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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Remedy is Trust

Reflection (Proverbs 29:25)

The Gospel of Luke tells us that the Jewish religious leaders wanted to get rid of Jesus because “they were afraid of the people” (Luke 22:2). Fear of losing their influence and of the consequences of social unrest fueled their hatred of Jesus and contributed to their desire to have him put to death. We have our own fears, usually less dramatic—loss of security, position, influence, approval, reputation, income and much more—and we make compromises we know we shouldn’t make.
Our fears usually prove to be a snare for us, and they all stem from not trusting God. Fear is behind peer pressure, compromise, an unbridled pursuit of wealth and security, and much of what we do for affirmation and approval. Fear diverts us from an uncompromising commitment to God and his plan for our lives. The remedy is trust: a choice to depend entirely on God for all we need in every area of life. When we trust him completely, no one can intimidate us. We are free to live as he wants us to live.
Taken from Once a Day 31 Days of Wisdom

The Daniel Plan - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Unnaturally Made
My child, hold on to wisdom and good sense. Don’t let them out of your sight. Proverbs 3:21 (NCV)
Do something great for your health this week. Avoid factory-made science projects with weird and strange molecules that haven’t been made by God in nature. Many common food additives cause everything from uncontrollable hunger and binge eating (blame MSG), to headaches, allergies, and damage to your gut. How do you avoid them? Start reading the ingredient lists on food labels. Check a label for less than five ingredients or for only ingredients that you recognize as real food. If you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is, stay away.
—Dr. Mark Hyman

Today's reading is a brief excerpt from The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, DMin; Daniel Amen, MD; & Mark Hyman, MD (Zondervan). © 2013 by The Daniel Plan.

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