Posts with the tag “fear”

The Boldness of Valor
by Ed Newton on November 29th, 2023
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9   In biblical history, the word "valor" resounds as an echo of courage, a symbol of fearless determination in the face of adversity. It's not merely a choice but a conviction, a steadfast resolve to rise above fear and embrace boldness....  Read More
The Vital Importance of Fearing God
by Ed Newton on November 5th, 2023
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." - Proverbs 9:10   A healthy fear of God is not about living in constant terror but rather about understanding and acknowledging His awe-inspiring, holy nature. It is recognizing that God is beyond our comprehension, and this awareness profoundly impacts your life in ways you may not even realize. Pro...  Read More
Breaking Free from the Chains of Judgment
by Ed Newton on October 16th, 2023
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” - 2 Corinthians 5:10  In today's society, the fear of judgment often looms like a dark cloud, threatening to obstruct our path toward living out the extraordinary plan God has for us. We live in a world where the opinions and expecta...  Read More
Courageously Pursuing God's Purpose
by Ed Newton on October 1st, 2023
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9   Chasing God's purpose for your life requires courage. It means stepping out of your comfort zone, trusting in God's guidance, and embracing the unknown with unwavering faith. Just as Joshua was called to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, you too have...  Read More
Breaking Free from Self-Imposed Limits
by Ed Newton on September 22nd, 2023
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)   In our journey of faith, we often unintentionally place limits on ourselves, hindering God from fully working in our lives. These self-imposed barriers can stem from fear, doubt, past failures, or a lack of confidence in God's limitless power. Howe...  Read More
Love More, Judge Less
by Ed Newton on June 24th, 2023
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." - Matthew 7:1-2   Today I want to talk to you about a topic that's been on my heart: loving more than we judge. It's so easy to judge others and make assumptions based on their actions or appearances. We often forget that we too have our own...  Read More
The Courage You Need
by Ed Newton on April 9th, 2023
“And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” - John 20:22  Is fear holding you back? Has God given you a dream or a purpose you know you must fulfill, but you just keep putting it off because of fear? Unfortunately, fear is often the strongest handicap that keeps people from achieving their dreams and goals. As a believer, one of the best feelings in the world is when y...  Read More
Thinking Like God
by Ed Newton on April 8th, 2023
“Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” - Provers 2:3-5  What would your life look like right now if you could think like God? You could take this question in a number of different directions...but just think about it....  Read More
Fear of Judgment
by Ed Newton on December 8th, 2022
“Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.” - Romans 14:12-13  As we continue to look at reasons we might be delayed in obeying God’s calling, I want to shift your focus to perhaps the number one reason people don’t do what they set out to do. And that ...  Read More
A Spirit of Fear
by Ministry Support on August 18th, 2022
 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7   Do you have a spirit of fear? Do the difficulties, challenges, or hardships life throws your way lead you to faith, or do they lead you to fear? If you are not a Christ follower, it is understandable why hard times would make you fearful. You are not in control, and you have no ide...  Read More
Hope is a Person
by Ministry Support on December 28th, 2021
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming” (1 Peter 1:13) In our previous devotion, we discussed how the Lord works through tragedy. While we don’t want to walk through pain, the experience produces perseverance, and this perseverance paves the way to hope.            We’ve touched on the subje...  Read More

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