I woke up this morning with a ton of thoughts running through my mind. The anxiety about pursuing the day was overwhelming. I was also tempted to stay in the bed with covers over my face, hoping that I wouldn’t be found. I guess I almost became a Jonah for a second. “I’m going to run away so that God can’t find me”. Crazy Right!? I could have sworn the man up stairs was omnipresent! Well here it is morning, and I have some challenges before me. How do I pursue the day with how I think and feel? Obscurity and uncertainty seem to be beating me up along my bedside. My religious self could gather the right words to say in this particular moment, but what if I don’t feel like what I say? I’m sure that many of you have been here before.
Well anyway, I pick up my tablet and begin to write. The words that come to my spirit are, “BE BRAVE”. Okay, be brave. Now what??? …….(silence)………and the words of Joshua 1:9 come to me. “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” My spirit man was revived as I realized that I did not have to seize this day on my own. I could not believe my confidence in God had become so non-existent. The voices of rejection, inferiority, fear, apprehension, and past disappointments to failures shaped my beliefs about who and whose I was. All of a sudden I began to say, ” WAIT A MINUTE! I’m not in this by myself”. “I’m not alone and certainly not an orphan.” “The truth is, I have a Father in Heaven that is with me wherever I go and guides my every step, that is if I receive His commandment to walk in courage. He will only lead me to good things”.
But how do I walk into something with courage when fear is still breathing down my back? After all, I’m walking in the unknown. I could die, fail, – OR – I could live and actually come out of this thing more than a conqueror.
“Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. For now you are traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be.” –Meg Cabot
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.” -Psalms 56:3 (AMP)
I believe the key to success and not becoming stuck is to push beyond the thing that causes us to stumble, such as insecurity, inferiority, low self-esteem, fear, anxiety, or anything else that inserts its “no” where our “yes” should be. It is important to identify our weaknesses and offenses so that we can judge its relevance to our desired outcome. If we are normal then we would only want the best outcome for ourselves and others. So why not lay aside every weight and opposition that so easily besets us for the joy or greater glory that is set before us? I remember spending seasons of my life in prayer, doing spiritual warfare obssessively against the spirit of fear. Yes, God does call us to pray without ceasing, but He also requires a turning away from the thing that so easily besets us. Better yet, He requires a change in mindset. YOUR MIND MUST CHANGE! Insanity will never allow us to move forward! We must change!
Fear will always tempt us whenever we make conscious decisions to walk in the unknown. The path of the unknown is designed to show us our weaknesses and insecurities so that through each journey, our love is perfected more and more in Christ Jesus – “…..the one who is able to keep us from stumbling”. HALLELUJAH!!! As we continue to move forward in our earthly assignments, all obstacles will be removed because now our faith is in God’s supernatural ability to carry us along the way. When we lay down our pride and say, “God, I have no way of accomplishing this on my own. My life has made me a controlling person that is full of fear and distrust, but I know Lord that you are the God that makes all things beautiful in its timing”, we will then experience God’s supernatural ability (grace) to carry us along the way.
Love God more than the threat in front of you, this includes: people, places, things, ideas and all things Satan!!! This does not mean that fear will not rear its ugly head, trying to tempt you into a stagnate or regressive place. It just means that you have to acknowledge and trust in the one that is greater than the terror before you.
All you have to do is BE BRAVE!
HEU: “Dare to believe”
Romans 15:13 – New the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Psalm 9:10 – And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
2 Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Mark 12:30 – And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.