Faith is the opposite of fear. When we have hearts that are filled with faith in God, fear has a difficult time finding a place in our lives.

Because this is true, we must ask ourselves, “What can we do to fight against fear? How can we keep a calm heart and a live a peaceful life?” Faith and fear cannot occupy the same heart at the same time.

There was a king in scripture who was pursued relentlessly by his enemies. He became weak, but his enemies were strong. He was by himself, but there was a large group that was trying to locate and destroy him. How did he handle his fear?

He placed his faith in the Lord. He cried, “Though a mighty army surround me, my heart will know no fear….I will wait patiently for the Lord and be brave and courageous.”

The Lord will never forsake the one who has faith in Him as long as they live with and for Him. To believe in God empowers us to face life with a brave heart and a bold stance.

Prayer: Help us, our Father, to put our faith in the God of our salvation, knowing that You will always be there when we need You. Through Christ our Savior. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 27

Today's video seed: "Lift Up Holy Hands"

When leaving me, a dear friend grasped my hand, looked me in the eye and said, “I’ll be remembering you.” How thoughtful! It made me feel important and significant. It brought happiness to my heart. It also reminded me of our Lord.

We are always on His mind and in His heart. The Psalmist reminds us, “The Lord is thinking about me right now. O my God, You are my helper.”

His mind is occupied with us because He knows our needs.

His eyes are focused on us because He watches over us very carefully.

His ears are open to us because He hears our every prayer.

His arms are underneath us because He does not want us to fall.

His heart is open to us for He has promised us that He “has loved us with an everlasting love.”

Prayer: How grateful we are, Father, to know that we are always on Your mind and in Your heart. We appreciate Your love, Your grace, Your mercy and presence in our lives. May we be as faithful to You as You are to us. In Your name we pray. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 40:17

Today's video seed: "Be Quiet"

Read Psalm 141:3
The children in church sang, “Be careful little tongue what you say,” and the preacher asked, “Why is it hard to control the tongue?”

“Because,” answered a boy, “it’s in a wet place.”

Yes, being in a wet place, the tongue is prone to slip. Even though it weighs practically nothing, it’s surprising how few can hold it.

Your tongue can bless, but if it slips it can curse. Your tongue can heal, but if it slips it can hurt. Your tongue can speak the fairest things, but if it slips it can speak the foulest.

Once a word is spoken, you can’t get it back. But you must answer for it.

So remember the children’s song, “Be careful little tongue what you say.”

Prayer: Father, control my tongue so that I may speak no untrue word, no unholy word, and no ungracious word. Control my actions so that I may always honor Thee: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Today's video seed: "Turn Right"

Read Psalm 137
A woman in Texas was cleaning out a birdcage with a vacuum cleaner. Suddenly the phone rang. In reaching for the phone, the hose slipped and sucked up the parakeet.
In desperation she rescued the bird, cleaned it and put it back in the cage. But the bird no longer sings. It just sits and stares.

Can this be true of you? Maybe it’s because you’ve been sucked into worldliness. Sin always takes away the song. Sighs, not songs, befit the backslider.

Come to the Lord in confession, won’t you and you’ll return with rejoicing. Then you’ll sing, not just stare.

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from playing with sin. Stop us from going to the places of sin. Enable us to overcome our wrongs and our weaknesses which have us in their grip, and help us to be courageous, cheerful, conquering Christians: through Christ. Amen.

Today's video devotional: "Who Walks With Me"

Read Psalm 23:1

A girl asked, “Why did you break up with Joe?”

“Because,” answered her friend, “my feelings toward him aren’t the same.”

“Are you returning the ring?” the girl continued.

“Oh, no!” she answered. “My feelings toward the ring haven’t changed one bit.”

As with that friend, so with some followers of our Lord. They’re more interested in the gifts than the Giver.

But not the Psalmist. He wanted the Shepherd, and in having Him he had His supplies.

In Him lies strength for our weakness, hope for our despair, healing for our sickness, and power for our temptations.

The Bible says, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

Is He your Shepherd?

Prayer: Father, we thank Thee that Thou art always guiding us in the ways Thou wouldst have us to go: in Christ. Amen.

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