fear October 31

The fear in questioning

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:32-5:11 So, I am a Christian.  In some of my circles, this is a comfortable title.  I’ve been in Christian youth groups, in churches and well, in America for most of my life. And, pro or con, we all seem to speak in a similar language about Christianity.  And we all sort of […]

fear October 29

Fear and Community

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:42-27 Oh, how I love community. Real. Difficult. Tricky. Beautiful. Community. For today’s devotional, we are going to focus on verse 43, “And awe (or fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” Oh, to live in that community! To experience authentic transformation in […]

fear October 29

Fear not, God’s Spirit is With Us

#Fear not. God’s #Spirit is within us.

fear October 28

Fear, obedience and repentance

Scripture Reading: Jonah   The book of Jonah consists of three major themes – fear, obedience and repentance. In the beginning of the book, Jonah disobeys God’s command to go and preach to Nineveh because of his fear and pride. He runs away from God hoping to hide himself on a boat but, God causes […]

fear October 27

Fearing God begets wisdom

  Scripture: Proverbs 9:10, 1 Samuel 12:24, Proverbs 8:13   But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. -1 Samuel 12:24   Sometimes when we first think of fear, we think of an unpleasant emotion, of dread, danger or […]

fear October 26

Using Scripture to combat fear

  Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the Lord leads to life;    then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”   True Life and True Rest. This is what our Heavenly Father desires for us. Believe it. Pray it boldly. Re-pray it until you find yourself in His midst, truly experiencing the freedom that accompanies a restful […]

fear October 25

David and Goliath: God Gives Second Chances

Scripture reading: I Samuel 17 God operates in love.  That is His language and they way He chose to construct the universe.  So when we operate in fear, we are not even on the same page as God, and there’s no way to communicate openly with Him when we’re not speaking His language.  But because […]

fear October 24

Fear in the Storm

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:35-41, Psalm 46:10 Fear.  A word so small, it should be insignificant… yet somehow this word has the power to take hold of our life in such a way that we can become enslaved to it.   These past few years, my husband and I have walked through some of the darkest […]

fear October 23

Job: Submitting in Fear

Scripture Reading: Job 3:25, Job 38-41, Job 42: 1-6 I’m convinced Job, in modern day, would have the last name Jones. He’d be the guy who manages to open the car door for his wife on Sunday morning, while simultaneously toting a toddler in a manly baby b’journ, and throwing the fully packed diaper bag […]

fear October 22

Obeying Authority

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:17, Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1-7 This idea of submitting to authority out of fear of God is a difficult one for me. I am okay at following rules that I make for myself, or rules that I am passionate about or that I understand as good. But I’m not the best […]

fear October 21

Bringing your fear before God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 6 When I have felt persecuted by another person, I have gone to Psalm 6 to pray about the conflict. This and other psalms remind me of David’s humanity. I like that I’m not the only one who pouts to God time and time again, begging him to hear my prayer.   […]

fear October 19

Using Scripture to combat fear

Psalm 86:11 “Teach me your way, Lord,    that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart,    that I may fear your name.”   Today as you commit this verse to memory, take a few moments to remember specific moments of His faithfulness in your life. Use those Ebenezers as a jumping point […]

fear October 18

Generational blessings to those who fear God

Scripture reading: Psalm 103:17; Deuteronomy 5:29 Everything we do matters. This fact scares me sometimes.  That the decision I make today will not only affect me, but they will also affect those close to me, those in my community, and people I’ve never met. These Scripture passages remind us of something else…that our actions affect […]

fear October 17

Fearing the Unknown

Scripture Reading: Exodus 14:10-14, Psalm 46 There are times in life where circumstances seem too overwhelming to move forward. At least for me they do. I have times when I imagine that I’m sitting in the middle of a dark room, with everything looming over my head, while I cry. I have days where I […]

fear October 16

Fear in Sanctification

2 Corinthians 7:1, Proverbs 16:6 I love the study notes in my ESV bible for “fear of God” in 2 Corinthians 7:1. This “fear” is described as a reverent obedience. I just love that. You see, there are times in life, where one must be obedient, whether respect is present or not. For example, typically […]

fear October 15

Fear God and hope in His love

Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:18, 1 John 4:18   Throughout this month, we are talking about fear – fearing man, fearing circumstance and fearing God. Yesterday, Kylee discussed what it meant to “fear” God – honoring and respecting the magnificent God of the universe. She pointed out how we should ask him to teach us how […]

fear October 14

We are Commanded to Fear?

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 12:13, Psalm 86:11 Usually when I think of fear, I think it is a bad thing. But the Bible talks a lot about “fearing God” as though it’s a good thing. What does it mean to fear God? Really, I’m curious to know… What do you think it means to fear God? […]

fear October 13

Denying Jesus out of Fear

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:56-62, Zechariah 13:7, Matthew 26:56, John 20:19   Fear of man is a big deal. I know we all have struggled with it in some fashion: fear we will be ridiculed, fear we will get persecuted, fear we will be shamed, fear we will be disowned, fear we will be mocked, fear we […]

fear October 12

Using scripture to combat fear

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Are there specific fears in your life that God is revealing to your heart through this series? I hope so. I pray that […]

fear October 11

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: the Recognizers

Scripture reading: Daniel 3   I love stories. I especially love stories that totally change my perspective about life and God and myself and every little thing around me.  Who doesn’t? When I hear the names “Shadrach,” “Meshach,” and “Abednego,” my thoughts first go to a famous cucumber and tomato from my childhood, complete with […]

fear October 10

Fears of a mother

Scripture Reading: John 14:27, Matthew 6:34 The orange glow of the street light covers the sidewalk ahead of us. Seth’s hand clutched in my own,  I look down to my child. My fears so strong, I allow them to take hold, my body refusing to release her into the world.   We keep walking into the […]

fear October 09

Fear and the Spiritual Realm

Scripture Reading: Luke 8:26-39 How often does the familiar take foothold? We become accustomed to these regulars- feeling at home with their presence. All the while, hating them. Hating their strength over us, yet succumbing. Stifled by the evil, yet loving the presence of company. I’m talking about a Paul-like experience, similar to Romans 7:15 […]

fear October 08

Spirit of Fear

  Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:7, 2 Corinthians 1:7-9   As a young child, I remember being fearful of so many things.  I remember many nights lying alone in my bed wide awake with my body tense with fear, listening for noises that someone might break into the house.  When storms came (especially […]

fear October 07

Fear transformed into Faith

Scripture Reading: Joshua 2 Rahab and her family had heard the stories a million times. He dried up the Red Sea right before their eyes! He’s destroyed kings with holy curses! Joshua’s God had a reputation across the land. Many feared the king because of his earthly power but Rahab feared God and turned that […]

fear October 06

Daniel and the Lion’s Den

Scripture Reading: Daniel 6 I know this is a long text to read this morning, but I encourage you, read the whole chapter. Maybe you’ve read it before and are quite familiar with it. Even so, read it again. This story is simply amazing.   One thing that I find remarkable is the contrast between […]

fear October 05

Using Scripture to combat fear

Join us in committing this scripture to memory this week: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (NLT)   As you study this verse throughout this week, sit tall, push your shoulders back, and believe, sisters, that it applies to you! Boldly pray […]

fear October 04

Fear and Doubt

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22-35   Fear and doubt are two words usually used together. But really, they’re pretty different.  One is inevitable and one is avoidable.  Let me explain that with a story. I have been a believer for a long time, and at one point a few years ago, I thought that my growth […]

fear October 03

What can man do to me?

Scripture Reading: Psalm 56, Hebrews 13:6, Romans 8:31-39   What is it about people that is so scary? They are really just people, flawed and fully human. They worry about their health, long for close relationships, get things stuck in their teeth and wonder what life is really all about–just like you and me.Why do we […]

fear October 02

Moses and a snake

Scripture Reading: Exodus 4  I am terrified of snakes, terrified. Garden snakes may as well be boa constrictors. So, in verse three, when Moses runs from the staff-turned-to-snake, I can relate. I would’ve run away too. Far, far away… Yet, what does our gracious father do? He doesn’t turn the snake back into a staff […]

fear October 01

Exploring Fear

Scripture Reading: Psalm 27, Leviticus 25:17, John 14:27 October is here! With October comes all the scary movies and Halloween décor. Little ones (and big ones-if you’re like me!) dressing up in their best Batman or Princess costume to go trick-or-treating. This month we are going to be digging into fear. Let me be vulnerable […]

trials September 30

Conclusion: The joy comes in the morning!

Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:22-24, Psalm 30:5b     “It’s Friday…and they’re saying Christ is dead and it’s all over and it was a waste…” “Oh, it may be Friday, but I’m here to give you the good news…it’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!” -Tony Campolo The day of Christ’s crucifixion marks the gravest and most painful […]

trials September 29

Living through Trials for Glory

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18, 28 This has been a heavy month, hasn’t it? Living through trials is difficult but trusting in God for the outcome does help us cope. Today, we are going to look at living through our trials for glory, not our own glory, but God’s. In Romans 8:18, Paul says our present […]

trials September 28

Worship with us

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (emphasis mine)   Sisters, what are we actively doing to seek His presence in our lives–to be sure we are living a life centered […]

trials September 27

Living through Trials with Trust

Scripture Reading: Psalm 9:9-10      “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,    a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you,    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”   When ever I am in the middle of a trial or hardship I can easily fall into […]

trials September 26

Living through trials with prayer   

Scripture reading: James 5:13-15, Psalm 43, Psalm 73:28   Sometimes it seems like praying is talking to the air in front of your face. Sometimes it feels like it’s useless to pray in the midst of trouble. Sometimes, it’s easy to feel guilty about waiting to pray until you really need something. But….God. God is […]

trials September 25

Living Through Trials with Liberation

Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:39-40, Psalm 34:17-20 lib·er·a·tion ˌlibəˈrāSHən/ noun noun: liberation; plural noun: liberations    the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release.    freedom from limits on thought or behavior. (Google) The promises that these two scriptures from Psalms bring to us today are so comforting. There is hope in troubled times. […]

trials September 24

Living through trials in captivity    

 Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11-14, Ezekiel 36:25-27 I got my hair cut last week. For those of you who know me personally, you know that this is a once a year occurrence…so it’s kind of a big deal. I like to think of myself as a low-maintenance-hair girl, who is generally too frugal and laid back to […]

trials September 23

Living through trials with promise

 Scripture Reading: James 1:12    “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” “Everything happens for a reason” I don’t know about you, but the mere utterance of these phrases transform my active listening skills into eye rolls and fake, albeit polite smiles. Empty phrases. That’s all they are, even with the best of intentions. They […]

trials September 22

Living through Trials as Discipline

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:7-8, 11, Luke 22:31-32 It’s hard to think of God disciplining us as children but when I compare my emotional behaviors with that of my 3 year old, I can easily see the similarities. I throw tantrums when things don’t go my way. I pout when I feel abandoned and I talk […]

trials September 21

Pray with us

Today let’s praise God because we find hope in him. Beloved, let’s thank him because he is our refuge. Think upon the times in your life where God has shown up. Think of the things that he has rescued you from and let your faith be deepened. Let those who hope in The Lord find […]

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