Risk It.

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“The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent…’
The Master was furious...
Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb.”
Matthew 25: 24,26,30 MSG
When you step out in faith and put yourself out there, life will push back.
It’s not going to be easy and you will make mistakes.
A mistake means that you are trying, so pick yourself up off the ground and try again.
Do something new.
Relate to people in a new way.
Reach out beyond your comfort zone.
Take that step of faith …again.
Risk failure.
Failure is not fatal.
You will never get anywhere if you run back to what you know at every challenge.
God is calling you to grow.
So my friend, go ahead get out there, make lots of mistakes, risk and invest what God has placed in your hands.

Do it Afraid 

  

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭19‬:‭26‬ NIV)

The enemy will gladly use your feelings and emotions to confuse, slow down and stop you from obeying God.

When God asks you to step out in faith, it will always be to do something that is beyond what you can do by yourself.

You will need God’s help to accomplish it. You will need His power, His Strength, His Grace, His mercy- all of it, all of Him,to do what He has asked you to do.

Whenever you face something you can’t do by yourself- fear rises up. That is okay. You are not supposed to “do it by yourself”. You are supposed to do it “with God”.

So when it comes to obedience: do it afraid. The feelings are natural when what God is asking you to do isn’t.

God is asking you to trust, to obey, to step out in faith and do something with Him.

To reach out. To love. To forgive. To share. Whatever “it” is, do it afraid.

Don’t wait for the feeling to leave- it will not.

Feelings don’t dictate your obedience, they only indicate how much you need to depend on God.

Do it anyway.
Obey anyway.
Step out in faith anyway.
Do it afraid.

Don’t Bury It

  

“so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’” (Matthew 25:25 NET)

FB Meyer expressed the thinking of this servant in the parable of the talents as this:

“So the servant buried it. Kept it safe for his master. He did not risk failure or work for success. He just buried it and believed the fear.”

When the time came to give account for it, his master wasn’t happy and was not impressed.

He had given his servant something with the expectation that he would do
something with it.
That he would grow it. Work it. Risk it.

Don’t listen to the voice of fear.

You are chosen.
You have been equipped.

God expects you to do something good with what he has given you.

Don’t bury it.

Invest it, grow it, work it, give it, risk it.

Today

Take it one day at a time.

Do what God has told you to do.

He has given you a vision and shown you a glimpse of what is possible if you obey him. If you trust Him enough to take a step of faith and follow through with what He has given you.

But just take it one day at a time.

Obey today.

Trust God today.

Take a risk, speak the words, reach out, follow through…today.

Don’t worry about tomorrow.

Work out the Word of God in your life today and let God recreate tomorrow in His image (not yours).

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭34‬ MSG)

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Bury It

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“so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’” (Matthew 25:25 NET)

Fear is a liar.

It says, “Yes, you have been given a gift that you did not earn and a responsibility to do something with it but WHO do you think you are? You are nobody and can’t do anything really valuable with it, so bury it. At least then it will be safe. “

FB Meyer expressed the thinking of this servant in the parable of the talents as this:

“I can do very little; it will not make much difference if I do nothing: I shall not be missed; my tiny push is not needed to turn the scale”.

Fear is a liar.

You can do something. You will make a difference. You will be missed.

The fearful servant buried his talent.
Kept it safe for his master.
He did not risk failure or work for success. He just buried it deep down where no one would find it.

When the time came to give account for what he had done with what he had been given, his master was NOT happy with him.

He had given his servant something valuable of his with the expectation that he would do something good with it. That he would grow it, work it, risk it.

Don’t listen to the voice of fear.

You are chosen.

You have been equipped.

God expects you to do something good with what he has given you.

Don’t bury it.

Invest it, grow it, work it, give it, risk it.

What are you going to do today with what God has given you?

Love Is Not

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Love is not proud.

Pride is the thing that keeps you from asking for help because you don’t want others to think you have a problem, even if you do.

Pride is the thing that keeps you silent when you should speak because you don’t want to cause trouble or cause a scene even if what you need to say is true.

Pride is the thing that prevents you from reconciling because you are right. And being right is more important than a person.

Pride keeps you safe.

Except it doesn’t.

It keeps you isolated.

No matter how any people you have in your life, trying to love them through the lens of pride keeps you disconnected and self protected.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV)