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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

A tourist was driving through the countryside when he saw an old farmer sitting in a rocking chair on his porch. Behind his farmhouse was seventy-five hectares of land. The tourist asked, ‘Is that your land?’ ‘Yep,’ he replied. ‘Well, what are you doing with it? Thinking of growing cotton?’ the tourist asked. ‘Nope, I’m afraid the boll weevils will get it,’ said the farmer. ‘What about corn?’ the tourist asked. ‘No, I’m afraid the locusts will eat it,’ he replied. ‘Well,’ the tourist asked, ‘What about raising cattle?’ The farmer said, ‘I’m afraid the price of beef might go down.’ ‘So, what are you going to do with all that prime farmland?’ the tourist asked. ‘Nothing. I’m just going to play it safe.’

Is that how you feel? When you choose to play it safe in life, your potential for success is like that barren wasteland. As long as fear rules your life you won’t step out in faith and fulfil your destiny. The Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Isn’t it better to risk failure and do what God wants, than risk displeasing Him? We’ve all experienced the fear that makes us want to pull back. Only those who overcome it go far in life. ‘…Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’ (Psalm 35:27 NKJV) Conquering the fear of failure begins with believing: ‘God wants me to succeed.’ Undergirded by that truth you cannot only defy your fears but defeat them.

SoulFood: 2 Chron 5-7, John 11:1-16, Ps 83:9-18, Pr 26:17-22

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011

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