Do you feel as if there is something more that you should be doing?
Has there been a call to your heart that you have been ignoring?
Has the Holy Spirit been speaking to you and you have not heeded?
I was recently thinking about what it means to Trust and the blessings that come with demonstrating faith and trusting the Lord. As I was thinking about my first post for “Fantastic Friday,” I was flipping through some papers and came across a letter I wrote to a friend on March 21, 2005. I was encouraged when I read it, and am praying that it will do the same for you. The words below are taken directly from the letter.
Fear will make you do things that you generally would not do, and things you don’t want to do. I have learned in all things to trust Him – to lean not on my own understanding – but always to acknowledge Him and allow Him to direct me… (Proverbs 3:5-6).
I had a Bible Study Class once entitled “Women Living in Absolute Freedom” and the premise was that we – women, but I would say men too – have allowed Satan to have a hold of our lives because we have allowed fear to reign. It was a powerful class about how fear will cause you not to be all you can be – or all that you want to be… God has not given use the spirit of fear (II Timothy 1;7) – so if we have it – it is not His – but rather Satan’s.
I constantly make up my mind not to live in fear – not to let it stop me from moving forward, but then I fall backwards into the fear trap – then I make up my mind again not to live in fear. What I have determined is that it is a daily decision. It is not a decision that I can make at one time, and believe it will carry through the rest of my life, but rather I have to wake up and make a decision for that day “I will not live in fear today – I will live in the freedom that was granted to me when my Lord and Savior died upon the cross for me.” Making this decision is accepting that hurt, humiliation, shame, disappointment, pain, etc. may come, but that I know I will make it through to the other side because God is there (Hebrews 13:5-6).
Fear steals your dreams and your time! If you have been giving fear a place in your life, remove it. Make up your mind to move forward with purpose and passion, accepting that it may indeed be difficult, but most assuredly possible with God. The book “Visioneering” by Andy Stanley encourages individuals to “…dream so big you don’t know how it will be accomplished.”
Blessings To You - Janice
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