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Powerful Promises

Throwback Thursday is a new feature I’m using to help build some margin into my schedule to pursue other writing ventures. Each Thursday I’ll be bringing you a previously written devotional that still speaks encouragement to us from God’s Word.

When we were in Nazareth, Israel, a tour guide reminded us, “It was here that Jesus began His ministry. It was in the synagogue of Nazareth that Jesus stood up and read the first several verses of Isaiah 61.” It says, “The Sovereign Lord has filled me with his Spirit. He has chosen me and sent me To bring good news to the poor, To heal the broken-hearted, To announce release to captives And freedom to those in prison. He has sent me to proclaim That the time has come When the Lord will save his people And defeat their enemies. He has sent me to comfort all who mourn, To give to those who mourn in Zion Joy and gladness instead of grief, A song of praise instead of sorrow” (GNT).

What Jesus said next angered them, but will prove to be powerful to you and me. In Luke 4:21, Jesus said, “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!” (NLT) What should have been an exciting moment in history ended with them trying to throw Jesus off a cliff. He wasn’t just telling them He was the Messiah, He was telling them He was bringing healing and restoration. Think about what Jesus was saying would be fulfilled. He would be bringing good news to the poor, healing the broken-hearted, freeing us from our prisons, saving us from sin and enemies, comforting those who mourn and bringing joy to those who grieve.

Jesus said that starting that day He began fulfilling that Scripture. He wasn’t just going to do those things for a short while. He came to do it long term. That’s great news for you and me. When we find ourselves in need of healing or restoration, there’s no need to wait for a future date. He’s willing and able today! We don’t have to stay in the prisons of our own devices. He’s here to liberate us. We don’t have to live a life of grief. He gave us the Comforter and plants joy deep in our heart. I believe today is the day you can enjoy that promise and experience all that God has for you.

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Freedom From Fear

Fear is a powerful emotion that grips a lot of people’s lives. It is crippling to those who live with it. It can keep you from sleeping, having relationships, friendships or from leaving your own house. It is a very difficult thing to live with.

If you haven’t ever had to live in fear, thank God. If you have had to or are living in fear, the Bible has answers for how to be released from its grip. I once lived in paralyzingly fear, but I held on to God’s Word and was set free.

Psalm 34:4 (AMP) gives us 3 things we can do to be free of fear.

1. Seek the Lord

The first thing to do when anything, especially fear, grips your life is to seek the Lord. Prayer is your first option. Spend time alone with God to let Him know that fear is taking over your life. When you seek God, it takes your mind off of what is stalking you.

In my own life, we went through each room in the house and prayed for God to send a Spirit of Peace. I sought the Lord in scripture and kept reading I Timothy 1:7. It says that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Peace comes from God, not fear.

2. Ask God for help

I like how the Amplified version puts this verse. It says, “require Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word].” When fear has you pinned down, you are asking Him for help out of necessity because you can’t move. God recognizes the urgency of a prayer born out of necessity and it moves Him to action.

The next part is like I mentioned before. You have to know what His Word says and promises to you. Many people in the Bible dealt with fear. You are not alone. Find out what God’s word says about overcoming fear. Claim the authority of the Bible in your own life and ask God to keep His promise in scripture to you.

3. Be delivered

The last part of that verse says that the Lord will hear you and deliver you from all your fears. The Lord is willing to deliver you, but you have to be willing as well. What I mean by this is that sometimes we get so caught up in a life of fear that we can’t remember life without it. We then become afraid of the change.

Allow God to deliver you of all your fears. God wants you to Walk in freedom and live in liberty. You were not made to live in a prison of fear. Once you are delivered, don’t go back to that prison. Learn to live in liberty free from fear. It may take some time, but it is worth it.

What fear is keeping you hostage right now? How has that impacted your life? Seek God for help, learn His word and what promises are available to you to free you and then allow Him to deliver you. God wants to give you a spirit of power, love and a sound mind so you can walk in freedom.

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