Summer Bible Study: Romans // EIGHT

I’m no biblical scholar but Romans chapter 8 ROCKS. We could camp in this one chapter for months! If you haven’t read it yet, please do now. You are in for an epic encounter with God. Chapter Eight is packed full of truth, encouragement, conviction, hope in the here & now, and hope for the future. Romans 8 is my top 3 favorite parts in the Bible. Paul must have been feelin’ it when he was writing this. I could just see him now, jumping up & down in his chair, arms tingling with the excitement that the Holy Spirit of God was hovering over him powerfully, speaking proclaiming truth right. through. him.

This week’s review and outline is going to be a little different because there is just so many specific verses that I don’t want to pass up. Next week, we will return to our normal outline. And remember, if you haven’t read chapter eight yet, look it up & read before you continue reading on here!

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Paul starts chapter eight off powerfully. These two first verses has given me assurance, hope, security, & encouragement in the very hard times in my life. I constantly go back to it when I am feeling less than worthy of Jesus’ love.

“Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Romans 8:1-2 hcsb

So anytime you feel inadequate, guilty, condemned, down and out because of your sinfulness, remember that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Period. Jesus will never condemn His children, ever. Of course Jesus wants us to repent of sin that we have committed after becoming a new creation in Him because it causes separation in your relationship with Him but it is not Jesus who is whispering those guilt-ridden words in your ear. Tell satan to go back to hell where he belongs because YOU are holy & blameless & LOVED in the sight of God Almighty! God looks at you and sees His perfect spotless son’s blood covering your soul. You are His. You are not condemned.

This was hard for me to truly believe. Because I feel like I have messed up so much in my life, I used to feel so unworthy of God’s love. And at times, still do. But His love for us has never been & never will be based on how “good” or “bad” we are. His acceptance of us is based solely on whether or not we have trusted in Jesus as our Savior and have given our lives completely to Him, mess & all. Like the Bible states in verses 3-4, Jesus alone fulfilled the law by giving up His life as a ransom for you and me. We can’t do that. No one but perfect Jesus could have ever done that. “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”  Jesus does what we can’t do and when we walk life with Him, when He becomes our life, there is no condemnation for us. Only freedom!

 I have dealt with my fair share of insecurity. What I am learning is that my insecurity stems from my lack of trust in God. I am too focused on condemning myself that I fail to see that Jesus doesn’t do that to me. He LOVES me, all of me, and I shouldn’t worry one more minute trying to please Him or “getting Him to love me”. Jesus is my Savior & my life & that is all that matters. When we TRULY trust Him, we have freedom. We have freedom from those feelings of condemnation and guilt.

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“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:5,6,8 nkjv

Those who live according to the flesh are people who do not know Jesus as Savior. Therefore, they can only set their minds on things of the flesh because that is all they are. Those who live according to the Spirit are God’s children, the ones who claim Christ as their life & Savior.

This is a convicting verse for me because it is easy for those who live according to the Spirit to set their minds on earthly things. These things ought not to be but they are sometimes true because we are not perfect. It’s so easy to focus on this temporary life because that’s where we are, in the here & now. But Jesus says that we should be setting our minds on things above, where He is, not on things of this world which are sinful & passing away. “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3

Forget success, forget riches, forget your selfish ambitions & dreams, forget all of that. Set your mind on showing Jesus to others, storing up riches in Heaven, seeking His perfect will for your life which is to glorify HIM in all that you do, & live your life for Jesus. Not yourself.

This isn’t popular. This doesn’t appeal to our senses. In a world that screams, “live your life for YOU!”, this sounds awful. Not a lot of people like to hear this. After taking away the glitter of this world, some think there is no point or happiness. Some say that God wants us to be happy and they use that as an excuse to do whatever they want in this life. But JESUS tells us that we are dead to this world (col. 3:3; rom 8:10; rom 6:4; rom 6:11; gal. 5:24; col. 2:20). Our selves are dead and the only thing living in us is Jesus Himself.

“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3  my life verse!

It’s not about you. It’s not about me. We are called to pick up our crosses and follow Jesus. Follow Him because He will lead you straight into a place where your wildest dreams couldn’t imagine. There is fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord!

These next few verses in Romans 8 are along the same lines. Check out Rom. 8:10-11

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“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time do not compare with the glory which shall be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18

Jesus followers, we are children of God. “If children, then heirs— heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified” (v.16)

Following Jesus means following Him into the hard places. The scary places. The places of persecution and trial. God never promised His children an easy life here on earth. In fact, the most bold & known Christians have died for Christ. Martyrs for the faith. Paul had his fair share & then some of persecution & hardship. And eventually, he died a brutal death for His beloved Lord Jesus.

And even in the pain, the torture, the prison, & the confusion, He exclaimed, “THESE SUFFERINGS DO NOT COMPARE TO THE GLORY AWAITING ME IN HEAVEN WITH MY JESUS!” His mind was set on above. His eyes were set on Jesus.

My heart is so moved. How many times do I whine and complain throughout the day? More than I should, my husband can attest to that. Never once have I been thrown in prison for following Christ. I live in the land of the free. Oh, that my heart would be softened to this. Open my eyes, Jesus. Give me the boldness I need. Help me to never take this freedom in America for granted. And be with your children who are suffering for Your name’s sake.

Will you join me in praying for your brothers and sisters around the world who are physically tortured for Christ? Once, maybe twice, have I been persecuted emotionally and verbally for following Christ and that was hard. I couldn’t imagine being physically persecuted. I pray that we will fall so in love with Jesus that we count all the pain as worth it, even if we are persecuted.

He sees your hurt and your pain. He is there with you through whatever you are dealing with…the cancer, the disease. He sees those kids at school looking down at you. He hears your husband speaking those painful words. He is with your child who has gone astray. He is with you as you feel alone. All of these things, He cares about. He is even speaking to God FOR YOU RIGHT NOW. {romans 8:26,27,34} And one day. Oh, one glad morning, that trumpet will sound and, praise God, we will fly away to the land where joy shall never end!!!! Keep your eyes on the prize, Jesus the king. It’s worth it. Keep pressing on. “All things work together for good to those who love God” -Romans 8:28a

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“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31

God. The God of the universe, the God of every created thing is for you. He is on your side, child. If God is for you, then who can be against you?

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the start and the finish, the Perfect Lover & Sustainer, the King who reigns, the One who gives life & death. No one is above Him. And He loves you.

Stop & read Romans 8:31-39. Slowly & even a few times. What a beautiful passage of God’s forever love, His protection, & the confidence we can have in Jesus.

NOTHING can separate us from the love of God! Nothing, nothing, nothing. What are you letting hold you back from His love? There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus therefore nothing can separate us from His love!!! You can try to run from Him, but where will you go? No height, no depth, nor any created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. {rom. 8:39}

You are loved

-Katie

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Summer Bible Study: Romans // 5 & 6

I was broken yet in my brokenness, Jesus picked up all of my pieces. I was made whole by the one who loves me wholly. He put me back together & called me His beloved child. Not because I did anything to deserve this. You see, it was quite the opposite. I was an enemy of God.

I was an enemy of God because of my sinfulness. I was blinded by the lust of this world, drowning in this sea of self that trickled down to hell. And at my worst state, God saw me. His eyes looked upon ME. And He loved me in that moment. He loved me enough to save me. Enough to swoop me up out of that ocean of sin that I was drowning in. Jesus Savior, magnificent. Jesus, the life saver of every sinful soul. God gave that precious spotless Lamb away to be slaughtered. Why? Because God Himself loves us so passionately and so supernaturally.

You can cross out every “I” & “me” in those paragraphs above and add in your own name because it is true. This story of love & loss & redemption on a cross isn’t just for the holidays. You see, it’s everything. It’s life. It’s truth. It’s the only truth in this world. How do I know this? Because I experienced it & I believe. & as much as you and I do not deserve it, God loves us, along with every other human being on earth so purely & personally, He loves us. And He wants us to be in relationship with Him because He made us & said it was good. & Jesus Christ, God in the flesh of man, is the way into that perfect union with the Father.

It’s through faith in Jesus that we are declared righteous & able to stand confidently in the presence of God Himself.

This is the beautiful story of redemption for mankind.

This is what Paul is writing to us in Romans 5 & 6.

This week of review is going to be a little different. Because these two chapters are packed full of truth & gratefulness, I want you to spend some time in prayer with God. One on one. Just you & Him. Find some time alone to be with him. Get on your face before our Father & bask in His glory!

Thank Him for His love to you

Thank Him for His goodness

Thank Him for making a way

Thank Him for the Cross

Praise Him for His grace

Praise Him for His mercy

Praise Him for His words of truth

Praise Him for His freedom

Ask Him for forgiveness

Ask Him for a clean heart

Ask Him for a closer relationship

Ask Him for His glory

You are alive through Christ, dead to your sin!

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Summer Bible Study: Romans // Chapter 1

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Welcome! I’m so glad that you are here! I hope that you have enjoyed reading chapter one of Romans. If you haven’t read the intro to Romans, you can do so here!

So, what do you think about Romans so far?

Paul is a pretty cool dude, I think. He seems so passionate about writing this letter to his brothers & sisters in Christ living in Rome.

Before we jump into a few verses, I want to encourage you to do more than just read and walk away.

As you are reading Romans, ask yourself these questions:

1- What is this verse/passage/chapter saying?

You may even want to write down everything you see going on in the passage. Where is he, what is the writer or other characters doing, etc. This will enable you to put yourself in the shoes of these people. It will make the story come alive. Because after all, these are real accounts in history. They aren’t just fables and fairy tales. These are real writers writing to real people who are experiencing real things. Whatever you are reading is either commanding you to something, teaching you something, encouraging you about something or giving you some sort of insight.

2- How does this apply to my life or how can I apply it to my life?

I believe that all scripture can be applied to our lives. We have to make sure that we aren’t nitpicking it apart and only taking what sounds good to us but it is important to read and then apply it. But don’t do it on your own. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Let God teach you from His Word. Make sure you are not trying to teach yourself something from God’s Word. Always, always, always ask God to reveal Himself to you.

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Verse by verse:

Paul starts out by writing to his fellow Christians in Rome. He tells them how encouraged he is by them and the fruit that is growing from their faith in Jesus. He wants them to know how much he wants to come see them and encourages them to know that he is praying for them. He reminds the romans that the gospel isn’t just for them. It’s for everyone. The gospel, God’s saving grace, is available for every type of person. What a glorious thing! Verse 16 is a great verse to memorize and truly live out in life. It says, “for I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.”

* The last verses (18-32) are powerful. We do not want to miss these verses. God is speaking through Paul reminding us that God has revealed Himself to all men. (v19-20) People have a choice to make. They can choose to accept the truth and believe in God or they can choose to believe the lie that God doesn’t exist. God tells us plain and clear that He is real and Jesus is real and alive. “For His invisible attributes, that is His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.” (v20 bold mine)

 Have you lived your life in disbelief? Let God show you Himself. He is real & He desires for you to know Him in relationship. That’s what you were made for. You DO have a purpose!

Are you praying for someone who is living in disbelief? Remember that God is faithful & desires all to know Him. Keep praying. Keep sharing Jesus. Keep loving.

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The chapter goes on to explain that humans, without Jesus, are so sinful that they can’t be in the presence of God. In His great wisdom, God gave them over to their sinfulness because they are so about wanting to be in their sin. (v26,28) They willingly traded the TRUTH of God for a lie, the CREATOR for creation. (v25)

 Sin is deception. It creeps in & kills. Be aware! The end verses (29-32) reveal the sinfulness that can so easily ensnare us if we aren’t in Christ.

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What I learned:

Before sitting down to read chapter one for the first time, I asked God to clearly reveal Himself to me. I asked Him to show me and teach me what I needed to see or learn.

I began reading and got all the way to verse 16, when God brought my eyes back to verse ONE! Verse one?! So many times, I quickly read through the first couple of verse because (I’m thinking..) it’s just a little intro like a hello you guys i’m writing to. But it took me a second to get what He was showing me.

In verse one of Romans chapter one, Paul says “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God…” {nkjv}

Bondservant.

What does that mean?

A person bound in service without wages, a slave or serf
 other translations use the words slave or servant
Paul was immediately letting everyone know that he belonged to Christ. More than that, he was His slave.
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God started flooding my mind with what it looks like to be a slave. And that everyone is a slave. But all are not enslaved to the same master.
 I was once a slave to sin. As soon as I was born, my sin chained me to death. I served sin. Sin was my master.  I was dead in my transgressions, my sinfulness. And I was hopeless.
But because God loved us so much, He made a way for us to be free. Through Jesus, we would no longer be slaves to sin. Instead we would His!
I have been BOUGHT by Jesus through the blood He shed. I was bought by Jesus to be set free from sin and death and hell.
He bought me therefore I BELONG to Jesus. I am his slave.
Am I living that way? A slave’s life revolves around serving his/her master. Does my life? Does your life? The difference between this Master and an earthly master is Jesus considers us a FRIEND not a feeble slave of his. Because He is LOVE, He doesn’t boss us around or make us do everything while He sits around doing nothing. It may be hard to wrap our minds around but that’s because He is bigger and greater than we are. And His love for us is bigger and greater than we can imagine! We are His own, His beloved. He took the place of our death. We are alive through Him. It should be our JOY to lay our life down for Him. Because He did that for us and saved us from that nasty sin-master, Satan.
If you belong to Christ, if you have accepted His free gift of forgiveness of salvation and life, then you are Jesus’. You are not your own. Praise God! Jesus alone makes us free, clean, pure, & alive!

You are a bondservant of Christ. Do you live your life as His servant and slave?

Take a minute and think about that question. That’s what following Jesus and living for Him really means.

Being a slave of Jesus means giving up our rights, our goals, our dreams, our purposes, our plans & accepting His PERFECT plan for our life. After all, He did create us and He alone knows exactly what is best for us. His ways are perfect & He has great things in store for those who love Him and follow Him.

We may think that we have it all together. You may be thinking right now that you don’t want to give up your life & success & happiness to be His servant but the Truth IS that when we do just that, that’s when we truly live. We thrive. We find joy. We have purpose & we are fulfilled. We truly live when we die to ourselves.

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It’s a lot to take in. This is something that I have been praying over for weeks. I so desire to live a life that is not all about me. I want it to be all about Jesus.

We will fall short and mess up along the way but Jesus is so compassionate, He will always be there to pick us back up and walk alongside of us.

That’s also what your fellow Christian friends and family are there for. Helping one another grow. I hope that this summer, through this study, we can do just that for each other!

Now, I want to hear from you!

What did you get out of chapter one?!? Comment below or run over to Hot Tea and the Empty Seat on Facebook to share with us! Feel free to share pictures of your notes, your favorite verses, a prayer if you feel led. Don’t be shy!

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Hospitals & Harry Potter/ / SUMMER STUDY!

Friday afternoon, I was taken to the emergency room due to sharp pains and overwhelming pain in my side. After hours of tests and pain medicine, I was able to go home. Turns out, a large cyst that had been growing on my ovary for who knows how long decided to rupture {right before a cook out we were hosting}. I was so scared there were issues with my one kidney that I have but praise God, my kidney was perfectly healthy! God put sweet and caring doctors and nurses in that room that night. Everything went smoothly & pretty quickly {or maybe I just thought so because I was floating on cloud morphine, haha}. My husband deserves the Best Husband Ever award. For these past days since last Friday, he has taken amazing care of me. He is so gentle and sweet. We laid in bed and watched almost the entire series of Harry Potter. We love that magical little trio.

I am so happy to be back in the land of the living! While recovering, I texted my sweet friend, Jaimie, who is away for the summer with her hubby if she wanted to start an online bible study together over the summer. She agreed! We started Romans chapter one this morning.

After reading the first chapter this morning, God nudged me to widen this bible study. So….

I’m going to start it through the blog on TOMORROW!

That’s right…

Hot Tea and the Empty Seat’s Summer Weekly Bible Study through Romans!

If any of you faithful readers and even new friends are interested in a stress-free, fun, weekly summer Bible study reading through Romans, join us!

Each week {starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 29th}, we will be reading a chapter of Romans.

I encourage you to grab a bible/bible app and a journal! You will have all week {Thursday-Thursday} to read each chapter. Can it get any more easy?! 🙂

Each Thursday, we will meet up here on the blog & discuss what we have learned, favorite verses, passages that convict or encourage us, and any questions we may have! That’s my thoughts & YOURS!

This will be super casual and down to earth since I am no theologian or smarty pants. I just ADORE reading God’s Word and learning with my fellow siblings in the faith. If you have a blog, feel free to LINK UP & post your own thoughts or whatever God has been showing you each week. If you don’t have a blog, no problem! You can follow us each week by subscribing through email at the bottom of this page and also comment below with your own thoughts/etc OR you can “like” Hot Tea and the Empty Seat on Facebook and follow along there!

JOIN US, won’t you?! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!

Starting tomorrow, I will post the first official “Thursday in Romans” blog post to get this party started! Please don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to become closer with God, learn from His Word, and flourish in community with other believers in the faith!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…”

Romans 1:16

-Katie

Don’t forget, week 1-chapter 1 starts tomorrow!

I encourage you to wake up {duh}, start a pot of coffee or travel to your local coffee shop, and pray for God’s wisdom to be poured out on you as you read Romans 1!

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He Reminds Me…

I’m currently sitting outside in a lawn chair listening to Phil Collins on Pandora in my backyard watching our puppy play. Before I walked outside, a thought flashed across my mind. It was one of those thoughts that Jesus tells me to bring captive to Him so that He can deal with them correctly. “What is God doing for me?” flashed as quick as lightning across my mind. I can so easily become consumed by what God is doing all around me that I lose sight of what He is doing in my life and in my heart. Friend, do not be consumed by those thoughts. Thankfully, right after that thought floated across my mind, the Holy Spirit intervened in me & quickly evaporated that negative thought with the TRUTH.

God woke me up this morning. He gave us this beautiful warm morning and working legs so that I could walk my puppy (or so she could walk me). He blessed me with a husband who is out working and providing for us. He DAILY bears my burdens. Psalm 68:19 declares that truth! “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”

You see, God had to remind me that He is ALWAYS working in my life. He is always for me. He is truly always with me. It’s not just some cliché Sunday school answer. God Almighty CARES FOR ME daily! And He cares for you daily. If you are reading this right now, you have a Good Faithful God who loves you more than you can even fathom. He knows you. He is carrying your burdens. He is faithful. He will see you through whatever you are facing. No mountain is too heavy for our God to throw into the sea!

We must realize and remember daily that our God is DAILY working in and through us. For our good. He is for us.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is Your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22

Read that again if you have to! Let the amazing and comforting TRUTH soak into your soul down to the deepest part where you need Love the most.

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Beloved, we are truly loved by our Father. If it feels as if He has left you or is too far, let this truth that He has never left your side permeate into your mind. Don’t go another second without believing this. He loves you! Accept it & believe it. That is where you find freedom & joy & contentment. Then, give Him your all. It is all safe in His caring arms.

You matter.

You are loved.

Live big for Him.

-Katie

 

Today, I remember..

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Today I’m remembering the One.

The one who created the heavens and the earth.

The one who has always lived yet came into this particular creation as a helpless baby.

The one who took his first steps on the same earthy ground He used to create mankind.

The one who taught grown men the ways of God at the tender age of twelve.

The one whose eyes shone like the sun at the mention of His Heavenly Father.

The one who befriended sinners, the worst of them.

The one who gathered up the weak, the unfortunate, and the cheaters and made them into righteous brothers.

The one who brought sight to the blind with one touch of his powerful yet gentle fingertip.

The one who drove out the worst of demons with simply just words.

The one who wept and mourned at the sight of his best friend lying dead.

The one who never even once sinned against His Father God.

The one who gave life to the dead and broken.

The one who authored faith and taught it well.

The one who gave mercy and forgiveness again, and again, and again, and again.

The one who healed his enemies and prayed for those who hated him.

The one who was led to his death like a sheep to the slaughter.

The one who was exalted only to be cut down by those he loved, healed, led, taught.

The one who took the beatings, one after the other.. For hours.. For you.

The one who was mutilated by his own creation.

The one who suffered and cried and hung on by a thread on that cross of crucifixion.

The one who took on each and every bitter and hateful remark.

The one who could vanish in a second and restore all things yet he clung to that cross of death so that we would have a chance at Life.

The one who came to earth to do that very thing.

I remember the love poured out, the sin that was upon him. That was my sin. Our sin. Our sin put him on that cross because without Him, we wouldn’t have a chance to live. We would have died and gotten exactly what we deserved, hell.

But the God of great Love had a different plan. His plan is always good. His plan was to send a Savior who could handle that sin and conquer over it.

And that is who I remember.

The Savior.
The Sin-bearer.
The King of Kings.
The Lord of Lords.
The One who bore our shame and death so that we wouldn’t have to.
The God of Love in the form of man.

Jesus Christ.

I remember Jesus on the cross of Calvary.

And the Hope that He gives…

Because yes, He died.

But He didn’t stay dead.

He BEAT death! He CONQUERED hell! He rose from the grave and left our sin there!!!!

He Reigns, He rules, He has authority to wipe sin out of us because he beat it!

He is the remedy to our vile selves.

And He gives life to all who believe and call upon Him!

I remember that cross and I praise Him because of it.

 

 

Fear is just the beginning

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Fear started in the Eden garden and it blossoms it’s deadly little vines out into our life sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly. It presents itself in many different shapes yet crushes the heart all the same.

Fear.

It has a hold on so many people.. sometimes for their whole life.. and they don’t even know it..

Fear.

it kills dreams, deadens the future, fogs the mind, weakens the heart.

Some people are even afraid of fear itself.

How do we stop it? How does one simply quit… being afraid?

The simple truth is this: fear will live as long as sin reigns on this finite earth.

but it doesn’t have the power that it thinks it does. just like satan, fear has already lost the battle.

you see, fear is just the beginning. and freedom is the end.

in glory, fear flees. in the presence of Jesus, fear bows down low.

so how do you and how do I overcome this fear that so cripples us in the now?

we act. we believe. we trust. we jump.

we act on that fear— are you afraid to take that first step in something that you know God has given you the desire to do or start? act upon that dream & inspiration. make it happen despite fear’s constant nagging. Because God is the only true Constant.

we believe in who He is— If God is for us, who can be against us? is fear bigger than God? Never. we must believe that God is God and nothing can come against Him. He never loses. He never fails. Fear falls dead when it is up against our Mighty and Living God.

we trust— we trust in a Savior who broke the chains. He has broken every chain that holds us down. fear is just a link in the long, clanking, heavy, rope of sin. and Jesus ripped them apart when He arose from death & conquered the grave. Nothing is holding you back. because Jesus is holding you up. “He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.” Psalm 107:14

we jump— Jesus says go. fear says stay. Jesus say serve. fear says don’t move. Jesus says love. fear says freeze. Jesus says have faith. fear says there’s no hope. Who never lies? Who is perfect? Who loves you? Who gave His LIFE for you? Who came to this earth to give you abundant life? Who created you? Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. fear has no room in your life. none. Jesus is everything. He says have faith & live. He says trust Him & believe.

stop letting it control you & let God’s spirit control you. because His spirit is one of power, love, & self-control, NOT fear. & that Spirit has been given to us!

God has been speaking to me powerfully over the past couple of weeks about fear and how it can be defeated in my life. He tells me that sin has no dominion over me therefore I am not a slave to sin (fear) but a slave to righteousness. He tells me that I don’t have to be afraid because He is with me and He will never forsake me. I am realizing that I KNOW these things but sometimes I don’t BELIEVE them. I am slowing down, quieting my mind, and realizing…

The God of Gods, the All Powerful One, the Creator and Sustainer of all things is telling me that He is ever with me. Through thick and thin. Through fear, death, hell, sin, pain, everything. When I believe this, fear does vanish.

I am learning that the only way that I will overcome fear in my own personal life is if I stop talking about it, stop writing about it, stop thinking about it, & just jump. Just believe Him. Just follow Him. While I am afraid.

Right in the middle of my fear, I must act against it.

I am not alone.

-Katie