Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”
Our Bible verse for today: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear …”
1 John 4:18 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Do not let fear stop you.”
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the resolve to act in spite of your fears. This right here is the primary difference between those who are defeated by adversity and those who push through it and move on to new and better things. Those who push through and move on are doing so in spite of their doubts and fears.
Fear grows out of a belief that something bad is going to happen to us. But fear is not based on the love and goodness of God it is based on the evil influence of Satan. God loves us deeply and unconditionally. He wants the best for us. Even in those times when He has to discipline or correct us, it is for our own good. Therefore even if the adversity we are currently facing is our own fault, and even if God is allowing us to suffer the consequences of our bad choices, it is for a good reason and is intended by God to ultimately result in making us better. Therefore we don’t need to fear it. We recognize that God’s love for us is perfect and there is no fear in perfect love.
Satan is the one who brings fear. Satan is the one who wants bad things to happen to us. Satan is the one who convinces us that the future is dark and frightening and something we need to be afraid of. So when you are experiencing fear it’s vital to recognize where the fear comes from.
Once we see our enemy behind the fear we can deal with him Biblically. James 4:7 tells us that if we resist the devil he will flee from us. Ephesians 6:17 teaches us how to use the Word of God as an offensive weapon to attack Satan. In Luke 4:1-13 we see Jesus demonstrating for us how to do that.
Read Joshua 1:9 and claim courage as yours from God. Read Jeremiah 29:11 and remember that God has a great plan for your life. Consider the truth of Romans 8:28 and know that God is at work in the middle of your adversity to bring good things out of it for you. And then meditate on the great word picture Jesus gives us in Matthew 11:28-30 and know that He will walk with you through the times of trial. End with Hebrews 13:5-6 as you read the Lord’s promise that He will never leave you or forsake you.
So how are you feeling now? Has the fear and uncertainty faded? Do you feel a little more courageous and hopeful? As you push through your adversity don’t let fear stop you or intimidate you. Fear is not from God it is from the enemy. God is love, and perfect love drives out fear.