Great Risk, Great Reward

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“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,”

 Nahum 1:7 NIV

When you step out in faith with God, you are going to face great risk.

You will have to walk in what I call “crazy obedience”.

The kind of obedience that leaves what you know, sacrifices whatever is needed and eagerly embraces temporary difficulty for the hope of a future promise.

Know that even though the risk seems great, the God you serve is greater and the reward you will reap is priceless.

This is the prayer I am whispering over you today, “Jesus, take care of my friends as they step out in faith. Thank you that they are trusting you as they face risk. Reward them with courage and vision and do what only You can do – the impossible. Amen”

Fear Less, Less Fear

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Everytime you obey God, you drain fear of its power in your life.

Fearless obedience is not about waiting until you have no fear to obey, it is about obeying Jesus no matter how you feel.

It starts with terrified obedience,
then moves to afraid obedience,
becomes nervous obedience,
evolves into determined obedience and somewhere down the line,
joyous obedience will overtake your heart.

To go after all God has for you, talent is optional but obedience is indispensable.

Every time you use whatever faith you have whether it be little or large to step out in obedience you are trusting a loving God to walk with you every step of the way.

“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 today,  he brings all his power with him to help you do it.

Less fear.
More faith.
Abundant life.

What is Jesus asking of you today?

What does it look like to trust him in this?

What is the most important truth you need to hold on to as you step out in faith?

Unless

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“Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭127:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

You can rise early with worry and go to bed exhausted.

You can carry the weight of the work you do, the life you live and carry it squarely on your own shoulders.

The more you do, the more that must be done. The more you succeed, the more you must succeed. The best you did last week pales in comparison with the best you must do this week to keep your head above the water of whatever sea you are sinking in.

“Unless the Lord builds the house….”

Unless the Lord builds the marriage, the ministry, the job, the life….

How does God do this?

A better question is “How can I stop building my own kingdom and allow God to build His through me?”

For me, the answer involves surrender, obedience, getting out of the way and asking God to show me a new way to build. A new way to live. A new way to love. A new way to lead. Not the world’s way, not the ways I know from experience but His.

I ask Jesus every day to show me the why, the how and the way He builds lives, the way He loves and the way He leads.

Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭MSG‬‬

May you get out of your own way today.

May you surrender your “this is the way I’ve always done it” for “Jesus show me a new way”.

May you obey and put into practice whatever God shows you.

May today be the day that you love a little bit more like Jesus, lead a little bit more like Jesus and rest a lot more in His grace as you do it.

A Quiet Yes

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“So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time”.
‭‭James‬ ‭4:7 ‭MSG‬‬

Don’t underestimate the power of a quiet yes.

A quiet yes spoken with conviction.

A quiet yes whispered in surrender.

A quiet yes of obedience to make a 180 degree turn around in your life.

A quiet yes when He asks you to not settle for good when Jesus wants great things for you.

A quiet yes, because Jesus hears you even if you whisper.

A loud NO, because the enemy doesn’t.

The temptation to listen to lies of the enemy is strong because he is talking to you all the time and telling you the lies you already believe.

Today is your day to shout:

“No, I won’t settle for less”.

“No, I won’t quit”.

“No, I will not shrink back, I will push forward”.

Don’t settle for less than what God has for you.

What is your quiet yes for today?

Less Fear, Fear Less

Everytime you obey God, you drain fear of its power in your life.

Fearless obedience is not about waiting until you have no fear to obey, it is about obeying Jesus no matter how you feel.

It starts with terrified obedience,
then moves to afraid obedience,
becomes nervous obedience,
evolves into determined obedience and somewhere down the line,
joyous obedience will overtake your heart.

To go after all God has for you, talent is optional but obedience is indispensable.

Every time you use whatever faith you have whether it be little or large to step out in obedience you are trusting a loving God to walk with you every step of the way.

“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 today,  he brings all his power with him to help you do it.

Less fear.
More faith.
Abundant life.

What is Jesus asking of you today?

What does it look like to trust him in this?

What is the #1 most important
truth you need to hold on to as you step out in faith?

One More Step


God will complete what He started in you. The thing is that you decide how long it takes to for some things to be worked out.

God has begun a good work in you, but if you don’t step out in faith and obey what He has asked of you, the work will not be done…quickly.

If you choose to hold on to bitterness rather than forgive, you lengthen your journey.

If you allow fear to stop you from stepping up and doing what God has called you to do, He won’t leave you. He will walk with you. He will continue to heal you, develop His grace in you. He will continue to bring around the nudge and put the choice(s) in your hand.

What you choose to do with it, is up to you.

Are there things that God has asked you to do?

Is your lack of obedience causing a holding pattern for His purpose in you?

Many times, God has already given us what we need to grow. He is waiting for us to take the step.

The Word says that God will work in you but He will not walk for you. That is up to you.

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
2 John 1:6 NIV

Go for it!

Even if it is a small thing, obey.

Especially if it is a small thing, obey.

Just take one more step and trust God for each step after.

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.