One of my favorite people in the world (Kathleen W.) recently gave me this amazing devotional called "Jesus Calling". It has been such a powerful daily reminder of God's grace and love, and on days like today, it always speaks directly to my heart.
Today's entry was no different. It truly met me where I was at, and was exactly what I know God wanted me to hear. I hope I'm not violating any copyright laws... I think Sarah Young would understand if she knew I was posting. So in hopes that perhaps you need to hear it too, here is today's devotional:
"Bring Me all your feelings, even the ones you wish you didn't have. Fear and anxiety still plague you. Feelings per se are not sinful, but they can be temptations to sin. Blazing missiles of fear fly at you day and night; these attacks from the evil one come at you relentlessly. Use your shield of faith to extinguish those flaming arrows. Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. If you persist, your feelings will eventually fall in line with your faith.
Do not hide from your fear or pretend it isn't there. Anxiety that you hid in the recesses of your heart will give birth to fear; a monstrous stepchild. Bring you anxieties out into the Light of My Presence, where we can deal with them together. Concentrate on trusting Me, and fearfulness will gradually lose its foothold within you."
"...above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one."
"This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."
"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and He also has become my salvation."