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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Choose Faith

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

—2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

“Where is my Daddy?” the little woman in the wheelchair asked me. She reached up and grabbed my arm. Tears poured down her face. “Where is he? I’m late. I need to call him or he will be mad at me.” She was afraid of something that was very real to her. Impossible in the real world, it was very real in hers.

Do you live in fear of what has not yet happened or of scenarios that your mind creates in response to problems you face? Perhaps your fears have a basis, or perhaps they have as much truth as this dear lady’s. Whichever the case, they have no power over you in Jesus Christ. He is greater than your fears. In her mind, this lady had no reality to grasp. Perhaps you feel you have no reality to grasp, but, in Christ, you have a reality that asks you to believe in what seems impossible—which asks you to choose faith over fear—which asks you to deny what your mind deems as being real.

Faith always defeats fear. God has not given you a spirit of fear—but one of power, love, and a sound mind. But do you live in fear of Him? And of everything real or imagined? Have you asked for forgiveness, but do not feel forgiven?  New Covenant grace that flows from Calvary is your only answer, and that grace speaks power and love to your tired mind and heart. You do not have to feel you are forgiven to be forgiven. If you believe in your heart that He has forgiven you and speak it, you are His child. You are forgiven. You have received His grace. You are free. Keep choosing to believe, and feelings will come with spiritual growth. Self and fears will be defeated. A sound mind filled with faith will be your reality.

I could not allow this little lady to cry in fear of a father waiting to punish her because she was late getting home. God does not want you to live in fear of His punishment, either, because you are late getting home. He always waits with open hearts to gather you into His embrace. 

“Your daddy loves you,” I told her, and she stopped her crying, and looked at me. “He forgives you.” 

Something in her little lost mind clicked. “He does?”

“Yes,” I said and stroked her arm. “He forgives you with all the love He has just for you.”

She smiled. For a moment she had received. Her moment of understanding can be your lifetime of knowing. Choose the gift of Calvary. Choose faith.

©2017 Lynn Lacher

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