We all want to live without fear

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

We all want to live without fear, our heroes are fearless people who take on all dangers and overcome them. The psalmist teaches us that fear of God can lead to a fearless life. To fear God means to respect and revere him as the almighty Lord. When we trust God completely to take care of us, we will find that our other fears—even of death itself—will subside. (NLT)

Psalm 112:6-8 – Such people will not be overcome by evil circumstances. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.

Quoted verse: [The righteous] will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. – Psalm 112:7 (NIV)

“Story” – Ismelalem Woldegiorgis (British Columbia, Canada) titled her story “NOT AFRAID;” here is a portion of Ismelalem’s story:

“Recently, my doctor told me that I have a rare tumor called dermatofibrosarcoma. When I heard the news, two choices came to my mind: I can succumb to fear, or I can have faith it helped me not to panic or worry about the bad news I had heard from my doctor.

“The Lord assured me that I did not need to fear bad news. . . . I could stand steadfast and be encouraged, confidently relying on the Lord. Yes, the news is bad. My family depends on me to take care of their daily needs, and I do worry about them. But I trust in the Lord who promised to be a great help in times of trouble and always to be present with us. (See [* below] Ps. 46.)

“We all face difficulties, but trusting the Lord can relieve us of the weight of worry. It is easy to let fear control our minds when we hear bad news, but fear will not control us when we put our trust in the Lord.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The Lord’s faithfulness is greater than my problems.

Prayer: Dear Lord, in times of trouble give us the courage to face each day knowing that you are greater than all our worry and fear. Amen.

Prayer Focus: THOSE WITH A RARE MEDICAL CONDITION

* Psalm 46:1-11 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!

A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God himself lives in that city; it cannot be destroyed. God will protect it at the break of day. The nations are in an uproar, and kingdoms crumble! God thunders, and the earth melts!

The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world and causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear in two; he burns the shields with fire.

“Be silent, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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