And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. Mark 6:48-52
They spent every day and night with Jesus- these disciples he had called to work for the kingdom. After witnessing the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand with a little bread and fish, Jesus sent them ahead while he dismissed the crowd. He needed time to be alone and pray.
Mark, the gospel writer, explains that Jesus was praying alone on land while the disciples went out to sea. As the disciples strained against the oars due to the wind, Jesus began walking on the sea out towards them. But just as he was walking by their boat, they saw him and were terrified because they thought Jesus was a ghost. There are a lot of things that he could have said at this moment. But what did Jesus immediately say to his disciples?
“Take heart! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
I need the reminder from the Master often. To remember that the One who created the sea controls it. To remember that the One who walks on water holds my hand. To remember that there is no need to fear because perfect love casts out all fear.
NO FEAR BIBLE READING PLAN and JOURNAL CHALLENGE
Welcome to the No Fear Bible reading challenge! If you’ve never joined a Bible reading challenge here before, each day we follow the plan and read the passage. You can share what you are learning on social media or just keep it between you and God. My goal through the reading is to draw closer to Jesus, and I want that for you too!
For this month, we will use the hashtags #nofearjournal and #biblereadingplan. Almost every day, I post on Instagram or Facebook about what I’m learning through the passages and sometimes I post the Bible journaling pages I work on throughout the study.
On Fridays, I post a summary of what I learned through the week here on the blog and invite you to share what God is teaching you in the comments.
ABOUT THE BIBLE READING PLAN AND JOURNAL
Last November, God began working in my heart to step the monthly Bible Reading Challenge up another notch. Personally the Lord has convinced me that soaking in his word each day is the best soul treatment I could possibly encounter. So while our community has completed Bible reading challenges for several years, I knew God was asking me to provide a stronger tool than the simple Bible reading plan I offer each month.
As a result, I created a Bible reading plan and journal combination. This resource is designed to provide a topical theme for 31 days of Bible reading passages. Topical Bible reading plans are fantastic for folks seeking to study a certain subject in the Bible. They are also great for new Christians who aren’t sure where or how to get started reading their Bible on a regular basis.This is what one of our readers wrote about the Purposeful Pause: Waiting on God’s Perfect Timing Bible reading plan we worked through in July:
I read Rachel’s blog and she is always encouraging, so I decided to jump in and try one of her reading plans and journals. This one has been great. It’s just the right amount of Bible teaching and listening to yourself and what God wants to tell you. Waiting for things to happen, or not, is something most of us now don’t like to do, but God does have his timing. This study is making me sit back and be aware of what is happening and perhaps why God is making me wait. If you are thinking about giving a Bible study a try, I would highly recommend this.
I truly long to provide practical, spiritual resources because I know that is a work God has called me to do. Last month, I expanded the journal from one page a day to two pages a day, and yet I believe it is still something the average person can complete within a reasonable span of time on a personal level.
If you’re looking for an in-depth Bible study, these slim Bible study guides may not be the right fit for you. (Check out this FREE video Bible study for more depth!) I designed these particular Bible reading plans and journals to be doable on a consistent, daily basis.
NO FEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1. John 14:23-31
2. Isaiah 41:9-14
3. 1 John 4:13-21
4. Psalm 56:1-13
5. Isaiah 43:1-7
6. Psalm 34:1-7
7. Deut. 31:1-8
8. 1 Chronicles 28:11-20
9. Hebrews 13:1-8
10. Psalm 112:1-10
11. Isaiah 12:1-6
12. Zephaniah 3:14-20
13. 2 Chronicles 20:14-21
14. Psalm 27:1-8
15. Joshua 10:1-14
16. Isaiah 44:1-8
17. Isaiah 46:1-11
18. Psalm 91:1-8
19. Psalm 91:9-16
20. Isaiah 35:1-10
21. Isaiah 54:1-8
22. Romans 8:9-17
23. Hebrews 12:18-29
24. Psalm 3:1-8
25. Psalm 27:1-5
26. Psalm 143:1-6
27. Psalm 143:7-12
28. Psalm 23:1-6
29. Isaiah 8:11-18
30. Jeremiah 17:5-10
31. Psalm 118:1-9
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Who’s ready to begin October 1st?
By his grace,
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