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Mike MacIntosh, 8/21/08 Daily Devotion excerpt from Mark 6:49-51

“…But He desires that we trust in Him through the storms and to not be afraid of the circumstances that life brings.

2 Timothy 1:7 says that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I learned a long time ago that if God has not given us the spirit of fear, who gives us the spirit of fear? It is the Devil. So when you know that you belong to God, then you know that your heart doesn’t have to be troubled about anything, and that His peace can surpass any circumstance in our lives; His peace will surpass any of our understanding. 1 John 4:18 tells us that perfect love casts out all fear, because fear only brings punishment and torment.

So if you are prone to be paranoid or fearful of people or circumstances, just relax. Take Jesus’ words to heart; “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:27). When life is all but peaceful, the Lord will leave His place and walk right on the water if necessary, and He’ll calm that storm. Just trust Him. Be of good cheer. Be happy in the midst of the greatest storms of your life.”

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