Fear and faith have something in common, they both ask us to believe something will happen that we cannot see.
Fear says, “You can’t start that business or nonprofit, you don’t know what you are doing.”
Faith says, “God equips the unequipped and will lead and guide me as I start this business or nonprofit.”
What we meditate on is what will take root in our mind. When fear comes in, replace it with truth quickly. Example: “God, you said goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” “I will not be a captive to fear.” Jeremiah 29:11
Faith that is activated means having the courage to take action when you feel afraid. Fear will not go away but we can control how we respond to the fear. Faith is having a positive attitude about what you can do. And not worrying at all about what you can’t do. Faith gets out of the boat and walks on water. Confidence in God has hope, looks forward and not behind, looks up and not down. Have the courage to get out of the boat and activate your faith! Let’s see how Joshua activated his faith.
Joshua was a leader that did it afraid. Can you relate to his story?
Joshua – one of the 12 spies that came back with a positive outlook and ended up being chosen to lead the people into the promised land. He had the positive outlook when everyone else didn’t and he had to have God sized faith to lead the people into the promised land. On the other hand, Moses did not have the chance to see the promise land. Sometimes we don’t have the opportunity to see the ending. However, we must stay faithful every single day. I have no idea what next week, next year, or even 10 years from now holds. But, I know God is in control and I will not fear the future. I will embrace it with faith and belief that His plan will prevail in the end. The biggest revelation for me was to fully realize that God’s plan trumps my plans. And when we begin living that way, life becomes an amazing journey. There will be tests, trials, and yes, I still deal with fear every once in awhile. Staying rooted in the word and being in community with other believers is what is needed to keep the faith.
What are you spending your energy on? Did you know it takes just as much energy to be fearful as it does to be faithful? According to a study in the book, The Worry Cure, 85% of what the people worried about never even happened and with the 15 percent that did happen, 79 percent of subjects discovered either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning. This means that 97 percent of what you worry over is not much more than a fearful mind punishing you with exaggerations and misperceptions.
We need to start seeing the difficulties in life as opportunities for growth. Everything around us can be doom and gloom, just like in Joshua’s situation. But look what happened in the end…God’s plan prevailed. Joshua was being molded into the leader God needed him to be. And, Joshua’s faith and positive attitude was needed when they went marching into Jericho.
I dare you to start thinking about what you are speaking out loud.
Notice what you are saying and if it is fear based, change the conversation to faith-based. We must build one another up. I believe in each one of you and know God has big plans in store for your life. The best is yet to come. All you have to do is take that leap of faith and say YES, choose me!
End with this prayer. God, my life is in your hands. I know you’re guiding and directing my steps and I’m not expecting defeat. I’m not expecting failure. I’m expecting to have a blessed year. I’m expecting to go over and not under these obstacles in my way. I am expecting walls to come down and having the faith to step into what you are calling me to do. Fill my heart with the faith like David, Joshua, Moses, and Abraham. I believe in you with all my heart. In Jesus name, Amen.