Daily Devotionals

July 19

Get the Right Perspective

Gloria Copeland
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

When the Israelites came out of Egypt, they had just seen a marvelous display of God’s miraculous power. Yet, as they faced the Red Sea with the Egyptian army at their backs, they turned on Moses and said, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that thou hast taken us away to die in the wilderness?” (Exodus 14:11).

What could possibly have caused these people to doubt God and make such a traitorous statement after all He had already done for them? Fear.

They began to fear what the enemy could do to them, and they were overwhelmed by the drive toward self-preservation.

That apparently innocent desire you have to protect yourself will cost you dearly when it comes to walking with God. It infected the Israelites to such a degree that they forgot the signs and wonders. Suddenly they saw themselves as just people again—not people with whom God dwells, but just people.

If you don’t watch out, Satan will try to give you that perspective too. When you start believing the promises of God and marching toward victory over sickness or sin or lack, Satan will tell you that you’re just a natural person.

He’ll tell you that you can’t trust the supernatural power of God to pull you through. He’ll get you into a natural rather than a supernatural perspective. Instead of walking in the fear of God, you’ll walk in the fear of the devil and his work. You’ll walk in the fear of death or the fear of sickness or the fear of poverty or something else. And those fears will keep you from listening to and obeying the Word of God.

That’s why you need to learn to think with the mind of Christ. You need to live with your thoughts on the things of God instead of the things of the world, to come to a place where you’re resting in the power of God.

God wants us to rest in His power. He wants us to know Him so well and trust Him so much that when Satan tries to threaten us, when he tells us we’re going to go broke or we’re going to die or whatever manipulation he uses, we just laugh at him.

You and I need to come to a place in this world where we trust God with every detail of our lives. Start practicing that today. Believe His Word. Speak it to your problems…and watch faith rise up. Then you’ll have the right perspective and victory will be yours!

Speak the Word

“God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7)

Scripture Study: Exodus 14:8-14

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