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2023: Moving Forward in Faith. 427. Jan 8, 2023

KEY SCRIPTURE 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

RELEVANCE Now that the year is rising from its sleep, how have you planned to increase your faith? Have you laid out a strategy to know your spiritual armour and keep it on so you can defend yourself against the cunning of the devil better than last year? Or to stand firmer on faith decisions? Or to be a faith leader this year instead of a follower? What about challenging your every fear? Fear of death, friendship, lack of money, etc, Don't forget, each time you stand successfully on a decision for the Lord, even on the small ones, your faith strengthens. It increases. God asks us all if we're afraid to step forward in faith, simply believing that He is able to see us through. He asks us many times throughout scripture not to be fearful of the unknown, for with a strong hand He leads His people—in 2023, that's us!

In response, we are to let no fear reign in our beings. God is desirous of a people overflowing with joy and faith in Him—faith that He can bring things to pass, faith that He is able to keep us at all times.

He calls us to let no fear reign in our beings except the healthy fear of our God. He calls us to come into the house of God as a joyous, holy people. He knows each heart, and our hearts are opened unto Him. He knows all that there is in each heart.

The Lord questions us, is faith not enough? Faith enough to cast out all fear and know with assurance that once He has called, He is well able to bring it to pass.

In 2023, let us allow no fear to reign. But let His Word set us free to worship Him. Let's allow Him to see the fruit for which He longs, even aches. In that freedom, we get the Body working together. Each part is needed to work as a whole unit. A body without a hand, finger or even a thumb is not the entire Body and cannot work in its completeness.

Fear is preventative and a key tool of Satan to slow the Lord's work down—to keep those important Body parts from knitting together to work as a body should. Let us meditate on His Word and understand our worth in His economy. We are His children, and He weeps for us day and night to come up higher and complete our part. Then we will see and behold His blessings ready to pour out upon us.

PRAYER Dear Lord, when fear reins your work slows down or stops. Please help me not to be afraid of fear itself, for for the Holy Spirit within is greater than all fears. I want your blessings poured out upon me.

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