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?
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 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!) (The plan is corrected; see links at the bottom of this post.)
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:
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?
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
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!
By his grace,