Beckoned Bravery

Even a simple thing can be a struggle.

As I sit at the computer, my words have failed to fill the blank Word page.

This writing assignment is not from a Moody professor or an Udemy writing instructor.

This assignment is from the Lord Himself.

I have clearly known for at least 7 weeks to write to a well-respected person in ministry.  I need to share this future vision God has placed on my heart.

Conveniently, I’ve been too ‘busy’ doing things for Him to get this matter completed.  This song-and-dance is also known as ‘walking in disobedience’.

I wish there was a nicer way of phrasing that but I’m speaking the truth in love to myself.  I need to hear it.  Perhaps you do, too.

Obedience brings blessing.  I want to return to a place of being in step with the Lord.  It seems simple yet my own lack of faith and confidence hinder.

Friends, my heart’s desire—my Kingdom dream–is entangled with the Lord’s ask.

It’s deeply personal.  It feels heavy and big. Huge. Do I trust God with this?

There is risk. To complete this task makes the dream publicly known.  It shifts the desire from hidden safety to exposed uncertainty—at the risk of rejection, disappointment or even death to the dream.  That’s scary.

Yet I’m aware that unless the dream is shared, it remains unfulfilled.  And that’s scarier.

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Our God is boundless. Infinite. Limitless.

He is all powerful, all-knowing and ever present.

His wisdom is profound. His power is vast.

His thoughts and ways are higher.

His love is wider, longer, higher and deeper than our minds can comprehend!

He is faithful, loving and patient.

He is genuinely GOOD.

And He has a good plan for His sons and daughters.  A plan to prosper and not harm.   A plan to give us a hope and a future. That plan is for you.  It’s for me.

In light of our big God, my perspective must shift.  My eyes must lift.  My thoughts must no longer drift with the ebb-and-flow of feelings.    I must stand firm on truth. 

With a gaze fixed securely on the source of help, fear turns to faith; doubt to trust; control to surrender.

Surely God is big enough to handle the dreams He has placed in my heart!

Our big God beckons bravery in Him.

The truth of His Word and our personal experience of His faithfulness compels obedience. Trust.  Belief. Courage.

Fear fades in light of God’s sovereignty.

Self-doubt dissolves at the sufficiency of His grace.

Freedom and blessing are found in obedience to His call.

Our faith-filled actions must align with the enormity of who God is.

Is God asking you to take a step of faith today?  

  • Let’s fix our gaze firmly on Christ and not be distracted by the circumstances. He is the source of our help!
  • Let’s recall the truth of His word and character. We must stand firm!
  • Let’s walk in obedience to His clear call for His glory and our good!

My next step?  I will get busy writing this letter in obedience to God, drawing my strength and confidence from Him.  For He said to me, ““My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

I’ll keep you posted, friends.  

 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

Reflection:  Are you struggling with something the Lord has asked you to do?   Is your confidence waning?  Are you feeling unsure, unprepared, and frightened?    Let’s reflect on the words of King David found in Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.  (Psalm 121:1-8)

 

  1. Who is our source of help? In your current situation, where have you been looking for help? In others?  Have you been relying on your own strength? Or God?

 

  1. Do you need to refocus your gaze off of your circumstances and/or yourself and place it back upon the Lord?

 

  1. Read back through the Psalm noting the promises of provision and safety for you. How do they affect your thinking?  How do they affect your feelings as you choose to live in the truth of these thoughts? (Remember: we lead with our thoughts and our feelings will eventually follow.)

 

  1. Write out a prayer to God praising Him for His provision and care, confessing areas of disobedience and doubt, and thanking Him for what He will do for you! He is good! He is for you!  Nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Links to today’s scriptures for further study:

Job 9:4

Psalm 139:17

Isaiah 55:8-9

Ephesians 3:18

2 Corinthians 12:9

Romans 8:38-39

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  1. It was such a blessing to connect with you through the Living Free link up! I look forward to reading more of your blogs and getting to know your heart. I loved your thought, “Our faith-filled actions must align with the enormity of who God is.” How quickly my small thinking can contradict the greatness of our God.

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