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Numbers 13:28-33

28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

 

Are you afraid of giants? The Israelites were. They were so terrified of the giants that they almost forfeited the promise of a land flowing with milk and honey. The Israelites took their eyes off of the God who had performed numerous miracles on their behalf and started to focus on the giants in the land they were to conquer. They forgot one little piece of information, IF GOD BRINGS YOU TO IT, HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH IT! Their fear cost them 40 years!

Do you have a dream? A goal? An every day struggle that won’t go away? Are you facing a circumstance of giant proportions? Are you tired of fighting only to have that giant look down and laugh at you? Are you more like the Israelites cowering in fear, afraid to claim what God has promised to you?

If this describes you in any way, don’t worry! I know exactly how you feel! I have been afraid of giants and truth be told, if I came upon a giant standing in my way today, I would probably be very tempted to run. Except that, running doesn’t always work. Those giants have a way of catching us or keeping us from our promised land.

There were two who gave the opposite report of the other spies. They didn’t deny that the giants would be formidable opponents, BUT they knew that God had already given them the land AND that God would fight for them. Their FAITH was BIGGER than their FEAR!

Challenge:

Make a list of all of the giants that you are facing right now. Ask yourself, are you the Israelites and cowering in fear? Or are you Joshua and Caleb, believing in the promise of God? If you are cowering in fear, I encourage you to pray for courage. If we ask for what we need, God is good to answer those prayers. God is in the battle with you. You are NOT fighting alone! Channel that inner Joshua and Caleb and go get what God promised you!

We will fight many battles in this life, but we do not have to fight alone. The Israelites ended up facing the giants and claiming the promised land. God was with them and He is with you too!

 

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I have been doing a study of Revelation. It is not an easy book to read and it has taken longer than I anticipated. There have been passages that have made me reflect on my own Christian walk. Today’s question I have to ask myself is:

Am I a lukewarm Christian?

It is a hard question and deserves a brutally honest answer. So, here goes, in some ways, yes I guess I am. I pray continually. I read and study the Bible. I create faith based content for this blog. I live simply. I am attending church as much as I can in this current pandemic situation. God and His will are always on my mind.

BUT

All of that doesn’t mean anything if I am not putting feet to my faith. 

Do I share the Gospel? Ummm, yes through my blog, BUT in person I fall flat. I let fear of rejection keep me from being that vessel that opens the door for the Holy Spirit to walk thru.

Do I follow where God leads? Yes and No. I do as long as where He leads is still in my comfort zone, I am happy to follow. It is when He ventures out of that zone (and He does often!) that I tend to falter. In my fear, I take my eyes off of God and I start to doubt MY OWN ABILITY. On my own, I WILL fail, but with GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE! 

Do I obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit?  Again, it is a Yes and No answer. I do as long as my feet are planted firmly on the ground and I am not challenged in any way that may cause my fear and anxiety to kick in. Take me out of my comfort zone and Moses’s arguments can’t hold a candle to mine! To my own detriment, I am afraid. Moses wasn’t allowed to lead the Israelites into the promised land. How many miracles have I missed being a part of because I allowed my fear to surpass my faith?

Where is my faith?  Honestly, it comes and goes. God has done so many miracles in my life and He has brought together answers to prayer that have left me with my jaw dropped, so why do I still doubt? Good question. I guess that I let the negative voices of my people get in my head, Satan gets that foothold and fear and doubt follow close behind. GOD IS TRUTH! As long as I am stepping out of my comfort zone FOR HIM, He will have my back.

Our Christian walk is a journey. We will have days where our faith soars and we will have days where we will cower in fear. Look at David and Elijah. They were both strong men of God, but as soon as their was a bounty on their heads, they headed for the hills. They ran away and hid in caves. If these two Godly men ran from their opposition, where does that leave me? It leaves me on my knees, in complete submission to a God that is in complete control of all things.

I am a work in progress. It is a journey. I have grown. I am growing. Will I fully attain it? Probably not. But as long as I continue to grow, God is good to meet me where I am. Am I lukewarm? Possibly. I hope that doesn’t get me spewed out of God’s mouth. My desire for God, Jesus, and the Word of God grows every day. God sees my heart and hopefully it is acceptable to Him.

ARE YOU LUKEWARM?

I encourage you to reflect on this question and answer honestly. What changes need to be made for you to be on fire for God?

 

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