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The One Year Walk With God Devotional

Learning to think God's way is a process. We didn't come into the world with clear perceptions about God, his kingdom, or our own selves. The perceptions we've developed over the years are flawed and distorted. We see through the lenses of our pain and prejudices. An he urges us to learn to think like him.

The One Year Walk with God Devotional explores biblical wisdom and how to renew our minds with it. Psalms, Proverbs, and many other sections of scripture become our template for transformation. Every day, we can let our minds be influenced by his truth, beauty, and love.

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Tyndale 2007 (Spanish 2014), gift edition with leatherlike cover 

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EXCERPT

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

In Word

The need to impress. The desire to stay out of trouble. The tendency to compare ourselves to others. The urge to maneuver and manipulate. All of these are products of our natural fear of man. If “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10), the fear of man is the end of it. We cannot serve Him well with our eyes on popular opinion.

We do all sorts of strange things because of an inbred dependence on the approval of others. We may not actually be afraid of others, but every one of us tends to be concerned with how others think of us. When we are, our welfare rises and falls with the trends of our culture, the vagaries of human opinion, and the moods of the people closest to us. We have no firm footing in such an uncertain world. Our human-centered living proves to be a snare. We find ourselves trapped in a fallen society’s norms.

God’s desire is to remove us entirely from this no-win situation. He doesn't want us in a futile search for popular approval or an obsessive fear of rejection. He never asks us to compare ourselves to others. No, God wants His opinion alone to matter to us. He calls us to place our identity entirely in Him. When we do, our behavior will be godly because we have an audience of One, and we know our audience is forgiving, strengthening, and gentle. We have nothing to lose when we approach Him in humility and honesty.

In Deed

God commands us to resist the urge to run with the crowd. It’s an urge based on insecurity, rooted in our former alienation from our Creator. But once reconciled to Him, we have no need for human approval. There is no crowd to please, no culture to accommodate, no hoops to jump through for the momentary applause of a fickle audience. Best of all, there is no snare to fall into. Living Godward lives, we are kept safe from the false values of this world.

© 2004 by Walk Thru the Bible


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