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Don’t Be Intimidated

by J. M. Farro on February 26th, 2023

   “Be strong.  Take courage.  Don’t be intimidated.  Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you.  He’s right there with you.  He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6 MSG

   Are you giving someone in your life too much power over you?  If so, perhaps it’s time to take it back.

   I say this because as believers, you and I are called to be free – and that means free from fear and intimidation.  How do we give someone too much power over us?  We allow their feelings and responses to control us.  Instead of being led by God’s Spirit, we are led by what other people think, want, and feel.  And, to put it plainly, this is sin and disobedience against God.

   The Bible tells us, “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting God protects you from that.” (Proverbs 29:25 MSG)  When we are afraid of anyone but God, we become disabled and paralyzed, so that we cannot move forward into the good future that He has for us.  When this happens, we will miss out on the fullness of God’s blessings, and our God-ordained destiny.  However, when we choose to trust the Lord and obey Him in every situation we face, even the devil himself can’t keep God’s supernatural protection and provision from us.

   I urge you today – “Don’t be intimidated.”  Don’t give those people who are trying to control you “a second thought.”  Why?  Because God is “right there with you.  He won’t let you down,” and “He won’t leave you!”

   Lord, today I make a quality decision to be led by Your Spirit, and not by people.  Remind me often that being influenced by others more than You can cause me to make devastating decisions that can rob me of Your best.  Help me to spend regular time in Your presence and Your Word so that I can be more attuned to Your voice and Your leadership.  Thank You that as I seek You and obey You in every situation, I will experience Your supernatural protection, provision, and promotion!

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