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Thereafter, Hagar referred to the LORD, who had spoken to her, as "the God who sees me," for she said, "I have seen the One who sees me!" Genesis 16:13 (NLT)
This Bible story starts off like an episode straight out of Young and the Restless. Sarai was not able to give her husband Abram any children. So she decides to give him her servant, Hagar, to have sexual relations with so that they could have a child through her.

By: Ann 

Thereafter, Hagar referred to the LORD, who had spoken to her, as "the God who sees me," for she said, "I have seen the One who sees me!" Genesis 16:13 (NLT)

This Bible story starts off like an episode straight out of Young and the Restless. Sarai was not able to give her husband Abram any children. So she decides to give him her servant, Hagar, to have sexual relations with so that they could have a child through her.  

I was almost angry with Sarai when I first read this because I thought, Wow you are giving your husband permission to make love to someone else.  Now that's desperation.This is not going to end well.

But after further research I found that this was a custom back then for women that were unable to have children. I am no prophet but I still could predict this blowing up in Sarai's face because Sarai and Abram were already promised a child by God.

After Abram slept with Hagar she got pregnant and the Bible says that she began to have contempt for her mistress Sarai. Sarai immediately blamed Abram. How many times do we blame others instead of noticing that sometimes it is us?

She went to Abram about Hagar's behavior and he basically said it was her idea and Hagar was her servant so she should handle it. Sarai began being so mean to Hagar that eventually she ran away still pregnant with Abram's child.

I love the way God handles the whole situation. He goes to Hagar in the wilderness and asks her where she is coming from and where she is going. He lets her open up and tell Him all that had happened even though he already knew. I imagine her telling Him how unfair this was. She never asked for this. She was caught in the middle of a desperate situation between a wife and her husband without much of a say in the matter.

The Lord listened but then he asked Hagar to return to her mistress. In spite of how things started the Lord promised He was going to give Hagar a son, Ishmael, which means "God hears," and she would have more descendants that she could count.

Hagar was so amazed at God that she used another name to refer to the Lord. The Bible says she referred to the LORD, who had spoken to her, as "the God who sees me," for she said, "I have seen the One who sees me!

As I read this I realize that sometimes I blame others instead of looking at myself. Sometimes I won't wait on God and I act in desperation by trying to manipulate a plan for myself. Sometimes I get caught up in everyone else's expectations or sometimes I am caught up in my own. Sometimes I feel like nobody knows or seems to care how I feel, what I need or what's really going on with me. Sometimes it is not their fault because I often wear a mask to make it look like to the world that I am so strong and confident. Because now and days it's almost seen negatively if you are "emotional" even as a women.  

But as I look at how God handled this situation I know that I can go to Him when I am feeling vulnerable or when the world's expectations overwhelm me.  I don't have to feel desperate or try to manipulate things in my own favor. God sees me. He sees you. But the question is do we see Him as Hagar did?

God cares and he is listening. Not only that but He is the only one that can make a negative situation work out for our good regardless of our own mistakes or some else's mistakes. Sarai took matters into her own hands because she was having trouble waiting on God. Abram went along with Sarai's plan and he didn't help when things got out of hand and Hagar ran away.

This was a messy situation but God still showed them all great love by giving them everything that he had promised. Sarai and Abraham still received the son they wanted and Hagar's problem was solved as well.

Let's start being more deliberate in learning to trust God and try not to take matters into our own hands when He promises us something. God has allowed situations to come where I had no other choice but to trust Him because no one else could help me. All I had was Him and He delivered me or He gave me miraculous peace until the storm was over. One way or the other things always work out for my good. Now I choose to trust Him on my own more often. I am not always acting in desperation.  Let's carry ourselves like we have someone that sees us, knows us and loves us anyway.

Prayer

Thank you Father that you are a God who sees us. Thank you that you truly know us and you love us anyway. Thank you that you are there for us in a way that no one else can be. Help us to trust you more. Help us to hide your Word in our hearts for when we are tempted to act in desperation and take matters into our own hands. We love you Father. In Jesus Name, Amen

Reflection

Do you have trouble trusting the Lord?  Do you sometimes feel that no one sees all that you are going through? Are you sometimes tempted to act in desperation by taking matters into your own hands instead of waiting on God? Write in a journal a time when you acted against the will of God and how it turned out. Also write about a time when you waited and trusted God. In either situation record how things worked out for your good. How do you keep yourself from acting in desperation when difficult situation arise. Follow the conversation on Facebook.

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Ann Gant • Bible Study

In His longest recorded sermon, Jesus began by describing the traits He was looking for in His followers. He said that God blesses those who live out these traits.

3 "God blesses those who realize their need for him, a for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.  

4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them.

6 God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will receive it in full.

7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

10 God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. "

11 "God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers.

12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too."

                                                                                                  Matthew 5: 3-12, NLT

In His longest recorded sermon, Jesus began by describing the traits He was looking for in His followers. He said that God blesses those who live out these traits.

Each beatitude is an almost direct contradiction of society's typical way of life.  In the last beatitude, Jesus even points out that a serious effort to develop these traits is bound to create opposition. The best example of each of these if found in Jesus Christ Himself.

Being "blessed" by God means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what the cost.

If our goal is to become like Him, applying the Beatitudes will challenge the way we live each day.

                    (Adapted from Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation, 1996)

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Ann Gant • Bible Study

In our reading last week the authors discussed Vision. Vision, as the term is referred in the text is the God-given ability to picture things in our minds that are not yet reality.

In our reading last week the authors discussed Vision. Vision, as the term is referred to in the text is the God-given ability to picture things in our minds that are not yet reality. 

Chapter 4 

A vision of what God is calling you to do may start as an interest, a tiny idea or a fleeting thought. It can be inspired by the following catalyst: 

  1. Need-driven, an individual sees a need that he or she wants to help meet.  

  1. Design driven, a person begins picturing possibilities or looking for opportunities to use particular puzzle pieces of his or her design.

  1. Experience driven- a person has had a particular life experience and wants to help others who are going through the same thing.  

Chapter 5 

Strategies for stretching your vision: 

  1. Envisioning your God-Empowerment life-How can you use your God-given gifts to meet needs in the word? 

 

  1. Envision possibilities through brainstorming-Brainstorm about work and volunteer ministry/service options. 

 

  1. Look for volunteer opportunities in your church and community. 

 

  1. Use career resources to envision career possibilities (for example use The Occupational Information Network database, (O*Net) 

Chapter 6 

Strategies for Reality Testing your Options: 

  1. Use career-specific resources to gather information-local libraries and bookstores can help you with information about different career fields. Also career books and resources for people that want to become entrepreneurs like www.Entrepreneur.com or www.sba.gov. 

 

  1. Use professional organizations to gather information. 

 

  1. Interviewing and shadowing-talk to people who are doing the kind of work that you want to do. Shadowing-spend time in a  particular work environment watching one or more people do the job that you are considering.  

 

  1. Volunteer-try out a number of volunteer activities at a church or other non-profit organization to explore your gifts and interests, develop new skills and meet new people.

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Ann Gant • Music

The song, Real Thing, touched me personally so I keep it on repeat. It reminds me of how before Christ I use to chase after so many things that were not real, things that did not satisfy but my soul agrees with the words that Jesus is the real thing.

 

Recently I had the pleasure of listening to the group called, Unspoken. I absolutely love their self-titled album, Unspoken. The entire album is a blessing. After listening to each song I was encouraged to fall even deeper in love with Jesus. My belief was re-established that I should continue to give my everything to HIM. 

I love the entire album. But my favorite songs include: 

In Your Hands 

Real Thing 

Call it Grace 

Tomorrow 

Walking Away 

Who You Are 

Real Thing touched me personally so I keep it on repeat. It reminds me of how before Christ I use to chase after so many things that were not real, things that did not satisfy but my soul agrees with the words, Jesus is the real thing.   

The lyrics say, " we need a love that will last. What we need is the real thing, something to believe in. A love so strong it cannot be denied. More than a feeling. No we're not dreamin. We wake up and find the promises of new life. Jesus is the real thing.  

I thank the Lord that I know that now. I hope you do too. 

Please check out About US on the band's website, www.unspokenmusic.com for more information about the group and what influenced the words to the songs on the Unspoken album.    

Check out the lyric video for my favorite song, Real Thing before you go. I know it will bless you too.

Make sure you leave comments or a message on Facebook or Twitter to tell me what you think.  

The album is available for purchase in our Finding Ourselves in Christ Bookstore.

Until next time, Ann

 

 

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Ann Gant • Devotional

The truth is giving up and doing nothing is easier. But I believe that it hurts more to give up then it does to keep going. Besides if I am going to feel some pain it might as well be while I am on my way to my destiny.

By: Ann Gant

 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,(Philippians 3:13 (NLT)

 

My husband, Michael, goes to an alternative school once a week to speak to kids. What is an alternative school you ask? It is a school for kids who have been taken out of regular public school because they have gotten in trouble too many times.

Many of these kids do drugs, sell drugs, get into fights often, and have had numerous troubles with the law. This is the last chance for them to get their lives on track or they could lose their opportunity to go back to public school.

My husband and his brother in Christ go to the school to try and speak life back into these kids. They do not always use pretty words but they try to shake up and wake up their souls so they can say, " I have got to get up from here".

It's very sad to see a young person give up on themselves before their lives have really started.

Not only are these kids giving up on their lives but some of us adults are too. You see I heard that there are some fates worse than death and I believe that would include the walking dead. Not zombies like in the movies but a person that just walks around waiting to die.

This person has no purpose, no passion for life and no direction. I believe that ultimately this person has abandoned their hope in God which has led them to give up on their destiny or purpose.

I've been in a place where I would not go forward or backward. I had a sense of God telling me to move but I felt too overwhelmed to even try. Like I was told about those kids in alternative school sometimes we feel that doing nothing is just easier. But chasing dreams and striving for God's purpose in our lives takes effort.

The truth is giving up and doing nothing is easier but I believe that it hurts more to give up then it does to keep going. Besides if I am going to feel some pain it might as well be while I am on my way to my destiny.

We are never alone. God is always with us. He promised that He would be even to the end of the age. That's forever.

Prayer

Father, we give our lives to you and everything that we are. Lead us and guide us to our destiny. Don't let us give up because when we give up on ourselves we give up on You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Ann Gant • Bible Study

For our Bible Study/Book Review last week we took assessments which the authors stated was designed to help give us a map of our God-given design which identifies the gifts we have to invest in the world.

(Taken from our review of Live Your Calling by Kevin & Kay Marie Brennfleck, Chapter 3, Spiritual Gifts) 

For our Bible Study/Book Review last week we took assessments which the authors stated was designed to help give us a map of our God-given design which identifies the gifts we have to invest in the world.  

This section included six assessments which included transferable skills, core work values, preferred roles, personality type, compelling interests, and spiritual gifts. We also used the assessment information to fill out our life calling map.  

For this week's chapter review I would like to go over spiritual gifts and their meanings along with the Biblical references. The Brennflecks explained that the purpose of the Spiritual Gifts Inventory is to help expedite the process of discovering and confirming spiritual gifts. Understanding these gifts can enable us to discern our callings more readily and fully.  

Spiritual gifts develop through training and use. If you think you have a particular gift look for some low-risk opportunities to try out using it. No inventory can give you absolute answers about your spiritual gifts because discovering your gifts is a process.  

***Important Note: The authors state that they realize that different denominations and churches differ in their views on spiritual gifts. Those marked with an asterisk are ones in particular about which churches may disagree. Please complete this assessment in accordance with your own beliefs about spiritual gifts.  

Spiritual Gifts  

Administration-the ability to understand the goals of a small or large group, and organize information, people, and other resources to accomplish them ( I Corinthians 12:28). 

Discernment-Ability of know whether a message or behavior that is alleged to be of God is truly of divine origin ( I Corinthians 12:8-10). 

Evangelism-Ability to bring others to faith in Jesus Christ; passionate about presenting the gospel effectively to others (Ephesians 4:11). 

Exhortation/Encouragement-Ability to help others by listening attentively and providing comfort, encouragement, and wise counsel (Romans 12:6,8). 

Faith-Ability to discern what God wants done; trusts in God to overcome apparent impossibilities; exhibits a faith that is contagious to others (I Corinthians 12:8-9) 

Giving-Ability to give money or material possessions to God's work with great delight; may be rich or poor; tends to prefer giving anonymously (Romans 12:6,8). 

Helps/Service-Ability to accomplish practical and often relatively unseen tasks that support the ministries of others; tends to prefer immediate tasks more than longer-term responsibilites ( I Corinthians 12:28).   

Hospitality-Ability to demonstrate God's embracing love in tangible ways by offering food, lodging, and as sense of belonging to others (I Peter 4:9-10). 

Intercession-Ability to pray for sustained periods of time; sees many answers to prayer (there is no specific biblical text about the gift of intercession, but there is much evidence within the Body of Christ that the gift exists). 

Knowledge-Ability to understand and use information to benefit the body of Christ ( I Corinthians 12:8). 

Leadership-Ability to set goals for the future, and to influence and direct others to accomplish God's work (Romans 12:6,8). 

Mercy-Ability to understand and minister compassionately to those who suffer from physical, mental, or emotional problems (Romans 12:6,8). 

Shepherd/Pastor-Ability to nurture and direct the spiritual growth of a group of believers (Ephesians 4:11). 

Teaching-Ability to comprehend and communicate biblical truths, enabling listeners to learn and apply God's word. 

Wisdom-Ability to apply spiritual knowledge and insight to specific problems and needs; consistently provides good counsel ( I Corinthians 12:8). 

*Apostleship-Ability to start new churches or ministries; may work in either one's own culture or a foreign country; possesses spiritual authority that is recognized by Christian leaders (Ephesians 4:11; see also I Corinthians 12:28). 

*Healing-Ability to be used by God to bring supernatural healing of physical, emotional, or spiritual problems ( I Corinthians 12:8-9, 28). 

*Miracles-Ability to pray for, and be used by God to bring about supernatural acts that glorify him ( I Corinthians 12:8-10, 28). 

*Prophecy-Ability to declare God's truth and to proclaim how God wills things to change; wants people to align themselves with God's will (Ephesians 4:11; I Corinthians 12:8-10, 28). 

*Tongues and/or Interpretation of Tongues-ability to receive and speak a message from God in public worship and/or pray privately in a language one has never learned. Interpretation-ability to explain what someone else says while speaking in tongues ( I Corinthians 12:8-10).

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Ann Gant • Poetry

A poem to my first love.

 

By Ann Gant 

 

I love you Lord, and I thank you for the day that I realized that I am nothing without you and everything with you. 

Like David, you are also my strength 

You keep me in awe of you.  

With all that you do 

Some call it miracles from above. 

But you say it's just the way of your unfailing love. 

 

I love you Lord, and I can barely explain without tears.  

Looking back on all the years and all the fears,

You were there for me and I cannot let this kind of love be in vain.  

Father, Counselor, Teacher are all in when I call your name. 

I know that others know you as the same and more.  

 

I love you Lord, that you would consider me as the apple of your eye. 

Most days I'm not sure why. 

Like Job your words are like fire shut up in my bones. 

And it's become the most important thing to me. 

To tell others that you can set them free. 

 

I love  you Lord, and to my end I pray that I am remembered, 

Not just by my words but for sharing yours.  

Let me be known for the love that I have for you, 

and the greater love that you have for me too.  

I've made mistakes 

I don't always have what it takes. 

But through it all every day, 

and in every way Lord, I love you. 

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Ann Gant • Devotional

I don't know about you but God has to constantly remind me of my worth to Him, His love for me and that I have a purpose. One of the reasons that I love Him so much is because He never gets tired of me needing Him.

By Ann Gant

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1 (NIV) 

I don't know about you but God has to constantly remind me of my worth to Him, His love for me and that I have a purpose. One of the reasons that I love Him so much is because He never gets tired of me needing Him.

Early in my marriage as a young wife I was very needy. I wanted my husband to constantly validate my worth. I hated for us to apart or disagree because I was in constant fear that he would stop loving me or even worse leave. I was smothering him.

This frame of mind didn't leave room for open discussions of things he possibly didn't agree with without a flood of tears from me. I was a hot mess.

I put my all into him expecting that His love for me would heal my feelings of loneliness, abandonment, insecurity and low self-worth that I brought into our relationship from my past. After all, wasn't he suppose to complete me?

The answer is no. He couldn't, being only human just like me.

Over time I was drawn to Christ, His word and especially His love. It's been like nothing else I have  ever experienced in this life. Gradually I started putting my great need on to Christ. Now I need Him every day, and every minute of every hour.

Its beautiful! I can love Him all I want! 

I can need Him all I want! He doesn't get tired. He can handle it.

Plus, He is teaching me how to love my husband and others better everyday .

Christ can do the same for you my friend. You can love people but only be Needy with God.

Prayer

Thank you Father that we can let our guard down. We can be vulnerable with you. Your love never fails us. Help us to only be needy with YOU. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Bible Study

This past week we started our book discussion with the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2. We have learned a lot already. We learned how we should see our calling in respect to our relationship with Christ. We are called to be ourselves. We are uniquely designed to fulfill our Father's purpose. Within ourselves He has placed a desire to search for our calling which should always lead us to Him.

This past week we started our book discussion with the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2.We have learned a lot already. We learned what we can expect from the coming chapters.We also learned how we should see our calling in respect to our relationship with Christ. We are called to be ourselves.We are uniquely designed to fulfill our Father's purpose. Within ourselves He has placed a desire to search for our calling which should always lead us to Him. 

The Introduction

The Introduction discusses how to use this book as a guide to taking the right actions to create a life of purpose and passion. It explains how the book offers a toolbox of principles, assessment exercises, strategies, and other resources. 

There are six inventories with key dimensions to your unique design that include: you most-enjoyed skills, core values, preferred roles, personality traits, compelling interests, and spiritual gifts. 

The Introduction also states that the book includes the following tools and topics:

 Enlarging your vision on what you can do. 

A Life Calling Map 

Learning how to make good decisions within God's will for your life.

Consider emotional, physiological, spiritual, and lifestyle issues that can get you stuck.

Motivate yourself to take action. 

Learn how to use your calling successfully.

It was a suggestion that we obtain a journal to record the events of our journey and that we find a couple of friends to join us. 

We can use our journals to address the personal application questions at the back of each chapter. The authors also suggested that we write a prayer that expresses our thoughts, hopes and needs. 

Chapter 1-In Search of a Calling

In Chapter One, the authors talk about how all of us have asked the question," What is my purpose in life?" I certainly have asked that question several times over the course of my own life. 

We are looking for our place. Nora Watson in her interview for Stud's Terkel's classic book, "Working" stated that,"Most of us are looking for a calling and not a job." "Most of us have jobs that are too small for our spirit. 

There is a secular view of calling in which American culture encourages us to look to our work in our sense of purpose and calling. 

We are called to know the caller which is Jesus Christ and our primary calling is to be in a personal relationship with Him. Everything else is considered secondary callings. 

In searching for our individual calling the Bible tells us that we are brought into this world with specific purposes in God's eternal plan. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 

God is a God of Possibilities. When He allows us to glimpse our potential, we are often tempted to retreat behind the wall of our perceived limitations. I have been there and done that, telling God all about the reason that I cannot do something that he has asked me to do as though he does not know all about me. 

We are reminded that no matter where you are in life it is never to late to do something of significance with your life. God can use everything in our lives. 

We are invited to experience Grace. Jesus tells us the parable about workers in a vineyard. Workers start at different times but are paid the same wage at the end of the day. The author state that Dallas Willard describes grace as " the action of God bringing to pass in our lives good things which we neither deserve nor can accomplish on our own. 

Chapter 2-Called to Be You 

Discovering your design and your vocational calling can be challenging. Our vocational calling emerges out of our relationship with God. The way that he has designed us includes a special combination of gifts. There has never been anyone like you in human history, and there never will be another you again.

The authors include what they explain as compass principles for finding your vocational calling. 

Life Calling Compass Principles

 One: God calls us to keep our primary calling primary.

Two: God calls us to use our gifts to meet needs in the world. 

-Become needs focused

-All Work can be Sacred

Three: God calls us to proactive stewardship of our gifts.

-Read Jesus' story about the stewardship of our gifts in Matthews 25:14-30.

-Assess your Vocational Fit

     Level One-a person sees his or her work as just a job

     Level Two-Ok work that is of some interest.

     Level Three-people find themselves in enjoyable work that may be satisfying for many years. 

     Level Four-Meaningful-people feel they are contributing to a significant purpose or giving something back. 

     Level Five-vocational integration, a person's work is an expression of who he or she is.

In doing God's work any job, regardless of how well it fits, gives us an opportunity to live our primary calling by being representatives in the workplace. 

In the journey of living your calling, you will discover the trust in this equation: You + God's Power= Enough. 

 

This Week 

Keep recording your answers to the Personal Application Questions in your journal. 

Read Part Two: Creating Your Life Calling Map. This only includes Chapter 3-Mapping Your Design (Assessments).

We  would love to hear what you thought about or what resonated with you from this past weeks reading. Share in comments, Facebook or Twitter. 

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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. ( I John 4:18, NKJV)
What are you afraid of? I don't mean a fear of spiders or heights. I mean what scares you to the point that you cannot function at life. An example could be you have a fear of failure so you say no to a great opportunity that you know is from God because you fear you might fail or in some cases you fear you may succeed.

By: Ann

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. ( I John 4:18, NKJV)

What are you afraid of? I don't mean a fear of spiders or heights. I mean what scares you to the point that you cannot function at life. An example could be you have a fear of failure so you say no to a great opportunity that you know is from God because you fear you might fail or in some cases you fear you may succeed.

I have allowed fear to cripple me for many years. At certain points in my life it has kept me from starting and then finishing college, from starting my business, from singing, writing, making friends and a host of other things that are my hearts desires.

How could fear keep me from all of these things you ask? Well the answer is it tormented me. The enemy of my soul used fear to torment and paralyze me by attacking my mind with discouraging thoughts.

When I would try to do the great things that the Lord placed in my heart fear whispered:

"You could never do that"                                                                

"What if you fail?"

"What if they reject you?"

"What if you mess up and everybody sees or hears it?"

And the list goes on and on. Then like a movie the deceiver would show me what these scenarios would look like. I would be instantly overcome with fear. My heart would beat hard and fast in my chest sounding like beating drums.

It seemed my only relief would come when I began to console myself with excuses.

"Well now is not really a good time anyway."

"I already have a lot going on."

"They already have people in place for that so they don't need me.

Sound familiar?

Finally, I prayed and confessed to God that I had been trying to handle one of the biggest thorns in my flesh on my own. Then I was led to the scripture in I John 4:18.

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.

What is the perfect love that casts out fear? God's love. God's love is perfect. That is what it took for me to overcome the hold that fear had on me.

The knowledge and understanding of the Lord's great love for us reassures both you and me that we don't have anything to fear. He knows our hopes and dreams. He is the one who them in our hearts. He loves us and wants us to prosper.

So now when I am trying to do something that I believe is God's will and fear tries to torment me again I focus on what is true and real (Philipians 4:8).

I remember that God is with me in every situation (Joshua 1:9).

I remind myself that there is no fear in love (I John 4:18).

I remember that I can trust the Lord with every detail of my life (Proverbs 3:5-6).

You can be delivered from the torment of fear also.

You can go back to school.

You can love again.

You can make friends.

You can start that ministry.

Focus on God's love for you and trust that He intends to work out His will for your life.

 

Prayer

Father, fear tries to take hold of us when we try to accomplish your purpose in our lives. Help us to remember Your great love for us and help us to use it to reassure ourselves and others that we can go forward with our dreams without fear. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Related Resources

Check out our bookstore to review these suggested books on fear.

Start by John Acuff

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

Fearless by Max Lucado


 Getting it in Your Spirit

What is fear keeping you from accomplishing in your life? Pray and ask God to reveal the difference between things that you are not doing because of fear and legitimate excuses.  I'll be posting more scripture references and resources on fear tomorrow so check back. You can also post a comment on what you have not started because of fear so you can get some encouragement or what you did accomplish after God delivered you from fear to encourage someone else.

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