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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