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Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

“Don’t Be Afraid of Feeling Afraid”


Jesus has gained the ulti­mate victory over death, but for now brokenness still plagues our planet. Every person—except for Jesus—is just as broken as you and me. Period. End of story.  We are all broken folks used by God in some way to expand His kingdom and bring all the other broken folks back into a relationship with the Father. 


Why is this important? 


Sister, your anxiety, your fear, your mind, your emotions, and the way your brokenness affects your life do not disqualify you from knowing, loving, and serving the Lord and from being used by Him. You and your heart and your life are a needed asset to the kingdom of God! 


Feeling afraid doesn’t disqualify you from being used by Jesus any more than chronic migraines or allergies to foods prevent one of our brothers or sisters from preaching the gospel of hope and healing. The fall of humankind at the beginning of time meant we would all be faulty on some level. It is the reason we all need Jesus.


Probably the most familiar Bible passage of all says, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned” (John 3:16-18 NIV). Not condemned. 


So, let’s exclaim this truth over the lie that says we are to blame for our anxiety. Ready? 


God does not fault the anxious woman for her anxiety. He came so that she—we—could be free! 


We do not have to be afraid of feeling afraid.


God sent His Spirit and gave us His Word so that we could walk through this dark world with a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, and He gave us one another so we wouldn’t have to walk this road alone. 


Father, I trust You with my heart. I trust You to lead me. And I trust that You are good. Thank You for sending Jesus to make me whole. Amen.