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Overcoming Feariiii
#21
DAY 15-Courage is more than a feeling!


The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid’
Psalm 118:6 NIV


CHECK THE RECORD –
anybody who ever beat the odds did it in spite of their fear! They did it because: a) they were desperate and felt as if they’d no choice; b) they were inspired by somebody else’s example; c) they were angry at injustice; d) they were moved by a need; e) they said to themselves, ‘If not me, then whom? If not now, then when?; or’ f)


They didn’t think much about it at all – or they might have changed their mind. What are you waiting for?


A feeling of courage? Forget it, it doesn’t exist! You’re only courageous when you do what’s right despite your fear.


Now, since every one of us feels fear, that means every one of us is capable of acting courageously. It’s a choice. Anytime you go where you’ve never been or try something you’ve never done before, fear will be present.


It will always stand between you and anything worth doing. But the good news is, each time you conquer it, you feel a surge of self-respect and gain a level of confidence you never had before.


Whatever you’re facing today, listen to these words: ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of [the size of the enemy], for there is a greater power with us than with him’ (2 Chronicles 32:7 paraphrased from NIV).


And one more, ‘The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’ (Psalm 118:6 NIV). What more do you need!


Prayer Points :

Father, I know the times I have been paralysed by fear, the times when fear has stopped me from moving forward in my faith.
I ask for Your help to overcome any fear in my life. I pray that my confidence in the future would not be limited by any fear it encounters.
I believe that You will be there when You want me to step out in faith, in Jesus’ name!
#22
DAY 16 «« Believe God today»»

".....Without faith it is impossible to please God"

Hebrews 11:6 NIV





PETER DIDN’T
walk on the water because Jesus lifted him out of the boat and moved his legs. No, it was only when he responded to His word that a miracle happened (See Matthew 14:26).



How do you walk on water? a) by seeing Jesus in your storm; b) by responding to what He says to you; c) by refusing to be intimidated by your surroundings; d) by doing what others in the boat are afraid to do; and e) by choosing what’s possible, instead of settling for what’s rational.



All God needs is something to work with and somebody to work through and the rest, as they say, is history.



The only thing that can stop God is your unbelief. Listen: And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith’ (Matthew 13:58).


Since God can’t lie, fail, change or be pleased without faith, you need to make a quality commitment today to developing your own. When you do that, your life will change forever.



One day on board a ferryboat, George Müller prayed, ‘Lord, lift this fog so that I can get to church in time to speak.’ As he said ‘Amen’ and rose to his feet, the captain said in amazement, ‘Look, the fog’s lifting!’

Müller replied, ‘Just as I thought.’ Jesus said, ‘Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours’ (Mark 11:24). Believe God today!
#23
DAY 17 God has everything under control-


'.....Do not fear or be discouraged’ Deuteronomy 1:21 NKJ


ARE YOU FEELING AFRAID TODAY?
If so, listen to these words from the God who loves you beyond expression, protects you around the clock and blesses everything you put your hand to.



When there seems to be no way out, He says to you, ‘Fear not: stand still [firm, confident, undismayed] and see the salvation [deliverance] of the Lord, which He will work for you today’ (Exodus 14:13 AMP).



When the problem looks too big He says to you, ‘Be strong, courageous and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you’ (Deuteronomy 31:6 AMP).



When you feel that you Prayer Point just can’t cope any more He says to you, ‘Do not look around in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God.



I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with my [victorious] right hand’ (Isaiah 41:10 AMP). When you long for peace of mind, He says to you, ‘Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance ... continue to make your wants known to God.



And God’s peace ... which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds’ (Philippians 4:6-7 AMP).

Now go back and read those words again and remember that God has everything under control!





Prayer points :



Lord, I really don’t understand how You work; I don’t know all Your ways, but I do trust that You are God over everything.

Your Word tells me You want to use me, even when I don’t feel worthy.

Thank You, God, for Your grace toward me that often provokes me to action in spite of all my circumstances. I love You, Lord!
#24
DAY 18 Your position and your condition!


In Him we have redemption through His blood’ Ephesians 1:7 NIV




STOP WORRYING
about your condition and start focusing on your position!

You see, your condition will never change until you understand your position.

Any condition is temporary; they come and go but your position ‘in Him’ is eternal.

Paul says, ‘If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). That means you’re forgiven, redeemed, and perfected in the eyes of God – present tense! Redemption means ‘payment of ransom.’ It depicts God holding you in prison under a death sentence, because of your sin.


But when He sees the blood of Jesus, all claims against you are thrown out of court; your prison door swings open and you’re free.


Awesome! No matter how hard you try or how dedicated you become, you couldn’t, in 50 lifetimes, pay off your debt.


Only Jesus could do that because only He could offer a life completely free from sin.

But it’s not enough to issue a declaration of emancipation – the slaves need to know about it and the last person on earth who wants them to know is the slave master.


You see if you don’t know you’re free, you’ll remain in bondage in your mind and you live accordingly. So when the devil points to your condition, remind him of your position.

Tell him, ‘Some areas may be under construction, but I’m still loved, accepted and approved 100 per cent by God!
#25
DAY 19 Fear or Trust

'.....The righteous are as bold as a lion’ Proverb 28:1 NIV




THERE ARE TIMES when we must all choose between fear and trust. For example, if you are in an abusive relationship, you can get help, leave, or remain stuck. If you are being pressured to do wrong, you can go with the crowd, or walk away.


You always have a choice! God says, ‘The righteous are as bold as a lion.’ Now even if you do not feel that way, remember, courage is not the absence of fear, it is the mastery of it!

David said, ‘Wait on the LORD ... and He shall strengthen your heart’ (Psalm 27:14 NKJ). As you learn to trust God more, He will give you the boldness needed to act.


People who know no fear are not just a gross exaggeration – they are a biological impossibility! As long as you are growing, fear never completely Prayer Point disappears.


That is not what you want to hear, right? You were probably looking for a quick formula that would make all your anxieties vanish overnight. But it does not work that way.


Anytime you risk, stretch, or ‘put yourself out there,’ you will experience fear. It is normal; it lets you know you are alive! When you are afraid, the worst thing you can do… is nothing. Just sitting around ‘hoping for something to happen’ will leave you paralysed.

Today, God’s calling you to act, because taking a single step forward robs fear of its power. In fact, fear can be a great motivator when it moves you to trust God more and make changes, leading to new levels of understanding!



Prayer points :





[b]Father, with Your help I know I can reject every negative thing spoken over me in the past, which continues to speak to me today.

You want what is best for me and proclaim I am valuable to You. I do have worries and fears, Lord, but already You have overcome every potential the devil has to keep me from freedom at the cross. I trust You, Lord
#26
DAY 20 Are you afraid?

As they followed, they were afraid’ Mark 10:32 NKJ




TED ENGSTROM
tells of a guy on a cruise ship, who rescued a girl who had fallen overboard.


At a party given in his honour that night, he gave the shortest ‘hero speech’ ever made.


‘Ladies and gentlemen, I just want to know one thing: Who pushed me?’ Most of us aren’t naturally courageous, are we? We need a push. Robert Flood writes,

‘We like to think of ourselves as a mixture of Davy Crockett, John Wayne and the prophet Daniel, when the truth is we’re more like Gulliver, tied down by tiny strands of fear, real or imagined, and the result is a tragic loss of courage.’

Being a Christian doesn’t exempt you. Listen: ‘Jesus [went] before them … and as they followed, they were afraid’ (Mark 10:32).



Max Lucado writes, ‘Before they were stained glass saints on the windows of cathedrals, the disciples were next door neighbours trying to make a living and raise a family. They weren’t cut from theological cloth or raised on supernatural milk.



They were just an ounce more devoted than they were afraid, and as a result, they did extraordinary things.’ Some of the world’s greatest discoveries were made by people whose faith just ran ahead of their minds and overcame their fear.

They knew that security and opportunity were total strangers.



They understood that if it didn’t require faith then it didn’t involve God! Three hundred and sixty-five times your Bible says ‘Fear not.’ That’s one for each day.


Why? Because each time you do the thing you fear most, fear loses its hold over you and you become a little stronger – and a little more dependent on God.
#27
DAY 21 Don’t be afraid!

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.’
Psalm 56:3 NKJ





HAVE YOU ANY IDEA
how much it’s costing you to fear things that never happen? Meteorologists say that a fog capable of covering half a square mile is made up of only one glass of water, divided into 60 million particles.


But when it settles, it can obscure your entire vision. A little fear can do the same thing! Why do almost half of us suffer from stress-related disorders?



Because instead of walking by faith we think we’re supposed to fly like jets on supercharged adrenaline and we pay for it in terms of fear and anxiety.


It’s so easy for fear to replace faith because they’ve got something in common, both challenge you to believe that what you can’t see is about to happen.



Fear will persuade you to run from something that’s not after you at all. Prayer Point Billy Sunday said, ‘Fear knocked at my door.



Faith answered. There was no one there.’ But how do I overcome this fear? By faith, and faith comes by hearing the Word of God (see Romans 10:17).


Begin to feed your faith on the Scriptures and watch your fears starve to death! Howard Chandler says, ‘I spend the f irst 15 minutes of every morning filling my mind with God’s Word; that way there’s no room left for worry.’ Good formula! David says, ‘When I am afraid, I will ... trust the promises of God’ And you’ve got to do the same!

Today, get into His Word and you’ll discover that God’s got everything under control.



Prayer Point :



Help me, Lord, reflect on the promises in Your Word, which promote truth and life in my life.

Remind me of the times in life, when You have been there, to build evidence that You are there today, will be there tomorrow, next week, month and year.

Let me rest in the fact that I have a relationship with You, which continues to profoundly touch my life, Amen.
#28
DAY 22 God’s peace



"....Do not permit yourselves to be fearful…‘
John 14:27 AMP


WORRY IS SOMETHING YOU PERMIT;
peace is something you pursue. Jesus said, ‘do not permit yourselves to be fearful.’ That means you can take control of what goes on in your mind.


How? By doing two things: 1) By filling it with God’s Word. Not just the Word you read casually but the Word you process mentally, apply to each circumstance, and stand on in times of crisis. 2)

By placing each situation into God’s hands and leaving it there with confidence.

Here’s a prayer to help you do just that: ‘Lord, everything’s in a panic! Everybody wants a piece of me.


There’s far too much to do and never enough hours to do it. My head is clogged with all kinds of junk and my heart is ready to break.

Lord, where are You? I feel like the disciples when the storm came up and the winds and waves rocked their boat.


My cry is the same as theirs: ‘Somebody go get Jesus because I’m about to drown out here!’ The storms of my life have all but sunk my boat and I can’t take much more.


Prince of Peace, I need You. Father, who never slumbers nor sleeps, take charge.

I need the comfort and courage that comes from Your Spirit. Speak Lord, for the wind still remembers the sound of Your voice.



Let me find in You a quiet place, a place where I can pillow my head on Your breast, hear Your heartbeat and feel secure. Amen.
#29
DAY 23
«Stand in your place»

Having done all [the crisis demands] ... Stand [firmly in your place]’ Ephesians 6:13 AMP





PAUL HARVEY says:
‘In times like these, it’s helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.’ The question isn’t, ‘Will trouble come?’ but ‘How will I handle it when it does?’ Here’s how: ‘having done all [the crisis demands] ... stand [firmly in your place].’ What place? In Christ (see Ephesians 2:6).



Can you think of a safer place to stand?
Listen: ‘We who have believed do enter into rest ...’ (Hebrews 4:3 NKJ). In times of trouble, do what God leads you to do, then relax, stand still and watch God work on your behalf (see Exodus 14:13).



Go ahead and enjoy your life while God works on your problems! Too many of us have Prayer Point the idea that it’s wrong to enjoy ourselves when we have problems.




We think that if we can’t do anything else, the least we can do is look solemn and miserable. Paul addresses this: ‘Do not [for a moment] be frightened ... for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign ... from God’ (Philippians 1:28 AMP).


This Scripture plainly lays it out; when you’re attacked, stay in peace! That tells the devil he’s defeated. He doesn’t know what to do with you when he can’t get you upset.


You’ve taken one of his greatest weapons out of his hands. It also assures you of being delivered by God, because an attitude of peace and rest shows that you trust Him completely.




Prayer Point :



When I haven’t got answers, Lord, when my faith seems weak, when I don’t know where to turn, help me stand.

Let me be a pillar of strength when the attack of the enemy comes, and show me, Lord, how I can be strong, even when I feel weak, that I might overcome fear, stress and doubt and still believe You are God, and I am still Your child.
#30
DAY 24 By God’s grace you can too!

'......Out of weakness were made strong…‘ Hebrews 11:34 NKJ





LISTEN:
‘…time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle…’ (Hebrews 11:32–34 NKJ).



Who were these people? Folks like Samson who was morally weak; like Samuel who failed at parenting; like Jephthah, a social outcast born to an unwed mother. Notice the words ‘out of weakness were made strong.’ They didn’t start out strong – they became strong! Their courage was forged in the fires of adversity.



And if they can do it, by God’s grace you can too! For reasons God never explains, He chooses to work through ordinary people like us. So He: a) places us in situations that unlock our compassion and creativity; b) connects us with those who can open the right door at just the right moment; and c) makes us a ‘solution’ wherever we go.


Does that mean you won’t encounter fear? No, many of the world’s greatest accomplishments were made by people who just decided to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway.’ They knew that opportunity and security were strangers.

They understood that if it didn’t require faith, it neither pleased God nor involved Him!

The truth is you’ll never discover what your life can amount to until you put it into God’s hands.