OUR DAILY BREAD 10 JANUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — Here Be Dragons?

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OUR DAILY BREAD 10 JANUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — Here Be Dragons?

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

OUR DAILY BREAD 10 JANUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

(Friday January 10 2020 )

TOPIC: Here Be Dragons?

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Bible in a Year:

Genesis 25–26

Matthew 8:1–17

The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

2 Timothy 1:6–14

OUR DAILY BREAD 10 JANUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE:

Legend has it that at the edges of medieval maps, marking the boundaries of the world the maps’ creators knew at the time, there’d be inscribed the words “Here be dragons”—often alongside vivid illustrations of the terrifying beasts supposedly lurking there.

OUR DAILY BREAD 10 JANUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

There’s not much evidence medieval cartographers actually wrote these words, but I like to think they could have. Maybe because “here be dragons” sounds like something I might’ve written at the time—a grim warning that even if I didn’t know exactly what would happen if I ventured into the great unknown, it likely wouldn’t be good!

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But there’s one glaring problem with my preferred policy of self-protection and risk-aversion: it’s the opposite of the courage to which I’m called as a believer in Jesus (2 Timothy 1:7).

OUR DAILY BREAD 10 JANUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

One might even say I’m misguided about what’s really dangerous. As Paul explained, in a broken world bravely following Christ will sometimes be painful (v. 8). But as those brought from death to life and entrusted with the Spirit’s life flowing in and through us (vv. 9–10,14), how could we not?

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When God gives us a gift this staggering, to fearfully shrink back would be the real tragedy—far worse than anything we might face when we follow Christ’s leading into uncharted territory (vv. 6–8, 12). He can be trusted with our hearts and our future (v. 12).

By: Monica La Rose

OUR DAILY BREAD 10 JANUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray

Is there a particularly debilitating fear God may be calling you to confront? How might the support and love of other believers encourage you as you walk through your fears?

Loving God, thank You for the new life You’ve given us, for freedom from all that would cripple us in fear and shame. Help us to find peace in You.

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