The Coronavirus has turned our world upside down and this week, many people across the globe have experienced a turn of events unlike any other time in our lifetime.
It’s easy to let fear grip our hearts when the unknown lurks. When we can’t control our circumstances and decisions are made for us, the enemy wants us to believe that evil is winning.
Friends, I’m hear to tell you God is bigger than anything. There is no need to fear; your God is near.
If you wake up in the middle of the night gripped with fear, God hasn’t gone anywhere.
If the what-if’s of the future are making you afraid, it’s time to focus on choosing faith over fear.
You’ve heard it said that fear is only a feeling. But your heart tells you it is so much more. Fear instigates uncontrollable emotions and undesired reactions. How can you learn to choose faith over fear in the moment?
This month’s Bible reading challenge focuses on discerning the lies of fear and focusing on the truth of God’s Word. You with me?
Each month I host a monthly Bible reading plan and journal challenge to help our community enjoy reading God’s Word together and encourage our hearts to be faithful to Him. Together, we have completed over 35 Bible reading plans, including both annual and monthly reading challenges. I’ve developed all sorts of strategies to help us read God’s word faithfully and there is nothing like this monthly system we are working through together.
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April 2020 BIBLE READING CHALLENGE
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.
Join us this month as we focus on having NO FEAR but instead choosing faith when we are afraid!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- Follow the daily Bible reading plan and read the passage. Share what you are learning on social media if you’d like. My goal is to draw closer to Jesus and I want that for you too! This month the hashtags are: #nofearjournal #biblereadingplan
- Recommended: Journal your thoughts and prayers using the No Fear: Choosing Faith when I Am Afraid Bible reading plan and journal. This simple guide will help you stay focused and accountable. It will also leave a legacy for you to enjoy in the future!
- Optional: Join the Facebook group to see what others are learning and sharing. Enjoy our prayer community in the group as we pray for one another’s needs. Be in the know with bonus material such as practical tips, tools, and resources Rachel shares, Facebook live videos, and recently added focused music playlists based on the monthly Bible reading challenge topic.
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. Deuteronomy 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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Ready? We’ll begin April 1st, just as we do each month!
By his grace,
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