No Fear Bible Reading Challenge Summary Week 1

Welcome to the No Fear Bible Reading Challenge Summary Week 1! What a blessing and encouragement this Bible Reading Challenge has been so far this month! I'm going to share a little of what I've been learning each day and I hope you'll share in the comments as well. Let's get going, ready? #nofear

Welcome to the No Fear Bible Reading Challenge Summary Week 1! What a blessing and encouragement this Bible Reading Challenge has been so far this month! I’m going to share a little of what I’ve been learning each day and I hope you’ll share in the comments as well. Let’s get going, ready?

John 14:23-31

For some reason this sheep was in my head the whole time I lettered the words on this Bible journaling page tonight. And I think it might be because I've tried counting sheep many a night. Not sleeping due to fear, I failed to rest in the love of Jesus. He said "The Holy Spirit will remind you of everything I have told you." Let our hearts be reminded of John 14:27. Rest well! #nofear

For some reason this sheep was in my head the whole time I lettered the words on this Bible journaling page tonight. And I think it might be because I’ve tried counting sheep many a night. Not sleeping due to fear, I failed to rest in the love of Jesus. He said “The Holy Spirit will remind you of everything I have told you.” Let our hearts be reminded of John 14:27. Rest well! #nofear

Isaiah 41:9-14

Isaiah delivers a word from the Lord to Israel in our passage today. And it's a 2 word phrase we are honing in on this entire month of Bible reading. Fear was the tool Satan used to paralyze the children of Israel to prevent them from doing God's work. It's the same old trick he uses on us today. But there is no need to fear. "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." His presence is with us today in the same way!! #nofear #biblereading

Isaiah delivers a word from the Lord to Israel in our passage today. And it’s a 2 word phrase we are honing in on this entire month of Bible reading. Fear was the tool Satan used to paralyze the children of Israel to prevent them from doing God’s work. It’s the same old trick he uses on us today. But there is no need to fear. “Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” His presence is with us today in the same way!! #nofear #biblereading

1 John 4:13-21

Imperfection is leaving out the "1" before 1 John on the reading plan today. 1 John 4:13-21 tells us imperfect love leaves fear inside of us. Only the perfect love of Christ can cast out fear! #nofear (sorry! I'll correct the reading plan!)

Imperfection is leaving out the “1” before 1 John on the reading plan today. 1 John 4:13-21 tells us imperfect love leaves fear inside of us. Only the perfect love of Christ can cast out fear! #nofear (sorry! I’ll correct the reading plan!) (The plan is corrected; see links at the bottom of this post.)

Psalm 56:1-13

Ok, something funny happened this day of the reading. I read and posted about Psalm 36 instead of 56 because I’m half blind and can’t see in the mornings. (seriously, I know ya’ll think I’m crazy. But I just honestly read the passage wrong. No one corrected me that day and I’m shocked at that! lol Thank you for the grace!!) So below is what I posted:

Psalm 36:1-13

As I studied to prepare the#biblereading plan on #nofear , I couldn’t help but notice all the verses that point to fearing God. In the passage today, the lack of fearing God is the reason explained for evil doers. But as much as I want to point to their lack of respect for the power of an awesome Creator, it is that same lack of respect that causes me not to trust God and have no fear for he is with me. Verse 5: “Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.” Choosing faith over fear on this Monday morning!

But THEN, I read over the correct passage as I was preparing this weekly summary. And it is JUST as meaningful!!

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." I love that this verse explains "I put." Because that indicates it is a choice. I choose FAITH over FEAR. It is a choice I deliberately and intentionally make. Not something that just happens. Amen?

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” I love that this verse explains “I put.” Because that indicates it is a choice. I choose FAITH over FEAR. It is a choice I deliberately and intentionally make. Not something that just happens. Amen?

Isaiah 43:1-7

I have called you by name; you are mine. While the Lord is speaking of Israel in the passage today, he is still the same personal intimate God who longs to redeem each and every one of our lives. That test you dread to take? Fear not. That news you've been avoiding? Fear not. That relationship you believe to be completely ruined? Fear not. When God says he has redeemed you, he says he has redeemed the past, present and future. That's how powerful he is! Fear not!! #nofear#biblereading

I have called you by name; you are mine. While the Lord is speaking of Israel in the passage today, he is still the same personal intimate God who longs to redeem each and every one of our lives. That test you dread to take? Fear not. That news you’ve been avoiding? Fear not. That relationship you believe to be completely ruined? Fear not. When God says he has redeemed you, he says he has redeemed the past, present and future. That’s how powerful he is! Fear not!! #nofear#biblereading

Psalm 34:1-7

Why, oh why do we wait so long to seek the Lord? Is it that we enjoy hanging on to those fears? If fear is comfortable, then faith is distant. #nofear#biblereading Psalm 34:1-7

Why, oh why do we wait so long to seek the Lord? Is it that we enjoy hanging on to those fears? If fear is comfortable, then faith is distant. #nofear#biblereading Psalm 34:1-7

Deut. 31:1-8

My girl @mandisaofficialechoed in my head this morning when I read today's #nofear #biblereading plan. Just some of the lyrics to her song "He Is With You." : "He is with you when your faith is dead And you can't even get out of bed Or your husband doesn't kiss you anymore He is with you when your baby's gone And your house is still, and your heart's a stone Cryin' God, what'd You do that for He is with you." Do not fear; He is with you.#nofear

My girl @mandisaofficialechoed in my head this morning when I read today’s #nofear #biblereading plan. Just some of the lyrics to her song “He Is With You.” : “He is with you when your faith is dead
And you can’t even get out of bed
Or your husband doesn’t kiss you anymore
He is with you when your baby’s gone
And your house is still, and your heart’s a stone
Cryin’ God, what’d You do that for
He is with you.” Do not fear; He is with you.#nofear

And what do we have to fear this week? Oh, I”m sure if I think about it, I can make a list, no doubt. But we’re learning that fear has no power over perfect love. God’s word is clear to have NO FEAR! Let’s remember it as we continue the series this week!

Happy Friday!

By his grace,

Rachel

 

Resources:

No Fear Bible Reading Plan

Monthly Topical Bible Reading Plans

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8 Comments

  1. Juliana Gonzalez M says:

    First time on a challenge. I enjoyed the passages.
    Thanks!

  2. I have had something pressing on my heart so often over the past few months, but have been avoiding it out of fear, but just this morning it came crashing back down on me with such force that this can only be something that is from the Lord. But I am so so so scared of following through, it really is paralysing. Your study is certainly helping me to not have as much fear and worry in my life, but this one big issue still has me all tied up in knots and I don’t know what to do. Or rather, I know what to do, but have no idea how to do it, or have the courage. Please, please pray for me!

    1. Sharon McConnell says:

      Eliza. Jesus can handle you telling Him what you have said. Talk to Him about your worry. Let Him know that you are all tied up in knots and don’t know what to do. Talk to Him about the fact that you don’t have the courage and have no idea how do whatever it is. He’s waiting for you to be honest with Him so that He can give you the grace, mercy, strength and courage to do whatever needs to be done. Be completely honest with Him about where you really are on the inside about all this. He can handle and He will not put you down or belittle you for admitting just how Much you need Him. That’s, in fact, where He wants you to be. Dependent upon Him and trusting Him to give you what you need from Him. As Rachel has so often reminded us, He’d rather hear from you on your bad days than not hear from you at all. You are loved with an everlasting love and underneath are His everlasting arms.

  3. First time I have participated in your challenge. I am really benefitting from it. Thank you.

  4. Sharon McConnell says:

    Because of some things that have blind-sided me this week, our gracious Father has been reminding me these past two days that it is His perfect love for me that will cast out all fear. And, I am to trust Him to do that.

  5. Mila David says:

    It is great to contemplate on “Do not fear…” I get moved by the way you contemplate and meditate on God’s word. Very touching

  6. Just started today, reading the daily scripture. I was blessed. Thank you.

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