The Word For Today

FEAR False Evidence Appearing Real

'I trust in God and am not afraid.' Psalm 56:4 GNT

David said, 'I trust in God and am not afraid... What can a mere human being do to me' (Psalm 56:4 GNT)? And David should know, because God enabled him to defeat a lion, a bear and a giant. The story is told about the man who approached a farmhouse and every few yards he noticed signs that read, 'Beware of Dog'. When he finally reached the farmhouse, he discovered the dog was a tiny Chihuahua. 'You mean to tell me that little dog keeps people away?' he asked. The farmer smiled and said, 'No, but the signs do!' Fear roars like a lion, but much of the time when we confront it, it's just a Chihuahua!

The truth is, you can face anything when you know God has promised: 'I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, "Fear not; I will help you"' (Isaiah 41:13 NKJV). So instead of fearing the worst, start believing God for the best. And you do that by personalising his promises: 'Do not fear [anything], for I am with you...I will strengthen you... I will certainly take hold of you' (Isaiah 41:10 AMP). 'And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his plan and purpose' (Romans 8:28 AMP).

Don't let fear get the upper hand. Instead of giving in to it, stand on the word of God and believe he's going to bring you through your circumstances and make you stronger.

Soulfood: Dan 8-10 Luke 22:54-62 Ps 103:13-22 Pro 10:14,


It takes 'heart'

'The people had a heart to work.' Nehemiah 4:6 AMP

In San Diego there's a famous attraction called SeaWorld. If you go there you can see ducks on roller skates. But when you get close to them, you realise that their hearts aren't in it! You may smile, but a lot of people are like that - just going through the motions. Don't be one of them! If you want your life to count, find a cause greater than yourself and give your all to it!

Do you recall the story of Nehemiah? He risked life and limb in order to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. Even though faced with threats and obstacles, he finished the job in record time. How did it happen? Because 'the people had a heart to work' (Nehemiah 4:6 AMP). An 1828 copy of Webster's Dictionary defines 'courage' as 'that quality which enables us to face difficulty and danger...without fear or depression'. Then Webster adds the words of Moses as he transferred leadership of the nation to Joshua. 'Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid...for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go' (see Joshua 1:9 NKJV).

At age 120, Moses was still telling the people of Israel, 'You gotta have heart!' Why? Because anything worth having is worth fighting for! It takes 'heart' to deal with a child's wilful defiance, or face your own fears, or pick up the pieces of your life and start over. It's easy to talk about what's wrong, but it takes 'heart' to do something about it. And where does that kind of courage come from? God! So talk to him today.

Soulfood: Ps 118:19-29 Matt 21:1-16,


Being friends with God 3

'He made known his ways to Moses.' Psalm 103:7 NIV

Let's listen again as Moses talks to God. 'If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favour with you' (Exodus 33:13 NIV). Israel was in a crisis that threatened its relationship with God, but what did Moses pray for? Not, 'Lord, you've got to resolve it for me!' Instead he prayed, 'Teach me your way so I may know you.' He wanted more than just information about God, he wanted intimacy with him: to know his heart and mind - how he thought and felt about the situation. Why? Because knowing God and having his favour would bring all the other things he needed, including a solution to the crisis.

And God gave him what he asked. 'He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel' (Psalm 103:7 NIV). God responded to Moses' request, saying, 'My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest' (Exodus 33:14 NIV). In the Hebrew text 'you' is singular. God promised to accompany Moses and give rest to only him. Anybody else would have accepted gladly, but not Moses! His prayer surpassed his own concerns: 'If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here' (Exodus 33:15 NIV). In other words: 'Lord, it's not me I'm praying for, it's us!'

Question: Are your prayers bigger than yourself and your own needs? The Bible says, 'For God so loved the world' (John 3:16 NIV). So pray that your family, your town and a lost world will not perish but have everlasting life!

Soulfood: Dan 5-7 Luke 22:47-53 Ps 103:1-12 Pro 10:13,

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