FEAR KILLS a mind and soul by slowly obliterating the visions we hold for our lives. That we should not fall prey to fear is a constant theme in the scriptures. God does not want us to succumb to the chilling and killing aspects of fear; God encourages people not to be afraid of the circumstances in which they find themselves. It seems that one of God’s favorite themes is “Do not be afraid” or “Do not fear.” Perhaps God repeats this theme so often because we so often fear circumstances that confront us in our lives and ministries.
– Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God
Norman Shawchuck, from pages 185-186 of A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God, by Norman Shawchuck and Rueben P. Job Copyright © 2003 by the authors. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What are you afraid of? What does it mean to hear God say “do not be afraid” to that situation? Share your thoughts.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
Psalm 139:4, NRSV
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This week we remember: Emily Balch (January 9).
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