By Sandy Kirby Quandt
According to Joyce Meyer, “Dread is expecting something unpleasant to happen, and it has nothing to do with faith. Faith looks forward to something good.”
There have been multitudes of times where I dreaded doing something. Taking tests, or giving an oral report in school top the list. Then there are the doctor appointments and follow-up procedures. Often, I’ve been filled with dread over something involving a family member. Putting myself in unfamiliar situations or driving to new places many times stirs up dread.
In each of these instances, just like the quote at the top of this post, I expected something unpleasant to happen.
During the moment we may not realize we are allowing dread to control us. It’s often subtle. We can fool ourselves into believing we are confidently facing the challenge before us, yet deep down our joy starts to lessen and we feel deflated or lackluster.
Deflated is exactly where Satan would like for us to stay. Afraid. Filled with dread. Discouraged.
Jesus does not want us to live in fear and dread. He came so we could have life and experience it to the fullest.
He has already gone before us and won the victory. I believe we need to live like it.
Are there any situations that cause dread to surface in your life and keep you from enjoying life to the fullest?
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Then I said to you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The Lord your God Who goes before you, He will fight for you just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God bore you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place. Deuteronomy 1:29-31 (AMP)
I wish you well.
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