Fear will always arise to question what God has spoken, but we must stand firm in faith.
There have been many times when God has asked me to do something that caused me doubt. When God had put in my heart to break up with my ex, I feared whether I would regret the decision. When God told me to let go of my full-time job, I was scared I wouldn’t be financially stable. When God asked me to go to Jesus School, I thought every part of my life would crumble with all the responsibilities I had.
Though doubt filled my mind about the things God has asked me to do, I trusted Him at the end of the day. It was scary, but I chose to rely on my faith in God rather than my fears.
God came through in every area of my life where I obeyed Him, despite the fearful feelings I had.
The breakup led me to an accelerated time of growing in Jesus and meeting my husband, leaving my full-time job launched me into establishing Living Revelations and our business, and my life all around was double blessed from going to Jesus school.
The outcome of following Jesus and not our fears is a blessed life.
My journey of trusting God with all my heart isn’t over, and yours isn’t either.
Doubt will always arise to test what God has spoken. In these moments, we need to stand firm in faith and believe that God knows best.
The enemy will always use fear and doubt to pull us away from trusting God. It’s in these moments when we must make the choice to stand firm in faith and trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
If we want to stand firm against the enemy’s schemes, we NEED to put on the full armor of God daily.
Ephesians 6:13 says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
The enemy will try to attack our faith, so it is crucial that we stand firm by having God’s truth ready as our buckle, the breastplate of righteousness to guard our heart, the shield of faith to cast down all doubts, the sword of the Spirit to tear every thought that speaks against the knowledge of God, praying in the Spirit for His divine protection, and the helmet of salvation to know that we belong to Jesus (Ephesians 6:13-18).
Will you be ready to use the armor of God daily when fear, doubt, and any sinful throughts arise?
Our understanding of God and our circumstances are limited, so why lean on something that is so blinding? Let us lean on the voice and guidance of Jesus, trusting that He is always for our good.
Has God spoken a promise to you that sounded too crazy and impossible? When we look to the promise, it may seem impossible, but when we look to our God who made the promise, anything is possible. Faith arises as we look to God who can do the impossible (Mark 10:27).
Hebrews 11:11 says, “by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise.”
God had promised Abraham and Sarah that they would bear a child even though Abraham and Sarah were past the age to be able to have children. God spoke it, and by faith it happened.
To trust God with all your heart means to trust Him even when you don’t understand the “why” behind your circumstances.
Whatever God has spoken to you, will you trust Him and stand firm in faith no matter how impossible it may seem? Will you lean on God and not your fears?
Fear will only pull us away from the best that God has for us. The enemy uses fear to pull us away from obeying what God is asking us to do. This is why we need to replace every fearful thought with God’s Word and what He has spoken to us.
Faith is doing what God says despite what our fears may be.
In Jeremiah 42, we see the Israelites fearful of living under the king of Babylon. God however tells Israel through the prophet Jeremiah saying, “Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the Lord, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands. I will show you compassion so that he will have compassion on you and restore you to your land” (Jeremiah 42:11-12).
Unfortunately, the Israelites and official leaders listened to their fears. Instead of stepping out in faith and trusting God, they did the very thing that God told them not to do which was to go back to Egypt.
Egypt was their comfort zone because they remembered their lives were spared and food was provided though they were slaves. God however tells them if they go back to Egypt, the sword they fear will overtake them and the famine they dread will follow them into Egypt and they will die (Jeremiah 42:16).
Because the Israelites acted out of fear instead of faith, they faced famine and death.
Let us remember to do what God says and not what is comfortable to us. Our fears may feel real and valid, but only what God says can be trusted.
Will you hold onto God’s Word with full confidence despite what you feel?
God has amazing plans for you, but it’s going to require you to walk by faith and follow Jesus in every step you do. You can rely on God’s faithfulness and expect Him to stay true to His Word and promises. God is not human that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).
There is nothing good outside of Jesus. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him” (Jeremiah 17:7). So remember, stand firm in faith.
Prayer: Jesus, let our faith always be stronger than our fears. We place our confidence in You and hold onto Your word because You always come through for us.
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