by Sharman J. Monroe
So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]. Colossians 3:12 (AMP)
Yeah, I know the world is crazy today. People are quick to react, in a bad way. They say and do things designed to incite hate and division. They curse at each other at the drop of a hat. They abuse, assault and kill each other simply because of differences in sex, appearance, thoughts and ideals.
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JULIE K. GILLIES
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
Hi. My name is Julie. And for entirely too long my middle name might as well have been Fear.
Fear influenced many of my decisions. Fear amplified my imagination in a bad way — I was the worst-case scenario queen. Fear even tried to prevent me from moving forward in obedience to what I sensed God calling me to do.
So I did what any wise believer would do. I prayed. For years, I diligently prayed against fear. That God would take away my fear. That fear would leave me alone. That fear would vanish. That fear would be far from me.
Eventually I realized those prayers would probably require me to live in a bubble, limit my interactions with people, never attempt anything that could be considered risky and quite possibly never leave my house.
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by Heidi Gates
It is often when we have had victory over many storms in our lives, thanks to a faithful God, and we are positioned at the birthing of a new life, that fear will come and attempt to grip us. Fear can paralyze our progress. Just by the sheer love of God, He has made me fearless. 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.”
When fear begins to enter into a situation, I begin to question myself on what area of my life am I disobedient. Disobedience to God is sin and that sin brings guilt. It is the guilt that then opens the door to fear. I will fear what is to come when I have guilt in my heart. So often it is simply disobeying what God is asking us to do for our own good and spiritual growth. That fear, that we now have inadvertently allowed to anchor us, can begin to chip away at our Godly Confidence. The torment can be found in what now begins to be Continue reading