Take One Step

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Just one.

But make sure that it is a step of faith.

You will never feel more alive than when you take a step of faith.

When you make the call,
Say the words,
Reach out,
Run ahead,
Or slow down.

You do it before you see results,
without assurance of success,
and not knowing where it will take you.

It is a step of faith.

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

James‬ ‭2‬:‭17‬ NIV

The reverse is true as well- every time you let an opportunity pass to put your faith into action, it dies a little bit.

If you are reading this, you are not dead. Neither is your faith.
Put it into action.

How is your faith?

What step of obedience do you need to take today?

Rise to the Challenge

  

I want to encourage you to embrace the season before you.

Don’t draw back.
Don’t hide behind your walls.
Don’t wait for something to change.
Engage fully.
Experience every moment.
Fearlessly use the gifts God has given you.

That doesn’t mean that you must wait until you have no fear, it means that you must step out in faith and use your gifts dispite the emotion of fear. Fear is an emotion, God wanting to work through you is a fact. 

God preparing good works for you to do today, tomorrow and this month is a fact:

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God empowering you to walk in His glory and live fully engaged with His Spirit is fact.

Embrace the season before you.
Don’t draw back.
Don’t hide behind your walls.
Don’t wait for something to change.
Engage fully.
Experience every moment.
Fearlessly use the gifts God has given you.

 

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.

What Is Stopping You? 

  

God has given you gifts to deal specifically with your unique life and He has given you permission to use them.

“if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

What has God given you to do?

Just do it.

Cheerfully.