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"Choosing to Be Fearless" Devotionals

A devotional series by Deb Graham

PERSEVERING

I have lost track as to what day of the week it is. My sleep is totally messed up, and it’s hard to concentrate. It’s a struggle to stay positive and feel any sense of accomplishment. Constantly I remind myself of my blessings and that God has all of this. The news is filled with suffering and death. It’s hard to rationalize suffering. Suffering has always been with us, and the Christian is not exempt. But one of Satan’s greatest lies is that "God doesn’t love us, or why would He hurt innocent people?" This is where perseverance comes into play. We see only a speck of the eternal picture. As hurtful as this moment may be, we are blessed. Pain, fear and darkness will not disappear, but God’s light will be a beacon to those who believe. Keeping the faith, sharing the truth of God’s plan for our lives, and persevering to finish well is our mandate.

My prayer and Scripture for you today is:

...but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; —Romans 5:3–4 (NIV)

PERSUADING

I am an introvert by nature. I love calm and order. I think best when I am in control. Yet, I have learned that this is not always best for my spiritual life. Being a minister’s wife, I have learned to hold my tongue, keep my opinions to myself, and shy away from controversy. However, in the Scriptures, we are told to be persuasive. I was reminded of this commandment this morning when I watched Franklin Graham on television. He presented a heartfelt persuading plea for people to turn to God in this, our time of need. God bless him – he is fearless in his quest to persuade people to find the Lord because he loves people. My goal today is to be strong in the persuading power of the Gospel. For to do so enriches my life, honors God, and rescues people who desperately need hope.

My prayer and Scripture for you today is:

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. —2 Corinthians 5:11

PROCLAIMING

My neighbors all know Deuce! This mild-tempered beagle, part of a brother duo team, has proclaimed himself to everyone who comes within a block of me while we're out for a walk. The funny thing is that of the beagle boys, Deuce is the lover. He is a kisser and cuddler. But once in the harness, he demonstrates his gift of proclamation. Last evening, a sweet couple with a large dog caught his eye. Loud howling and barking set forth. He was fearless!

It made me think of how I could learn a lesson from this beagle boy — we are to be on the lookout. Never have we had an opportunity like this to witness to the young man at the take-out window or the woman at the grocery checkout. So today, choose to be fearless — put on your harness of faith and proclaim the Gospel freely and openly. Our world needs this message.

My prayer and Scripture for you today is:

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the people. —Psalm 96:3

PRAYING

I miss seeing my grandchildren. There are no hugs, jumping in my lap or kisses. So we face time. Last evening, we talked to our daughter’s three children. It was chaotic; they were jumping, and screaming. Jack tried to get control by asking them about the scripture for the week. That only lasted a minute. Then Lauren, the 3 year old wanted to sing. She became focused and stared right into the phone and belted out, “It’s me oh Lord, it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”

The simple truth is that we all need prayer. We need to pray for ourselves, friends and families, co-workers, our church and our President. Prayer is the glue that holds us together—it makes the world turn ride side again. It soothes the heart and unleashes the power of God.

My prayer today is that you will choose to be fearless in your prayers.

Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. —1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

PROTECTING

When I awakened this morning, for a moment I had to shake my self and remember that the world was different.

My first impulse was to turn on the news and find out the “status” of this war we are in – but my soul ached and I knew that I needed to turn my thoughts and prayers to the Lord.

As women, we are in a hyper “PROTECT” mode. I am washing my hands constantly, cleaning with Lysol, staying my distance from people, and most likely grinding my teeth at night.

But once again, God had to remind me that I am to be Fearless because He is in control. I cannot protect everything and everyone and once again, I had to confess that I am fearful.

Protecting is a very fearless job. Yet God has promised that He never intended us to take on this tremendous task all by ourselves.

My prayer and Scripture for you today is:

I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. —Psalm 34:4