For God did not give you a Spirit of fear. YouVersion Devotional

God Has Given You Power

“…but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭(KJV)‬‬

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for power is “dynamis” (G1411), which means “strength, power or ability.” God has given you the power to produce everything that He has called you to do. He has given you the power, strength, stamina and fortitude to conquer every storm. God has not given you the spirit of fear—He has given you power to conquer every mountain. When you are His child, fear has to flee. When you are in Christ, the stronghold of fear must loose its grip. Fear has no power when faith is present. When you’re in Christ it’s your choice to either function in the authority and the power that God has given you or you can shrink to the stronghold of fear. Choose not to cower to fear; walk by faith. 

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ (‭KJV)‬ states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Success and defeat are in your tongue. Victory and failure are in the power of your tongue. What’s in your language? What has a hold of your tongue—faith or fear? What’s speaking louder—faith or fear? Choose to digest God’s Word day and night and in every season of your life. When fear creeps into your life, choose to defeat it with the Word of God. 

Joshua 1:8 (KJV) states, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Meditate on God’s Word. Diligently focus on applying God’s Word in every area of your life. Choose to develop a life filled with faith-filled actions instead of succumbing to fear. Obey God and trust His Voice. His Word will establish your pathway. Pattern your life after His Word and break the cycle of fear. 

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Live by the Spirit YouVersion Devotional

The Spirit is God’s Delight
The Holy Spirit is God. The person who indwells us, leads us, and purifies us is no one less than God, the Holy Spirit. The simple evidence for this is the frequent designation “Spirit of God.” The Spirit is “of God” not because God created him, but because he shares God’s nature and comes forth eternally from God (see 1 Corinthians 2:10–12).

If the Son of God is equally eternal with the Father, as John 1:1–3 makes clear that he is, then so is the Holy Spirit equally eternal with them both, because, according to Romans 8:9–11, the Spirit of Christ is one and the same with the Spirit of God. If this were not so, we would have to imagine that there was a time when the Son had no Spirit and the Father had no Spirit. But the Holy Spirit is essential to the relationship between the Father and the Son. He is, to use Handley C.G. Moule’s words, “the Result, the Bond, the Vehicle, of their everlasting mutual delight and love” (Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, p. 28).

As far back into eternity as God the Father has loved the Son, there has been an infinite Holy Spirit of love and delight between them, who is himself a divine Person. Therefore, as Jesus prays for the church in John 17:26, he asks his Father for nothing less than the Holy Spirit when he says, “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.

The most glorious of all truths that we will discover in these 7 devotionals is that when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, he comes not merely as the Spirit of the Son, nor merely as the Spirit of the Father, but as the Spirit of infinite love between the Father and the Son, so that we may love the Father with the very love of the Son, and love the Son with the very love of the Father.

Learn more: http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-holy-spirit-he-is-god

How’s is your soul YouVersion Devotional

How Is My Soul Helped?

Awhile back, in a moment of misguided manhood, I decided to buy an ATV. To be honest, I didn’t even know what “ATV” stood for. All I really wanted was a souped-up golf cart I could drive around our neighborhood.

Once I figured out how to put gas in it, which only took me three hours, I set out on my maiden voyage. Something seemed wrong, though. The engine ran too loud and rough. The gears felt jerky.

I asked a couple of friends to take a look at it. After driving it for a few minutes, one of them said, “Judah, it’s fine. This is how it’s supposed to run.”

“But it’s rough and jerky.”

“What are you talking about? It’s perfect.”

“Then why is it so bumpy and loud?”

My friends looked at me funny. “Judah, do you know what this is? Do you know what an ATV is for?”

I said, “It’s like a golf cart, right? Except cool?”

“It’s an All-Terrain Vehicle. This was made for off-road use, not for streets. It has roll bars. It has straps. It has seatbelts. This thing is a beast.”

I said, “Off-road use? I’m not going to do that. Ever.”

My friends ignored me. They found a dirt road, and we hit the trails. Sure enough, that ATV was in its element. Dirt was flying, grasshoppers were scattering, and my friends were yelling.

I hated every second of it. “I feel dusty,” I told them.

Sometimes I think we want the same thing from our faith and our relationship with Jesus that I wanted from my ATV. We want safe, quiet, and controlled lives. We want to stay on the road.

Risk? Forget it.

Adventure? Thank you, but no.

Unpredictability? Too scary.

And yet, our faith was made for off-road use. Our souls were designed to follow God around hairpin turns and along breathtaking cliffs. Life with Jesus is an adventure, and we’ll be frustrated if we think he will always keep us on the road. Rather than fighting what we were made for, we need to embrace it. We need to surrender to God’s control and design for our lives.

God is completely trustworthy, which is why we can follow his lead with full confidence. I love how Proverbs 3:5–6 puts it: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track” (MSG).

Do you feel frustrated because your faith doesn’t seem to be working right? Did you expect this lifestyle of following Jesus to be easier or smoother? I don’t think the problem is that your faith isn’t working—I think it’s working just the way it was created to.

True faith will lead you into decisions, lifestyles, and relationships that don’t always feel safe. That’s okay. Faith isn’t about playing it safe or staying comfortable. Faith is about Jesus. Your soul was built for adventure, for following Jesus, and for living life to the fullest in him.

Respond

Do you ever find yourself wishing life were easier or safer? What do you think is at the root of that desire?

Is it hard for you to surrender your life to God? How does surrender actually help your soul be more secure?

What does it mean to you that your faith is meant to go “off-road”?

How’s your soul? YouVersion Devotional

What Does My Soul Hold on To?

Recently I had an experience during a flight that left a deep impact on me. I was on a plane from Seattle to LA. A few minutes before we landed, we hit the worst turbulence I’ve ever experienced. It was terrifying. I’ve been on some crazy flights, but this turbulence was next level. The plane dropped probably a hundred feet instantly, then started bouncing all over the place. Drinks were spilling, people were screaming, and even the flight attendants were panicking.

The guy next to me was clearly a high-powered executive. He had the suit, the laptop, and the attitude. Before we had even taken off, he was already typing furiously, and the way he looked at me made it clear he wasn’t impressed with my ripped jeans and hoodie.

But in a matter of seconds, that executive went from being in control and aloof to whimpering like a frightened poodle. I could see his knuckles turning white around his armrests. His cries got louder with each jolt and drop.

I can’t criticize him: we were all scared. But someone told me once that no plane has ever gone down due to turbulence, and I guess I believed him. Plus, the turbulence hit while I was studying for a message, and I was really getting a lot out of my study session. I was having a genuine moment with God. So for maybe the only time in my life, I was the emotionally stable person in the situation. Eventually we landed safely, and the passengers broke into spontaneous applause.

I thought about that experience for days afterward. There is nothing like absolute helplessness to make you evaluate what your soul holds on to and where you get your sense of security.

The logical way to find security is to be more in control. It’s to plan for every contingency and provide for every possibility. But that logic leads us astray. Work or plans aren’t bad, of course, but self-based security is ultimately an illusion.

Why was I at peace on that flight? What helped my soul trust and relax even when the circumstances around me were terrifying? Simply this: I knew that God was in control of my soul. I knew my life was in his hands. My soul could hold fast to him no matter what external turbulence or craziness I was facing.

In the ancient writings of Isaiah, God told Israel: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15 NLT).

Our souls find help not in control, but in turning to God; not in outward guarantees, but in inward trust. Our hope is in God. We access true rest, salvation, and strength by allowing our souls to hold on to him.

That doesn’t mean our thoughts and emotions will never fluctuate. They will. I may never be the emotionally stable person in the situation again. But despite outward turbulence, our souls can be secure. Our souls find help and strength in God.

Respond

How do you feel or react when you are out of control in an area of your life?

How easy is it for you to trust God? Are there some areas that are harder than others?

Why does trusting that God is in control ultimately bring more peace to your soul than trying to be in control yourself?