Archive | September 2013

Stay Close to God

The things of the world often make us afraid. What kind of input are you receiving from the world? Is any of it causing fear in you? Do whatever you can to stay close to God. Fear disappears in the presence of the Lord. 

The more you get to know the Lord and understand who He is, the more you will reverence Him and fear His displeasure. This is called the fear to the Lord, and it makes you want to obey Him. It’s what draws you closer to God and increases your longing for more of Him. When you have the fear of the Lord, you fear what your life would be like without Him. 

God wants you to walk with Him and talk with Him and have the kind of relationship with Him where He shares Himself with you and tells you things you didn’t know before and wouldn’t know unless He revealed them to you. When you get close enough and quiet enough, He will whisper a secret to your heart and it will change your life. In that moment, any fear you have will be gone. Ask God to speak to you today. 

Dear Lord, show me where I allow fear to take root and help me to put a stop to it. Take away any fear of rejection and all fear of man from within me and replace it will the fear of the Lord. Lord, help me to grow in fear and reverence of You so that I may please you and escape the plans of evil for my life. Thank You that those who fear You will never lack any good thing. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18 

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.

Psalm 25:14

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Don’t live in Fear

God does not want us to live in fear. Fear does not come from Him. It’s the world that teaches us to fear. The things we see in movies, videos, newspapers, and books make us afraid. The enemy can make us afraid of everything, including our future. Worrying that something we fear is going to happen wears us down. But we don’t have to be tormented by fear. God wants us to be free of it. 

There are two kinds of fear: Godly and ungodly. We must pray that we live in godly fear, which is good, and not give place to ungodly fear, which is torment. One of the most common types of ungodly fear is the fear of man, or a fear of rejection. It’s a trap we can fall into without ever realizing it. In order to protect ourselves from it, we have to care more about what God says than what anyone else says. 

We must look to God for approval and acceptance and not to people. If God does not have the first place in our hearts, we are constantly fearing man. 

Lord, You are my light and my salvation. You are the strength of my life. Of whom, then, shall I be afraid? Even though an entire army may surround me and go to war against me, my heart will not fear (Psalm 27:1-3). Free me from ungodly fear, for I know that fear is never of You. Lord, guard my heart and mind from the spirit of fear. What I am afraid of today is (name anything that causes you to have fear). Take that fear and replace it with Your perfect love. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trust in the Lord shall be safe.

Proverbs 29:25

God… Our Healer

No matter how hard we try to do the right thing, we can’t always prevent bad things from happening in our body. We should do the best we can to take care of ourselves, but we will still always need God to be our Healer. 

The motivation for what we do in the area of body care is very important. It will affect how successful we are. If we eat right and engage in proper exercise for the purpose of being a more vital, healthy, energetic, and useful servant of the Lord, this has eternal consequences and you are more likely to stick with it. 

God wants us to live in balance and temperance and to take care not to abuse our body in any way. He wants us to glorify Him in the care of our bodies because we are the temple of His Holy Spirit. 

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). 

Dear Lord, I thank you that You are the Healer; I look to You for my healing whenever I am injured or sick. I pray that You would strengthen and heal me today. I know that in your presence is where I will find healing. In Your presence I can reach out and touch You and in turn be touched by You. Lord, only You know the way You created me. Give me a solid ability to be disciplined about what I eat and drink and how I exercise. Enable me to discipline my body and bring it into subjection (1 Corinthians 9:27). Lord, I want everything I do to be glorifying to You. Help me to be a good steward of the body You have given me. I know that my body is the temple of Your Holy Spirit, who dwells in me. Help me to fully understand this truth so that I will keep my temple clean and healthy. Help me not to mistreat my body in any way. Teach me how to properly care for my health. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

For we know that if our earthy house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 Corinthians 5:1. 

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:14-16