Friday, July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014 … Reverse Paranoia

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 192

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … PLEASE go to this video link to hear Krristyn Getty singing a song co-written by her husband, Keith, By Faith, declaring the truth at the heart of the power in our relationship with Christ … OUR FAITH and GOD’S LOVE.

Highlight Passage - NKJV - 1st John 4: 18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 
Highlight Passage [Context] - 1st John 4: 1-6; 17-19 … Go to this link

Reference Passsage #1 … Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV]
5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Reference Passage #2 … 1st Corinthians 13 [NKJV] … Go to this ink

Reference Passsage #4 … Hebrews 11: 1 [NKJV]
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

My Journal for Today: The author of today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional, Phillip Yancey, has an interesting take on the definition of the concept of FAITH. He reports that it came to him when he was viewing the unfolding of the fall of communism on the TV News in the early 90s. Yancey reports watching many of the Soviet Union citizens staring down tanks and throwing back the overwhelmingly more powerful communist governments and admiring the faith of these revolutionaries. He further wrote in the ODB devotional for this date …
“ Watching the newsreels from Red Square on … television [in 1991], I came up with a new definition of faith: ‘paranoia in reverse.’ A truly paranoid person organizes his or her life around a common perspective of fear. Anything that happens feeds that fear. Faith works in reverse. A faithful person organizes his or her life around a common perspective of trust, not fear.”

Therefore, as Yancey proposes, anytime we can put a halt on fear and focus on some very trustworthy goal, person, or outcome, our trust (i.e., our FAITH) will drive us to respond in ways we never could or would when our fears were dictating our decision-making.

 So, as you take in the attached photo, the linked song by The Gettys, and the absolute truth from the Bible passages above, I think we need to ask ourselves … “Is my life moving with the power of anti-paranoia [i.e., faith] or am I being driven (or maybe halted) by my fears?” 

And when we answer that question in a very personal way, we’ll see how we need to apply paranoia in reverse, leaning and trusting our God, to move us onward for God’s glory and His kingdom.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, help me look to hills from which You come, to worship and praise You in all I think, say, and do. … Amen

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