Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Timothy 1:7. Second Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Have you ever experienced the spirit of fear? Is there something you are afraid of doing? Do you have a fear of heights? Or, is there something else you are afraid of? The Bible tells us the spirit of fear does not come from God. It is a tactic of the devil to hold us back, to keep us from reaching our God given destiny. You must guard your hearts against the attacks of the enemy.
If you let the spirit of fear overtake you it can cripple you. It can cause you not to perform in the way God wants you to. It can hold you back from accomplishing all God wants you to. Don’t let the spirit of fear keep you from doing what God has for you to do.
In 2 Timothy 1: 7 we are reminded that God gives us a spirit of power, and love and a sound mind. We need to continuously remind ourselves of this. If you come into a time in your life when you feel overwhelmed by the spirit of fear, quote this Scripture to yourself over and over until you overcome the spirit of fear.
In the book of Esther, Esther was put in a position to stand up for the Jews. She must have been afraid to approach the king, knowing it could cost her life, if he wasn’t accepting of her. Esther was wise because she realized she needed God to be on her side, so she spent three days fasting and praying to be sure she was in line with God’s will and had God’s favor on the situation. She also asked others to fast and pray along with her and to come into agreement with her that God’s will would be done.
When Esther went before the king, God gave her courage. It wasn’t an easy thing for her to do, not knowing what the outcome would be. Esther put her life on the line for her people. Who does this remind you of?
Jesus put His life on the cross for us, so we could be saved. Both, Esther and Jesus were used by God to do His will. They both had to surrender their lives to God. Is there something God has asked you to do that you have let fear keep you from doing? Be like Esther and ask God to give you courage and strength to do His will.
Things to think about:
- Is there anything you are afraid of?
- Have you turned that fear over to God?
- How can we remind ourselves that God is not the author of fear?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture where we are reminded that You don’t give us the spirit of fear. You give us the spirit of love, power and a sound mind. Help us to remember this. Help us to surrender our lives to Your will. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Excerpt from: PURIM Celebration: 28 Daily Devotionals by Deborah H. Bateman and Friends
Another book by Deborah concerning Purim
This year the Jewish people will celebrate Purim beginning at sunset on Wednesday, the 23rd of March, and the celebration will last through Friday, March 25.
by Deborah H. Bateman
About the book:
PURIM Celebration: 28 Daily Devotionals is a Daily Bible Reading Study Book by Deborah H. Bateman and friends. It is a compilation of 28 Daily Devotionals by Deborah and fourteen of her author and writer friends.
Purim is a holiday that was started back in the days of Queen Esther and is still celebrated today. Deborah took the letters of PURIM and created categories for the contributors to write about:
• U=Un-forgiveness or Forgiveness
One of the traditions of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. In light of that tradition we have decided that a portion of the proceeds of this book will go to charity.
PURIM Celebration was originally created as part of Deborah’s Book Launch for her book: The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor which was published in 2012.
PURIM Celebration includes devotionals from: Mary Pacheco, Penny Zeller, Katherine Harms, Dave Moore, Marlo Schalesky, Judith Robl, Lynn Dove, Buffy Crabtree, Deborah McCarragher, Shawn Lamb, Serge Roux-Levrat, Lily Brenner, Heidi Faith, and Lisa Buffaloe. The book is edited by Lisa Lickel, one of my friends in the John 3:16 Networking Group.
Some of the contributors are from the John 3:16 Network Marketing group Deborah belongs to. Some of the writers are from a coaching program that Deborah participates in. One of the authors is from the Palmetto Christian Writer’s Network Deborah is a member of. The rest of the writers and authors are friends Deborah has made over the past few years online.
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