Defeating Fear

Worried To Death?

Worried Half to Death? Don’t “Rack” Your Brain!

Have you ever been worried half to death? Someone was telling me how every night lately he “racks his brain,” trying to figure out how to get a better job, or make the partial one he has now work out better. His thoughts always meet dead ends, so he lays there with his mind working overtime (literally), stressed and sleepless, hounded by the futility of an endless anxiety. Worried sick. We have probably all experienced it at one time or another. I used…

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The Secret Of Letting Go

The Secret of Letting Go (and the Power of Promises)

The secret of letting go dawned in me slowly. Do you, too, have a two-fisted approach to life? When stuff happens that makes you angry or anxious, do you grab it with your spiritual hands and hold in a death grip? Oh, I know it feels like anxiety and anger are the ones gripping us, but the reverse is the case. Emotionally and spiritually speaking, nothing can stick to us unless we are the ones doing the holding. I won’t blame…

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Why It's Hard

Why It’s Hard to Feel God’s Delight

Ever wonder why it’s so hard to feel God’s delight in you? How can God possibly delight in any of us? Some days it takes a lot of faith just to believe that He can love and forgive us. But that He actually delights in us, rejoices over us, has passionate affections for us, and is constantly devoted to us—this really seems too much to ask! First, let us identity the enemy’s strategy: he and his kingdom have been continuously at…

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How Our Worst Things Become the Best

How Our Worst Things Become the Best (Thanks to God’s Promise of Redemption)

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead our Father displayed a power which goes beyond forgiving our sins and getting us safely to heaven. I have no desire to diminish these well-known works of the cross—they are stupendous sources of joy impossible to reduce. I do, however, want to draw your attention to an all-too-often overlooked and unclaimed power always available, ever at work, which also flows from the cross: the power of God to bring good out…

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