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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “The LORD is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me” – Psalm 118:6

The phrase “do not be afraid” shows up in the Bible 365 times. God tells us that we have no need to fear, yet we do it anyway. What do we have to fear if God tells us not to? Why do we go against his word and fear anyway? We have nothing to be afraid of.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” – John 11:40

We are always told to have faith and to trust God. In certain situations, that is easier said than done. We sometimes think things will be easier if we take it into our own hands. Nobody ever said having faith would be easy, but it will be worth it and here is why.

1. He Knows Better Than We Do

God knows everything we are going through at this very moment and everything we will go through in the future. He knows the best way to handle every situation so we get the best possible outcome and we need to trust him with that. We need to follow his path and trust that he knows best, because he does.

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:6

2. All Things Are Possible With God

He knows the desires of your heart. If you trust in him with the things that you want most, he will take care of it. He knows what is best for your life. If you feel like your goals are hard to achieve or even impossible, think again. Anything is possible with God. He has your back and will help you through anything, all you have to do is have faith.

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” – Mark 9:23

3. He Is Worthy Of Our Trust

Having faith is having trust. You have to trust with your entire being that God has your back that he will help you and take care of you. He knows what is best, but to truly embrace what he has planned for you, you have to fully trust. Our trust is not foolish, for our God is both faithful and good. Dig into Scripture. Acquaint yourself with the promises of God, with his longsuffering faithfulness to the Israelites, to Abraham, to us all. Get to know the character of God and your joy and willingness to trust in Him will abound.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6

4. He Knows What He Is Doing

God knows exactly what he wants for your life. He has a purpose for you and has everything planned out. He knows who you are going to marry, how many kids you are going to have, what job you will have and every other detail of your life, both big and small. He knows what you are going to do tomorrow, next month and years down the road. Do not doubt his plan, because he knows all and he has a perfect plan.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” – John 6:33-35

We are all trying to find our purpose in life. We are all looking for fulfilment. We want to know what is best for our lives and often do not know how to find those answers. Here is why we should stay hungry for God and always keep his promises in mind.

Your Heart Feeds off of What You Are Surrounded by

Notice what you are surrounded by and the people that you have in your life. Are the people you hang out with good influences? Do they have good morals? Do they live like Christ and bring you closer to God? These are all questions that you should ask and if you find that some of the answers are no, then it might be time to reevaluate and make some changes in your life.

“Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” – Ezekiel 33:11

Negativity Brings in Negativity

If you have anything negative in your life, it will only bring more negativity into it. If you associate with anything negative, it will bring more negativity into your life. Are you listening to lies? Are you living in toxic relationships? Giving into temptation? These are all negative and you should be aware of these types of actions and how they affect your life.

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Positivity Brings in Positivity

Just like with negativity, if you have positive things in your life and associate with positive things, there will be more positivity brought into your life. Small positive daily actions include prayer, being with Jesus, grace, having a biblical community and positive and life giving relationships.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29

Fill Yourself With God and Less of Yourself

Evaluate what you are putting into your life. Are you filling your life with godly things and living as a godly example and spreading his love? The more that you fill your life with Jesus, the more positivity and growth you will see in your life. You will be able to spread light and love to others through him. Spend less time trying to control things yourself and trust God to take care of things and everything will work out better than you could ever imagine.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” – Matthew 6 :33

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31

Ever since Eve gave into temptation, sin has been inevitable in human nature. We all sin every single day. However, God is forgiving of all sins, big or small, because he loves us and wants to save us from all things evil and all of our sin.

He Looks at All Sin Equally

Whether it is lying, cheating, stealing, or anything else, God views all sin the same — as disobedience against his holiness. Sin breaks his heart and separates us from him. So God made a way for us to be restored to relationship with him. Through the death of his son Jesus, our sins have been atoned for. And through Jesus’ resurrection, we too can overcome spiritual death from sin. We need only confess our sin and turn from our ways through the power of the Holy Spirit.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” – Romans 3:23

He Is Always Forgiving

God will always forgive you. No matter what you do, if you ask for forgiveness, he will give it to you. All that God wants to do is to forgive you and love you. He wants to have a relationship with you. So talk to him about your problems and your sins and he will help you and guide you.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

He Died for You

God loves us so much, that he was crucified on the cross and died for every single one of us to save us from our sins. He gave up his life to save ours. He died so we could join him in heaven one day. That is how much he loves us. We could not ask for any greater sacrifice, and we should be forever grateful and the least we can do is thank him and love him with our whole hearts, because he loves us.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

He Loves You Unconditionally and Will Chase After You

The Lord wants your love, because he loves you unconditionally and he wants that love in return. He will chase after you with open arms and is always there for you no matter what, we just have to be accepting of his love and know that he is always willing to forgive.

“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” – Proverbs 28:13

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:8

God often closes doors and we sometimes do not know why. We try so hard, with every ounce of our being to keep those doors open, but he slams them shut anyway. In these times we need to really trust God. We need to know that he has a reason for saying no.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” – Ephesians 6:18

As Christians, we are always seeing prayer as a requirement, Praying is what we do to stay connected to God. We feel like it is something we have to do and because f that we go on autopilot, sending empty prayers up to heaven that have no meaning. Instead, we should start praying intentionally and as a result, we will see our lives start to change for the better.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 “Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” – John 13:7

The Bible is like our guide. It is God’s word that we should live by to live a fruitful life. We are to spread his love and live by his word. However, there are times when we forget his truth and disregard what he says.

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