what the truth is!
This may seem like a weird and impossible
statement but its where you start. The Bible is true and learning what it says about God, the Lord Jesus
and you is key to changing your life and defeating fear. For example...
God will never make you jump through hoops to earn His love. His love is not like the media or the worlds love, it
is perfect. The question is do you believe this? Do you act on this belief or do you act on your old
programming based and fearful emotions?
SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013
From Greg Laurie's Daily Devotion
Getting Through the Storms of Life
Are you facing a "storm of life" right now? By that I mean, are you facing
some kind of crisis or unexpected tragedy? Are you losing hope?
One day, Jesus said to His disciples, "Let's cross over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee." So these
experienced fishermen did what they had done hundreds of times. They boarded their boat and began to row together
while Jesus went below deck and took a much-needed nap.
Suddenly, a severe storm came and began to dump rain on them and caused the sea to pitch. It was so bad that even
these seasoned sailors began to panic. They awoke Jesus and said accusingly, "Do You not care that we are
perishing?" Jesus patiently absorbed their criticism and then rebuked the storm and it stopped immediately. He also
rebuked them with these words, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"
(see Mark 4:35-40).
A better translation of those words says, "Why are you such timid, fearful ones?" Jesus was saying, "Boys, have you
not learned anything here?" After all, what did Jesus say to them? He said, "Let's cross over to the other side!"
He did not say, "Let's go to the middle of the Sea of Galilee and drown together!" If He had said that, they might
have been justified in their collective panic.
Jesus did not promise smooth sailing, but He did promise a safe passage. I would rather be in a storm with Jesus
than anywhere else without Him. So, if you are in a storm of life, my advice to you is to remember that Jesus will
"get you to the other side." Trust Him. He will not abandon you or let you down. You have His Word on it. For He
Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
Another aspect of overcoming fear is to get your
mind off yourself and onto God & others.
As we said before,
when you really, really get how He loves you, you will find faith and not fear, you will find the power He loved
you with is in you already and you will love others as He does. 1John
4:18-19 says; There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casts out fear: because fear involves torment. He that fears is not made perfect
in love. We love him, because he first loved us. God shows us Love is the way. Getting your life
in a place where you can help others is a great way to begin to love others and defeat fear. You have
heard it said that it is better to give than to receive. When you volunteer or serve at church or
wherever, you will feel the power of the Holy Spirit increasing the love in your heart and that
love will drive out fear. Soon you will find yourself trusting God more & more because you know He
Remember it's 1 day at a time and begins
now... do you believe? Are you trusting Him now for everything?... your future?
"Fear Not" is mentioned 365 times throughout the Bible. One for each day of the
year God is with you...