Christmas Is…Day 4

Christmas is…

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ” —Isaiah 9:6

“Jesus answered him…Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” —John 14:27

“Jesus answered them…I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” —John 16:33

What is weighing heavy on your heart and mind today? Release it to the Prince of Peace and experience His peace that surpasses all understanding. (Phil. 4:7)

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Unshakeable Faith Part 2

Are you struggling with fear of the future? Is your world shaking right now because you are unsure of how you will make ends meet?  No doubt, we live in a shaky world. But we can live in it with unshakeable faith and experience unimaginable peace, joy and contentment in the midst of it all.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe. —Hebrews 12:28

  • Receiving – paralambanō (G3880) – to take into the mind
  • Kingdom – basileia (G932) – Christ’s rule and reign in our hearts and lives; clothed with His  power and dignity
  • Cannot be shaken- asaleutos (G761) – unshaken, unmoved, not liable to overthrow and disorder,  firm, stable, enduring.

Those circumstances in life that shake our world also serve to build our faith.  They are opportunities for growth.  Opportunities to grow deeper in our relationship with God and the training ground for learning to trust Him in even greater ways.

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Hebrews 12:28 is a great reminder and encouragement to us. We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved, one that is firm and stable and secure. God is our Rock and Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone of this foundation for our lives. We have to receive it as ours. We have to take up our places as daughters of the king and co-heirs with Christ.

What is shaking your world right now? What makes you fearful? In the last post we looked at the fear of vain imagining. We saw an example in scripture of those who allowed their vain imaginings to run wild and those who chose to trust God in the midst of their fear. Let’s wrap up today by looking at another example of situations that cause us to be fearful: concern for provision and the future. Continue reading “Unshakeable Faith Part 2”

Unshakeable Faith Part 1

What is shaking your world right now? What do you fear?  We live in a shaky world and we’ve all experienced fear in our life. Fear very often produces a very real and felt manifestation. It’s that  sensation that we feel from our hair standing on end to the very tip of our toes. You know the feeling! It’s the internal security system the Lord has wired us with that produces that rush of adrenaline that propels us to action to remove ourselves from harm’s way. But living in a state of fear is not part of God’s design. (2 Tim 1:7)  Fear can be real or imagined, irrational, abnormal and even paralyzing in our lives. Let’s look at how we can stand firm in shaky world.  Hebrews 12:28 encourages us to remain steady when things are shaking:

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

In the Bible fear is defined as an emotional and intellectual anticipation of harm or what one feels may go wrong. It is being anxious or timid. But it can also mean a very positive feeling of awe or reverence for God, which may be expressed in worship.

Faith is belief in truth, a reality, a firm persuasion or confidence, to trust. It is what enables us to stand firm and live unshakeable in a shaky world because of the object of our faith is the One who does not change, who created all things, sustains all things and is sovereign over all things.

Join me over the next few days as we take a look at three types of fears we deal with and three examples from Scripture on moving from fear to faith. Continue reading “Unshakeable Faith Part 1”

Fear: Do You Tend to React or Respond?

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Fear…

: to be afraid of (something or someone)

: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)

: to be afraid and worried

Fear… it’s not always something that consumes me. Sometimes it’s just a nagging thought. Many times it’s related to my children and trying to figure things out for them (even though they are all grown adults now). I noticed it recently because I found myself worrying about a situation and then seeking to work up a plan in my head on how to “fix the situation”. I was turning it over and over, looking at every angle, playing out various scenarios, running through the “what ifs” and “if onlys”. I know! I know! If you’ve been following my blog or been in one of my Bible studies, I’ve taught on this and shared truth from God’s Word on how to handle these situations. But the reality is, I still fall prey to worry in my life. I have to remind myself of what God has taught me in the past. I have to continually renew my mind in His Word and seek to live it out by His strength and power every single day!

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind… —Romans 12:2

This worry is rooted in fear. And that fear is really exposing an area of my heart and life where I don’t fully trust and believe God —an area where instead of fully relying upon Him, I’m trying to control the situation. This realization caused me to step back…to pause. Continue reading “Fear: Do You Tend to React or Respond?”

What’s Up on Get Real This Fall?

Well it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything.  I needed a little down time after the Summer SOAK series.  I really enjoyed spending the summer focusing on the attributes of God…basking in His presence and renewing my mind with the facts of WHO He is!  But I also expended a great deal of energy writing each day.  So I needed some time to reflect, process all I had learned, and to renew my body, soul and spirit.  Here’s what’s been happening in our family the last few weeks:

My youngest son, who is entering his senior year at North Greenville University, has spent his summer working with World Changers as part of their summer staff.  He was home for two weeks in May and then headed to Philadelphia, PA for the summer.  He’s been home for a week now and heads back to school next week.  So it’s been nice to spend some time with him and hearing about his summer experiences.

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We’ve also had a chance to visit with our baby granddaughters, Emma and Evelyn.  Both our daughter and son-in-law and our son and daughter-in-law had their “firsts” earlier this year.  We got a double dose of grandparenthood within one week!  It’s been awesome.  They both just turned six months old and we jump at any and every chance we get to see them.  They don’t live in our city, but both are a couple of hours away… in opposite directions.

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Up next… this Fall I’ll be sharing a series of devotional studies on the topic of FEAR!  Stay tuned for more info later this week.  Until then, I’d love to hear from you…what are the fears that consume, paralyze or plague you the most? 

How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways! —Psalm 128:1 (HCSB)

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