I never imagined just how deep the #DoNotFear posts would go, or how much of an impact they would have on me! I hope they are encouraging you too!
In fact, I stopped reading and sharing the #DoNotFear posts on May 15th. This was the last post that I shared:
In today’s post we see what happened after we met Nehemiah, the man with the “sadness” of heart. He asked the King of Susa for the impossible and the Lord granted it. . This time, Nehemiah and the people are realizing the scope of the impossible they are facing to actually rebuild the wall that is in a pile of rubble. Not only is it physically difficult and impossible to rebuild the wall without help, but they now have enemies who have threatened to stop the rebuilding of Israel’s wall by killing them. . Wow! Let’s let that sink in. It’s like what happens after Esther risks her life to go before the King. Most of us only remember that ONE time. But no! She risked her life to go before the King Ahasuerus twice (Esther 5:2 & 8:4). It is also interesting to note that the word fear NEVER appears in the book of Esther. . Going back to Nehemiah. He rallies the people to fight for the impossible. He says, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes” (Nehemiah 4:14b, ESV). . The very next verse says that their enemy was “frustrated.” Their plan was broken up. The Hebrew word for frustrated is the same word Moses uses in the Torah to share when the Israelites had broken their covenant with the Lord. . It is also interesting to note that the Lord never breaks his covenant with His chosen ones. Not only did the Lord thwart and “frustrate” the plans of those who come against His chosen ones but He forgives His people for breaking faith with Him in the first place. . Nehemiah helped the people to rally together and fight. It was said that “From that day on, half often servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building the wall” (Nehemiah 416-17a, ESV). . Is there a piece of rubbish that you can pick up and put in its place? Is there a sword you can pick up and fight for you and those God has placed in your life? Then build. Then fight. May God be with you. #donotfear #justkeepfighting
As most of you know from reading #DreamDefender Mail or social media, my health crashed. I am still picking up the pieces from going off…and then back on my anxiety medication. Four years ago when I tried to get off my medication, things didn’t go so well. I thought I was in a different–better–place. This time, things didn’t just go wrong–they got really bad for a while. I appreciate your prayers as I stay close to God in this season.
When I started the posts again on June 8th, I decided to give myself grace. Here’s what I said:
Instead of stopping the #donotfear posts altogether, I’m giving myself grace to post as I am able. Please continue to pray for this fierce attack on my health. It is both unexpected and not over yet. I need prayer for my anxiety. I have finished the mouthwash for the inflammation of the tongue, but it still doesn’t feel right yet. Pray for my saliva to return and keep returning. . Oh friends, are you going through something unexpected? Let’s read today’s passage and be encouraged. Nehemiah 6:9,13-14,19 mentions the enemies of Israel who were trying to complete the building of the wall. “For all they wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.’ But now, O God, strengthen my hands. . Do you need your hands to be strengthened today? I do. . Verse 13 continues, “For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in a way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me.” . I love what @jenn_jett said in her blog today about God healing her from a fear she was carrying since her divorce. “I didn’t want people distracted by my brokenness and suffering. And in that moment, the Lord spoke again…He said, there may be a few who are distracted by your divorce but most will see through the suffering and see me in all my glory.” This! I want God to get the glory through this incredibly difficult time. I am desperate for the Lord to break through in my life and I am no longer ashamed that I need help. Last year in Houston, I learned that asking for help is worship. All I want is what God wants for me, and like Nehemiah or like Jenn, I need the Spirit of the Lord to strengthen my hands. What about you? #strengthenmyhands
I won’t be posting daily. My goal now isn’t to complete all 365+ verses in one year. I’m taking my time. Why? Because freedom from fear isn’t some magical experience. It’s choosing each day to take my thoughts captive, and friends–that’s HARD!
If you didn’t catch the original blog introducing the #DoNotFear 2017 Reading Guide, you can read that here. I invite you, if you haven’t yet already, to take the journey with me.
I just started the book of Job. See the most recent #DoNotFear post below:
It’s interesting that I stopped the #donotfear posts just a few verses before reaching Job. Can you imagine the Bible without the book of Job? I don’t think that thought hit me until recently. If we never got a glimpse into the conversation in the cosmos, we might have never fully realized the source of resistance, and the one who contends, opposes, and resists Christians. Satan. The Bible only mentions him by name once before the book of Job and then 💥BAM 💥 !!!! Suddenly, we see everything clear as day. . But Job didn’t get to see this picture. God allowed his sorrow upon sorrow to shed light on our faith. Sometimes it’s NOT our fault. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes the council from friends makes things WORSE. Sometimes the voice of God humbles us to the point of dying and all we can do is sit in ashes. I bet Job thought it was impossible to recover from his life altering experience, even his wife thought so. . As we go through each verse on fear in the book of Job, I hope you’ll come to appreciate like I did–the power of Job’s testimony. Don’t give up. Your story isn’t over yet. #satan #jesus #job #angryconversationswithgod
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