Don’t allow fear to paralyze you!


The devil’s plans and schemes are to cause fear and destruction through lies and deceit. God’s Word speaks to us how the devil walks around like a roaring lion seeing who he can devour, but notice it says “like” not that he is one. God’s Word tells us that Jesus is the Lion and the Lamb – He has the power and the tender mercies we need each day. If the devil can stop you from moving the kingdom of God forward then he has done his job and can start to work on someone else. So humble yourself before God and give all your cares up to Him. Stand firm against the devil and be strong in your faith. Realize that your Christian brothers and sisters are going through the same kind of suffering because the devil’s scheme doesn’t change – steal, kill, and destroy through lies and trickery.

Keep moving on! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Resist the devil and God’s Word tells us that he will flee.

I know that last fall I was faced by the lies of the devil when he was trying to pressure and taunt me with fear, discouragement, failure, disappointment, and more. I lived through the battle of will where I had the picture of the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil speaking discouragement. The angel speaking hope – Don’t Worry, God will provide, God has it all under control.

The devil pushes us to the point where he wants us to give up, throw in the towel, and say “I quit!”.

Trust in God! Not sure what He says or He wants, then turn to His Word to hear what He says about you. Spend some time praying and talking with Him and sharing your heart, your hopes and dreams, your fears and concerns.

In this world we will have trouble, but we have hope because Jesus has overcome the world.

And if you want to know for sure, start in the last chapter like with any good book to make sure there is a happy ending. 🙂  And you will learn that God’s side wins. Jesus is the key to victory. Ask Him into your heart. Ask Him for wisdom. Ask Him for courage the press on. A.S.K. for He will give you what you need. Listen to what He has to say and regardless the situation, His peace that goes beyond all understanding will guard your heart.

The devil is a quite an enemy to face, however, with Jesus on our side we will have victory. When we put on the full armor of God we have protection from the fiery darts through our shield of faith. When we put on the full armor of God we have our offensive weapon, the sword of the spirit, the Word of God!

There will be many temptations the devil will put before us and it isn’t sin to be tempted. It is our response that determines if we will sin or not.

Tempted to quit? Discouraged? – not sin.

Quit? Fail God because of discouragement? – you will miss the mark which when you look up the definition of sin, it is an archery term that means to miss the mark.

So today let’s lift up our cares, our concerns, our worries, our fears to God and leave them with Him to deal with so that we can press forward for His glory. God cares for us so much, to the point of even sending His one and only Son to die on the cross that we could be reconciled back to Him. Worrying won’t help anything. Let’s ask God to give us the courage and determination to step forward and step out in faith through the fear and through the temptations. Let’s watch our character be strengthened through this and our lives transformed.

Let’s share our testimony with others to help encourage them. Let’s share our testimony with others to help them to find the victory that is possible when we follow after Jesus. God’s Word tells us how to win the victory. First Part God: By the blood of the lamb. Second Part us: By the words of our testimony. Putting these together we find out:

11And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.Revelation 12:11

Today is the first day in the rest of your life, so knowing what you now know, what will you do with it?


365 Fear Nots: Verse Of The Day 

Our enemies were trying to frighten us and to keep us from our work. But I asked God to give me strength. — Nehemiah 06:09 (CEV)

Biblical Truth:

Lift up faithful prayers to God for the courage and determination to press on through fear and temptation. Our character is strengthened when we face our fears.


TGIF: Sacrificing At What Cost by Os Hillman 

…”I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” – 2 Samuel 24:24

“…each of us must be willing to give to others without a motive to get anything in return.”

“No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them. David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped. — 2 Samuel 24:24-25

Os closed today’s devotion with the following challenge:

When was the last time you sacrificed for another with no expectation of getting anything in return? We can all give something to others, such as our time, our money, or our expertise. This is real Christianity that models the Spirit of Christ. The next time you meet with someone, why not consider how you might be a blessing to that person. Why not ask, “How can I help you?”

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Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I pray for wisdom today for every conversation that I have so that I won’t speak out of my own thoughts and ideas, but will share Your testimony and word for each person I speak to. May my words come from You. May my words be Your words. May You be present and speaking into their hearts and minds to rebuke the fear, rebuke the discouragement, and lift them up to step into the great plans You have for them. Lord, my hope and trust are all in You. May my thoughts, my words, and my actions today bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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How do you worship?


Is it a lifestyle? Is it an activity?
Is it a daily thing? Is it weekly thing?

Worship is a way of life. Everything we do should be our expression of worship to God. By walking in His ways we are worshipping Him. By pursuing His will we are worshipping Him. By walking by faith and putting your trust in Him in every situation, we are worshipping Him. Worship is signing and dancing and it is so much more. How do you prepare yourself each day to live a life of worship? Do you set aside time to spend with God so that you can share your heart with Him? Do you set aside time to spend with God and to hear what He has to say through His Word? So will you live a life of worship today in the thoughts, the words, the actions of your day?

Is there anything holding you? You in slavery or bondage to anything that is keeping you from being able to freely worship? Have you lost hope and fallen into depression or bitterness? Has something happened in your life that produced so much discouragement that you feel hopeless… hopeless to the point of becoming ill?

I am thankful for the testimony of when I got there because it allows me to relate with others who are feeling similar. There is no way that I would have ever asked for that experience because it was painful… physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Had I not gone through this trial though, I wouldn’t have learned the important and the power of forgiveness in our lives. I found freedom from bondage and slavery to unforgiveness, to bitterness, to anger, to frustration, to sadness, and so much more. It is hard to worship when you feel that low, but it is important to keep trusting and looking to God. It is important to not give up hope that God will get you through it, I know I wasn’t sure how, but I was sure who would get me through all of this. Make sure to make an effort to meet with and talk to and share with people of faith about where you are at. They will listen. They will pray. They may even get a revelation or word of wisdom from God and be able speak into your very situation. Don’t isolate yourself because that is what the devil wants and he can then speak even more lies to cause the downward spiral to continue or even accelerate. As life felt like it was going down, I kept looking up. I know where my help comes from – It comes from the Lord. And I found that because I was able to get through this situation and the duration I was filled with even greater joy by the revelation of the truth of real freedom – FORGIVENESS!! Like I said, I wouldn’t have ever asked to go through this, however, with it in my rearview mirror, there have been so many people around me with depression, bitterness, sadness, hopelessness that God has prepared me to be able to speak hope and life, forgiveness and love because of what I have experience through God’s faithfulness. My hope comes from God and I share it with others. God’s timing is perfect in all things. In His perfect timing, greater glory and deliverance and praise are accomplished. Be it the exodus from Egypt through the Read Sea to the resurrection of Lazarus, the delay only made the final outcome a greater celebration and provided a greater testimony of the power of God.

God loves you! He loves you so much that He has provided an incredible book as a love letter to each of us.

Are you needing a way out? God won’t tempt us with more than we can handle. He always provides a way out. Turn to Him and ask for His wisdom and His help right where you are at. Allow Him to speak hope over You and to give you guidance in what you need to do to find the freedom and peace He desires for you in your life. He wants us to be able to live life as worship unto Him. Our words, our attitudes, our thoughts, and actions all have the power to show how we are and desire to worship Him.

What is worship mean to you?


365 Fear Nots: Verse of the Day

What you’re doing is wrong. Is there no fear of God left in you? Don’t you care what the nations around here, our enemies, think of you?

Nehemiah 05:09 (MSG)

Biblical Truth:

Do not allow the influence of the world to hinder your walk with the Lord. Worship Him and make His ways your ways, otherwise you open yourself and Christianity up to ridicule.


TGIF: A Call To Worship 

by Os Hillman

…but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.Exodus 6:9

Os closes with:

“What are you in bondage to today? What keeps you from entering true worship? Work can keep us in bondage if we fail to enter into freedom in Christ during our workday. Today, ask God to show you the areas of bondage that you are living in so that you may worship Him.”

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Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan

Day 173 of 349


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I thank You Lord for getting to spend time with my family watching my daughter’s play last night. Your hand in my life is visible to me and I thank You and praise You and may every part of me and every part of my day be worship and glorifying to You. Help me today with my schedule with my efforts with my focus so that the right things are done and that what You desire in and through my life can be accomplished in a way that bring You even greater praise, honor, and glory. Grant me wisdom today for every conversation. Help me Lord to lead by example in a way that is glorifying and satisfying to You. Not my ways, not the ways of the world, but Your ways Lord so that everything I think, say, or do will be received as worship unto You. Lord I give this day up to You and give You the praise, the honor, and the glory in advance for I know You have gone before me to prepare in advance the good works You have for me to do. I give this all up into Your hands now in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Stand up for what you believe in or you will fall for anything.


 

9So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.Galatians 6:9-10

The devil’s plan is to lie, steal, and destroy. He uses fear as the mechanism to try and paralyze us and keep us from accomplishing God’s will. So turn to God and seek His plan and His will and your strength will be renewed, you will be lifted up on wings like eagles. Not sure what to do or where to turn, turn to God believing that He exists and speak to Him (pray) allowing your heart to be open and transparent with Him. He will provide the wisdom, the truth, and the courage to stand up and to step into what He has planned and called for you to do and to be.

Don’t cower back. Have bold faith in God and allow God to direct your steps, calm the winds and the storm, and provide a peace that goes beyond all understanding.

6“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. 7Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Joshua 1:6-7

Where you are mentally? What are you focusing on? Where is your mind’s efforts being exerted? Are you focusing on the waves or on God? Are you focusing on the storm or on God? Are you focusing on the mountain or on God? Are you seeing beyond your circumstances to God’s promises? Are you seeing the goal and the prize you are moving towards or are you being distracted by the waves, the wind, the sounds, the lies, the …? Consider how you feel when you are in the zone. Consider how you feel when your thoughts are on positive and encouraging and uplifting things. Consider how you feel when your thoughts are aligned with God’s thoughts. Consider how you feel when you are moving forward in the grace and truth and love of God.

So where does God want you today? What does He want you to do? Is there something He needs you to speak into the life of someone around you? Does He want your thoughts to change and align with His so that you will be encouraged and at peace?

ObedienceWisdomMeaning… Choose obedience over reason and analysis.

TRUST & OBEY and leave the outcome up to God!


365 Fear Nots: Verse of the Day

After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your people, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

Nehemiah 04:14-15 (TNIV)

Biblical Truth:

Fear is an enemy that deceives, with God as our leader we are made strong and able to go on with His work. Through prayer and vigilance we are able to stand up for all that is right and all that we cherish.


TGIF: In The Zone by Os Hillman

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. – Joshua 1:7

Obedience over logic and reason… Os closes with:

“Imagine if the early Church had adopted this philosophy. No walls would have fallen down at Jericho. No Red Sea would have parted. No one would have been healed. No coins would have been found in the mouth of a fish. Reason and analysis would not have led to making the obedient decision. Trust and obey. Leave the outcome to God.”

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Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan

Day 172 of 349


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for Your Word that is truth. I thank You Lord for You Word that is alive and speaks to me daily. Grant me a heart of obedience to Your will. Help me to do what You call and want me to do rather than doing what makes the most sense so that Your will can be and will be done through my obedience. Grant me courage Lord to not allow the devil to try and cheat me out of what You have planned. Help me Lord to step up and step into Your work and Your plans so that with every thought, every word, and every action I take, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Are you putting your trust in numbers? Where are you putting your trust?


Are you trusting only numbers to determine the outcome? Do you know what the risk is in doing that? Do you know what else you could be putting your trust in?

It’s interesting how today’s reading makes me wonder about the move to being data driven. When people think data driven are they only thinking of numbers and putting their trust in numbers? If it isn’t just the numbers, what other type of data is being considered when they are making their decisions? What is the source for their data? Do they understand the source and the quality of that source? Do they realize that there are sources that are dependable and other sources that are flawed?

Where does your hope come from? Where do you put your trust?

Ever considered the numbers of your opponent or competitor in making decisions?

Then Hezekiah encouraged them by saying: 7“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! 8He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.2 Chronicles 32:6-8

Ever consider your company’s or group’s own numbers to help you feel more confident about where you are? Are they yours? Check yourself when you go to do this for the consequences could be great!

1Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel. 2So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”

3But Joab replied, “May the Lord increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?”

4But the king insisted that they take the census, … 1 Chronicles 21:1-4

Consequences in some cases can be very severe when you don’t consider them beforehand. Imagine if your decision to count

7God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it. – 1 Chronicles 21:7

How will you deal with the news if or when this would happen to you? We see David‘s response and the consequences were great. Who will you trust?

8Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt for doing this foolish thing.”

9Then the Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer. This was the message: 10“Go and say to David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments, and I will inflict it on you.’”

11So Gad came to David and said, “These are the choices the Lord has given you. 12You may choose three years of famine, three months of destruction by the sword of your enemies, or three days of severe plague as the angel of the Lord brings devastation throughout the land of Israel. Decide what answer I should give the Lord who sent me.”

13“I’m in a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands.”

14So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and 70,000 people died as a result. 15And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But just as the angel was preparing to destroy it, the Lord relented and said to the death angel, “Stop! That is enough!” At that moment the angel of the Lord was standing by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.1 Chronicles 21:8-15

So you want to be have the necessary wisdom to make the right decisions. You want to be data driven. Consider the best sources and what sources of truth can be trusted all the time. Is there a source of truth that has never been proven wrong? Is there a source of truth that has lasted not only years, but generations? Where can you turn to get wisdom to make the right decision?

God’s Word… the Bible. God’s book of wisdom and His love letter to us to grant us wisdom for every decision. When we put our trust in Him, we can receive the truth:

4When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.Romans 4:5

The battle belongs to the Lord. Victory doesn’t come from our numbers, but by His faithfulness and our trust in Him. Are we wanting to do it to glorify ourselves or to glorify Him? Check your heart and see why you want to do it. Check your heart and consider the intent for wanting to do it. Do you trust Him? Will you trust Him? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! Who will you choose to server?

Are you putting your hope and trust in what you can do? Are you putting your hope and your trust in your abilities? Are you going to try and do it your way, the way you did it the last time, the way someone else did it that worked? Are you going to turn to God and ask Him what you should do? His ways aren’t always the same way we did it and had a great victory in previous tries. His ways are better and greater and produce incredible victories and glory to Him.

So put your trust in God today! Lean not on your own understanding, but put your total dependence on God daily. His ways aren’t always our ways, but they are always better.

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.Proverbs 3:5

So what is going to drive you today? What are you going to trust as you make your decisions? Its your day to choose.


image365 Fear Nots: Verse of the Day

Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.

2 Chronicles 32:07 (NASB)

Biblical Truth:

Be confident in the word of God and rise above fear. With boldness we declare that since God is for us, who can be against us?


TGIF: Placing Trust in our Strength by Os Hillman

So the Lord sent a plague on Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell dead. – 1 Chronicles 21:14

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Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan

Day 171 of 349


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that You will do in it. Help me today to prioritize and accomplish the things that are most important to You. Help me Lord with such a day to keep my eyes and focus on You and not be distracted by the other things that go on in and around me but to keep focused on making first things first. Lord, my hope and trust are in You and I know that Your ways and Your will is better and will allow every thought, every word, and every action I take today to bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Fear Not, Just believe…


In this world we will have troubles. The devil will be doing things around us and speaking lies to us to try and freak us out. Fear Not doesn’t mean that we won’t be scared or won’t feel fear, it is more about believing in the most High God who loves us and is guiding us and is protecting us and is speaking to us through His so that we can walk through it and come out the other side victorious. It produces even greater faith in us so that we can encourage others and help them. When we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil, we won’t get stuck there but we will press forward and keep moving. You know why? Because God’s rod and staff will guide and and protect us. You know what other reason we can keep moving? The reality is that the shadow gets bigger the closer the light gets and we know that God is the light and as such He would be getting closer. So don’t let the lies of the devil keep you from all that God has planned for you today. Know God’s love and His light shine so bright that it will guide our steps and our path.


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365 Fear Nots: Verse of the Day

When the surrounding kingdoms got word that God had fought Israel’s enemies, the fear of God descended on them. Jehoshaphat heard no more from them; as long as Jehoshaphat reigned, peace reigned.

2 Chronicles 20:29-30 (MSG)

Biblical Truth:

We worship God when we trust Him with our fear and worry. When He reigns in your life, others take note of the peace that only He can provide.


We will and have been tested. Have you been sharing your testimony?

Have you ever been to the point where you felt out of control? What do you do in that point? You do the one thing you know how to do and that is to turn to God and call on Him. Are you willing to trust Him? Are you willing to give Him the steering wheel in your life so that He can help navigate you through the rough or deep waters of life? As you are tested and see the results, will you testify so that it will build up the faith of those around you? How deep do you need to go or does the waters of life have to be before you will turn to God, call on Him, and put all, that’s right ALL of your hope and trust in Him? There is a purpose and plan behind it. There is a preparation and a vision that comes through it. How will you testify about it? What will you share to build up those around you and around the world so that they can come and set their feet under the table of the Lord? Water can be used to smooth rough edges. Water can be used to change the direction of a river. How will the water of life be used to mold and shape your life?

Trust God in the waters of life. Turn to God in the waves. Call out to God to help you in and through it all.


TGIF: Seeing the Works of God by Os Hillman

Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord…. – Psalm 107:23-24a

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Today’s Reading: Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan

Day 170 of 349


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in. I thank You for this time of worship and celebration. I thank You for this time to remember what You have done in and through our lives. I thank You Lord for Your Word that speaks to me of how history repeats itself – people follow after you, they rebel against you… I lift up this nation and the world to You Lord and ask that You will divinely intersect the leaders of nations, the leaders of communities, the leaders of companies today and show them the truth. Show them the options and the final outcomes based on the decisions that will be made. Lord, when I see what happened to nations that turned their backs on You, I cry out Lord to You to protect those who believe and trust in You for I know there is a remnant and I ask Lord that You would empower and encourage us to speak out and testify of Your goodness. Help us today Lord to be filled to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit so that with every thought, every word, and every action You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.