Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” John 14:27 (Amplified)

Fear can be overcome through the Holy Spirit of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified) says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

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30 Days Of…Day 13 – “Giants”

 

Do you have giants in your life? If you are honest you will say yes. I know that I have had to deal with a couple of giants. The giant of fear is one that can paralyze you if you let it take over your life. Another giant is insecurity. Insecurity will make you doubt the abilities you have. Insecurity drains you of the God-given talents and creativity that you resides within you.

One of the bible stories that I liked as a child is the story about David and Goliath. Goliath was a giant who stood over nine feet tall. Everyone was afraid of him because anyone that went up against him would ultimately lose their life. David, the youngest of eight children, was a teenager. Three of his oldest brothers had signed up with King Saul’s army to fight against the Philistines which Goliath was a part of. Goliath taunted King Saul’s army and promised them he would destroy. One day David’s father asked him to take food and wanter to his brothers. So David goes down to the place where the army and the Philistines are to take necessities to his brothers and he hears the conversations about Goliath taunting the army and what he is going to do to them. He decides that he is going take this giant who dares to defy the Israelites who are the army of the living God.

David decided to look at this giant situation from the perspective of his God. As the story goes, he used three smooth stones and a slingshot and killed Goliath. Looking at giant our circumstances from God’s point of view, will help us to fight the giant more effectively.

1 Samuel 17:45 & 47 (Amplified Bible)

45 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.

47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.

“Giants, the bigger they are the harder they fall”. Give your giants to the giant slayer and then stand tall.

30 Days Of…Day 7 – “Favorite Scripture”

I have many favorite scriptures, but one of them is Proverbs chapter 3 verses 5-7 which reads as follows from the Amplified Bible Version:

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.”

This is one of my favorite scriptures because it is my natural instinct to follow the desires of my heart and not listen to voice of God. Following my way is not always the best course to follow when making  decisions. Do I always follow this scripture? No. Do I do things my way? Yes. But, I’m still a work in process and my rough edges are still being smoothed out and my frowns are slowly being turned into smiles and each day is a new day to keep trying and keep moving along the road of life.