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What are you afraid of? We all have that ONE thing that gives us the ‘heebie jeebies’ and makes us shudder at the mere thought of it, right? I’ve been afraid of many things in my life… snakes, spiders, heights, confined spaces…even the dark. I have a dream one day of jumping out of an airplane and freefalling to the earth for several minutes before opening a parachute to slow my descent, but for now my fear keeps me on the ground…for now. I’ve been a firefighter now for 22 years, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned that stands out for me today, it’s the need to conquer our fears…and how much power we actually have available to do just that. Recently, I’ve been afraid of the unknown. I’ve been comfortable…riding the waves of a successful career, ministry, and home life…comfortable to enjoy the ride and not rock the boat by turning toward the storm and the unknown.

I recently accepted a promotion at work…a new position that came with many unknowns. I’m navigating unchartered waters and making my own course now, but two months ago I was afraid to take the step. God spoke to me through many different people as I weighed that decision, and the one thing He was making abundantly clear to me through all of them…”I did not give you a spirit of fear.” The enemy wants to use our fear to slow us down…to keep us quiet…to dampen our joy…to extinguish the light inside us. The enemy uses our fears against us. Fear tells us we’re not good enough. Fear says we can’t do it. Fear tells us we shouldn’t do it. Fear tells us we’re weak and powerless. Fear tells us we’re unworthy and not loved. Fear keeps us from enjoying the benefits of life. Fear tells us there is no way it can be done. Fear shouts, “I OWN YOU!!”

If you’re reading this today, know that your fear does not define you. Your fear does not own you. Your fear is not from God. Your fear is holding you back, but it doesn’t have to. “For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

You have a spirit of POWER. A spirit of LOVE. A spirit of GOOD MIND (SOUND MIND, GOOD JUDGMENT, SELF-CONTROL). That means you have the POWER within you to CONTROL the fear, not let the fear control you! Do you get that? Do you really?!! Man, if you’re anything like me, maybe you need to read that again…and again…and again…and again. Sometimes, I need to be reminded of that every single day. God has given you a spirit of POWER, LOVE, and SELF-CONTROL. How will you use that power today to conquer your fears? How will you use that power today to step out in faith and accept the blessings God has waiting for you on the other side of the fear? How will you use that spirit to love God and love people? What have you been saying “no” to? What have you been refusing to try because you’ve convinced yourself it’s not doable or possible? What negative self-talk do you say to yourself that holds you back?

Maybe if you’re like me, you’re moved by music. When you put this down, find the popular song by Zach Williams called, “Fear is a Liar” and be inspired to take a step toward conquering the fear that is lying to you today. We’ll each conquer our fears together today…and maybe today is the day I go skydiving after all!

Be blessed. Be the blessing!

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It’s so easy to worry. We all do it. After all, there are so many things we can worry about on this earth! Financial worries, relational worries, health worries, future worries, etc.  Now, with the Coronavirus affecting our entire world, the natural reaction for many is to worry. “Am I or somebody I love going to get the virus?” “Will we lose our jobs?” “Will we make it through this very difficult time?”

As “human” as it is to worry, God tells us in the Bible that we should not worry about anything. Not one thing! Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB) says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Matthew 6:34 mentions, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” And Matthew 6:27 adds: “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” Of course, some might say, “That’s easy for you to say! But how am I to be anxious for nothing, or not worry about tomorrow, even if worrying doesn’t add a single hour to my life, when I have a loved one who is dying? Or I lost my job? Or I can’t pay my bills? How am I not going to worry about those things?”

The simple but profound answer is this: “Rest.” We need to rest in God, and His promises for our lives. Worry and Rest cannot coexist at the same time. Resting in God actually pushes out worries we may have. And it brings us the peace we long for. We need to make sure we are resting in God, and His promises, and not the lies of the Enemy. Some people may have the mindset of, “When I see it happen, then I’ll believe.” Or, “I won’t believe until I am healed from this disease. Or until I get a new job. Or until I find the spouse God has for me.” However, God wants us to believe in His promises, and rest in them. Are we believing in them? What are some of the promises of God?

One promise is found in Isaiah 40:29: “He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.” Another promise is in Isaiah 40:31: “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” And Psalm 34:17 adds, “The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all these troubles.” Are we believing these promises? We need to be. We need to be resting in them, as we ultimately rest in God.

Psalm 116:7 says, “Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.” That is what we are supposed to tell ourselves, when we find ourselves worried. “Return to your rest, O my soul! For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you!” Psalm 116:8 says, “For You have rescued my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.” And Psalm 116:9 adds, “I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” Are we trusting that the Lord deals bountifully with us? That He rescues us from the worries of this world? And that we shall walk with the blessings God gives us, in the land of the living? If not, we should be!

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Maybe one reason God gives us the Sabbath day, and asks us to keep it Holy by doing no work on it, is because He knows how valuable resting in Him and His promises are for our lives. Exodus 20:8 says, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” And Hebrews 4:9 says, “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” In reality, this command for resting on the Sabbath each week is a good model for what we should be doing with the worries of this life. Giving those worries to God. Not being burdened with them, with the type of anxiety one might have with trying to make a paycheck each week. But to take a second. Pause. Breathe. And rest in God. Know that He provides for all our needs. He is ultimately in control.

Exodus 33:14 says, “And He said, ‘My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.’” Isaiah 26:3 mentions, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.” Matthew 6:25 says not to be worried about our lives. So, why be anxious or worried about anything? I pray that we indeed trust God with our lives, as we Rest in Him and in His promises!

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