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Monday Genesis 20:10-11 (NRSV)
Abimelech said to Abraham, "What were you thinking of, that you did this thing?" Abraham said, "I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.”

Sarah was extremely beautiful. Abraham was afraid that people would kill him to get Sarah. So he told people she was only his sister. In this case, Abraham had gone so far as to let Abimelech take Sarah as his wife rather than admit that he was married to her.

God warned Abimelech in a dream that he was about to bring destruction on his family and his kingdom, even though he was acting in innocence. This caused Abimelech to ask Abraham the next day, “What were you thinking?”

Fear is a terrible guide. It causes people as faithful and gifted as Abraham to make terrible decisions that lead to destructive consequences. If you want to make good decisions, don’t follow fear!

When people give you advice, probe to find out if they are giving the advice because they are afraid of some outcome. If so, you want to consider what their advice might be if they weren’t afraid!

What would you do this year if you weren’t afraid?

What would you do in your lifetime if you weren’t afraid?

Tuesday Isaiah 43:1-3a
Thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

“Do not fear,” God says through Isaiah. It’s one of the most common phrases of the Bible. Between the two phrases “Do not fear” and “Do not be afraid,” the idea occurs in the NRSV translation more than 100 times. Often the words are said in reference to a particular scary situation or enemy. In the Bible, people are repeated told to not be afraid of others because God is their God.

What would you be like if you weren’t afraid in any situation?

How would you act different if you constantly remembered that God has called you by name and that God is your redeemer?

Wednesday 2 Timothy 1:7 (NRSV)
God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul says God did not create us to be afraid, but to be filled with power, love and self-discipline.

What will you do today to act with less fear and instead to flow with power, love and self-discipline?

Thursday Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NRSV)
So now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? Only to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD your God and his decrees that I am commanding you today, for your own well-being.

In addition to this passage, more than 40 other verses in the NRSV translation encourage us to “fear the Lord” or to “fear God.”

Given the many Bible exhortations to “not be afraid,” what do you think it means to fear God?

How will you do that today?

Friday John 5:19-21 (NRSV)
Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes.”

The secret to Jesus’ success is that he only did what he saw God was doing. If you focus on God and what God is doing, you won’t have much of a chance to be fearful of your circumstances, because you won’t be paying that much attention to them.

What have you noticed God doing in your life? In your city? In the world?

How often have you helped work on things you saw God doing?

Saturday John 10:27-28 (NRSV)
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.

Jesus said people who follow him will be able to recognize it when Jesus speaks to them.

What have you felt Jesus has said to you?

 

What have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?


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La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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