Facing Fear

I John 4:18 (MSG) God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the…

Suit Up

Ephesians 6:10-12 (TLB) Last of all I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood,…

A Gift for You

Psalm 23:1-3 (TLB) Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. My eyes flew open without an alarm today. Well before my usual…

Sing Little Sparrow

. Matthew 10:29-31 (TLB) Not one sparrow (What do they cost? Two for a penny?) can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t worry! You are more valuable to him than many sparrows. “I sing because I’m happy… I sing because I’m free……

Do Not Be Afraid

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (AMP) That is why I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination]. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He…

Stop Striving

Luke 12:30-32 (AMP) For all the [pagan] nations of the world greedily seek these things; and your [heavenly] Father [already] knows that you need them. But [strive for and actively] seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid and anxious, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. As I paint the…

Rally the Troops

Hebrews 10:19-25 (MSG) So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep…

Unlearning Fear

2 Timothy 1:7 (CSB) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. Did you know that human beings are born with just two innate fears? The fear of falling and fear of loud noises. That means that every other thing that produce fear in us is a…

Absence of Fear

Joshua 1:6-9 (ESV) Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the…

Intimidation

I John 4:18 (ESV) There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. (Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice) As I shared recently, I was minding my own business…