By now, y’all have seen the #DoNotFear hashtag on my blog and all over social media on Instagam, Facebook and Pinterest.
If you didn’t catch the original blog introducing the #DoNotFear 2017 Reading Guide, you can read that here. Every day, I’m going to pick one verse on fear and savor every word. I invite you to take the journey with me.
Joseph tested his brother’s to see if they were telling the truth, and to see if he could trust them. He had already forgiven them, but was putting healthy boundaries between him and his brothers. Now we see that the brothers are ready to be honest and tell the truth. Although Joseph does not know this part, Judah, pledged his life to their father Jacob if Benjamin was not brought back safely. There is SO MUCH richness in today’s passage that I can’t even share it all!! Through Judah’s lineage Jesus was born. Judah’s sacrifice was a prelude to the cross. Can you see the gospel thread tying the OT to the NT? Judah is Leah’s son. It was her decision to trust the Lord and name him PRAISE saying, “This time I will praise the Lord” (Genesis 29:35, ESV). THAT verse changed everything for me last year in Houston. That’s where I got the idea for the arrows with the & sign for my logo. The Hebrew behind Leah’s statement literally means the occurrence and repetition of a stoke, beat, foot, step, anvil. She forcefully decided to praise the Lord and believe God was BIGGER than her circumstances. Praise changed everything for me in Houston because it shifted my focus back on to worshipping God because He is worthy (more to come on this later). Back to today’s passage. The brothers all present their gifts to the steward of Joseph’s house (Jacob is back to his deceiving and flattering ways like he did with Esau offering him gifts) including the money that Joseph returned in their sacks. But God. Tomorrow we find out the rest of the story. #staytuned #praise #behonest #trust #reconciliation #forgiveness #donotfear #dreambignow #dreamcoach #dreamconsultant #dreamdefender #callingdreamstolife
Today’s passage on fear is one of my all time favorite Bible verses. And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Exodus 9:30, ESV). The Israelites had just been delivered from Egypt. They are like newborn babies crying out to God in this one day old wilderness. They haven’t even had any opportunities to build trust with Him yet. They are thrust out into the wilderness and they are crying. But let’s not forget the fact that they are alive and super rich. Moses told them to ask the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and clothing the night they left in haste. (Side note: this is not the kind of prosperity gospel that the American church preaches about!!) I looked up the Hebrew word, shimmur, in Exodus 12:42 and it’s ONLY mentioned two times in this one verse. That’s how important this night was. The night God delivered Israel was exactly 430 years to the very day. That’s how exact God is in delivering His people, and that’s how much we can trust Him to deliver us on the very night we need him most. Now, Israel is about to see an even bigger kind of deliverance if that’s even possible. The Red Sea. When there seems to be no way, God opens up a way…into the Red Sea. But first He sets them up. Have you ever felt set up by God? Things turn from bad to worse to hopeless that you literally feel like you’re standing in a trap between a whole lot of rocks and a hard place. Now is the time to be still (and know that He is God). Some of you may not know why I am looking up verses on fear and writing about them each day. It’s because I am like Israel. I have just been delivered from the land of Houston and I literally am like a baby who needs to build trust with God all over again. I know my hearts desire is to be a mom but frankly I’m terrified. It is my hope that by looking up each verse on fear that God will give me the courage to walk out my destiny. I pray the same hope for you. Weeping may endure for what feels like forever but God knows the very night to deliver.
I’ve been asking the Lord when it was okay for me to share THE reason why I got through the most difficult year in Houston. Today is the day He said. I am playing piano again. Marc bought me a keyboard when I was in Houston because I asked him. You see, before I was an author I was a pianist and a worship leader. I started playing piano when my mom noticed my quick fingers when I was just a little girl. I took weekly piano lessons for 7 years. I played for worship when I was in Junior High at @northcoastchurch with Pastor Andy Na (when he was the Jr. High Pastor and before he became the Worship pastor). Then I played at Grace Chapel of the Coast in Oceanside, and at The Fields Church in Carlsbad, CA. Why did I stop? Because life. Because I became an author and I could not spend the hours needed to maintain my talent on the piano. (Can you believe that Marc has never heard me play/sing/worship?) That all changed in Houston. I needed to learn to praise God and return to my first love without the spotlight or performance for others. I love today’s passage on fear. Moses and the Israelites have just been delivered from the biggest battle ever. Moses writes his first song. Instead of mentioning “fear” he says “awesome” and rightly so pertaining to “who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, AWESOME in glorious deeds, doing wonders” (Exodus 15:11, ESV, emphasis added)? I would have missed that mention of fear if I weren’t doing this study!!!! I love that God taught me how to sing a new song BEFORE deliverance came. I have enjoyed playing and singing worship again to the Lord with all my heart. Worship wins the war! Question: how does song help you overcome? #callingdreamstolife#singanewsong #donotfear
You have two options to follow along on your own:
- Download the #DoNotFear 2017 Reading Guide here.
- Download the #DoNotFear February Reading Guide here.
You have two options to follow along with me:
While reading each verse, ask these four questions:
- What does the verse say about God?
- What does the verse say about man?
- How does the verse apply to me right now?
- How can I apply the verse to my personal life starting today?
For Further Study:
- Bookmark the Interlinear Bible here.