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Faith or Fear

  • Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 'How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, that murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Tell them, As I live, says Yahweh, surely as you have spoken in my ears, so will I do to you' Numbers 14:26 WEB

    After seeing miracles everyday in the wilderness, like mana from heaven, pillars of fire, parting seas, water from rocks, knee deep quail around their camp, the Israelites came to the border of the Promised Land. There they sent spies to look over the land and ten of them brought back a bad report. They spoke of giants in the land that made them feel like grasshoppers. The camp panicked and wanted to return to Egypt.

    While the Israelites grumbled and complained, the Lord was listening. When He had heard it enough, He decided to do the very thing that he heard them say with their own mouth. In this case, they prophesied their own future. The Israelites said 'We are going to die in this wilderness', and the Lord said, "Have it your way."

    Here we learn about God's perfect will, and His permissive will for us. He wanted the Israelites to enter the Promised Land, but they were paralyzed with fear and refused. Their own fear shaped their destiny. Faith is believing that God will come through for you, that this is going to be OK. Fear is the opposite, believing that He will not take care of you, that you cannot do this, that you will die if you try it.

    All the great heroes in scripture faced their fear and spoke positive things into their situation. While the army of Israel cowered in fear, David looked at the giant Goliath and said: 'This day will Yahweh deliver you into my hand; and I will strike you, and take your head from off you; and I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky, and to the wild animals of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel' (1 Samuel 17:46).

    God has great plans for you, plans to give you hope and a future, but we need to agree with Him. The enemy also has a plan for us: to steal, kill, and destroy. The words coming out of your mouth will shape your attitude, your beliefs, and confirm which side you are really on. We get to choose.

    Don't speak curses over your own life and family. Do not let doom and gloom control your speech and thoughts. When you do this you are just feeding the enemy ammunition to use against you. Agree with God: 'I don't know how, but this is going to work out for good.' Say what you would like to happen if you could choose, because that is what you are doing.

    Prayer: Father, help me to stand strong in the face of fear. Fill me with Your glorious presence and help me to face whatever comes my way. I choose You, and though I am weak, with You I am strong. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Wise words spoken! I am one of those who tend to curse myself with negative talk from time to time. I am a work in progress and this is an area I am working hard at changing. Sometimes you get in a rut and don't even realize it's your bad attitude that's keeping you there! And then reality slaps you hard and you have to decide if your going to stay in that rut or climb out! A Positive attitude is what helps to pull you out so much faster! Thank you pastor. Pastor's Prayer: Father, help me to stand strong in the face of fear. Fill me with Your glorious presence and help me to face whatever comes my way. I choose You, and though I am weak, with You I am strong. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
January 19, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen!
January 19, 2016
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Christie Smith
Christie Smith Thank you for your word Lord, for you are forever Faithful.  May we trust and call on through our daily life's and conquer ever Fear that is Not of you.  In Jesus Name we pray.
January 19, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord Jesus, I hold onto Your promises, amen. 
January 19, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise (Proverbs 10:19). Lord bless me to control my words today with the blessing friuts of the spirit, Amen. Great message Pastor Todd, may the Lord continue to use you in a bless way.   
January 19, 2016
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Sandra Rhodes
Sandra Rhodes This devotional really spoke to me ! Thank you !
January 19, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  I can do all things through Christ who ALWAYS gives me strength.  Thank you Jesus for your love, support, compassion and calming voice who hears my prayers and protects me from the evil one.  Amen!!
January 19, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, thank you Lord for my strength. Thank you for loving and keeping me and my mom who is in the hospital. In Jesus' name I pray 
January 19, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Will pray for you, and your Mom.
January 19, 2016
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Elana Phelps
Elana Phelps Amen! The power of life and death is in the tongue. I am just learning how to speak life into my family and not death. Thanks for the word.
January 19, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you God amen
January 19, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann So appropriate is this message for me at this time. Give me strength God to continue without doubt in you and fear. Amen. 
January 19, 2016
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro AMEN - I am tired of fear.  Lord You are my strength and shield....Your will be done in my life and in the lives of those I know and love.
January 19, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen.
January 19, 2016
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Sharon Peterson
Sharon Peterson Psalm 91:1 NIV He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
January 19, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan As My Story unfolds you will find a unshakeable belief in a Very Powerfull all knowing God!!!!!!!  
January 19, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd You are going to make it Mike. 
January 19, 2016
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Teresa Hyman
Teresa Hyman I really needed to hear this today.  With such a low balance in my check book bills coming due and having to take my dog in for kidney flushing treatments i pray daily that God provides the ways and the means possible to take care of this.  whether it's through friends, family, people or circumstances, the choice is his to make and I accept that.
January 19, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt God will give you peace in your circumstances.
January 19, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt I pray that I will trust in Gods purpose for my life. He always knows what is best for me. I don't want fear to control my life, I want Gods peace.
January 19, 2016
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Tye-Aja Harley
Tye-Aja Harley This message came right on time! I'm going to take a leap of faith and apply for out of state jobs. I've always wanted to leave Ohio but had a lot of fear. So this message is a sign that I should just do it!
January 19, 2016
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Sharon Peterson
Sharon Peterson Tye I was in a similar situation about 2 years ago. I really wanted to leave NY knowing how much more the West had to offer.  I was scared as I  am older also.  I got on a plane with only my suitcase.  The first 6 months were very difficult for me but I knew that was satan trying to steal what God wanted to bless me with. Now I have a beautiful apartment, perfect weather and so many blessings to be thankful for.  I will remember to keep you in prayer that when you make this step of faith move you will be abundantly blessed. Just keep the faith no matter what the enemy tries.  
January 19, 2016
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Tye-Aja Harley
Tye-Aja Harley Thank you Sharon!! I really appreciate your words of encouragement! 
January 19, 2016
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Angela Woodward
Angela Woodward Thank you Pastor Todd for listening and passing on what God needs all of us to hear today!  I know this is exactly what I needed this morning.  
January 19, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!  
January 19, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor What a powerful message! And so true!  I have severe asthma, and as a child I was told I could not be around any animals with fur. I also, as long as I can remember, have had a great love and understanding of animals.  I remember at one point thinking to myself that it didn't make sense that God would create me with a love of animals and also a disease that keeps me from them. So, I said to myself, well, obviously, the asthma would have to go, since God clearly means for me to be around animals.  Before any no medications came along, I was able to gradually work our family dog to being in the main part of the house without causing me problems. I was able to spend all the time I wanted with her, and we were able to get a second dog, a gerbil, and a budige (parakeet). I was even able to take horseback riding lessons, and help out at a friends famr.   I still have severe asthma, but I still have a houseful of animals, mostly rescues. God's Will does prevail if you trust in it and allow Him to work.  The wrold can take that perfect trust of a child away if we let it, but you can get it back. I have had to work to get it back and keep it, but am holding on to God's promises with all my strenght and all my heart. 
January 19, 2016
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Meredith McLaughlin
Meredith McLaughlin This is amazing.  I am a part of a group called co dependents anonymous.  At our meeting last night, the topic was safety, and we talked a lot about our fears.  I discovered fears I didn't know I had!  This message was perfectly timed for me!! :-)
January 19, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Sounds like God is doing a follow up with you   :)
January 19, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Just what I needed to hear. I have been under attack the last few days. Emotional attack, fatigue and suffering a migraine.. I fervently prayed for release. Whenever I am doing God’s work the enemy comes in for the kill. Today I am empowered,  strengthened , free of pain and in His peace. He is always faithful to come to my rescue. 
January 19, 2016
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Jay Jerisek
Jay Jerisek I am in a slump and it is difficult to remain positive amidst all the negative things that are happening to me right now BUT I know that the Lord is with me and all things come together for their good to them that love the Lord.
January 19, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Yes Lord let us stand strong in the face of fear, for in my weaknesses your strenght is found. Amenā¤
January 19, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulusedited: January 19, 2016 Amen! I often struggle with letting fear take over. I've had issues with anxiety and depression and I have been through a lot on my journey through life. But I thank Jesus  everyday for what I do have in my life and for what he has brought me through. I pray that my Faith would grow and fear dissappear in Jesus name Amen.  Thank you Father. I love you!
January 19, 2016
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Nell Neathery
Nell Neathery I choose faith over fear.  As the song goes:  "All Fear is Gone!"
January 19, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield So encoURAGING! i needed to hear these words today! I refuse to let Satan have the upper hand in my life!
January 19, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
January 19, 2016
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Amen messages are always on Time speaking to my spirit, TYL
January 19, 2016
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Amen!!  The power of Prayer and my strong faith over fear!! God is with me, hears my prayers and fear will not come between that!! 
January 19, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Lord, Help me to stand strong in the face of fear.
January 20, 2016
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Obioma Ukegbu
Obioma Ukegbu AMEN
January 24, 2016