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Just For Today Daily Devotional

Tuesday, September 2

“Don’t be afraid…I am with you.”
Isa 41:10 NLT


There are different kinds of fear. There’s the kind that warns you to stay away from fire. There’s the kind that cultivates respect for God (See Ps 2:11). Oswald Chambers said, “When you fear God, you don’t have to fear anything else.” There’s fear that makes you feel helpless; sometimes it’s rooted in parental criticism or a bully’s threats, and although it’s groundless, it still haunts you. There’s the fear of failing, which if left unchallenged becomes the father of failure. Job said, “What I feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25 NIV). There’s fear of the unknown where your imagination runs amok. What if you never meet the “right person,” or you lose your job, or the biopsy confirms the worst? Over and over in His Word God says, “Don’t be afraid…I am with you.” Paul Tournier notes: “Life and faith always insist on moving on—and I cannot move forward without leaving something behind. The trapeze artist must let go of one trapeze at precisely the right moment and hover in the void before grabbing the other. Faith calls us out of our comfort zone…to learn new skills and minister in different ways.” But we get uptight. We think, “What if God asks me to do something I can’t do? Or I don’t have the strength, wisdom, or faith?” If you were relying on your own resources, you’d be in trouble. But the fact is, “God…knew you and chose you” (1Pe 1:2 NLT). Every time you meet a new challenge He strengthens you by proving that He not only supplies the tools, but is responsible for the outcome.

Wednesday, September 3

“Not in human wisdom but in the power of God.”
1Co 2:5 NLT


One of the greatest breakthroughs in modern psychology is the Law of Reversibility. It works like this: when you feel a certain way, you act accordingly. And when you don’t feel like doing something but you do it anyway, that same dynamic creates the feeling consistent with your actions. Dallas Willard put it like this: “You can live opposite of what you profess, but you can’t live opposite of what you believe. Invariably what you believe is revealed by what you do.” Because fear is a learned response, it can be unlearned. There are two kinds of courage. The first kind calls for action. President Andrew Jackson said, “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. One man with courage makes a majority.” The second kind calls for patience: the tenacity to keep persevering after you’ve done your best and before you’ve seen results. Often the difference between a hero and a coward is that a hero hangs in there five minutes longer! When you run from intimidating situations, fear multiplies until eventually it controls your life. But when you tackle your problems head-on, “not in human wisdom but in the power of God,” your confidence rises until you reach a point where you’re no longer controlled by fear. William Cowper wrote: “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform. He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread, Are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.”