Right in Plain Sight by Pastor Josh Kicker
Isaiah 44:1-2 (NIV)
“But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is what the Lord says he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
Isaiah 44:20 (NIV)
“He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”
We become delusional when we are convinced that we are right at the expense of truth.
“When I look back on these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”- Winston Churchill
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.”-Corrie Ten Boom
Micah 6:8 (NIV)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Humility keeps us secure in our dreams.
James 4:8, 10 (NIV)
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
“People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams”-Norman Cousins.
Proverbs 3:3-4 (NIV)
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
“In a real sense all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the interrelated structure of reality.“- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Proverbe 3:5-6 (NIV)
“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.”
Quiet the chatter & listen to the right songs.
Make Jesus personal again.
“Fear of God is not that his hand will “smite” you but rather that it will lift off of you”-OS Hawkins
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Isaiah 32:17 (NIV)
“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.”
Change whats in your right hand.
Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Ephesians 3:16-20 (NIV)
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”
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