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Open Heaven Daily Devotional June 14 2023: Don’t Be Afraid.

    The theme for today’s daily devotional by Pastor Enoch Adeboye is ”Don’t Be Afraid”.

    SCRIPTURE: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath tornment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1st John 4:18.

    Our memory verse for today says that fear is a tormentor. According to 2nd Timothy 1:7, fear is a spirit and since it is not a gift from God, then it is from the devil. In Proverbs 29:25, God says that fear of man brings a snare. In other words, if you are afraid of a man, you will fall into a trap. The reason many people run to witch doctor is fear, which is why they keep looking for protection against all kinds of enemies.

    One of the things that makes fear so terrible is that almost invariably, that which you are afraid of will come to you (Job 3:25). The fear of death has put many people in bondage today. The question now is: is everyone not going to die anyway? Hebrews 9:27 says death is an appointment that everyone must keep. The devil keeps people in bondage because of something that they should be prepared for rather than afraid of.

    When you have God with you, fear will get away from you. David said that the reason he had no fear even in the valley of the shadow of death is because he had the presence of God with him (Psalm 23:4). Romans 8:15 says you do not have the spirit of bondage to fear, rather, that of adoption, giving you the right to call God your Daddy. The true realization that you are a child of God and that God is with you always will chase fear out of your life. No child is afraid of a bully which his daddy is standing beside him. As long as you are a child of God who lives holy, you can be sure that God is with you always. Our Bible reading for today says you should not be afraid for God is with you, it says He will hold your hand and strengthen you. If you have God on your side, you have nothing to fear.

    Draw close to God and He will draw close to you (James 4:8). This means that if you surrender your life to Jesus and begin to live a holy life, God will come close to you and fear will disappear from your life. Sin will create a gap between you and God as He won’t even hear the prayers of unrepentant sinners (John 9:31) not to talk of saving them from danger.

    The only thing I fear is for God to leave me because if He does, I know that I am finished. That is why I live holy; I cannot afford to be away from His presence. What about you?

    Open Heaven 14 June 2023 Key Point: 

    God’s presence drives away fear.

    Credit for today’s Open Heaven daily devotional June 14 2023: Open Heaven/

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