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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Tuesday, May 5

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” — Psalm 27:14 (ESV)

God the Giver of Courage

Your portion as a child of the Most High God is a life filled with bravery and courage. The Lord desires to take what brings you fear and force it out with an infilling of courage rooted in the truth of His Word for you. Open your heart and mind today to receive healing and transformation in the areas of fear, insecurity and doubt. Allow God to come in and do a mighty work that frees you to live with joy, security and courage.

In God we have a constant source of courage. Isaiah 43:2-3 (ESV) says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Your Heavenly Father is always with you. He will never leave nor forsake you. And in every situation, trial and problem, He has a perfect plan to guide you into a lifestyle of strength, courage and peace.

First John 4:18 (ESV) says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” God’s love has the power to drive out every source of insecurity and fear that plagues you. His loving presence fills every crevasse of our hearts, satiating and healing all our longings and wounds. His Spirit speaks truth where lies and wrong perspectives have led us away from life as sons and daughters of the King. And His Word remains a constant reminder of the power and freedom available to those who trust in their God over their own feelings of weakness and insecurity.

Romans 8:15 (ESV) says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” The death of Christ brought you a new Spirit. And it’s in that Spirit that we are now filled with new identity, new purpose and new perspective. When you find yourself in a situation that would normally fill you with fear, call upon the power of the Spirit and ask Him to fill you with fresh vision, strength and courage. Renew your mind to the truth that you are no longer a citizen of this world and are not subject to the emotions, fears, doubts and insecurities that come with it. You are now a child of the omnipotent, omnipresent and fully loving Creator of all.

David wrote in Psalm 34:4 (ESV), “I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” May you seek the face of your Heavenly Father today, press into the heart of God for all the healing and deliverance He longs to give you, and find yourself freed from the fears and insecurities that have held you back for far too long.

— Craig Denison, First 15

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