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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


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Strength – Get It from God?

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Strength – Here are some thoughts and passages that will help you gain your’s from God.

  • There’s nothing you can’t do if you tap into the Divine Source of strength. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13 NIV).
  • Expect some pain to accompany your stretch to greater success. Like a good execise program it will strengthen you. “A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest! (Prov. 6:10-11 The Message).
  • When human resources aren’t enough, God’s are! “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13 NIV).
  • God works best through weak people! “My strength comes into its own in your weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9 The Message).
  • I believe I can because I know God will! “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13 The Message).
  • Don’t let setbacks set you back! “We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul” (Col. 1:11 The Message).
  • God isn’t just along for the ride! “Don’t panic. I’m with you…I’m your God. I’ll give you strength” (Isa. 41:10 The Message).
  • Start your day with God—end it in His strength! “Before daybreak…Jesus…went out to pray” (Mk. 1:35 NLT).
  • God matches your strength with another’s weakness! “You have … gifts [to serve] others” (1 Pet. 4:10 CEV).
  • God is our intimate securer when we are intimidated! “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength” (Isai. 41:10 The Message).
  • Stretching experiences strengthen our lives! “He said this to stretch Philip’s faith” (John 6:6 The Message).
  • Start your day with God, end it in His Strength! “He was up long before daybreak…to pray” (Mk 1:35 LB).

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Counsel on Making Making Choices

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Each of us makes several choices a day. Learn more about making them wisely:

  • The kind of choices you make will determine the protection of God in your life. “Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe” (Prov. 2:11 NLT).
  • God’s instructions lead you to right choices which will lead you to the path that leads to the apex of your dream. “Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold” (Prov. 8:10 NIV).
  • Your daily choices determine your daily and eternal destinies. “Decide today whom you will obey” (Josh. 24:15 LB).
  • Right choices launch you on your way to success. Make your’s carefully! “Wise choices will watch over you” (Prov. 2:11 NLT).
  • Our courses are charted by choices made! “Wise choices will watch over you” (Prov. 2:11 NLT).
  • Choices always have consequences! “And live with the consequences” (Acts 7:42 The Message).
  • God-led choices launch us toward success! “Wise choices will watch over you” (Prov. 2:11 NLT).
  • Learn when to accelerate and when to apply the brakes! “Wise choices will watch over you” (Prov. 2:11 NLT).
  • Stay open and respond to God’s Word to govern your life. “Before you trust, you have to listen” (Rm. 10:7 The Message).

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Many of us struggle with expectations, ours and others. Learn what God says about expectations:

  • Sow a seed of expectation today and you will reap a reward – “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame…cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit…pray…harder (Rom. 12:11-12 The Message).
  • You will only achieve at the level of your expectations. “Your souls aren’t harmed by what you eat, but by what you think… Expect more!” (Mk. 7:15-16 LB).
  • Whatever your expectations you will usually achieve them. “Be…cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times” (Rom. 12:12 The Message).
  • High achievement comes where there is high expectation. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13 NIV).
  • Your teammates will live up or down to your expectations! “Always expect the best of [them]” (1 Cor. 13:7 LB).
  • Base your expectations on God’s capacities! “God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways” (2 Cor. 9:8 The Message).

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Kindness Pays

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Kindness always pays dividends to the one who shows it. It is a fruit of the Spirit of God in a believer. See how it pays!

  • Sow the seed of kindness into a life today and reap nourishment for your soul – “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel” (Prov. 11:17 LB).
  • Acts of kindness restore incentive where it has been lost. “Be kind to one each other” (Eph. 4:32 LB).
  • Kindness keeps good relationships! “treating others fairly, keeping good relationships” (Ezek. 18:5,The Message).
  • Love’s working clothes include kindness! “Love is patient and kind” (1 Cor. 13:4 NLT).
  • God and people will remember if you do say, “Thank you,” or you don’t. “Come before him with thankful hearts” (Ps. 95:2 LB).

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Tending your inner flame

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In order to keep your inner flame burning for your spiritual walk with God, your marriage, your family relationships, your business and professional relationships, your God-given dream, you must tend the flame! God’s Spirit will provide the fire, but you must rekindle it regularly in your heart and mind! Some thoughts about how to tend your flame!

  • Discover the best firewood and use it to tend the flames in your spiritual walk, marriage, family, and career! “Keep the fire burning on the Altar continuously. It must not go out” (Levit. 6:13, The Message).
  • Don’t wait for someone else to tend your inner flame! “Keep the fire burning, it must not go out! “Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times” (Leviticus 6:13 NLT).
  • You need fresh wood for the fire in your life to be ablaze among the smoldering embers of mediocrity. (Levit. 6:12) “put on fresh wood each morning.”

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  • If you are on to a good idea, don’t let the winds of adversity and compromise steal it from you. Persevere! “So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely” (James 1:4 The Message).
  • Some adversities are instituted by God as growing exercises in our lives. “Though he give you…adversity and…affliction…he will…teach you” (Isa. 30:20 LB).
  • Don’t waste a good crisis, it is part of life’s homework! “Though he give the bread of adversity…, yet he will…teach you” (Isa. 30:20 LB).
  • Adversity is the sand paper that removes the rough edges of our lives! “Although the Lord gives you…adversity” (Isa. 30:20 NIV).
  • God’s goading is for our good! “Using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival” (Luke 16:9 The Message).
  • Build confidence in those around you and reap a benefit! “So encourage each other to build each other up” (1 Thess. 5:11 LB).

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  • Prayer is a delight and not a drudgery if you thank God for others. “I thank God every time I remember you” (Phil. 1:3 NIV).
  • The best waiting room is your prayer closet! “Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit” (Ps. 27:14 The Message).
  • The Model Prayer is not selfish! “our Father, our bread, our debts/debtors, lead us, deliver us” (Matt. 6: 9-13 AV).
  • God loves bold not bashful in the prayer closet! “So let us come boldly to the very throne of God” (Heb. 4:16 LB).
  • Leave the prayer closest, walk the path of confusion! “Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged” (Ps. 69:32 NLT).
  • Prayer is the path to the presence and power of God! “You wouldn’t think of just asking God” (James 4:2 The Message).
  • Prayer proclaims the presence of God! “I pray to God—and wait for what he’ll say and do” (Ps. 130:5 The Message).
  • Tackle the timidity in your prayer closet! “So let us come boldly to the very throne of God” (Heb. 4:16 LB).
  • Prayer produces intimacy with God! “Come close to God, and God will come close to you” (James 4:8 NLT).
  • Consistency in prayer produces constancy in power! “[Prayer] is…powerful” (James 5:16 The Message).
  • To be powerful practice praying! “Prayer of a righteous man has great power” (James 5:16 LB).
  • To prosper let prayer precede planning! “‘Pray continually,’ (1 Thess. 5:17 NCV).
  • God is our intimate securer when we are intimidated! “I will strengthen you and help you” (Isa. 41:10 NIV).
  • When you pray in the Spirit you always get God’s answer. “The Spirit interceded for the saints according to God’s will” (Rm. 8:27 NIV).
  • No matter what courts and politicians say, put first things first: PRAYER! “Pray all the time” (1 Thess. 5:17 The Message).
  • There is nothing more powerful than a praying saint. “We will give ourselves continually to prayer” (Acts 6:4 KJV).
  • Punctuate your days with prayer! “The next morning he…went out alone into the wilderness to pray” (Mk. 1:35 LB).
  • What % of your prayers are for you? The Model says, “Give us today…And forgive us” (Matt. 6:11–12 NIV).
  • Our Divine Helper designed life so we need His help! “Hear my prayer…for I need your help” (Ps. 86:1 NLT).
  • Persistence in prayer pays off! “He will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence” (Luke 11:8 NLT).
  • Thank God for the prayers He does not answer! (2 Cor. 12:9 MSG) “he [said] My grace is enough; it’s all you need”
  • More praying—less planning is the answer! “Prayer; keep at it; watch for God’s answers” (Col. 4:2 LB).
  • Look for God’s plan for you through prayer! “Carrying out God’s plan laid out … by Jesus.” (2 Tim. 1:1 The Message).
  • Propel your prayers by repairing relationships! “When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against.” (Mk. 11:24–25 LB).

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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).

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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).

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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).


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