Journal Entry by Jared Lawson

S – Deuteronomy 33:12 (NIV)
When Jesus saw her condition, he called her over and gently laid his hands on her. Then he said “Dear woman, you are free, I release you forever from this crippling spirit.” Instantly she stood straight and tall and overflowed with glorious praise to God!

O – Observation
Moses had been the one to lead Israel out of the Egypt into the promised land. He had seen so much unfold during this time including the ten plagues of Egypt, Israel’s rebellion and water spilling out of a rock. The Bible even says that he saw God face to face (Deuteronomy 34). Some of the last words he spoke are outlined in the scripture above. Specifically, he was talking to the tribe of Benjamin, but thanks to Jesus’s work we can claim this blessing as our own (Romans 11). When believed, the words above have the power to shape the way we think and act each day. We are the beloved of God and we have the right to rest secure in him. I love how the end of the verse talks about being between God’s shoulders. When I truly think about this it conjures up images of being on his back like a child would be if piggy-backed by his father.   

A – Application
So much consumes us each day. I know that anxiety and worry can easily grab a hold of my mind and before I know it my imagination runs wild with impossible scenarios and becomes consumed. However, what if I let this scripture consume my mind instead? What if I spend more time thinking about how loved and protected I am rather than what could go wrong and what I’ve left undone? How would that change the way I feel about myself?

P – Prayer
Heavenly Father, I thank you that you are the one and only true God. Thank you for your kindness towards me. Father help me to grab hold of this scripture, may it be the air my mind breathes. May this reality take over when my mind turns to worry and fear and remind me of this truth everyday. 
In Jesus name, Amen.