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When God is near, you lose your Fear

“Noah was a righteous man... he walked in close fellowship with God.” (Genesis 6:9 NLT)

Noah built the ark in faith. “He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before” (Hebrew 11:7 NLT). How could Noah believe the things that had never happened before would actually take place? He believed because he knew how to hear from God.

Do you want to hear from God? You can’t hear God with the TV on. You can't hear God while listening to your iPod or the radio. You can't hear God when your mind is filled with a thousand distractions. You have to get alone with God and be quiet. The Bible says, “be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

Just sit quietly with your Bible, and pray, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” Then read God's Word and talk to Him about what's on your heart. You hear God by getting near God. The Bible calls this “walking in close fellowship with God” (Genesis 6:9 NLT). When you walk with God you must go in His direction and at His pace, not your own.

What is the result of walking with God? You fear nothing. The Psalmist said, “The Lord is my shepherd... Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” (Psalm 23:4 NIV). Why does he fear no evil? Because the Shepherd is leading him. When God is near, you lose your fear.

Are you fearful about your future or your finances? Are you fearful about your marriage or your health? “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8 NKJV). The more your life is filled with the love of God, the less fear you will have in your life. Love and fear cannot operate in the same heart at the same time. “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18 NKJV)

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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