Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Do Not Be Afraid: A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton




I sought the Lord at all times, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4 NIV).

Is there something you fear? Fear can help you if you are in real danger, because it brings forth a rush of adrenaline to save yourself, but fear about something you cannot control such as the future will end up making you very ill from the stress. If your body is always in a state of fight or flight, you will get adrenal fatigue and become very ill. If you let worry and fear dominate your thoughts a real health hazard can occur.

Jesus wants you to trust Him with your fear, especially if it is keeping you from serving Him. Whenever I am needlessly afraid, I remember David and Goliath. David was not afraid of Goliath even if he was nine feet tall. Goliath told them to send one man to fight him and if he won the Philistines would serve them. David was just a boy, but he knew that God was with him. He set forth with his sling and five stones to meet the giant. The giant taunted him, but David was not afraid because he had great faith in his mighty God to help him. I love what David said, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord” (1 Samuel 17:45 NIV). David ran towards his enemy, spinning his sling and then threw the stone right in the middle of the forehead of the giant, killing him.

When you are facing a fear that keeps you from living a life of peace that God wants you to have or a fear of serving God in some way, remember David. Approach it with the same words. “I come against you fear in the name of the Lord. I give this fear to the Lord, knowing He will help me to stand with confidence knowing “God is love. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:16, John 4:18 NIV) “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV). God wants you to face your fear with his might and power. God is with you just as he was with David.

Dear Lord,
I give you my fear knowing that you want me to trust you to give me the strength to accomplish your will. Help me to step out in faith, just like David, and know that I can do all things through you who gives me strength.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen






Monday, July 30, 2018

Do Not Be Discouraged: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton



Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).

Have you ever gotten discouraged doing what you believe to be the Lord’s will? Maybe you have not seen results, and wonder if you need to give up. I love the above verse because God has a good work for all of us to do for Him, and it is up to us to fulfill it. If you have read the Bible, you must know that there are many people who wondered if they were up to the task God had for them to perform.

One of my favorites is Esther. (Esther 1-10) Here was a Jewish young woman, who God used to save the nation of Israel from annihilation. She was afraid to ask the king to help, but her guardian told her, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this? (Esther 4:12-14 NIV). Now, first she had all the Jews fast for her and then she approached the king. He could have very easily had her killed for approaching him without being summoned, but instead he let her speak. She asked the king to spare her people, and he did.

God has put you where you are for a reason, and you must be His witness. I know it can seem hopeless at times, but God began a good work in you and will be faithful to complete it. He knows that you are the one to help those around you to see how God works in a person’s life who has committed his life to Him. We are to be different by showing self-control, encouraging others, and being concerned about other people’s welfare. You are to show others grace and mercy, just as Christ showed His mercy to you, a sinner.

Always remember that God has a specific purpose for your life, and he has given you the ability to achieve it.

Finally, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV).

Dear Lord,
Help me to not grow weary in doing your will, even when I get discouraged. I know you have a purpose for my life that I need to fulfill with your help.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Walk Humbly: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton



He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 NIV).

Are you humble? Do you often show compassion to others who are suffering? Being humble does not come naturally. I think we are born with an innate selfishness. As a teacher, I can tell you that little children want their way a lot. It is interesting to watch them line up for recess. They all argue about who is going to be first. You see each one of them think that they should be number one. It is rare to see a child let someone ahead of them in line. I believe we are all geared to think of ourselves as more important than anyone else. This is why Jesus said, “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (Matthew 19:30 NIV).

God wants you to be humble. He wants you to care for others and put their needs before your own. I am constantly reminded of what Jesus said in regards to helping others. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew: 25:34-36 NIV).

Dear Lord,
Help me to be humble. Help me to remember that your ministry was one of servitude, and that I am to be your servant on earth. Let me see through your eyes, and show your love and care to others.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Monday, May 14, 2018

God is Our Refuge: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton




God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1 NIV).

Are you in need of a refuge? Are you facing issues that seem overwhelming? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary refuge means “shelter or protection from danger or distress.” God is our refuge when life throws distress in our lives. David, who wrote Psalms, understood distress and trouble as he was constantly running away from Saul who was trying to kill him. He knew fear, but did not give in to it. He trusted in God to lead him and believed the promise that he would be king one day. He trusted in God.

God is also there for you. He is only a prayer away and will be a refuge in your storm. There have been many times in my life when I needed God to be my refuge. I prayed for him to surround me with his love and give me peace when I felt extremely stressed. Every time I prayed for him to fill me with peace, it always happened. It felt like my worries were lifted from my shoulders, and peace just filled my soul. It is so very true, my friend, that God can surely give you the refuge you need when you have let life’s worries burden you so much that you just want to give up. He loves you and wants you to go to him in prayer and believe that he can bring you the peace you so dearly want. Trust him with your problems and believe that he is able to help you. God truly is your refuge.

Dear Lord,
I know that you are my refuge and that you will help me to have peace in the midst of my troubles. I trust you with my life and all the needs I have. I know you will never leave me or forsake me.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Do Not Be Afraid: A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“ I sought the Lord at all times, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4 NIV). Is there somethi...