How can we respond when our calling requires courage? Is it possible to trust God when fear rises up to demand our attention?
We were created by God to fulfill the purpose He created for us. (Ephesians 2:10) And fear of failing is one of the primary reasons Christians never experience their God given potential. Doubt can be debilitating. It captures our attention and confines us to an imaginary place we’re convinced keeps us safe.
Faith demands us to let go of our ability to control the outcome. Doubt gives the appearance of safety. We want to be courageous, but we’re not always sure it’s worth the potential risk. However our reasoning is often faculty and based on past experience or perceived danger. We see the giant not God’s promise of victory. (Numbers 13:1- 31)
As Christians, we know the answer to fear and doubt is faith – but sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds. Faith is believing in the intangible as if it were solid enough to hold in your hand. It means trusting that God is true to what He says. (James 1:17)
Fearlessness requires us to set aside preconceived beliefs and expectations and to proceed boldly into the deep. Like Peter we must step out of the safety of the boat – eyes firmly planted on the one who guides our steps. (Matthew 14:22-33) Like Peter, we must base our journey on faith in God’s promise, not on what our fear tells us.
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