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Fear Has No Place

 
 
 
 
The new year has me starting a new bible study with some precious women I hold dear to my heart. We have decided to study the book of Jeremiah. How cool is it this book has 52 chapters, one chapter for every week. Jeremiah 29:11 and 1:5 have been a few of my favorites since I can remember but I must say the little nuggets I have received this week thus far in chapter one has me pretty stoked to learn more about the man God called to be a prophet before he ever took his first breath.
 
Chapter 1 verse 8 continued to echo into my spirit.  " Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you", says the Lord. Those words hit their mark with me. Rejection has been a huge thorn in my side since childhood. I work on it daily however when God calls me to speak into someones life, I have my moments when I'd rather run than speak. God reminds me to not be afraid of their faces. I relate "faces" to negative back lash and questionable words concerning my spiritual knowledge. Many a time I have balked when God would have me speak and justify my refusal with what I believe to be my youthful immature spirituality.
 
However God not only tells Jeremiah to not be afraid, He tells him " For I am with you to deliver you."  Fear had no place in Jeremiah's life and it surely has no place in mine. There are those who will question my love for God, those who will fight against me with words of rejection and belittlement in the attempt to lessen my faith. And He still wants me to speak. The Lord has a purpose and a plan for each of us, but to fulfill that purpose we can not allow what others say bind us in fear.

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

God is for us and knowing that, there is nothing fear can do to change our destiny unless we allow it to. Is there something God has called you to do?  Is there someone He wants you to share a word with? Is there a certain truth He is calling you to proclaim in a life that is floundering?   Maybe He is calling you out of your comfort zone? Whatever it is do not be fearful of their faces, He has already delivered you.

2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Forever His Daughter,

Stacey

 

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  1. Hi Stacey, amen and amen! As I get older, I appreciate the Old Testament so much more than I did before. 2018 is going to be awesome!
    God bless

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