Give Me That Mountain

Fear of…

Day three...

Fear is a bully—but not like the playground bully you had in elementary school. That bully was mouthy and wanted to be noticed by everybody. This bully doesn't want to be noticed. If he remains in the shadows it's easier for him to convince you that his threats are indeed facts—something bad is going to happen and there is nothing you can do about it.

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Fear of…

Day four...

So you're convinced that you need to take action against the fear breathing threats against you. And you're asking, “What's next?” The next step is to learn how to separate mere threats from truth.

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Promises… Promises…

Day five...

When your mother held you in her arms after the neighbor ran over your puppy, after you broke your favorite toy, after someone on the playground made fun of you, did she just keep holding you, and holding you, and holding you? Eventually she told you to get down and go play.

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Promises… Promises…

Day six...

Who in their right mind would look to the book of Job for encouragement? Well… me… I would. Without fail, whenever I hear God tell Job, “Who [is] this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me (Job 38:2–3 NKJV)” I am encouraged.

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Hearing from God

Day three...

“Gwen grew up on this land. Every ravine, every rock formation, every grassy slope, every cluster of trees… every detail as familiar today as it was back then. Today, she needed something familiar to cling to—something to take her mind off her troubles. Her world had begun to fall apart—piece by piece, person by person. And she just needed a walk in the sunshine in a place of security… to grab hold of something, anything, she could count on.

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Hearing from God

Day seven...

If you could have a conversation with God, would you look forward to it? Or would it be more like going to the Principal's office? I ask, because your ability to hear from Him is directly affected by your answer.

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Hearing from God

Day eight...

If you are struggling with yesterday's discussion, remember God doesn't operate like people. People say, “Go get cleaned up so I can love you.” God's says, “I love you; let's get you cleaned up.” People want you to get your act together so they can love you. God wants to love you so you can get your act together.

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Hearing from God

Day nine...

It's wonderful when something we need to hear in the Bible just comes to life, as if God is speaking directly to us:
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28 NLT).”

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Celebrity

Day one....

Where would you go to find a large group of the most talented and disciplined people on the face of the earth? How about Olympic Village in London, during the 2012 Games? Gathered together in one spot were more than 10,000 of the world's most talented people. But these people didn't rely on just talent; they pushed themselves even beyond their natural ability with a self‐discipline most of us can only dream of.

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Celebrity

Day two...

As soon as I was old enough, Dad signed me up for the Sarcoxie Lazy Bones little league team. They must have been short on players because there was no tryout (probably the only reason I made the team). My first game I was put in right field—terrified someone would hit a ball my direction. On my first at bat I struck out; by the time I could take a swing I'm certain the ball was already on its way back to the pitcher. On my second at bat I was hit by a pitch. On my third at bat I was hit by a pitch. Dad never let me quit anything midway through, but in this case he made an exception.

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