• 30 Words Daily Devotion

    WORD 26 - SUPPORT


    “Therefore encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

    —1 Thessalonians 5:11


    In today’s fast-paced, entrepreneurial society, everybody has the urge to do things on their own. And although it may seem very noble to take on the world alone, is that really the way God has called us to live?


    I mean, I get it. You want to prove to the world that you can do it on your own, that you don’t need others, that you are capable of greatness alone. But if your goal is to simply prove you can do something by yourself, is that noble or just prideful?


    Even the best thinkers, creators, and leaders need support. Actually, these high achievers are probably more likely to seek out support than the average person. That’s because successful people have learned they can have an even greater impact when they develop partnerships.


    Check out what author George Eliot has to say on the matter: “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life—to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”


    In this quote from her novel Adam Bede, Eliote reflects on the beauty of what life is like when people come together to support one another, encourage, and minister to each other through the victories and trials of life. We see this in Scripture too. When Israel was at war against the Amalekites, Israel prevailed for as long as Moses’ arms were lifted. As he grew tired and dropped his arms, the Amalekites would take the lead. So Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms for him when he was too tired, ensuring Israel would win (Exod 17). Success required a team effort.


    While reading and studying Scripture, I began to find more and more examples of the importance of teamwork and community entrepreneurship. Just look at these:

    • David conquered Goliath with the power of the Holy Spirit, not by his own strength (1 Sam 17:37, 45–47).

    • Noah built the ark with God’s guidance (Gen 6:11–17).

    • Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt with God as his guide and the help of a sidekick named Joshua.

    • Jesus preached the good news with the help of 12 disciples.


    I think you get the point. Drop the pride. Let God guide you. Doing things on our own is exactly what the evil one wants us to do. Remember: We’re all in this together. We have a mission. We are the Church.


    VERSE OF THE DAY

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5–6).


    CHALLENGE

    Share: “I will stop trying to do things on my own. Even Jesus had 12 disciples. #30WordsBook”


    DISCUSS

    1. In what ways has God supported you throughout your life?
    2. Why is encouragement and support so important to our lives?
    3. Discuss instances throughout the Bible where God has given support to people in need.


    Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 152–155). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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      30 Words Daily Devotion

      WORD 25 - LOVE


      “We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.”

      ―Brennan Manning


      First Corinthians 13:4–7 tells us:

      Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.


      Love is the foundation that God has called us to construct our lives upon. After all, if we follow Jesus, perfect love already is the foundation of our lives. But we aren’t just called to love our Lord Jesus Christ. Second and “equally important,” says Jesus, is to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).


      I know what some of you are thinking: “But you haven’t met my neighbors, they’re crazy!” Or “But sometimes I just have a bad day. What then?” Although loving others might be hard to do sometimes, we need to remember that Jesus’ statement to love isn’t a request; it’s a command.


      Ask yourself how you can be a representation of God’s love today. When God desired to show us his love, he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16). What an incredible act of service, selflessness, and sacrifice—all done to show a real and tangible representation of the invisible God. (It was actually the ultimate act. In John 15:13, Jesus tells us, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”)


      Be honest with yourself in answering these questions:

      • Are you loving the way Jesus loved?
      • Are you loving your neighbor as yourself?
      • Are you reflecting an image of love in your everyday actions?


      Love without sacrifice isn’t really love in the first place; it’s kindness. The greatest example of true sacrificial love can be found in the blood of Jesus Christ. That’s not just “kindness” or “being nice.” Jesus’ sacrificial love was and is the most important act of all time. Nothing else compares. His love spares us from a life separated from God, and it opens us up to eternal life spent resting in his perfection. Be an example of love, and let those around you know how much you really care.


      VERSE OF THE DAY

      “We love each other because he loved us first” (1 John 4:19).


      CHALLENGE

      Strive to be a visible, tangible, and reflective image of God. Allow God’s presence to fill your heart and show itself through your actions. Be a living example of the living God. Today, do nothing but acts of selflessness.


      DISCUSS

      1. What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?
      2. On a scale of 1–10, how well do you resemble the love of Jesus?
      3. What does today’s culture say about love? Does it resemble the love described in the Bible?


      Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 146–149). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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        WORD 24 - WORSHIP

        “Without worship, we go about miserable.”

        —A. W. Tozer


        Worship is something that at first might seem a bit confusing, but in reality, it isn’t. It is within our human nature to worship something or someone. The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky (also a Christian) once said, “Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.”1 It’s a fundamental part of what it means to be human—just like eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping.


        Sadly, there are more than 600 different religious denominational churches, each with different doctrines and beliefs, who are attempting to worship God in ways contrary to what he says in the Bible. Can there really be a wrong way to worship God? Yes. But it doesn’t have to do with the music style or the clothes you’re wearing. It all has to do with the heart.


        The act of worship is a demonstration of respect, honor, or homage toward a certain object or person. In regards to our faith as Christians, our worship is to be directed toward our Lord and Savior. Worship is a time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love, and fear to the one who created us.


        Our worship not only honors and magnifies God, but it is also for our own edification and strength. Worship helps us develop God-like and Christ-like characteristics. When we worship God, we develop traits such as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, and love. All of these attributes prepare us for eternal life in heaven with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


        Ultimately, the art of worship is something that we cannot truly understand until we take part in it. And although the act of worship might seem conservative and dry, there are many ways to worship our God in heaven. Worship itself is not just an act, but a lifestyle in which we can live.


        As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be living sacrifices (a form of worship) to the one above. Worship should cause us to reflect on the majesty and graciousness of God and Christ, contrasted by our own unworthiness.


        VERSE OF THE DAY

        “Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him” (Psalm 96:9).


        CHALLENGE

        Honestly answer the following questions:

        • Do you worship selflessly?

        • Do you worship honorably?

        • Do you worship respectfully?


        DISCUSS

        1. What does worship mean to you?
        2. When somebody says the word “worship,” what images typically come to mind?
        3. How can we worship God throughout our everyday lives, and not just while we’re at church?


        1 Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (1880).

        Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 140–143). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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          WORD 23 - POWERFUL

          “Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God.”

          —Psalm 62:11


          What image comes to mind when you think of the word “powerful”?

          A tsunami? Superhero? Sports car?


          Whatever image you see, it is nothing compared to God’s power. That 950 horsepower V8 engine isn’t even a tiny blip by comparison. If you want a glimpse into God’s power, open up your Bible to Job 26. Job goes on and on about how powerful the Lord is, praising the might of his creation. He talks about the heavens trembling, the sea growing calm, and the separation of night and day.

          Then he ends his praise of God’s power in a beautiful way. “These are just the beginning of all that he does,” says Job, “merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?”


          I love that. “Merely a whisper of his power.”


          God spoke into motion the universe that astronomers estimate contains more than 100 billion galaxies. The combined energy of all the earth’s storms, winds, ocean waves, and other natural forces cannot even come close to God’s almighty power.


          While reading Scripture, we see that the Bible promises “all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Eph 3:20). Although we as humans think we are great in our own power, in reality we are nothing compared to the almighty strength of the one who placed us into being.


          Our all-consuming God is capable of doing anything he pleases. He never fails, and he is never tired. No matter what you might be facing, God can help you. Philippians 4:13 reminds us, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Nothing is too hard for him. No need is too great for him. No enemy is too strong for him to defeat. No problem is too complicated for him to solve. And no prayer is too difficult for him to answer.


          Back to Job again. Job 12:14–15 describes God’s awesome power: “What he destroys cannot be rebuilt. When he puts someone in prison, there is no escape. If he holds back the rain, the earth becomes a desert. If he releases the waters, they flood the earth.” Our God is the mightiest of all spiritual, physical, and emotional forms. And until we can fully accept this fact, a dividing line will hinder us from truly experiencing the beauty of God’s presence.


          VERSE OF THE DAY

          “He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension” (Psalm 147:4–5).


          CHALLENGE

          Today, focus on God’s power. Don’t try to do things on your own. Initiate God’s power in your life by putting your faith in the power of his promise.


          DISCUSS

          1. Discuss and evaluate examples of God’s power throughout Scripture.
          2. How is God’s power different or the same as the power of people today?
          3. How can we begin to see our own weaknesses as God’s power? Where have you seen this in your life?


           Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 134–137). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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            WORD 22 - SACRIFICE

            “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

            ―Dietrich Bonhoeffer


            Regardless of your religious beliefs, attempting to kill your only son because someone told you to will always sound a little bit strange. It’s because of this that the story of Abraham and Isaac is one of the most controversial and discussed stories of all biblical text. Its powerful drama and raw emotion cuts deep into everyone who reads it—no matter what they believe.


            Abraham’s experience in this story paints a powerful picture for us in regard to our faith, making us consider what extremes we would go to in proving our faith.


            Here’s the backstory: God has continually promised Abraham an heir through his wife, Sarah; he has also promised Abraham that his descendants would come through this son. When she is 90 years old, Sarah gives birth to Isaac. Then, not long after this, God calls Abraham to offer up his only son as a worthy sacrifice.


            Genesis 22:9–10 describes the experience:

            When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.


            The word “sacrifice” can be defined as giving up something for the sake of something or someone else. God requests that Abraham sacrifice the very thing he loves most dearly to test whether Abraham fully trusts in him and has placed his heart fully in him. He is looking for Abraham to prove his faith.


            Abraham’s story shows us just how powerful a statement a sacrifice can make. We also get a picture of how much God loves us: He spared Abraham from having to give up his son. But for us, God sacrificed his only son so that we could know him.


            It’s amazing how much our culture is obsessed with the idea of sacrifice. Popular books and movies like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, war hero stories, and the feel-good news items that go viral on social media all center on this theme of sacrifice. We love it. It’s awe-inspiring. A sacrificial life is an ideal we all want to live up to. There’s something about this behavior that resonates with us deep down inside.


            Here’s a thought: Could the reason that sacrifice just “clicks” with so many people be that our only way to life is through accepting sacrifice—Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice?


            How much would you sacrifice for someone you loved? What would you give up to prove your love for God?


            VERSE OF THE DAY

            “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him” (Romans 12:1).


            CHALLENGE

            Give up something you know is hindering your relationship with God. It may be something as simple as TV, or something as harmful as drugs. Regardless, anything hindering your relationship with God is something you can live without. Today is your day to make a change for the better and step into a new way of living.


            DISCUSS

            1. Discuss things you have sacrificed in your own life to show your dedication to God.
            2. What are some things you believe you still currently need to lay down at the foot of the cross?
            3. Can true love exist without some sort of sacrifice? Why would Jesus sacrifice himself on a cross to show his love?


            Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 128–131). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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            WORD 21 - PASSION

            “Human nature, if it is healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek it in the wrong. God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless saints.”

            —Oswald Chambers


            It’s the thing that keeps you up at night and wakes you up in the morning. It’s that thing that is always running through your mind, and somehow always finds its way into conversations. It’s that constant tug that always has your mind running at 100 mph. And it’s that thing that you will always stand up for, no matter the consequences. That is your passion.


            Whether it’s a social initiative, a job, a creative pursuit, or caring for the needy, we all have something that we feel is worth living for and ultimately worth dying for. What are you passionate about?


            God can fill your heart with various passions if you ask him to. God-inspired passions are largely what’s helped make the world a better place. Where would we be without people who are passionate about serving in the mission field? Great writers who are passionate about sharing the gospel? Pastors who are passionate about caring for God’s people?


            Don’t get me wrong. Not all God-inspired passions are going to come with a “Christian” title and business card. God uses the passions of his people both in and outside “the ministry” for the growth of his kingdom.


            But passion without sacrifice is not passion; it is plagiarism of the heart. Passion is so much deeper than a transactional act. It is a selfless art of living, seeking the best for something or someone while disregarding any self-return.


            While we all have unique passions of our own, we share one common, overarching passion: Jesus. In reference to our relationship with God, it may seem that obedience to God is the result of our passion for him, but in reality, the opposite is actually true. Your obedience and time spent with God will fuel your passion for him.


            The reality is Jesus brutally died on a cross, sacrificing himself, because his passion was to bring us hope. He wasn’t seeking transactional return or favor, but that we would find comfort in his forgiveness and eternal hope.


            What could we possibly have to offer the creator of the world? Nothing. Our number one passion should be directed toward the man who was nailed to the cross. True passion isn’t trendy; it’s never-ending, and it’s never fleeing.


            VERSE OF THE DAY

            “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth” (Colossians 3:2).


            CHALLENGE

            Write down three to five things you are passionate about. Spend time praying over these things and circle the ones you believe God has truly called you to pursue. True passion cannot be shaken.


            DISCUSS

            1. What passions has God instilled in your heart?
            2. How can we decipher between God-given passions and selfish desires?
            3. Is passion enough? What other steps are needed to fulfill our callings in life?


            Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 122–125). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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              WORD 20 - TRUTH


              “To secure one’s freedom the Christian must experience God’s light which is God’s truth.”

              —Watchman Nee


              Our world has this crazy notion that once we seek God, everything will be hassle free. Now don’t get me wrong, having Jesus in our lives makes a world of a difference. But don’t be surprised if you hit obstacles the second you start to truly seek after God’s heart. Just because God planned it doesn’t mean Satan won’t try to disband it. There are two things I know about Satan:


              1. He does not want me to be in a relationship with God.
              2. He will do everything he can to distract me from the truth.


              Looking back at my past, I realize how many times I let Satan get in the way of my relationship with God. The sad part is, I always allowed it to happen when things were beginning to look bright. I’ve come to realize that my foundation in Christ isn’t based off my own personal relationship, but a reliance on others to help me construct it. Satan pushed that against me and used things like insecurities and past mistakes to keep me blinded from the truth. (This is one reason why understanding our last word, “identity,” is so important!)


              Satan will do everything he can to distract us from the truth, because the truth of God is Satan’s weakness. The truth of God is found in his Word (the Bible). And if we aren’t willing to build upon that truth, then we aren’t willing to accept the love and hope he has to offer. Our lives should be so saturated with the love of God that we constantly yearn to read more, pray more, and praise more.


              The truth of God is that all things must pass except the things that are of him. In other words, God is the truth, and anything that is not of God will not be left standing in the end. Truth is not defined by our own subjective standards; it is determined objectively by the source of truth himself.


              Ultimately, Jesus is not a concept or an idea; he is an eternal and unchanging truth. We might be free to reject a number of traditions, customs, and beliefs. However, we cannot make facts go away by ignoring their irrefutable truth. Whether we choose to believe, the fact remains that Jesus is Lord over all—believers and unbelievers alike.


              Satan will try to distract you the second God’s truth starts to attract you. Stand strong. Be courageous. Have faith. He is our foundation. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).


              VERSE OF THE DAY

              “Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone. I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God” (Psalm 31:4–5).


              CHALLENGE

              Share: “God is truth, and truth is living. #30WordsBook”


              DISCUSS

              1. What does the truth of God mean to you?
              2. Discuss in what ways the truth of God has changed your life.
              3. In what ways has Satan tried to dismember the truth of God in our culture?


              Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 116–119). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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                WORD 19 - IDENTITY


                “Gathering your self-worth externally is kind of like trying to fill up a lake with a Dixie cup. It’s just never enough. That’s why it’s so addictive.”

                —Pete Wilson, in his book Empty Promises


                Usually when someone wants to get to know a person they’ve just met, they ask these three questions:


                1. What’s your name?
                2. What do you do?
                3. Where are you from?


                And although there is nothing wrong with asking these things, I believe our identities as Christians are to be built on a lot more than what can be answered in three shallow questions.


                If we were to truly evaluate our lives, we’d all be surprised as to where we seek most of our identity. All you have to do is look to see where your time goes. I’m not saying we do it on purpose, but many of us might be astonished to realize we’re seeking our worth in the world around us and not in the Savior who wants to breathe life into our hearts.


                At the end of the day, the world can never offer anything remotely close to the worth and purpose of Jesus Christ. And if you don’t believe me, ask one of the many celebrities who has everything by worldly standards but still feels alone, depressed, and unvalued. Take Nicole Kidman, who said that winning an Oscar showed her “the emptiness” of her own life. See? I told you so.


                You can’t find worth in a world built on worthless values—it’s simply impossible. What people say has no power against what God already knows. Our worth is found in God, and our identity is found in his love. The moment you really “get” this is one of the most liberating moments of your life. You don’t have to keep fighting an uphill battle with the world that you’ll never win. You can finally rest because your identity is in Christ—not determined by anything you do on your own.


                You are uniquely made, destined for greatness, and have been set apart from the beginning of time (Jer 1:5). While the world around you tries to fit you into the box of conformity, remember that God is yearning for us to break that mold and be the change (Rom 12:2).


                Your true identity is found in he who created you, not in the world that tries to manipulate you.


                VERSE OF THE DAY

                “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior” (Philippians 3:20).


                CHALLENGE

                Share: “My identity is found in Christ. #30WordsBook”


                DISCUSS

                1. What does it mean to find your identity in Christ?
                2. Have you ever sought identity in something other than Jesus?
                3. Discuss in what ways people daily try to find their identity in things other than Christ.


                Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 110–113). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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                  WORD 18 - EXTRAORDINARY


                  “Embedded in the larger story of redemption is a principle we must not miss: God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things in the lives of others.”

                  ―Paul David Tripp


                  Have you ever noticed that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things?

                  No, seriously, think about it. All throughout Scripture we see tax collectors, fishermen, and physicians turned into gospel-preaching, truth-sharing world changers. How is this possible? Because the lives of these people have been empowered by the orchestrated truth of Jesus.

                  No matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done, the love of Jesus will drastically change your life. I’m not talking about a minor tweak of self-worth and temporary fulfillment. I’m talking about a heart-changing, life-altering experience that you can’t find anywhere else. In Ezekiel 36:26, God describes this change: “I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”


                  You see, once the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside you, you are no longer “you.” Sure, you may look the same on the outside, have the same personality, and the same skills. But instead of being ruled by your own desires and living for yourself, you’re ruled by God’s desires and you’re living for him. The “ordinary you” has been pulled out and replaced with the extraordinary heart of Jesus!

                  What I’m getting at is this: You aren’t just extraordinary because you follow Jesus. You’re extraordinary because the Holy Spirit actually lives in you.

                  One other thought: The gospel of Jesus is not a textbook, but a life-book. It is filled with the innate wisdom, guidance, and beauty of a man who died for our sins so that we may live again. That, too, is extraordinary. It should radically change our perspective on life, the world, and everything in it. That truth should overthrow our whole system for placing value on people and things.


                  When we value something through the eyes of God, we’re able to see the extraordinary in something the world would call ordinary. While our world tries to keep quiet a truth that speaks volumes, our God continues to use “ordinary” people to do extraordinary things.


                  VERSE OF THE DAY

                  “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen” (Jeremiah 29:11).


                  CHALLENGE

                  Share: “I am a child of God. I am NOT ordinary. I am extraordinary, and I serve an extraordinary God. #30WordsBook”


                  DISCUSS

                  1. What is something that, when viewed through the eyes of God, can be seen as extraordinary?
                  2. Why do you think God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things for his kingdom?
                  3. Who in Scripture could be deemed as ordinary, but because of Jesus’ calling in their lives were able to do extraordinary things?



                  Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 104–107). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.

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                    WORD 17 - FEARLESS


                    “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

                    ―Nelson Mandela


                    We all have certain things in life that we’re afraid of. Whether those things are spiritual, emotional, or physical, fear can creep in at any time and stir up our insecurities. I know we all have human emotions, but when it comes to reaching an encounter with God, why do we sometimes find fear on the path?


                    In Scripture we constantly read stories of God protecting and rescuing his children. And although we know God is our protector, refuge, and strength (Josh 1:9), we seem to forget these foundational qualities when faced with spiritual opposition.


                    Satan will do everything he can to get in the way of our spiritual confidence, and that includes using our feelings to distract us from the boldness and power of God’s truth. Satan will whisper words of insecurity, saying, “You’re not strong enough,” “You’re not worthy,” “You don’t deserve this,” or “You can’t do this.”

                    Don’t let Satan or your emotions get the best of your relationship with God. And don’t let fear take away your focus on the promise of his word. Instead of listening to Satan’s words, remember the words of 2 Samuel 22:3: “My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior.”


                    Fear isn’t in God’s nature. In fact, fear is incapable of producing the holiness God wants to share with us. God has better things in mind for you than fearfulness. He wants you to know the depth of his love so completely that fear will have no place in your life.


                    When you feel fear start to creep up, remember your faith in Jesus and how he addressed the fear of his disciples that one stormy day out on the lake (Mark 4:35–41). High waves were breaking on the boat, the hull was filling with water, and the wind mercilessly whipped about. The disciples woke Jesus, asking him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” Immediately, Jesus calmed the wind and the waves and said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”


                    The next time fear shows up, ask Jesus to take it away and strengthen your faith. His reign is sovereign. No one, nothing else—no matter the situation—has more power than Jesus!


                    VERSE OF THE DAY

                    “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).


                    CHALLENGE

                    Share: “I will fear NOTHING because NOTHING is greater than my God. #30WordsBook”


                    DISCUSS

                    1. Discuss and examine your biggest fears in life.
                    2. Have you ever been afraid to try something new because you were concerned about the possible consequences?
                    3. What are some Bible passages you could use to encourage someone who is afraid to pursue God’s calling on his or her life?


                    Wilson, J. (2016). 30 words: a devotional for the rest of us. (2nd Edition, Ed.) (pp. 98–101). Bellingham, WA: Kirkdale Press.