Fear Cannot Overwhelm Us!

The devil uses fear to hold us back, cripple, and paralyze us. I will not stand in fear any longer. The truth is stronger than fear. God is truth.~ LISA BLAIR

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We never walk alone. As kids we had a favorite blankly or stuffed animal that gave us comfort in harrowing moments, even the boggy man backed down. 

Today, as God’s children we have His hand to hold. We have the power to overcome all situations, circumstances, and consequences. Hold on to the Word. Hold on to Jesus. No trial is greater than God.

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“When the resurrected Jesus appeared to the frightened disciples after His death, He greeted them, saying, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). Now He could give them, and us, a new understanding of resting in what He has done for us. As we do, we can find the awareness of a confidence far deeper than our ever-changing feelings. Jesus came to bring peace into our lives and our world.” ~ AMY BOUCHER PYE

THE GOD WHO NEVER CHANGES IS ALWAYS WORKING TO CHANGE US

God changes us by pruning away the dead sprouts and leaves.

~ LISA BLAIR



I heard a great sermon a few Sunday ago, it was food for thought. The sermon focused on “the God who never changes is always working to change us into His likeness.” What does that mean you may ask? Well, according to Pastor Steve Hage, when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we enter into a new relationship with our stuff, you know the secular things we cherish, our humanness prone to sin, and our ways of thinking and acting. Our salvation is the new beginning, but it is only the beginning. The things we brought with us must be removed. There was an innocence that was lost after the Fall. We regain that innocence when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. The Lord will continue to prune those parts of us that do not reflect His image. Generally, the pruning takes place in the valley of challenges where the devil can do his work under the veil of shadows and darkness. Most of us think and have been taught that darkness is the absence of light, not so in this context. Darkness is the absence of the knowledge of God and our inability to stand on His Word.

For many Christians the absence is not the void of not knowing, it is the process of not applying what we know, it is doubting instead of standing in faith. The truth is, mountain top experiences do not cause us to evaluate how we reached the mountain top. It is sunny, bright and warm. It is not until we find ourselves spiraling down, and in some cases landing in the muck and the mire of the cavern before we begin to question what is happening to us. Why do we spiral down, at times it is of no fault of our own, or we may have made mistakes (man-made errors), and still other times, Satan asks God for His permission to sift each of us. In Job 1:9-11, God gave Satan permission to sift Job. In Luke 22:31 Jesus was reported to having said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” Satan asked God’s permission to sift Job and Peter, and he asks God to give him the authority to examine you and me as well.

God allows us to be sifted to prune away disobedience, sin, selfishness, pride, anger and self- righteousness to name a few of our human traits. He gave us free-will to make our own decisions but will use them to exert His will over our lives. The Providence of God means He wisely directs and permits all that happens in His creation. “God does not override our will, but He does direct circumstances to accomplish His will.” (BSF lesson 23, People of the Promised Land). 

“We can trust God’s good purposes even when we do not understand what He is doing. Living by faith gives God’s children joy and brings Him glory. We must trust Him to show us all we need to know. Only God knows His infinite purposes for everything that happens. God leads his children by His Word and His Spirit and other good gifts-our parents, natural abilities and good desires. “We do not need to look for signs to know what to do. Knowing our heavenly Father is in control is more than enough for us.”

Our Father never changes, but He works to change us into His likeness. This process is most evident when we topple from the mountain top into the valley, or on our way back up to the mountain top. Like Peter, God has a plan for our lives. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always part of His plan for our lives.

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Resources – The Sifting of Simon Peter, https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-sifting-of-simon-peter; International Bible Fellowship, Lesson 23, March 2019

Washing Feet Is More Than A Foot Washing

Washing others feet is an act of intentionality. Why did Christ wash others feet? He did so to teach us humility.

~ Lisa Blair
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The story about Christ washing feet is a parable. Washing feet is metaphoric. Christ was demonstrating how to humble ourselves in service to others. This story illustrates a spiritual lesson – we should always behave in a spirit of humility, loving others, and becoming like Christ.

There was a time when I thought serving others was bending low. [I was self-righteous before I was born again.] I learned that Christ was not literally asking us to wash feet [though we can, and some ministries do], He was referencing our behavior towards others. We are to treat everyone like Christ treats us, friend and foe. We are to operate out of love, not carnal self-indignation which is a sin. It is not our place to condemn others. It is our place to love them and acknowledge that God judges, not us. So many of us, including me, jump to judgment, especially during these times, and want to wish our leaders and others into the cornfield. There is an old adage, ‘hate the behavior, not the person’. I believe that this is a lesson many are struggling with today. It is easy to condemn, though Christ did not condemn us because of our sins. He died on the cross for us because He loves us. We must practice caution to walk with Christ. This means we must deliberately change our carnal habits to live our lives employing the Fruit of the Spirit, our suite of traits to love others, to be at peace, to be patient and tolerant, to be kind, to exude goodness, to be gentle, to be faithful, and maintain self-control. We must learn to maintain the stance of being humble in all things, to attain inward purity.  It is not the action that is important, it is the intent of our action that is important. Our actions will not deliver us to heaven.

Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:9 NLT

Resources – Biblestudytools.com/John-Gill; Studylight.org/John-Wesley, John-Calvin

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Scripture – Biblegateway.com

Dwelling In God’s House


Dwelling in the house of the Lord is not only an afterlife experience. It begins in the here and now.
~ Lisa Blair

Our most valved longing should be our desire to seek after the Lord. All other desires are temporal. As we go through life putting God first, we will find all other things fall in place and no longer vie for our full attention.

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When I think of peace and safety, I see myself in God’s presence, like David (the author of the Book of Psalms) persevering in worship while conducting God’s work as I go through my daily life. Our dwelling place is anywhere we find ourselves: home, the studio, school, work, store, restaurant, library, church, the laundromat, on the bus, on a train, in a plane, walking, or in the park, anywhere we are at the moment. They are all sacred places because we are God’s children.


I’ve learned that while I travel through my day, I can just as easily hold internal conversations with God as I do with self-talk that is often harmful, doubtful, and demeaning. Inserting God into everything I do provides clarity and comfort. I am dwelling in Him instead of the world.
I become strengthened through conversations with God, which at times include prayer, praise, worship. I find studying the Word teaches me His Holy language, provides discipline and gives new light and understanding to our conversations. I love that my thoughts are ensconced in His Word.


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Our ultimate purpose is to be in service to the Lord in all that we do. We are here to learn, grow, and be God’s ambassadors on earth. We were born again to dwell in the house of the Lord. Where do you reside?


Resources – Biblestudytools.com; BibleStudylight.org

Simply Proclaim

I am sharing this recently read post by David Etteringer, ettingerwriting.wordpress.com explaining the distinction and similarities of the term ’proclaim’ in the Old and New Testaments. Good information and scriptural references.

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By David Ettinger

Duking it Out
Over the years, I have duked it out theologically with unbelievers. It’s not that these exchanges were uncomfortable or hostile; rather, they tended to travel quite far up the apologetics scale.

Much of these exchanges have come
while engaging Mormons, who are frequent visitors to my neighborhood and often accompany
me while I’m out walking. Other exchanges have come with fellow journalists
during my newspaper days.

I often encountered heavy
resistance to my claims that 1) there is a God who created all things; 2) Jesus
Christ is God; 3) people are natural
sinners separated from God; 4) all people need a Savior to rescue them from
Hell; and 5) Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation.

In stating my positions, it really felt
as if I was duking it out in a boxing ring, my opponents fierce and uncompromising.
It is natural…

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Own Your Power, Pray Psalm 91 Everyday

We have the power of prayer to protect us. Own It.

~ Lisa Blair
Personalize God's Word

We are the head of our household, and we have the authority to pray over our family for protection under the feathers of God’s wings. (See 2 Samuel 12:16)

In Bible Study, we are taught to pray back God’s Word to Him. He wants us to personalize His Word. He wants us to own His promises.

When we pray, it is important to personalize God’s Word. Our Father appreciates us praying back His promises to Him. Personalizing prayer means we have faith in what He has promised. We own what He is telling us, there is no doubt in what He is saying. It is unequivocal.

Personalize God's Word

When you pray Psalm 91, personalize God’s Word. This prayer is known as the prayer of PROTECTION: THE SAFETY OF ABIDING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

As you pray this prayer, know that God is your family’s protector, and you can feel confident that your family is covered throughout their day wherever they go.

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, “He is OUR refuge and OUR fortress,
OUR God, in whom WE trust.”

3 Surely you will save US
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

4 You will cover US with your feathers,
and under your wings WE will find refuge;
your faithfulness will be OUR shield and rampart.

5 WE will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at OUR side,
ten thousand at OUR right hand,
but it will not come near US.

8 WE will only observe with OUR eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 I say, “The Lord is OUR refuge,”
and WE  make the Most High OUR dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake US,
no disaster will come near OUR tent.

11 For you will command your angels concerning US
to guard US in all OUR ways;

12 they (ANGELS) will lift US up in their hands,
so that WE will not strike OUR foot against a stone.

13 WE will tread on the lion and the cobra;
WE will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue THEM;
I will protect THEM, for he (the parent) acknowledges my name.

15 He (the parent) will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with THEM in trouble,
I will deliver THEM and honor THEM.

16 With long life, I will satisfy THEM
and show THEM my salvation.”

Psalm 91:1-19, NIV, Biblegateway.comThis prayer has been personalized.

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