"Fear is the opposite of faith." This is such a dangerous lie to believe.
No, my friends, faith and fear are NOT opposites.
The significance in remembering this is that we can be obedient in faith and still feel fear. The presence of fear is not attributed to our lack of faith and willingness to obey. Friends, there will be times - for some of us, MANY times! - when we have to do it afraid.
My husband and I were recently seeking God together. While we regularly worship, pray, and read the Word, we were taking some time to really press in and ask God what He wanted us to do. He spoke something very clearly to us - and then proceeded to confirm it over and over again. He told us to prepare for a big change.
There are so many unknowns - again. Y'all, I am type A. I like plans and routines and schedules and finely tuned processes. I like research and sure things and reassurance. Security is my thing, and I crave it more than chocolate.
But here we are. I've had many talks with God about how and when and where and what. And you know what I've heard? "Get ready."
That is all. No details - just confirmations - get ready. So we have. It isn't because we aren't afraid. We aren't risk-takers by nature. And even if we were, having 6 little people to take care of (2 of whom are particularly sensitive to change!), would curb that tendency.
I say all this to encourage someone - anyone - whoever is reading this - do it afraid. Whatever He's asking you to do - no matter how small or big - do it. Don't wait for the fear to pass, because it most likely won't this side of your obedience. And that's okay. That's why He is God, and His plans are higher.
I shared this on facebook several years ago, and it couldn't be more true today:
For years there's been this inner battle. Part of me craves pretty things, safety, and approval - dare I admit even admiration - from people. But there's another part... a deeper part... that longs for a radically laid down life. One where we are so surrendered to Holy Spirit that eternity is all that matters. Eternity for us, for our kids, for our family, neighbors, coworkers... for the world.
The Bible is full of stories of faith. Hebrews 11 could be considered the faith hall of fame! But perhaps my favorite account is that of Peter getting out of the boat. Peter, who had a tendency to leap ahead and allow his passion to lead. Maybe it's because in his story we so clearly see the love of Jesus. Or maybe it's because of all the disciples, I most closely identify with Peter. Whatever the case, the concept of getting out of the boat, walking on the sea with eyes transfixed on Jesus, getting distracted and beginning to go under, only to be rescued by my loving Savior --- something about it seems like seasons of my life written in the Bible thousands of years before my existence.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
If I can pray with or for you about anything - but specifically about taking a step of faith - please comment or message me. I'd be honored to!
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 7! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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