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“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7

Did you know that men can actually turn their brains off and think of absolutely nothing? When I first learned this fact, I was completely stunned. What a thought! I would love to be able to sit and think of nothing, or at least be able to turn the volume down from time to time.

As I get older, I’m quickly realizing that there are always going to be a million things on my to do list. My mind feels like it’s going at warp speed 95% of the time, and then my thoughts become muddled and disoriented. 

When I get to this place in my life, fear likes to creep in and I honestly can’t tell what is real and what is anxiety talking. Am I afraid for legit reasons, or have I been listening to the wrong voices all day? 

Fear is such a nasty little monster, and ever so sneaky and cunning. Before we realize it, we are completely immersed in a different reality where fear is making the decisions. 

In spite of all of this though, we are reminded that fear is not from God. It is not something that we need to grow accustomed to or comfortable with. We have been given power today ladies! We are immeasurably loved by the King of Kings and He has given us a sound mind. 

We know that He is able to deliver and keep us. We know that He is strong and excellent. We know that He is faithful and just. Make the decision today to shut out the voice of fear, and listen for the voice of God. 

Jesus, I am so thankful that I don’t have to live in fear. I know that You are always with me and I’m thankful for that. Help me to have courage today and to be able to discern what voices I need to be listening to. 

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:18

The second description that James give us of the wisdom of God is one we all strive for:

PEACE

In a world filled with turmoil and strife, many people are seeking for peace.  A new friend of mine was showing me pictures of what is happening back in the country she recently left.  People are suffering everything but peace.  We are praying that she will not have to return there, as being a Christian is very dangerous.

We are so thankful for the peace that Jesus Christ gives us.  Sometimes we let ourselves get bothered and worried about things that we face, and forget that the Lord has told us to not worry about anything, but to pray about everything,  No matter what we face, the Lord wants us to ask Him for wisdom and we can be sure that the answers He give us will give us peace of mind and heart.im for

The NLT uses “peace loving” in this verse.  Jesus wants us to be peacemakers.  Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

We may not always see eye to eye with everyone we are associated with.  Some may irritate us or cause us problems.  But as a child of God, we are called to be peacemakers.  James tells us we can go to the Lord and ask Him for the wisdom to handle the situation.  Sometimes, He will just tell us to keep our mouths shut. We can be sure that what He instructs us to do will help to bring peace and not turmoil.

Tomorrow we will look at Gentleness.

Prayer: Jesus we all face situations where we need your wisdom to keep peaceful.  Thank you that you are there when we call, and that you will give us the right words and actions.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

Confidence has a negative connotation and almost seems like a taboo word to say out loud (or even write). Why is this? Is it because confidence is associated with pride? When we put our confidence in our flesh, it is most definitely pride. However, when we put our confidence in God, it exhibits that we trust Him and have faith.

Proverbs 3:26, “The LORD will be your confidence.”

This scripture is weighted with promise and evicts insecurities. This verse gives a person the freedom to discard their doubt and accept God’s covering of confidence. God encourages us to lay down our uncertainties and allow Him to prove His strength and power in every area of our lives.

The Struggle Is Real

My whole life, I have struggled with insecurities and I know as I write this post that I am not alone in my battle. I have questioned my worth and misunderstood my purpose. Not to mention, I have run away from the ministry God was calling me to because it was far beyond me.

God called me to my weakness, not my strength.

I cried out, “God choose someone else, I cannot do this. I will not do this.” Today I am thankful for His steadfast mercy that patiently waited for me to submit to His will. Maybe you are in a similar situation right now. Please be encouraged and know that you are ordained by God to accomplish remarkable things for His glory.

Trust The Process

One of the many things I have learned in this painful process is that God is my strength when fear consumes me. God is my help when I am laying in fetal position on the floor, weeping. God is my confidence when I feel incapable of accomplishing the things He is calling me to do. In every valley and on every mountain, He is there holding me up, supporting me, and encouraging me. He has proven Himself to be an ever-present help in a time of trouble. Every time.

Whatever your opposition is and whatever your distractions are, whether they are internal or external, if God says you can do it, then you need to have confidence in Him. Completely. Fully. Wholeheartedly. The safest place to be is in the middle of the will of God, even when you do not understand and even when it hurts.

Pretend like you are trust falling backwards, leaving behind all of your insecurities. When you hesitate and consider the dangers and objective facts, you are resisting His presence. Do not put trust in your capabilities, but go beyond your natural senses into the unknown because the LORD will be your confidence.

by Angela Overton
Reposted with permission from angelaoverton.com