No Fear

So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
~ Hebrews 13:6

Be confident in the knowledge that God is your helper! He is there for you no matter what challenge you face.  Declaring God’s power in your life gives you the ability to overcome the fear of what difficult circumstances may bring to your life.

Afternoons With God

Of making many books there is no end. 
~ Eccl 12:12

One who can write what people will read has a wide opportunity of doing good. There is need for consecrated pens. One can write helpfully only after living victoriously. We are apt not to realize the cost at which we receive the good we get from helpful books.

We read the smooth, graceful sentences with delight. They impart to us instruction, inspiration, comfort, and courage. We give little thought to the writer, or we think of him as one who wields a facile pen. It rarely occurs to us to think of him as one who has endured pain or suffered loss, or passed through sorrow, in order that he might give us the words in which we find so much help.

But the truth is that no strengthening thought comes to us from another without cost to the other, some time, some way. Men and women must live deeply before they can write hopefully. We cannot teach lessons we have not learned, and we cannot learn such lessons save in the school of experience.

And The Chains Fell Off

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
~ Acts 16:25-26 [NLT]

Helping a friend in need may be just a simple act of kindness, but the importance here is about relationships. We don’t necessarily think about “maintaining” relationships but rather directing our time to things that matter to us. Take a break from your busy life and think of a starving relationship you can feed. It could blossom into something so beautiful only God could have touched it.

Focus

Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
~ Proverbs 4:25 [NLT]

When we live distracted lives, we live destroyed by the enemy of our soul.  The enemy loves when we reach for more and focus on what’s next.  As long as our eyes are consumed with what depends on us, we aren’t able to depend on God.  Focus your eyes on Jesus.  Don’t let your possessions, career or any other good gift God gives, possess you.  May all those things be tools to better serve the Lord.

Abba, Father

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
~ Romans 8:15 [NLT]
God is a relational God! We are not slaves, following His rules in hopes we can do “good enough” to please a tyrant God. Thankfully, every believer is adopted into the family of God as His child!! We are His loved ones. He desires that our hearts be connected to his. Be reminded you are loved by your Father God! 

Despair No More

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.
~ Isaiah 9:1 [NLT]

Once we accept Jesus into our lives we no longer have to live with despair!  God’s glory has come to earth in the foretold of baby Jesus.  It’s through him that we are granted a sure salvation.  Let go of despair and allow your life to be filled with God’s gracious glory! 

Confess Your Sins

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
~ James 5:16 [NLT]
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Thinking about confession can bring up emotions prompting you to run away. Try to overcome them. Confession is an uncomfortable action, but is important to the path of healing. When we hide our sins, it only makes things worse. Instead, bring them into the light by sharing your sins. Start today.