Archive for July, 2010

Overcoming Fear

Here is something excellent and powerful someone sent me yesterday:

I am Afraid, I hear myself say. And in the saying, I practice the presence of Fear, rather than rest in the safety of God. Jesus says His Spirit within me is one of power, love, and a sound mind. But He whispers while Fear is loud.

Fear screams for me to run.
But God beckons me, Come.

Fear pushes me to produce protection.
But God whispers I have already overcome.

And so I stand on rock and watch as the sand sinks swiftly down.
To be love-led rather than fear-driven is to stand on the rock underneath.

Where have you placed your feet today?

by Emily, Chatting at the Sky. Find more hope and encouragement from Emily on (in)courage.



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It’s easy to say “God is good!” when things are going our way, but can we say the same thing when God seems silent; when we cannot understand His ways and purposes?

Trees that have a tiny root system are easily blown down during a storm, but Oak trees, Redwood trees and Sequoia’s have a deep root system and their longevity is just amazing.

How can we still be able to tell God, “You ARE good” in the midst of trials, heartache, disappointment and difficulty that comes to us all (always for our growth)?

Jesus gives us a clear-cut answer in Mt. 7:24-27 (see below). Will we heed His words and sacrifice whatever gets in the way to adopt the freeing spiritual discipline of time with Him in His Word, in prayer and in worship?

Truly, this is what we were born for and what brings true, lasting satisfaction: “In Your presence is fulness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Ps. 16:11).

Mt. 7:24-27: 24″Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

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In the June 17, 2010, edition of his Turning Point online devotional, David Jeremiah writes:

The Diamond Wedding Gown, offered exclusively by a chic bridal salon in Beverly Hills, can be yours for only $12 million. It’s the most expensive wedding dress in the world, and it’s bedecked with 150 carats of diamonds.

If that’s over your budget, you might consider the world’s second most expensive wedding dress. It comes in at a mere $8.5 million and features 1,000 pearls and a rare five-carat white gold diamond.

Save your money. Those dresses are rags compared to the wedding garments of the Bride of Christ, which He purchased at the enormous price of His own blood.

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I’m studying and writing commentary notes on Ps. 100, a Psalm of thanksgiving which only has five verses — but are they ever powerful!

Here’s what I wrote, in part, about thanksgiving to God: One of the simplest, yet greatest virtues – and one that is increasingly lost on our society today — is simple gratitude, expressed to others with a sincere “thank you.”

Thanksgiving with us should begin with our gratitude expressed toward God and that kind of grateful heart ought to then express itself toward others.  They need to hear it as much as we need to give it!

Hint: if you’re married, this is one of the simplest, yet most powerful things you can do with your spouse: appreciate them!

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