Wellspring Devotion March 18, 2014

 

This week I am happy to share the Wellspring devotion written by my dear friend Stephanie! May you be blessed by these words and keep this verse from Joshua 1:9 in your heart and mind always. These are some powerful words!

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes, my mind takes my thoughts on a frightening walk through my brain, visiting all the possible scenarios that could happen in a given situation. Much of the time, these scenarios are apocalyptic, worst case scenarios.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Imagine how comforting these words were to the Israelites as they were about to march into Canaan, against some rough and very tough warriors. These words comfort me in times of fear as well. Over the last nine months, I have learned that God is indeed there for me, no matter where I am.

Romans 8:31 asks us, “What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

How true and powerful these words are! Every person is fighting a battle of their own, whether it be a physical one or a purely spiritual one. In all of my battles, I have learned that the best way to fight the fear and darkness is to call out to my God and ask for comfort, strength, wisdom, whatever it is I may need. God may not always grant this in the way I request, but He is always there, and He is always on the side that is best for me, providing me with what He knows I need.

As you go through these next few weeks, remember that you are a mighty warrior of God. He has instilled in you a strength and fearlessness, in His name. Be strong in Christ and watch what happens around you!

Prayer for the week: Heavenly Father, I come to You with all my fears and worry. Take these from me and give me the courage to move forward into whatever plan You have for me. I surrender my fear of all that is to come.  I hold you up, Lord, and recognize you as my mighty warrior. With You in my corner, I can never be defeated by this world. In your name I pray, Amen.

Discussion questions:

Can you think of someone that has faced something in their own life that you personally fear?

How did they handle it?

What did you learn from their experience?

How do you handle your own fear?

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