There are so many times when  the opportunity arises for me to be a positive influence on others.  Opportunities that I end up objecting. Why?  Because of fear.

Fear is a lie.  Plain and simple.  It’s a lie that Satan puts in our minds.  Especially when it comes to sharing our faith and being Jesus to others.  You may know what I’m talking about, or maybe you have no clue.  Has there ever been a time in your life where you could have shared your testimony and faith in Jesus Christ with someone, but instead, the lie of fear lingered in your mind, so you didn’t step out in faith?  I know there have been many of times when that has happened in my life.

Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”  What does snare mean? It basically means a trap.  If we don’t trust in the Lord, knowing He will keep us safe, we are only being trapped by fear.  The next time we get the open opportunity to share our faith, let’s do it.  Let’s not let fear trap us and hold us down, because someone may desperately need a word of encouragement.  And, we may be that encouragement that they need.   In Romans 8:31, Scripture says, “What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?”  If God is for us, then it doesn’t matter who is against us.  The only approval we need is God’s approval, so if someone ridicules you or makes fun of you for standing up for Jesus and being different, that is great.  Jesus was and is still hated by this world, and He said we would be too (John 15:18-19).  When we are hated upon because of the cause of Christ, it is then that we know that we are doing the right thing.

I needed this devotion just as much as everyone who reads this blog. Thankful for the Lord showing weaknesses in my life because I then am reminded that He is strong.  Run to Him in faith for strength, and He will give it to you.  Philippians 4:13…

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