Fear Exposed. Day twenty-three...
I am married to a woman who keeps her word. And I so appreciate that about Sherrel. If she says she's going to do something, she will do it—even to her own detriment. I'm never fearful about any commitment she makes, because I have no reason to be. If she were to ever break her word, it would only be because she came up against something that was bigger than her—so big it overpowered her.
I serve a God who keeps His Word. If He says He's going to do something, he will do it. He cannot break His Word, because no force in existence can stop Him from keeping His Word. And if I'm never fearful about any commitment Sherrel makes, then I certainly should never be fearful about any commitment God makes, because nothing can stop Him from fulfilling His commitment.
Fear Exposed. Day twenty-two...
While living in Illinois, I contracted the very first house I would own as a young married man to an experienced builder, who happened to be a friend as well. The contract was for an amount that barely fit into our budget as it was. But it really became dicey when the builder came to me, half‐way through the project, and told me he was broke.
Since he was taking draws as the work was completed, I could have dealt with that much…. I could have hired another builder to finish the project—a hassle, but not a total disaster. But there was more. He had used the money from my draws to pay off sub‐contractors and vendors for other jobs, and my subs and vendors had not been paid.
Fear Exposed. Day twenty-one...
After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)
Are you hanging on to a promise from God, over an area of your life that has not yet come to pass? Have you had enough trouble in this one area that you wonder if His promise will ever come to pass?
Fear Exposed. Day twenty...
“That which is used—develops. That which is not used wastes away.” The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, understood the value of resistance.
Resistance training, commonly called weight lifting, has been around for centuries. As resistance is increased, strength is increased. The ancient Greek wrestler, Milo of Croton, supposedly began to carry around a new‐born calf each day until the calf was fully grown—a great example of progressive resistance training.
Fear Exposed. Day nineteen...
After visiting a close friend who lives in Hawaii, my daughter described the very different way islanders deal with critters than the way I do. Apparently the Common House Gecko is… well… a common visitor in beach houses that are kept open to the ocean air. Hawaiians, however, don't seem to mind, and just treat the little house guests as a part of living in paradise.
To my knowledge, the only creatures living in my house are my wife and me—plus a few ants and spiders, in between bug treatments. We don't even want a dog or a cat in the house.
Fear Exposed. Day eighteen...
If you're not familiar with O. Henry's short story,
Gift of the Magi,” take a few minutes and read an online PDF. This is
closing comment to Della:
“Della,” said he, “let's put our Christmas gifts away and keep them a while. They're too nice to use now. I sold the watch to get the money to buy the combs. And now I think we should have our dinner.”
As a kid in grade school, I thought that was just the saddest story. I remember, to this day, wanting to jump into the book and make things right for Della and Jim—so she could still have her hair, and so he could still have his watch. Where was the happy ending?
Fear Exposed. Day seventeen...
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires. (2 Peter 1:4 NLT)
That was a pretty wild statement, when I heard it for the first time. The idea of sharing in His divine nature and escaping the corruption of the world sounds totally awesome… but totally impossible. What we will not consider, however, we most likely will never experience. And so I began to consider the possibility.
Fear Exposed. Day sixteen...
I have always insisted on being up‐to‐date with the latest in office technology, but not so much at home. When the kids were growing up, our home was… let's say… technologically challenged. We still had a rotary dial phone hanging on the wall when most people were beginning to use cordless phones.
While my oldest son was still in college, on one of his visits back home during a semester break, he challenged me with a claim that he could call one of his friends from our old wall phone… without ever touching the rotary dial. Now this son, who is an engineer (currently doing research at one of the top labs in the country), had declared his interest in engineering at age seven. So I believed he could do what he said he could do. I had faith in his desire and his ability to carry out his plan.
Fear Exposed. Day fifteen...
Guys are easily confused by the signals girls send. When I was in the sixth grade, I got a big Valentine's Day card and a sack of candy from a popular girl in the eighth grade. I was instantly in love. But I found out pretty quickly (if I'm remembering the details correctly) that the popular girls in the eighth had plotted together and had each picked a sixth‐grade boy as a Valentine's Day experiment—seeing what kind of trauma could be inflicted on an admiring heart.
In my freshman year at the University of Kansas, I met a beautiful young woman who talked to me as if I were her soul‐mate. I was absolutely convinced she was attracted to me and wanted to be with me. We went out on several dates over the next few weeks before she finally told me she was engaged to a guy back home.
Fear Exposed. Day fourteen...
Not all the promises God has given me have happened yet. And I have moments of anxiousness—not so much that I don't believe what God said, but that I just don't see how those promises “can” happen.
I suppose it must be the same for you. Maybe the promise is one from the Bible you've made your own. Or maybe the promise is a more specific one, just for you, that God has planted in your heart. Either way, it's easy enough to slip into an “I'm just waiting on the Lord” mindset—a mindset that's really nothing more than a breeding ground for fear.