey God, the enemy brings in fear to try to stop us. He’ll bring thoughts like, “What if you fail? What are other people going to think? You don’t have what it takes.” He’ll do his best to use fear to try to convince us to shrink back and stay where we are.
The Bible says that fear is a spirit. It plays on our emotions and holds us back. But the good news is that we have power over the spirit of fear! The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear. When we receive God’s perfect love, we will have confidence about the future because we know His plans are for our good. I’ve heard it said that fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Understand that fear is a lie. Don’t buy the lie. Instead, choose to believe God’s Word and receive His love so that you can overcome fear and move forward into the blessings He has prepared for you!
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A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for giving me power, love and a sound mind. I open my heart to You and receive Your perfect love. Fill me with Your confidence and assurance to embrace everything You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.