You will not fear the terror of night. Psalm 91:5
These are fearful times we are living in. Hate reigns in random places and times throughout the earth. Is it possible to live without fear? Is it responsible to not worry? Certainly there is a place for healthy fear, but God has taught us to cast our cares, anxieties, and worries on Him. It doesn’t mean those cares don’t exist. It doesn’t mean they aren’t real. But we do not hold them and we will not let them hold us.
You have seen the terror that has so often displayed itself in horrific acts of violence. Yet you invite us to live fearless lives. Apart from you, this is impossible, but with You, our God, all things are possible. Today, moment by moment, I choose to take my fearful thoughts captive and bring them to you. I chose to throw them at your feet and not allow them to weigh down my mind and not allow them to bring despair. Let me experience your love today, and your perfect love will dispel every fear that arises in my mind.
In Jesus’ Name Amen
“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
Americans are gaining ground in our determination to watch what we put into our mouths. More and more people are seeing the benefits of healthy eating, cutting back on sugar, gluten-free foods, and GMO. We are steering clear of empty calories, junk food, and foods that are not helpful in building strength and wellness in our bodies.
While it’s important to watch what goes into our mouths, it’s even more important to watch carefully what comes out. We often erroneously value and exercise our right to “speak our mind,” but when our right to spout off is detrimental to another’s well-being, we must refrain. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:21 that, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Our words either give life to the hearer or take life away. They either fertilize and water the soil of our happiness or scorch the tender shoots of our hearts. We will be held accountable to God for the words we speak.
I ask you to stand guard over my mouth today. Help me to speak words that are helpful to others. Keep me from discouraging anyone around me with negativity. Teach me to refrain from saying everything that comes to mind. Be my filter, Father. And give me the fruit of the Holy Spirit, especially self-control. Grant me the capacity to build a new habit of consistently guarding my tongue so that I can be a blessing and not a curse to the people in my life.
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything without weakening. Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end. 1 Corinthians 13:7,8 (Amplified Classic Edition)
When I read this or any portion of 1 Corinthians 13, I am often mortified at how far I have yet to go before I truly understand how to love anyone. The bar has been set so very high in Scripture, and Jesus demonstrated it perfectly every day he lived on this planet. Yet, God never asks us to do anything that He doesn’t empower us to do. Let’s pray for that power today.
Please grant that I would experience your love to a greater degree. Fill my heart with the kind of love that you have. Agape love is foreign in this culture. It’s a Me-First world, it’s a “I deserve this” entitlement mentality, it’s a revenge-seeking planet, and these are behaviors you do not condone, model, or decree, yet I have done them all, hopelessly attempting to represent your love to a broken world around me, forgetting that I am broken myself.
Forgive me, my Father, for the many times I’ve barely even tried to live up to your standard of love. I joyfully receive your forgiveness. And I will believe the good news that I can change! I will begin today by reading your Word, knowing in faith beyond a shadow of doubt that you will answer this simple prayer for help: Help me love, Lord.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (Hebrews 4:13)
Are you experiencing condemnation or conviction of past sins? Perhaps it’s a good idea to sift through these thoughts with a godly, trusted friend who can objectively help you discern where repentance is needed and where rebuking is needed (rebuking the enemy who comes to accuse us of things in our past we’ve already dealt with before the Lord and others). Then you’ll enjoy the freedom of letting go of secrets that have bound you!
You know every detail of my life, the seen and the unseen. You know my darkest secrets, deepest sorrows, and dingiest sins. Before you, I am most thoroughly exposed.
Today, I bring before you and my friend everything hidden in my life. This friend and I will sift through these “items” one by one, and I will repent where repentance is lacking, and declare both forgiveness and cleansing. I will then walk about in freedom, living and establishing my life on your Word!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame. (Genesis 2:25)