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TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, October 06, 2020:

AFRAID

DefinitionDEFINITION:

Feeling fear or apprehension; feeling a threat of danger or harm.

 

 

ScriptureSCRIPTURE:

Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.
Matthew 14:27.

Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
Genesis 26:24.

When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
Psalm 56:3.

 

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCEKNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

Do you often feel afraid? If so, you are not alone. Throughout the scripture we read that God says, “Do not be afraid”. Abraham, Moses, Isaac, David and Jeremiah were all told by God not to be afraid. Jesus used the same words to reassure His disciples when they experienced fear.

We have good reason to be afraid because, as David reminds us in Psalm 18, we are surrounded by evil and our enemies are many and powerful. In Psalm 56:3 David has good advice for us and tells us to trust in God when we are afraid.

In Psalm 3, David tells us although he was surrounded by tens of thousands of enemies, he was not afraid. He could lie down and sleep because he trusted God. It is hard to sleep when we are afraid, but David reminds us that if we cannot sleep because we are afraid, then we must just put our trust in God, and not doubt Gods ability to take care of us.

There are many reasons for fear. Being afraid is not uncommon for many people today. People are afraid of losing their job. They are afraid of where their children are headed. They are afraid of their finances being insufficient. They are afraid that they cannot keep their marriage together. No one likes to be afraid but fear has a purpose. It motivates us to take action to protect ourselves. Fear becomes a problem when we allow it to paralyze us.

But let us repeat what we said above because this critical for many people today. If we love the Lord with all of our heart and are committed to serve Him and read the scripture daily and follow the direction that God leads you into, you will not be afraid. Our hope is in the Lord and He has promised us that He will take care of us.

Fear comes when we doubt God’s ability to care for us. Remember that Jesus said to, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” I Peter 5:7. The best antidote for fear is to trust in the Lord. Think about His love for you and recognize His presence.

 

LEARNINGLEARNING:

Our memory verse for this week is found in Job 22:26-27.

You will have delight in the Almighty, and you will lift up your face to God. You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.

 

PRAYERPRAYER:

Thank You Lord for the wonderful assurance from Your Word that when I am afraid that I can put my trust in You and know that You are with me. Thank You for caring for me, loving me, and directing me down life’s road. May my family find this same assurance as they walk life’s journey today.

Family Devotionals

These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International, and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family. Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily devotionals and is now available for only $10.

Ken & Dottie Phillips
kenanddottie@thehungersolution.org

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