In Pamplona, Spain, there is a festival called the Running of the Bulls. I didn't participate. I know that there's a lot of danger involved, machismo, and fear involved in the activity in which bulls are let loose to run down the streets while people are running with them. If you're running with the bulls, you can't be overwhelmed with fear, because fear will stop you in your tracks. And if that happens, you're in a world of hurt. You have to be vigilant as to what's around you (bulls, people) and also focus on where you're heading (down the street to the finish line).
To live without fear we must run the race of life with total confidence in ourselves and the power that we have within. If we can consistently orient ourselves, our direction life, to God and practice the presence of God in our lives, this will help us eliminate fear and live and life that is set before us.
To help us live without fear, we can look to spiritual truths, written thousands of years ago, by men and women who desired to share what they knew to be true and applicable to your present-day life.
In II Timothy 1:7, we read, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Back then, the church was teaching people to fear God. It's even written in the Bible. But after studying the original text a more accurate translation would be "respect". Not "fear."
Fear does not come from God. We don't fear the Spirit.
Now there are times in our lives where we can be challenged or tempted to fear. If we decide, for some odd reason, to run with the bulls in Spain, for example. To eliminate fear we shift our focus away from fear, pay attention to what's going on around us, and direct our thoughts and attention to the ultimate truth, God, Spirit, who has given us power, love, and a sound mind.
When you're living without fear and filled with the knowledge of God, you have:
We can live without fear because God gave us those things.
In Acts 1:8, it says, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost [holy spirit] is come upon you."
Ephesians 1:19 says, "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power."
The believer has potential power residing within her. God’s power is manifested in our lives when the Word is heard, believed, and acted upon. That's what is referred to as "believing action."
In Ephesians 3:20, there is a spiritual promise. And it's for you. Ephesians 3:20 says, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us."
We have the right and privilege to rely on God’s power each day. We put it into operation and God does the energizing. We can live without fear because God gave us love.
I John 4:18 says that there is no fear in love. Perfect love casteth out fear.
Love is the antidote for fear. God can be realized by studying. The knowledge of God’s Word gives us all things that pertain to life (II Peter 1:3). When we put our focus on living God’s love and keeping His commandments, we’ll find no room left for fear.
We can live without fear because God gave us a sound mind. A sound mind demonstrates good judgment and wisdom. It includes disciplined thinking. James Allen illustrates this in his work entitled As a Man Thinketh where it says, "A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth... Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts"
We eliminate fear when we direct and focus our thoughts on God. We keep heading in that direction. James Allen goes on to say, “By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.…”
II Timothy 1:7 says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
We do not have to live with fear in our lives. We can observe what's going on around us and direct our attention to what provide us with power and love. We are sound in our minds because God has given us a spiritual power that works in us to manifest the spiritual fruits in our lives. We can live in love. We can live without fear. We can meditate upon these things which have been given to us. And let's live a life that's more than abundant.
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This einkorn bread loaf is quick to mix together, but requires you to let it sit overnight and rise. So, a little timing is important. It's vegan and made with einkorn flour.
That's it. Water, yeast, flour and salt.
In a big bowl, mix the water and yeast until creamy. I use a hand whisk.
Add the flour and salt. Mix with your hand. It's going to look funky, chunky and dry until you see it start to absorb all of the water.
Then, it becomes manageable. But sticky. So dust your hands.
Knead it for 15-30 seconds. Not much more than that. Just enough to get the mix even, gluten going, and structure to form.
Make it into a ball with a tight skin. Put the ball onto parchment paper.
Let it sit for 30 minutes.
Heat up a dutch oven and lid at 500℉.
Pick up the ball with the paper and put it into the dutch oven (paper and ball). Cover it. Reduce the oven temperature to 450℉. Bake for 40 minutes. Inside temp should be around 200℉.
The dutch oven provides a fantastic way of baking the bread using steam.
Delicious gluten-easy, vegan, artisan baked bread using a dutch oven. Yum.
Where's the butter and blueberry jam?
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