Written by: Kelly Chakra

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read: Matthew 10:26-33

Pray: Heavenly Father you are wonderful, and I praise you because you are the Lord Almighty, the Holy One, and the everlasting God of love. Your will be done in my life today as I read your word and hear from you. Renew my mind with your heavenly perspective. Help me to understand your Word when you said, “perfect love casts out all fear”. Search me and show me if there is any fear in me that is keeping me from your perfect, unfailing love.  Forgive me and deliver me from fear. I take authority over fear in my life in the name of Jesus and by the blood of the lamb that was slain.  Father, Your's is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, amen.

Devotional

Fear is a word I can relate to. I was so shy growing up that the thought of attending youth group or even having casual conversations with anyone outside of my circle of friends gave me great fear and anxiety. My first taste of true confidence in life was when I discovered I had a talent that made people think highly of me. That confidence quickly turned to pride. Then, the Lord allowed that talent to be taken away from me for several years. My only confidence and identity was lost.

After this season, a confidence that could never be lost was discovered in turning to my creator and experiencing His perfect love in spite of my shame. But I learned that a relationship with our God is mutual. In order to fully experience His love, we must learn to love Him back. To love Him back is to obey His Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching” and “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:23, 26)

In order to overcome fear, we must stand on the Word of God. Choose to stand on an encouraging word from Jesus, “Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matt 10:19-20) If I am fearful in obeying God, it means I have not fully received or understood His perfect love.  If I do not obey the Holy Spirit on a daily basis when He is leading me to say or do something, it means I fear what man’s words or actions can do to me more than I fear the God who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Question:

Thinking back to yesterday, did the sum of your actions prove your fear of man or fear of God?

Prayer Challenge:

Ask the Lord to search your heart and reveal what’s true about you today. Confess any fear of man, and repent. Decide before God that you are turning away from that fear. Ask the Holy Spirit for direction today. Keep asking until you hear clearly. He usually doesn’t show you until you are in the moment of needed direction.

Next Step:

Choose today to obey the Holy Spirit’s prompting. Allow God to get past the limitations of your human mind. Do not reason in your mind but obey as He shows you what is needed for each moment. If you delay, you may miss the opportunity. During fasting is a great time to practice hearing and obeying the Holy Spirit, because instead of being full with food, you are full with the Spirit. I’ve found I can see and hear more clearly during fasting. Every time you choose to obey the Holy Spirit, your confidence in God the Father grows. Soon we will be like Jesus doing and saying only what the Father has told us to do and say (John 12:49-50). It just takes one step, one act of obedience to walk away from fear.