Fresh Hope – Day 16

Do not fear.

 

Those same 3 words are stated 365 times in the Bible.

 

That’s one for every day of the year.

 

It’s not a suggestion, but a command.

 

Every person that I know deals with fear on differing levels.

 

As I’ve traced my own journey of fear, I wanted to share with you 10 things that fear causes…

 

1 – It reduces the size of God and magnifies the size and opinion of man.

Proverbs 29:25 ‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.’

 

2 – It causes us to retreat from the great things ahead.

 

3 – It causes us to stay quiet when we should speak up.

 

4 – It causes us to play it safe rather than embrace change.

 

5 – It causes us to want to control things rather than trust in God.

 

6 – It causes us to seek the easy decision rather than the right one.

 

7 – It causes us to deflect defeat onto others around us.

 

8 – It causes us to become physically ill.

 

9 – It causes us to become passive about an issue that has been brought to our attention.

 

10 – It causes us to settle for second best and miss out on our destiny.

 

Many years ago, in one of the most difficult times of my life, a man walked up to me and gave me a scrappy piece of paper with these words on. It changed everything for me.

 

I hope it will change your day too.

 

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

Pastor Mark

 

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