Faith Walk

That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.” ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Why did the people of Israel weep? 

Because 10 of the 12 spies that Moses sent into the promised land came back saying it was impossible. And the people believed them instead of believing God. 

They mourned as if they were already defeated when in truth, they had not even begun.

Be careful how you use your imagination. You can feed your worst fears or you can feed God’s best hopes for your life.

This nation of former slaves looked at the promised land in fear because it was going to be difficult.

They wanted the promise but only if God was going to make it easy for them.

Stepping into your promised land isn’t going to be easy.

You are going to have to fight for it.

Fight fear, the lies of the enemy, your own ingrown old slave mentality.

Getting there is going to be one step of faith after another.

It will always be a faith walk.

You are going to have to trust God to give you what you will need, when you will need it, to do what He has called you to do.

What daunting task has God put before you?

What impossible thing are you facing?

Who are you putting your faith in- yourself or God?

Wipe your tears, lace up your shoes and start walking toward your promised land.

I will join you. 


Tree by Tree

“LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In California, we lived in valleys that were surrounded by mountains but here in Florida, we live in flatlands that are surrounded by tropical jungle. Dense and dark looking (at least to this city girl’s eyes) and I shutter to think of what lives there.

The first month we were here I got the opportunity to watch a plot of it being cleared. What seemed impossible slowly materialized before my eyes. Every time I drove by, a little more of it had been cleared, a few more palm trees pulled out. By three weeks into it, it was a bare scarred piece of land had been stripped clean and walled by the jungle on two sides. It rains every day here in the summer and less than month later, grass was growing and the land looked as if it had never been a jungle at all.

It reminded of what my friend, Rene wrote me after she moved to Tennessee:

“I was looking out my back window into the forest, thinking how beautiful it was. I was also looking at how dense it was and that I could not see my way through. It made me think of how often we can not see a way through, but God can. We don’t even know what is on the other side. Is there a cliff, an ocean, a valley?

That day in Streams in the Desert, the verse was Joshua 17:18. “The forested hill country will be yours.” All I could think about is how? It said, “God instructed them (the tribes of Israel) to clear the forest.” It also stated, “Gain wealth from the terraced slopes that are now hidden by the forests.”

I realized that God was saying to clear the forest it needed to be tree by tree, action by action. I also loved that by doing this God will bless you with the territory you are discovering.

To gain His will it is tree by tree.

I have been waiting a lot. So, for me, it meant to take action. To do! I can not stay in my camp among the forest waiting while I tend to that.

It is time to knock a few trees down, and as I do, I also realized things will become clearer. God is going to show me the way.”

Maybe today you feel like the territory God has given you is lacking room to grow in or that it is as uninhabitable as a dense jungle or forest.

I want to encourage you to take hold of the lot you have been given and begin to go after clearing it, tree by tree with His strength.

You don’t have to do it all today. Just tackle the tree that is right in front of you.

Deal with one issue at a time.

Reconcile one relationship at a time.

Be obedient to Him one day at a time.

Trust Jesus to make a way where you can see no way.

It is time to grow. To get out of the place you have been camping and begin to tackle the land God has given you.

God has already given you what you need to do it.

Unstuck 

“See, the Lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Before them was the Promised Land. A land for them to conquer, settle in and prosper in but they were afraid.

They saw the giants and established city walls and were discouraged.

They only saw the insurmountable obstacles in front of them instead of seeing the unlimited power of their God to overcome those obstacles.

It is easy to see why: the promised land holds fierce battles, starting over and learning new skills, like how to grow your own food. No more mana in the promised land.

In the life of a Christian, the promised land is living fully in Christ. Taking hold of His promises and living in His power. It means following, obeying and trusting Him in all circumstances.

It also means that there will be fierce battles with your flesh. Some would rather go back to slavery and assured of being fed than starting over again and learning new skills.

It is time for you to go forward, start over and learn new skills.

It is time to leave the mountain you have been stuck on and move on to the life in Christ that has been provided to you by the cross.

How do you get unstuck?

Stop listening to your fears and start obeying your God.

Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.

Press On


Don’t stop going after all God has for you just because you are not where you want to be. 

Sometimes the journey seems short when you look at all Jesus has already done in you. 

Sometimes the journey seems long when you see how far you still have to go.

Even Paul the apostle felt this way, so don’t be so hard on yourself when you do:

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12-14‬ ‭NIV

Keep going. Keep pursuing. Press on. 

God has a hold of you for a reason you haven’t even begun to know yet. 

That reason has nothing to do with who you think you are or who you think you are not but it has everything to do with who HE is.

Go after Jesus and let Him do the work He wants to do in you. He is working the past out of you so that you can embrace the future He has for you. 

Don’t give up. 

Hold onto God even as He is holding onto you. 

Press on. 

What has God already done in you? 

Has He given you a glimpse of the work He still wants to do? What does that look like?

How does knowing that God is holding onto to you give you strength to keep holding onto Him? 

Be Set Free

John the Baptist faithfully fulfilled what God had called him to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

He was unique, the work God gave him to do was unique and he faithfully did it. More than once John was asked if he was the Messiah. 

He replied with this:

“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:27-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

John the Baptist knew who he was and he knew who he wasn’t – he was not Jesus. 

There is only one Savior and it is Jesus Christ.

You are not tasked with saving people, that is Jesus’ job (and He is good at it).

Your job is to faithfully point people to Jesus. 

Knowing who you are and who you are not is vital in carrying out your own God-given assignment. 

When God lays a burden on your heart, it will always be bigger than you and it will be something only He can do through you.

Pride is a funny thing. It burdens you with a sense of importance that only you can fulfill.

Humility is NOT about being painfully aware of all the things you can’t do, it is the ability to know who you are and who you are not. 

It is about faithfully fulfilling the assignment God has given you, whether for 2 people or 10,000, without trying to be someone you are not or function in gifts God has not given you.

Pride traps you in perpetual misery about all the things you can’t do and about all the gifts you don’t have. 

Humility sets you free to do what God had called you to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

Be set free. Be Humble. Faithfully point people to Jesus.

“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Fear Less

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Fearless obedience is not about waiting until you feel no fear to obey. 

Everytime you obey God, you drain fear of its power in your life. Every time you step out in faith, you living in less fear. 

You may think that God can’t use you until you are are functioning in fearless obedience but the truth is that victory in Christ is about learning to walk in daily fear-less obedience.

It starts with terrified obedience.
Then moves to afraid obedience.
Then becomes nervous obedience.
This is walking in fear-less obedience. 

Talent is optional, obedience is indispensable. 

Every time you use whatever faith you have, whether it be little or large, to obey God you are living life with less fear and on your way to fearless obedience to a powerful, loving God who empowers and equips you to do His will. 

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Whatever Jesus is asking of you, He brings Himself and all the power available with Him to help you do it. This why you can fear less and be fearless.