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As children of God, we control what gets to us. We have to stop giving fear access to our lives and our gifts. The Bible says we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14). We were made in the fearless and wonderful image of God. Fear does not have dominion over us because the One who lives in us has overcome the world. The idea of fear is a threat that the enemy puts in place when he knows you're a threat.
The devil tries to tell you what you can't do or be because He knows full well what the God in you is capable of. The mere thought of you being all that you can be in Christ shakes Satan to his core. He tries to keep us scared because as long as we're scared, we'll stay stagnant. The truth of the matter is, he can't handle who we are. It's too much for him. God has already promised us in His Word that we would be protected. Don't let the threat of weapons forming make you believe that they can prosper. No matter how bleak your current circumstance may look, challenge yourself to live by Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (NIV). Whenever you feel afraid, remind yourself Who you belong to (and listen to some "Medicine Music," like Bethel Music's "No Longer Slaves). Faith > fear, always.
Day 12 takeaway: Ultimately, we choose what rules our lives: the promise attached to faith, or the problems attached to fear. That choice may make the difference between destiny and deferment. Choose wisely. Less of me, more of He.
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