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Overview

Real people face real fears! Dr. Hicks inspires you to discover that God has designed a way to help you cope with the fears in your life. There are many statements in Scripture that either explicitly or implicitly teach us not to fear. What you may not have discovered is that for every one of those there is a promise from God to help you overcome the fear. With each devotional you will find a “fear not” and a “promise” from Scripture. As you discover and appropriate those promises, your fears should begin to subside. You will

 

• find yourself identifying with the stories that illustrate Bible truths about fear;

• be encouraged as you discover a blend of the spiritual and the therapeutic in coping with fear; and

• confront your personal fears and discover God’s overcoming promises through each Scripture-rich, life-applied devotional.

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Words to Walk By

Live at Your Best

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  • If you are satisfied with your performance you will never reach up higher to achieve your very best. “Oh that you would enlarge my territory” (1 Chron. 4:10 The Message).
  • If you are not equipped to lead, be the best follower you can be. “They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed” (Matt. 4:20 The Message).
  • You should never be satisfied until you bump the ceiling of God’s best for your life. “Oh that you would enlarge my territory!” (1 Chron. 4:10 NIV).
  • Reset: Do your best today – Rest with contentment tonight! “I’ve learned now to be quite content” (Phil. 4:11 The Message).
  • Fallen? Allow God to lift and redirect you to new victories! “When men fall down, do they not get up?” (Jere. 8:4 NIV).
  • Do the best work, not the busy work! “Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork” (Eph. 5:11 The Message).
  • It is in your best interest to guard God’s temple! “You realize,…that you are the temple of God” (1 Cor. 3:16 The Message).
  • Demonstrate the difference in you! “Concentrate on doing your best for God” (2 Tim. 2:15 The Message).
  • God is willing to take your ordinary and change it into extraordinary. What is the greatest thing you have attempted lately? (See Matt. 17:20).

Words to Walk By

Improving Relationships

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  • What have you done to enhance the critical relationships of your life today? They are, “Love the Lord…Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37-39).
  • Friendship looks for the best in the friend. “Friends love through all kinds of weather” (Prov. 17:17 The Message).
  • Love like Jesus and improve your workplace relationships! “Love one another. In the same way I loved you” (Jn. 13:34 The Message).
  • Christ in you changes the way you do your relationships! “In the same way I loved you, you love” (Jn. 13:34 The Message).
  • The way others decide to believe in you is when you set the example for them. “Not bossily telling others what to do…showing them the way” (1 Pet. 5:3 The Message).
  • Give others the gift of your attention today! “Let the wise listen and add to their learning…” (Pro. 1:5 NIV).

Words to Walk By

Team Work/Partnerships

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  • Prosper through partnerships! “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Eccl. 4:12 NIV).
  • Don’t isolate yourself, invest yourself! “And if one falls down, the other helps” (Eccl. 4:10 The Message).
  • Cooperate life is not intended to be a one player game in business or a church! “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate” (Matt. 5:9 The Message).
  • In your life affirm your teammates today! “So encourage each other and build each other up” (1 Thess. 5:11 NLT).
  • Winning teams strengthen their weakest players! “So encourage each other to build each other up” (1 Thess. 5:11 LB).
  • The way to the top is to reach down and help others. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ (Phil. 2:5 NIV).

 

Words to Walk By

How’s your aim!

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  • Are you aiming high enough? “My aim is to raise hopes by pointing the way to life without end” (Titus 1:2 The Message).
  • When aiming string love in your bow! “Let love be your greatest aim“ (1 Cor. 14:1 LB).
  • Bravery in your quest is part of being your best. You don’t have to finish first, but finish! “Be brave, …don’t give up. Expect God to get there soon” (Ps. 31:24 The Message).
  • Stop, look, listen and act when God tells you to. “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me [God]” (Ps. 46:10 The Message).

Words to Walk By

A Positive Attitude is Powerful

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  • Present a positive attitude today through your: smile, speech, and service (doing for others). Ex.: Habakkuk 3:17-19).
  • Stand out today as a positive person in the camp of negative people around you! How? “You’ll do best by filling your mind…(with) the best..the beautiful, …praise” (Phil. 4:8 The Message).
  • Win by presenting positively in a mostly negative world! “A joyful heart is good medicine, a crushed spirit dries up” (Prov. 17:22 ESV).
  • Positive begets positive! “She…Believes the best in all, There is no limit to her hope” (1 Cor. 13:7 ISV).
  • In our lives it’s our mental spin that determines our responses to our situations. “Meditating on things…the best, not the worst” (Phil. 4:8 The Message).
  • Whatever your expectations you will usually achieve them. “Be…cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times” (Rom. 12:12 The Message).

Words to Walk By

The Value of Giving

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  • Behind good gifts is a glad giver! “God loves it when the giver delights in the giving” (2 Cor. 9:7 The Message).
  • Giving is where receiving originates! “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back” (Lk. 6:38 The Message).
  • Giving triggers receiving! “Giving, not getting, is the way” (Mark 4:24 The Message).
  • Let your giving be greater than your grabbing! “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back” (Lk. 6:38 The Message).

Words to Walk By

The Value of Respect

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  • When you respect others you are respecting their Creator! “God created human beings…godlike” (Gen. 1:27 The Message).
  • Team players rely on and respect one another! “Show respect for everyone” (1 Pet. 2:17 LB).
  • Play the game so as to be respected! “A person with good sense is respected” (Prov. 13:15 NLT).
  • Team players rely on and respect one another! “Show respect for everyone” (1 Pet. 2:17 LB).
  • Play the game so as to be respected! “A person with good sense is respected” (Prov. 13:15 NLT).
  • Honoring the honorable is honorable! “Give honor and respect to all those to whom it is due” (Rom. 13:7, LB).
  • Try looking to others best interests rather than your own today! “Love does not demand its own way” (1 Cor. 13:5 LB).

Words to Walk By

Learning about Love

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  • God comes to us in mercy and grace to love us back into fellowship with Him. “God’s kindness leads you toward repentance” (Rm. 2:4 NIV).
  • God loves you so much that he has written a script for your life and cast you in the lead role. “The only race worth running” (2 Tim. 4:7 The Message).
  • Try looking to others best interests rather than your own today! “Love does not demand its own way” (1 Cor. 13:5 LB).
  • Look up and love God! Look in and love yourself! Look out and love others! (Matt. 22:37-39 NIV) We are more like God when we love!
  • God loves it when we remember anniversary days of His blessing. “Always remember this day” (Ex. 13:3 The Message).
  • Friendship looks for the best in the friend. “Friends love through all kinds of weather” (Prov. 17:17 The Message).
  • As long as there is God there is love and hope! “Three things that remain…and the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:1 LB).
  • Turn your words into work today! “My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love” (1 Jn. 3:18 The Message).
  • Love has everything to do with it! “Love one another. In the same way I loved you” (Jn. 13:34 The Message).
  • Listen to those you love! “Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue” (James 1:19 The Message).
  • Love is the soil to be rooted in! “May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s love” (Eph. 3:17 LB).
  • Lean on love and live today! “Faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13 LB).
  • Plant love in your garden where you live today! “You will always harvest what you plant” (Gal. 6:7 NLT).
  • Our example of never-ending love! “Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing” (Lk. 23:34 The Message).
  • When aiming string love in your bow! “Let love be your greatest aim“ (1 Cor. 14:1 LB).
  • Be yourself! You would be unbecoming as someone else! “Love from the center of who you are” (Rom. 12:9 The Message).
  • A love that is forever not fickle! “I will always trust in God’s unfailing love” (Ps. 52:8 NLT).
  • God doesn’t need your love, but He does desire it! “‘Do you love me?’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep’” (Jn. 21:17 NIV).
  • Love can be spelled “undivided attention!” “Have you not been paying attention?” (Isa. 40:21 The Message).
  • Love must give liberally! “Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart” (Deut. 15:10 The Message).
  • Political wars in churches distract from the battle that is critical! “Christians should love one another” (2 John 5 LB).
  • Alter your lifestyle with love! “Love others as well as you love yourself” (Matt. 22:39 The Message).
  • Root your life in the soil of love! “Your roots will grow down into God’s love … keep you strong” (Eph. 3:17 NLT).
  • Love what God has made! “You know exactly how I was made … sculpted from nothing” (Ps. 139:15 MSG).
  • We show love like Jesus when we serve like Jesus! “Serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13 The Message).
  • There is safe love in the Savior! “How exquisite your love, O God!” (Ps. 36:7 The Message).
  • Check to see if your love is continuing! “Continue to love each other with true brotherly love” (Heb. 13:1 LB).
  • Let your love be loyal! “Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it” (Rom. 12:9 The Message).
  • Our God commands us to love others! “Love others as well as you love yourself” (Mark 12:31 The Message).
  • The love of one Christian for another lasts! “Love never dies” (1 Cor. 13:8 The Message).
  • The link between Christians is love! “Be good friends who love deeply” (Rom. 12:10 The Message).
  • Nothing spoils sincere love! “Gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever” (1 Cor. 13:8 LB).

Words to Walk By

Investments that Pay Dividends

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  • You don’t have to be a retread, invest your all in God’s best for you! “He gave…depending on their abilities” (Matt. 25:15 The Message).
  • Invest big in the little things! “You have been faithful in…this small amount, …I will give you…more” (Matt. 25:21 LB).
  • Dividends are for those who invest with patience! “Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong” (James 5:8 The Message).
  • Try investing through being a blessing! “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble” (Isa. 58:10 NLT).
  • God guarantees our investment in Christ! “His {Spirit’s] presence within us is God’s guarantee” (Eph. 1:14 LB).
  • Your life—a living investment! “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back…with bonus and blessing” (Lk. 6:38 The Message).
  • While investing for retirement invest in relationships! “Treating others fairly, keeping good relationships” (Ezek. 18:5 The Message).
  • The intelligent invest in God! “God-investors will soon own the store” (Ps. 37:9 The Message).

Words to Walk By

It’s a Matter of Motivation

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  • Motivation is the power in your heart and mind that makes you tick in your sphere. “Live freely,…motivated by God’s Spirit” (Gal. 5:16 The Message).
  • A Motivation: Exercise your body, for it is God’s house! “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19 NIV).
  • You must leave the nest of the ordinary in order to fly! “Nothing, you see, is impossible with God” (Lk. 1:37 The Message).
  • Be motivated, not mediocre! “Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit” (Gal. 5:16 The Message).
  • Ministry is motivated from within! “The special gift of ministry you received—keep that ablaze!” (2 Tim. 1:6 MSG)
  • There is no room to slack off when playing in any arena God places you. “Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism” (Prov. 18:9 The Message).

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