September 8, 2019
September 9, 2019


“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments – Deuteronomy 7:9

September 9th 2019

Fear is a major setback which we must try to overcome. We are constantly afraid of what will happen to us if our expectations do not come through. It is not right to worry about tomorrow which has not yet come. When we do that, we rob ourselves of the joy of the moment. Make a habit of living in the NOW. Jesus says, tomorrow will take care of itself (Matthew 6:34). This is because tomorrow is NOT certain. It’s not real; it has not yet arrived; it is still in the future.  WHAT IS REAL IS NOW! After all, you can feel and see what is happening now. However, I am not dispensing with planning for the future. But you must understand that there is a difference between STRATEGIC PLANNING and living with fears. In strategic planning, we are simply laying the building blocks for a better prospect. In doing that, our mind is fixed on success, especially if we are planning with multiple options. On the other hand, when we worry about tomorrow, we are not truly planning, but our mind is ALREADY made up erroneously on what tomorrow holds for us. We already concluded that something not too good would happen on a particular day in the future. Unfortunately, what we have succeeded in doing, is to tactically project into the future what does not exist, and we now begin to fear “in advance” even before getting to that day. While we are thinking about the day that has not yet come, we inadvertently dislodge ourselves from the opportunities and the joy of the moment. When we are afraid today of what the future holds for us, we are indirectly creating a negative condition which eventually takes form on a particular day in the future. A practical approach to life is to live in the NOW while holding a positive thought about the future. Master Jesus says; Do not be afraid, and do not worry about tomorrow; let tomorrow take care of itself.  It is natural for us to worry about the future, but we must quickly control our emotions when it drifts too far into creating a vulnerable future for us. If your thoughts are not controlled, they would definitely take form and manifest someday (Proverbs 23:7) To be cautious about a situation is not an expression of fear. Rather, this is an aspect of basic fear, and you must learn to be cautious so you do not make irreversible mistakes.  But illogical fear and distrust of life and people is not from God, yet it seems hard-wired into our minds (2 Tim. 1: 7) To pray concerning our future success is NOT an expression of fear. Rather, you are simply committing the future into God’s hands WITH FAITH THAT THE FUTURE IS ALREADY GUARANTEED AND ESTABLISHED IN JESUS NAME. The best way to live is to have faith in the future; enjoy the moment and forget about the failings of the past. If you must recall the past, only recall such aspects of the past that you enjoyed so much, such joy as you may which to experience again and again. Otherwise, bury the negative past.  Each waking day has its own gifts and blessings which you must be ready to receive from our heavenly Father!  What are your fears; suffocating bills? Ill-health? Love? Children not doing well? Whatever they are, God is bigger! Breathe them out again, and invite Jesus to take control. While you plan your strategies for solving each future problem, BELIEVE THAT EVERY OF YOUR PLAN TURNS OUT GREAT AND PERFECT at the right time in the future. Remember, no fears, but be simply cautious. Jesus is Lord!


Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you for the revelation of the scriptures. You are my provider and strong tower.  Everything I need, I get by your name and authority. AMEN.

FURTHER READING: John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 56:3; Joshua 1:9; Matthew 6:34

Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi was born in Nigeria to Patrick Abuda Obeakemhe and Juliana Fatimatu Obeakemhe, both from Ogbona Town. With a master’s degree in law, she was called to the bar at the age of twenty-two, and she is currently the principle partner of the law firm Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi & Associates. She is also the founder of two philanthropic organizations: the Living Waters Mission and the Rose Croix Foundation. In addition to law, Lawrence-Dokpesi was drawn to spiritual pursuits at an early age, having begun studying philosophy, theology, chaplaincy, and spirit therapy by the age of eighteen. Inspired by her spiritual calling, she has produced ten intensively researched manuscripts on spiritual matters. Although Understanding the Spiritual was the last to be written, it is the first to be published. Lawrence-Dokpesi is a mother and a wife living in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

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