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Olive Bertha Smith was appointed as a missionary to China by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention on July 3, 1917.

Years later, when the Japanese invaded China in the spring of 1937, Bertha faced a dilemma. The American government had urged all Americans to leave the country and declared that it would not be responsible for the safety of any who decided to stay. Bertha debated what to do. Through prayer she became convinced that she should stay. It was God who had placed her in China, not the American government. She could not bear to leave the Chinese people, particularly the Chinese Christians who would be undergoing such hardship.

While war raged in the countryside surrounding Tsining, Bertha labored faithfully and courageously. She opened her home for any who wanted personal help in making decisions to receive Christ. Bertha realized that many of these Chinese would soon be fleeing from the Japanese and she knew that many of them would die. She was deeply concerned that they come to Christ and be firmly established in the faith while there was time.

She regularly visited the local hospital to talk with the wounded soldiers and tell them about Jesus. Bertha made a practice of seeking God’s specific, direct guidance for every move she made. She could not address everyone’s needs, so she depended on God to show her where to go, what to do, and whom to talk to. In this way, walking with God, she was led to the people in whom he was already working.

After Tsining fell to the Japanese, the mission compound where Bertha lived and worked housed many refugees, most of them women. Japanese soldiers were constantly looking for girls and young women for illicit purposes, and more than once Bertha squared off face-to-face with the soldiers, protecting those whom God had placed under her care. She had a holy boldness born from many years of prayer and fellowship with Christ. Bertha was totally surrendered to God and trusted him absolutely, and he protected, provided, and guided her steps.

Harriet Tubman’s commitment to freedom was forged by two major influences in her life. The first of these was slavery itself. As a young child of six years, Harriet had been hired out by her owner to work for a succession of different people, many of whom abused her terribly. As Harriet grew older, the conviction grew in her heart that everyone deserved to be free. Freedom was worth any price.

The second influence in the development of Harriet’s character was her faith. Along with many other slaves, Harriet and her family found strength and comfort in the community they shared together. The slaves found hope and encouragement in the experiences of biblical characters such as Job, Joseph, Noah, Paul, Abraham, and Moses. Jesus was especially dear to them because he had suffered the way they suffered.

By the time Harriet reached adulthood, her hatred of slavery had made her determined to be free at any cost, while her faith in God had instilled in her a confidence in her success and a fearlessness regarding her own personal safety. Those who saw Harriet in action during her years of personally leading slaves to freedom were impressed by the fact that she displayed absolutely no fear for herself while taking every care to protect the runaways she was responsible for. She believed implicitly that God was directing her steps and protecting her, and that she would be taken only when and if God willed it.

Harriet made a total of nineteen trips into Maryland in the decade before the Civil War. She is credited with personally leading more than three hundred slaves to freedom, including, as she had promised, her parents and all her brothers and sisters and their families.

What is even more remarkable is that she never lost a single one. Every slave who followed Harriet was delivered safely to freedom in the North. Harriet was bold, fearless, creative, cunning, and, when necessary, severe.

Harriet Tubman’s life is a testimony to what a person can do when he or she learns to listen to God’s voice and obey without question. Because she trusted not in herself but in Him, she found his courage, strength, wisdom, insight, and protection available to her. Those same resource

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Joan of Arc simply loved God. She never received any theological training and knew very little about the official doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, the only church in France at that time. All Joan knew was that when she went to mass, God met her there. Joan knew God, loved to spend time with Him, and would do anything for Him.

In the summer of 1425, when she was thirteen, Joan experienced her first heavenly visitation: a blaze of bright light accompanied by a voice.

Over the course of three years, she had dreams of horses running in battle and of herself being led away with an army of men. During this time, she gradually became aware of the call of God on her life. He seemed to be telling her that she was to go to the aid of the disinherited Charles, the true king of France; drive the English away from Orleans and out of the country; and lead the procession to see Charles enthroned. At first, she resisted: I’m just a girl. I have no education, no training in military skills. Who’s going to listen to me?Her voices became more and more insistent.

By May 1428, Joan was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was leading her to go to Charles’ aid. She loved God so much that she would go anywhere and do anything to fulfill His desire. She believed that God was true and that He would back her up in everything that He called her to do.

By April 1429, Joan and her army had moved rapidly and entered the city of Orléans. Within a week, they had captured all the English forts surrounding the city.

We can take courage from the simple fact that Joan was so ordinary. By normal human standards she had no qualifications for the mission she undertook. She had no education, no religious training, and no leadership experience. In fact, she lived during a time when women’s freedom in both church and society was greatly restricted.

What made the difference? Joan possessed the only qualification that mattered: she loved God with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. She was completely sold out to Him. God chose her and used her because she made herself available to Him.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6). #itsinHisword #forHisgloryforourgood #trustGod #acknowledgeHim #direction #favor #bible #blessedandthankful

Many believers have the wrong concept of courage. The enemy has fed us a lie that says courage means being without fear and that if we struggle with fear, then we must not be courageous enough. That is absolutely not true. All of us, even the most courageous among us, must deal with fears.

True courage means acknowledging fear, turning it over to God, and pressing ahead despite it. Courage means regarding the dream as more powerful and worthwhile than the fear that would keep us from it. Courage arises out of the security of knowing who God is and our identity in relation to Him.

By ourselves we are weak and can do nothing. But because He dwells in us, we have His power, wisdom, and courage. As we walk with Him, we understand more and more how much He loves us, and He begins to reveal His heart to us. We can take courage from these things. Courage arises from confidence in the vision the Lord has given to us; it comes from the quiet place of contemplation before the Lord where He visits us and speaks to us.

Courage comes out of resting in his strength. Courage also means taking one step at a time without demanding to know the complete journey up front. We tend to want to have everything mapped out in advance so we can know what we’re getting into before we start. God rarely works that way. He says, I’m not going to tell you what it looks like at the end. I’m only giving insight for right now. Trust Me and follow Me.

There is a reason God does this: walking one step at a time builds faith. God knows that our puny little brains can’t handle the whole picture all at once. Sometimes God speaks things to us that seem so overwhelming that we can’t see how in the world He will ever do it. Yet He pours out His grace and leads us one step at a time. We take that step and then watch for the next one. The Lord will open a doorway of grace to enable us to take the next step and the next and the next. As we walk this way, our faith grows and so does our courage.

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One night, the Lord gave me (Michal Ann) a dream that dealt with intimidation—how strong of a force it can be and how it can tempt us to do things that we would not otherwise do. In this dream, my oldest son, Justin, and I were in China running food, clothing, and other items to needy people.

As I was preparing to leave one house, the authorities broke in and grabbed me. I was taken to face the enemy leader. He wanted to punish me by torture—hanging me by the neck, not until I died but long enough to choke me and leave rope marks on my neck. It was a very intimidating situation.

I almost consented to the punishment when all of a sudden, a light went on inside me. How foolish of me to entrust my life into the enemy’s hands! Once the noose was around my neck, I would be completely at his mercy. How could I trust the word of the enemy?

In the dream, rather than giving in to the intimidation and agreeing to the punishment, I began preaching the gospel to the enemy leader.

As I continued preaching, I pulled from my pocket an uncut, unpolished purple gem, like an amethyst. As I spoke, the gem grew larger and brighter. The enemy leader reached out to take the stone in his hand. It continued to grow as I continued to preach the Word. He was holding a miracle, a wonder of God in his own hand, and with his own eyes watched it grow and glow.

It seems to me that the gem in this dream symbolizes the Word coming forth from within. When we are on the verge of a breakthrough, the enemy will come and try to intimidate us and make us settle for something less than we should. If we press through, confronting the enemy of intimidation and allowing the boldness of the Holy Spirit to come on us, we become like the stone—growing and glowing with the truth and power of God’s Word.

The time has come for us to do business with God and with the enemy. It’s time to decide to not let intimidation and fear strangle us any longer.

“DAY 2️⃣6️⃣ of 3️⃣0️⃣ DAYS OF WISDOM “Chaos to you is Clarity to God”
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Your assignment from God, You LIFE may look so out of control and complicated. You have no clue why God is allowing certain things to take place in your life.
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His Word says to lean on him, Depend on Him, Trust Him only and keep your mind on Him. When you do that...what used to bring frustration, will bring freedom.
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“If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king.” DANIEL 3:17 “REMIND ME WHO GOD is.” These words keep ringing in my ears, a mandate from a grieving friend as we stood near the casket of her twenty-six-year-old son. We hugged hard. She grabbed my shoulders and repeated her edict: “Remind me who God is.” I’m trying so hard to remember for myself who God really is. Who is God when real life comes knocking with a blow so forceful you can’t stand against it? Who is God when everything you’ve planned for and dreamed of is altered, not just slightly, but forever?

Death. Divorce. Illness. Life has changed, and it will never look, feel, taste the same as it did before. Who is God through it all?

I do know this. It’s okay to question and doubt. Throughout the Bible, examples abound of people who wondered about God. Wonder is okay. It may even be good for us.

I read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—Daniel’s buddies who refused to bow down and worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue. The king gave them one more chance to “do the right thing” and bow before his shiny likeness, but still the three refused. Their rationale? “But even if he does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up” (Dan. 3:18). But even if he doesn’t . . . these words, strangely, have given me so much hope. They have strengthened my faith in the past and they help today as I process the death of a too-young man. But here’s what I know about God: He has not left our side. He is there, walking right beside us, weeping with us. He grieves with us. Because He loves us. “Remind me who God is.” I’m just beginning to remember.

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Remind your heart who God is today. He is the God who sees you and walks with you and grieves with you. He is the God who will always and forever love you.

Trust the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding , in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
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For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but

righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. ROMANS 14:17

WHEN I LOG ON to social media, I am quickly reminded how much I’m polarized by politics and theology. My instinct is to jump in and either defend or attack depending on the situation. It’s as if God’s commandments for how we’re to lovingly treat one another don’t apply to our political and theological differences. I don’t want my theo-political allegiances to override my neighborly obligations. But how?

In 1 John 4:20, we read, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” While many of us wouldn’t want to describe our posture toward another as hateful, how many of us harbor contempt, dislike, or ill will toward our political opponents? If we do, honesty demands we admit we are guilty of hate. It’s only in confessing our sin of hatred that we will be healed and set free in Christ to better love others.

It makes one wonder how on earth Jesus’ twelve disciples grew in their love for one another given the likelihood they held different political views. I have a hunch that through the power of the Holy Spirit, fellowship with one another, suffering together, observing Jesus’ life, and by personally experiencing Christ’s love, they saw that their obligation to love one another was more important than their political disagreements.

As they spent time with Jesus, they discovered the nature of the kingdom is not centered on political and theological tribalism, one-upping one another, or constant division. Instead as Paul says in Romans 14:17b, the kingdom of God is characterized by “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit”—what they saw in Jesus.

A Moment to Breathe . . .
Be intentional with your words. Speak words that encourage and uplift those around you, including those who may believe differently.

It always seems to come back to this scripture. Too often I find myself trying to be in control of my life and circumstances, just to be met with constant anxiousness and disappointment. I have to remind myself of this scripture and I start feeling enlightened when I really need it most 💛 #trustintheLord #AcknowledgeHim #Heshalldirectyourpath

For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus. 1 TIMOTHY 2:5–6

FROM THE MOMENT MY feet hit the floor, I knew it wasn’t going to be a banner day. I’d overslept. We were out of coffee. And both my husband and my daughter seemed determined to get on my last nerve. By 8:30 that morning, I had cried at least five times. I was ready to throw in the towel (or at least run away from home for a day or two). Honestly, I just wanted to give up.

Even as I sat down with my Bible and journal, the enemy’s whispers echoed through my head: You’re not good enough, not godly enough. And I nodded in assent, because, well, I knew those things were true.

I opened my Bible that morning to be reminded of a beautiful truth: Christ is my Mediator. He is ever-standing before the Father, interceding on my behalf, pleading my cause, and claiming His blood over my sin. Of course I’m not good or godly enough. Most days I’m just a hot mess trying to manage the chaos of life and hoping I don’t ruin anything.

But there He is, Jesus Christ, leaning in to the Father saying: She’s mine. That one, with all the fears and anxieties, all the falling and fumbling, my blood was shed for her.

If we could grasp this—that we don’t have to do more or be more, we just have to be His—imagine how our thoughts and lives would look quite different.

Jesus was born in a dirty barn, traveled on dusty roads, died on a rugged cross, was buried in a borrowed tomb. He knows all about the mess of this life. He isn’t turned off by our failings and foibles. He doesn’t walk away from our doubts and difficulties.

And here’s the best news of all—He isn’t in that borrowed tomb anymore! He is standing now before the throne, interceding on our behalf, mediating for us.

A Moment to Breathe . . .
Just picture it! Jesus at the right hand of the Father, interceding on your behalf. That’s the God we serve! Thank Him for being a God who cares about every detail of our lives—even the seemingly mundane moments.

For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified. HEBREWS 10:14

HERE I AM, ON my couch crying, again. I will never get it together. I am such a failure. I am just so tired of making plans and lists and self-help do-overs that end right back where I started. I just can’t do it. I can’t fix myself.

It’s been five years since I had a “failure” break down. I was done, over trying to be better, do better, get better. I just kept missing my mark, my perfectionist, pull-myself-up-by-the-bootstraps, getit-together mark. So I sat on my couch and cried out to the Lord. I threw my hands up and said, “I’m done.” It was as though the Lord was waiting for those very words, because when I finally recognized my deep weakness, when I finally gave in, that is when I was able to grow and mature in Christ by relying on His strength. I am clay, and clay cannot mold itself. He is the molder and perfecter of my faith and my soul and all of me.

And the best, most wonderful life-giving news of all? As He’s intimately molding me toward maturity, He doesn’t look at me as a failure. He looks at me, His beloved daughter, and sees perfection, completeness, because of Jesus Christ. God has already perfected me because I know Him. Yeah, there’s still work to be done with my humanity here on earth, and I’m certainly not perfect here, but where I’m going? Done deal. Perfect. Complete. Right now. What sweet freedom. What grace. What an exhale.

A Moment to Breathe . . .
Whatever you’re holding on to today, give it to God. Let Him do the work as you put one foot in front of the other by faith in obedience. And breathe deep—He sees you as complete right now.

Let me tell you... I know it to be true! When you give it all to God and truly acknowledge Him, not only will the path be directed, but it will be much clearer than before. #acknowledgehim #verseoftheday #wordoftheday #peacesofmeloves

. . . Christ loved the church and gave himself for her. EPHESIANS 5:25

DRAPED IN WHITE LACE I stood ready, waiting. The room brimmed with busyness around me as the bridesmaids clutched their bouquets and the mothers adjusted their corsages. Then suddenly, an eerie silence descended. I searched the faces of my girlfriends while expressions of shock and horror stared back at me. “What happened? What is it?” I followed their eyes to something behind me. The train of my bridal gown was several feet long—just how I always dreamt it would be. And there, kneeling by my train, my thirteen-year-old cousin held a steaming hot clothes iron; beneath it a dark orange triangle smoldered on the train of my dress. Apparently she tried to iron out the creases in the train, but the iron was too hot for the satin.

As the music began in the sanctuary, I looked up and said, “Quick! Somebody run to the church office and find some liquid Wite-Out!” I figured it might make the fabric clumpy and goopy, but at least it wouldn’t be dark orange.

I told my cousin not to worry about it and plotted with my maid of honor how we could hide the stain. Instead of spreading out my train behind me, like she did at the rehearsal, I asked her to fold the fabric over to cover the stain. And down the aisle we went.

In Scripture, the church is the bride of Christ. By God’s grace, the stain of our sin no longer marks us. We are cleansed and set free. The bride of Christ isn’t perfect, none of us are, but Christ’s forgiveness is complete.

On my wedding day, no one in the sanctuary knew the bride had a huge ugly stain on her dress. But one day, there will be another wedding, and the bride of Christ will appear . . . without spot or wrinkle.

A Moment to Breathe . . .
Look on the cover of this book. You’ll see a faint stain from a coffee mug. It’s there on purpose. Because we all have “stains” we want to hide, but Christ removes them when we ask Him to. And we’ve no better reason to exhale than that.

Psalms 37:4 We must keep God First and acknowledge Him in all that we do. When we ask God for things, are we giving Him the time He deserves? #thinkaboutit #imremindingmyselftoo #acknowledgeHim #mercifulgod #blessesusinspiteof #iloveGod #iluhGod #thankHimformyfamily

When you and I find ourselves staying in the same place until an expected event happens, or until someone arrives, or until it is our turn…we may be in for the spiritual battle of our lives. Because we really don’t know how it’s going to turn out, our thoughts become vulnerable to enemy attack.

We observe Abraham succumbing to such tactics while he waited for God to come through on His promise of an heir. Abraham manipulated the wait time by fathering a child with another wife (Genesis 16:1-4) who was not the child God had promised. The waiting-to-be King David also floundered, escaping to the land of the Philistines, thinking that if he did not, Saul would eventually find and kill him (1 Samuel 27:1). Even King Jeroboam faltered in his waiting by creating his own religious system, surmising that if he did not, people would return to Judah under King Rehoboam, contrary to God’s promise to him (1 Kings 12:26). Suffice it to say, waiting for God to will and act in our lives is not all unicorns and cotton candy. Extended languishing for what appears improbable is the perfect environment for taking matters into our own hands rather than lifting them up in surrender to His sovereignty.

Marking time in uncertainty is precisely when we must keep our eyes on Christ no matter what happens. It’s here that taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ moves our theology into our reality. During the torrents of spiraling doubt, thundering frustration, and piercing divine silence, you and I should focus on what we know.

We cannot be sure what Hannah was thinking as she joyfully journeyed home, but her prayer in the following chapter lends us a clue. She knew the God in whom she believed. Here Hannah expressed gratitude for His power, justice, and His unparalleled goodness.

Like Hannah, you and I do not know for sure how it’s going to turn out. But we can know in whom we have believed (2 Timothy 1:12). We can trust that He has a purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). We can rest assured that our God is not a quitter. He finishes what He starts (Philippians 1:6). And most certainly, we can know that He is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:8).

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A few years ago our family took a road trip across the Midwest. To save time, we drove through fast food restaurants and ate while continuing on the journey. One particular occasion we drove into the line where we waited our turn to order. Within moments, a voice from inside the menu station asked us to, “Order when ready.” We did so, moving forward to the next window where we anticipated receiving our food. There we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, Chad peered into the lit restaurant to discover—we were all waiting on something that was never going to come. The restaurant was closed! The lights were on and there was a motion-sensored recording at the menu station offering to take orders. But no human was actually there. No food was coming.

When our waiting feels like a line of perpetual uncertainty, without answers—much like Hannah’s waiting, there is a danger of losing faith that God is listening. Such long spans of time tempt us to question the character and faithfulness of God. Taking in our surrounding, sometimes there is no evidence He is answering our prayer. We wonder if He will come through for us. In these critical moments, you and I need a strategy to meet such precarious predicaments in victory. Hannah, again, waits well.

Hannah clings to the only One who can help her. She resolves to believe He will bring to fruition that which she awaits. Then she does something most of us don’t. In the middle of her waiting, Hannah chooses to rejoice. Before it is her turn, prior to seeing any evidence that God will answer her petition, Hannah chooses to praise God…anyway.

Before it is your turn--before anything you have asked comes to fruition, praise Him! When you cannot see through the waiting; when encouragement does not come; and your enemy pummels you with vicious fiery darts until you find yourself in a desperate place—rejoice anyway!

If He makes you wait, there is divine purpose in it.

May we not miss the opportunity to wait well.

You and I do not like to wait! In fact, recently I found myself waiting behind an irate woman upset because she was asked to wait six minutes for her French fries to cook. The audacity! She determined this injustice was personal and verbally abused the young attendant for her incompetence and bigotry before the entire establishment. Berating the innocent worker did not cause her fries to cook faster. She simply chose to wait poorly.

Unfortunately I have personal examples of making the same choice. I have been annoyed with slow moving lines, irritated in traffic, agitated by my children, and accusatory of those who do not seem to understand the importance of my needs being met before theirs. I, too, have behaved badly toward others when asked to wait.

My patience is often tested toward God and His sovereignty to will and work in my life according to His perfect timing. Unfortunately my record in this area can also be found wanting. I have questioned God’s faithfulness, sulking, crying and losing hope that He cares for me. Does God really love me as much as He loves those around me who are not waiting on Him to move? Maybe He is not going to do what He promised? How long must I call out to Him and there be no answer? This waiting causes me to wonder if God is still speaking, skeptical of whether He is ever going to act.

When our waiting causes us to question like this, we are in good company. Hannah finds herself waiting on God to act in her life; and there is no guarantee He will respond to her waiting with what she desires. Instead, Hannah waits in uncertainty and even disgrace; ridiculed and tormented by her rival. However, we see her refrain from going ballistic and faltering in her faith. Instead, Hannah chooses to wait well.

In the heart of her distress, Hannah does what you and I should learn to do. Hannah clingsto the Father. When we are asked to wait, instead of losing our patience or abandoning our reliance on God, we should cling to Him.

You and I both understand that the journey to freedom takes longer than just seven days. But I hope that in the past week you—by God’s grace—have made a real start toward freedom. And so at this point, I have a piece of advice for you: realize that when you step into newfound freedom in any area of your life, you’ve got to guard and protect what God has done within you. As Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (NIV). The greatest guardian of our hearts is the Holy Spirit. We used to protect our hearts and lives with control; now we do so in beautiful partnership with the best bodyguard of our hearts.

But how do we protect this seed of freedom in our hearts in partnership with the Holy Spirit? We need to choose love on a daily basis because God’s perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18), and control is rooted in fear. We need His love as the salve to heal every part of our recovering control-freak heart, soul, and mind. We’ve got to step into love and put it on like our favorite outfit. Or as Jesus puts it in John 15, we are to remain in his love.

Often it’s a daily and sometimes moment-by-moment choice to still ourselves and recognize His love. Just like sometimes in a marriage to love is a choice (love isn’t a ditch you fall into—it doesn’t just happen by accident), it’s also a conscious choice to remain in the Father’s love, especially when we want to wield the weapon of control to protect ourselves. We’ve got to stop, sit in our Father’s lap, and ask ourselves, “Why am I here again?” In that moment of honesty, we can choose to hand the fear over and receive the unending love that covers all, heals all, and protects us.

I’d like to encourage you to let love in. Long after these seven days of devotions are over, take time on a daily basis—whether it’s five minutes or an hour—to sit in the presence of God and connect with the deeply divine love that longs to infiltrate every area of your life. This is how you will know true freedom for a lifetime

Yesterday I addressed one factor that’s present in almost all kinds of bondage: unforgiveness. Today I want to address another that’s equally, if not more, common: fear.

These are some examples of lies that fear circulates in our thought life: What will people think of me? Do people think of me? What if I’m left out? Why am I always misunderstood? What if I fail? What if I disappoint my parents? What will my pastor think of me? Why am I afraid to grow up? What if change will make me feel out of control? What if I look like a fool? What if I never get married? What if I get divorced just like my parents did? What if people reject me when they find out the sort of person I am? What if I never have a baby? What if I mess my kids up just like my parents messed me up? Sometimes our thoughts go down negative spirals, as when we hear strange sounds in the middle of the night and wonder if someone is breaking in to rob us and hurt our family.

So how do we combat fear? How do we cut the ropes of worry in which we may find ourselves tangled?
Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Worry leads to a striving life of self-preservation instead of one of rest in God’s unfailing love. When we seek Him first, we are rewarded with Him. He is the prize!
When we claw after our destiny in fear, we reap further anxiety and striving, and the “stuff” we accumulate must be maintained by our own strength. If we desire freedom, then we must begin seeking what matters most: God and His kingdom. Everything else you need will be provided because your Father is good. As we build on that foundation, our fears will bow to the authority and power of Jesus in our lives.
This shift in our will is a choice; we do not have to partner with or submit to worry and fear. It will come knocking at our door, asking to be let in, but we are free to leave the door shut and shake off fear when it comes at us. We are empowered to do so by God Himself.

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One thing I have discovered while walking with many people toward the freedom God offers us is that—somewhere along the way—forgiveness almost always has to play a part in the healing. In life, others hurt us. Unforgiveness toward them is like a cage.

You may feel, even now, as though you are in a spiritual prison—tormented and tortured. Whom do you need to forgive to release yourself? You may even need to forgive yourself, intentionally doing away with what seems like perpetual self-hatred that has kept you from allowing God’s love to heal your heart. You will be amazed at the freedom you find as you forgive those who have hurt you.
Of course, forgiveness isn’t a magical potion. It’s an act of our free will that begins a process of healing, reconciliation, and freedom in our lives. We may not feel it immediately.

I don’t know what you’ve been through or who you need to forgive, but forgiving is necessary for our freedom and a natural overflow of the grace, love, and forgiveness that have been extended to us. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (ESV). You don’t have to, but you will be forgiven as you forgive others, so it’s probably a good idea to forgive even if you don’t feel like it. Remember Matthew 18:35: “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart” (NIV). Ouch. Now that’s some truth with a big love stick that we all need to be hit with from time to time.
Notice it says from your heart, not simply with your mouth. Forgiveness is a matter of the heart; Jesus came to deal with the root of our problems, not just the symptoms. He came for a revolution in our hearts and consequently our entire lives. This revolution won’t happen without heartfelt forgiveness as a turning point.

One day I woke up with a phrase running through my head and my heart: “There is no substitute for the presence of God.” The presence of God is what David asked for in Psalm 27:4:

Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer. (TPT)

God’s presence is the one thing that brings peace to our storms, answers to our questions, freedom to our minds, and identity to our fractured hearts. We must choose to make ourselves aware of His unending presence in our lives and to bring our pain to Him because He is the healer. You cannot earn His presence; on the cross, Jesus made a way for us to have access to the Father at all times. It’s in the acknowledgment of His presence that He imparts His perspective, causing us to soar above our issues as we find healing in His arms—the safest place we can be.

In our personal journey to freedom, there are no substitutes for His presence. For years I looked to people to stand in Jesus’s place, only to realize that they were human and imperfect. Oftentimes disappointment, disillusionment, and ultimately offense and bitterness would begin to take root in my heart as I put people in a position to meet needs that only Jesus can. Then I would move on to other substitutes, which we all do from time to time, simple distractions that can become addictions in order to dull the pain within us: TV show binges, overuse of alcohol, drug abuse, food addictions, nightlife, work, perfection, performance, and so on. However, as crazy as it sounds, feeling pain is essential to finding out what needs healing in our lives.
Our distractions tend to replace our face-to-face time with the Father, who has the desire, ability, and power to search our hearts and help us face our pain and be healed. We have to stop trying to mask our pain with counterfeits and simply be with Him.

Your ways, your path, just acknowledge Him and it will be clear.

I make it no secret that I am Christian, but even if I wasn’t, I could live in Proverbs & Psalms. You were made uniquely you so you could follow your own heart and your own path, just acknowledge Him.
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One day in my own ongoing journey toward freedom, I had an encounter with the all-consuming love of our God. The refiner’s fire came to me in the form of an unshakable embrace that almost instantaneously brought the dross and dirt from my life to the surface. All the impurities began to come out of hiding in the safety of unadulterated love.
That moment gave me a deep knowing that the very being of God—the One who is love—would purify me and that His process would bring the sweet freedom I had been chasing after in my own strength. In that split second I made a choice: I submitted my whole life to the process of freedom, no matter what it looked like. I was no longer afraid to look my pain in the face because I knew Who was with me.

The revelation came: when I purposefully still myself and meditate on the Father’s endless love for me, He whispers to me the truth of my inheritance in Him to which I have unrestricted access because of Jesus. This unrestricted access to the Father comes to us just as Jesus said it would through His life in John 14:6–7: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well” (NIV). When I simply become aware of His unending presence in my life, it’s amazing how easily He replaces all my fears—which come out of a conscious or unconscious partnership with the enemy’s lies—with His pure love.
Oftentimes, we meditate on negative thoughts and disastrous outcomes. But purposefully abiding (John 15) in God and His love is the perfecting of our faith. This aids the daily cultivation of our freedom.

Our God is the very person of love, as well as everything else that is wonderful and good. He sent His Son, Jesus, as love incarnate on the earth to save our lives, release us from prison, and set us free. When we receive this as truth, we are instantaneously given the gift of the Holy Spirit to commune with and receive truth from. With this foundation, every single one of us can be set free no matter what we think, feel, or have walked through.

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