“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” – John 8:12
I am humble enough to follow even when I lead. But fine tuning my ears to the voice of Jesus takes dedication, commitment and relationship with Him. I believe that following Jesus means it’s not my way it’s His way. Relinquishing control to the one who dictates our destiny. Why is that so hard? We know He has the best plan in place for our lives.
Letting go of what you “think” you are, where you “think” you should be and what you “think you should be doing is deathly scary. Planting the seeds God gives you and then sitting back to watch Him make them grow is critical to the successful outcomes in our life. God tells us to GO, release your fears, and cast your worries on him and GO FORTH. Fear is crippling, it paralyzes us so that we cannot move forward.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
What is fear keeping you from doing? What fears do you have that are keeping you from reaching your God-given potential? What does fear look like to me? Fear is enabling, slimy and gut wrenching, it allows the devil to enter into my life when he is not allowed. For so long I have feared not being able to have children, I have feared my husband leaving me, I have feared not being able to make enough money or gain certain career status, I feared losing loved ones to death and being financially unstable. I feared the development of this blog and how people would think of us, treat us and what they would do with this info. I feared failed relationships and broken homes, dismantled families and past that break futures. Then…then it began to happen, I let go, I embraced my fears and resided in the Lord. In my brokenness I let go of it all. I fiercely said “no more for me”, I am going to cast my worries and fears on the Lord. Not easy, not like I am perfectly out of fear, but the difference is now I know who to turn to when I am fearful.
Fear kept me talking about our business for the last five years and doing nothing, fear kept me making emotional decisions in our infertility journey and being an emotional wreck, fear kept me chasing corporate gain unhappily and fear had me lacking being the Godly wife I should be. I couldn’t move into the presence of God and pursue my pre-planned destiny because I was scared. Ok, so I am a scary cat. Scared, scared, scared. Scared of failure, scared of results, scared of diagnosis, scared of names/titles, scared of financial instability and scared of losing the ones I love most.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18
This crazy rollercoaster of life we are on has twist and turns and ups and downs but one thing remains the same; God’s love. It never changes, it never fails and it never runs out. There is no fear in God’s perfect love. Yes, we mail fail, we may mess up and we may do things wrong, but with God’s love we don’t have to fear our outcomes. We haven’t missed God’s purpose for our life. He doesn’t ask us to be perfect or succeed in everything we do or try, but He ask us to be faithful and love him with all our might and that He will sustain all of our needs.
God is pouring out his grace and mercy anew every day, even when we mess up or make mistakes it doesn’t put us out of God’s purpose. Letting go of that fear and letting God steer you eliminates all of the fear / doubt / worry in your life. I won’t sit idle anymore paralyzed by fear that another round of IVF won’t work and we won’t have kids, I won’t allow fear of my husband leaving me or betraying his vows to me stop me from being a Godly wife, a Proverbs 31 woman and loving him endlessly and unselfishly and I won’t let the fear of failure stop me from pursuing entrepreneurial success. We will try IVF again and adoption and any other method that aligns with God’s plan for us and although we don’t know what He is doing we trust Him in that He is doing something.
God says Go. Let go of your fear and Go forward. Our circumstances do not dictate our destiny. The past doesn’t dictate my success in the future. Listen to what God says about you and your destiny. Use what you have, where you are, and see how God multiplies that harvest in your life. Pray out of fear, pray into blessing and pray into your harvest that awaits your obedience. You can’t pray into harvest alone, you have to plan into harvest and pray on your seeds. Specific prayer aligns us with God and when you pray over the seeds you have planted God can come in and make them grow. Even when I am at my weakest I have to rest on the truth that God defines my future. He has made no mistakes and what He has for me is for me. I don’t have to be scared because my destiny has already been planned for me. God knows what we don’t.
God defines you on your future, He speaks life in front of you, not the past behind you. Start believing in what God has called you to be and do. Let God call the plays, you run them. Start making things happen, go with what you have. Release your spirit of fear, break the chains of fear and go forward with faith in Him. God chooses his greatest from the least & weakest. Start believing what God’s called you to be, not what you have been.
He names us Forgiven.
He names us Beloved.
He names us Redeemed.