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Fear Drives Us to Our Knees (Fearless Living #6)

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Genesis 32:9-12, NLT
Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my grandfather Abraham, and God of my father, Isaac—O Lord, you told me, ‘Return to your own land and to your relatives.’ And you promised me, ‘I will treat you kindly.’ I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps! O Lord, please rescue me from the hand of my brother, Esau. I am afraid that he is coming to attack me, along with my wives and children. But you promised me, ‘I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashore—too many to count.’” Read more…

When God Is With You (Fearless Living #4)

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Genesis 26:24, NIV
That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”

The Philistines envied Isaac and his wealth and prosperity. Before then, they had a love/hate relationship with Isaac’s father, Abraham. Isaac was the son God had promised to Abraham, and thus God’s blessings were passed down from Abraham to Isaac. It was nothing that Isaac did to incur God’s blessings in his life. But because his father was obedient and faithful, God blessed him. Read more…

Giving Up Our Will to God Brings Peace (Fearless Living #3)

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Genesis 22:12, NLT
“Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”

The story of Abraham taking Isaac up to be sacrificed at the command of God is one of the scariest chapters in the Bible. Like a movie, we can picture Abraham and his son walking up the mountain whereupon Isaac is going to be sacrificed. As the climax hastens toward tragedy, we can imagine the tenseness of that moment when Isaac is bound to the wood, and Abraham raises the knife to kill him. Then, all of a sudden, our worse fears are not realized, and the story ends on a happy note. Read more…

Everything Is Impossible Until God Shows Up (Fearless Living #2)

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Genesis 21:17-18, NIV
God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

Imagine being in a family with food to eat, water to drink, a roof over your head, and something to do, and then all of a sudden being kicked out to make it on your own. Imagine attempting a long trek through a desert land with very little supplies and wondering if you and your child will make it to a destination of which you are unsure. Imagine the fear and frustration of not being able to call on any human being for help when you need it most. Read more…

Obedience Leads to a Life Without Fear (Fearless Living #1)

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Genesis 3:9-10, NIV
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

What often happens when criminals get caught? They run or hide from the law. Let’s say that a man has robbed a convenience store. He already knows deep inside of him that what he has done is wrong. Therefore, he feels guilty. When he hears the police car siren down the street, he takes off running as quickly as he can. He fears the consequences of his actions. Read more…

God Meets Us When and Where We Least Expect It (Fearless Living #5)

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Genesis 28:16-17, NLT
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”

Have you ever felt as though you were being watched or followed? Have you ever felt afraid while walking down a street at night alone? Do you panic when your surroundings are unfamiliar, or you are placed in a situation that seems difficult to get out of? Well, these feelings are similar to how Jacob felt in this passage. Read more…

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