Posted by Heather Sewell
on June 10, 2017 / Posted in Together in the Trenches
submitted by Barbara-Joy Meredith
Do we ever feel fully ready to take that leap of faith, to set out and embrace that big, new change in our life? I am beginning to wonder if we ever do, but then again, that is why it is called faith and trust. At times, I say I am ready for a certain big thing in my life and feel it at the moment, but later fear comes to try and steal my newfound confidence, saying that I am not ready after all. However, we need to make up our mind in determination that we will not believe this lie when God has prepared us and given us His divine power for all things pertaining to life and godliness, as it says in His word (2 Peter 1:3).
We need someone bigger than ourselves to help us in every new thing in our adventure of life and that someone, of course, is God. We need His guidance, wisdom, and peace when we are doing anything new in life that may cause us to have a little shakiness, hesitation, or even fear. Be courageous and say ”no” to fear and step out anyway, if you know you are hearing from God. As I heard a speaker say, having fear doesn’t mean you are a coward, you are only a coward if you let it hold you back from the greatest things in life that you know are meant for you.
You need to stare fear in the face, knowing that your God is bigger than any giant or obstacle. You need to know there is something greater on the other side of conquering that fear. Remember three truths from God’s word when you are taking that big step in your life:
1. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Phil.4:13)
2. He will never leave you or forsake you. (Heb.13;5)
3. He has plans for good for you and not disaster, to give you a hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11).
Don’t expect all fear to leave when you are taking that step. The best advice I have received is to do it afraid. Trust that His grace and power will follow after you take that step. Someone in my life told me something important when I was fearful about a situation, not wanting to take that leap of faith. They said, ”Remember in the Bible that the Israelites had to take first step in the water in the red sea before it parted for them.” It was faith and trust in action before they saw the promise and this helped me to know everything couldn’t be perfect and I didn’t have to have zero uncertainty or fear when taking that first step.
Robert Schuller has a few quotes I like that go along with the things I am talking about. ”A big achievement is made up of little steps,” ”once you have committed to a goal, the power will begin to flow in your life,” and ”never allow a fractured experience to shape your future.” I believe all great things achieved in life have to come with great courage and determination. Begin to believe that you have both in Christ Jesus, and you will go far in life.