John 14:27, Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
2 Corinthians 1:9, Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us again. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us…
Romans 8:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Choose faith over fear! Fear is a choice. Fear is not real; it’s the byproduct of life that lacks faith and worries about what could go wrong. Granted there are times when we are in real danger, and danger is real and needs to be taken seriously.
However, most of the time, our fears flow out of worry and anxiety about events that will never happen. Always choose faith over fear.
In John 14:27, as Jesus was about to leave His disciples to go to the cross and then back to Heaven, He said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I freely give to you. Not as the world gives to you…therefore do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jesus said three important things in that verse: First, Jesus freely gives us peace, we don’t have to beg for it or hope for it, Jesus gives it. Secondly, Jesus said if you are looking for peace, don’t try to find it in this world because looking at this world is not going to bring you peace. Finally, Jesus said don’t let your heart be troubled, and don’t be afraid. How can we do that? By choosing faith over fear!
Take care and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D
What did you hear?-What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
What do you think?- How does it apply to your life?
What will you do?– Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) What are some action steps that you will take as a result of today’s sriptures?
Pray about it:
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.