Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016: Fear? … NO! … Freedom!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 205  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of images from Nichole Nordeman singing … Finally Free, poignantly expressing the reality of breaking free from internally directed and self-captivating fear.

Highlight Passage:  Psalm 34:4 [NKJV] …  
4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from ALL my fears. 
… Good battle plan for life, don’tcha think?
Highlight Context – Psalm 34:1-10 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… David learned how to break free from internally captivating fears.

Reference Passage #1 … Proverbs 23: 7 [NKJV] … 
3 As a man (or woman) thinks in his [or her] heart, so is he [or she]. 
… Fear can transform us by shackling us in our selves.

Reference Passage #2 … Isaiah 26:3 [NKJV] … 
3 You [LORD] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
… Isaiah peace plan; … and being from God, … IT WORKS!!!

Reference Passage #3 … Philippians 4:6-7 [NKJV] … 
6 Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
… God’s antidote for fear and anxiety.

Reference Passage #4 … 2nd Timothy 1:7 [NKJV] …  
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
… Internally captivating fear does NOT come from God.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Keila Ochoa, relates a feeling all reading here probably have felt at one time or another. This native Mexican author wrote: Fear sneaks into my heart without permission. It paints a picture of helplessness and hopelessness. It steals my peace and my concentration. What am I fearful about? I’m concerned about the safety of my family or the health of loved ones. I panic at the loss of a job or a broken relationship. Fear turns my focus inward and reveals a heart that sometimes finds it hard to trust. 

Who hasn’t let our hearts be wrapped up or even captivated by internally-directed fears (see Proverbs 23:7)? As Solomon wrote [in Prov. 23:7] we become what we think; and when we allow fearful thoughts to shackle us, we become vulnerable to our spiritual enemies. But, … as Christians, we need to realize that God never gives us a spirit of fear [see 2nd Tim. 1:7]; … but as Paul wrote to a sometimes timid protege, God’s power and love are available to any Christian … to break the chains of fear as Nichole Nordeman so poignantly sings in the song linked above.

So, I pray that we all believe the prayer of King David [see Psalm 34:4] to seek and realize the deliverance from fear (i.e., freedom) that God has for any believer who trusts completely in King Jesus.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … I pray that all who’ve come here are in total surrender to You, O Lord, and are experiencing the freedom from fear which comers from your empowering grace.  Amen    

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