One of the main lessons God taught me in 2016 is that we are all vulnerable, even when we are in the places where we think are safe. I learned how to truly surrender every area of my life to THE LORD including the most precious areas of my life, the ones where it was most difficult to let go.
The vulnerability has taught me to overcome my fear with faith.
It has guarded my heart against criticism and judgement of others.
Once you realize that you are just one person, on a planet, floating in space and there is really nothing protecting you, you begin to live a very fearless life.
The moment we stop fearing death is the moment we begin to start living. Jesus showed us this on the cross, he showed us that we can live fearlessly in the face of many obstacles, and everything else that we fear and that we need to overcome.Free from the fear of losing this body, we learn to finally live.
Some of the scariest and most vulnerable moments of my life have taught me to finally live a life honoring God.
I think one of the greatest testimonies of living fearlessly in the face of fear is the story of Abraham. Abraham understood that this life was not just about him, but about his legacy. Here are two ways he showed fearlessness in the face of fear:
He was able to leave everything behind for a new land.
I am telling you, if all faith is still believing in God when you feel like everything feels like there is no more hope, then sometimes in order to move forward in faith requires us to move past our doubt. I don’t know if Abraham doubted God on his journey to the “new land” God was going to give him, but I know on my faith journey’s I do doubt God and I have to overcome that doubt.
Do you remember how difficult it was to leave your parent’s home to go off out into the world and start your own life? My oldest daughter is almost at this point in her life, we aren’t in any hurry to push her out of the nest completely because she still plans on going to college once she graduates high school.
However, there are moments when it’s difficult to encourage her to get a job, and to take on more personal responsibility for herself, even though I know that’s what we need to do to help her grow. It’s scary for her and it’s scary for her parents (that’s me and my husband!) There is just so much “unknown” out there, but realizing that it’s totally normal to be afraid of the unknown, and then moving forward anyways, helps us to feel more empowered to do more walking in faith.
He trusted God to protect his son and fulfill His promise through him.
Sometimes we really need to ask ourselves if we trust God to fulfill His promise in our lives and do we trust Him enough to protect everything that we hold dear to our hearts. It’s not something that we need to go “all in” at one time, but it takes daily trust, submission, and taking up our cross to keep moving forward in faith.
Abraham walked out his faith one step and one day at time. When we think about Abraham taking Isaac to the alter to make a sacrifice, he did not know what he was going to do until he got to the alter.
Have you ever just had a moment where you really felt like Holy Spirit was prompting you to turn into a certain direction? Or take certain job? Or go to a different store than you would normally go to? Have you ever felt these promptings without really knowing what the outcome would be? I feel like that’s probably where Abraham was in this story where he felt like God was telling him to take Isaac and go make a sacrifice. Maybe he felt the promptings to make a sacrifice but didn’t have time to find an appropriate sacrifice but he wanted to remain faithful to God.
I have been finding myself in a similar situation recently. My husband took a job that doesn’t really fit the “standard” that I want right now, nor does it fit the promises that I felt God was directing us towards. But right now we are just walking along this path in obedience, and trusting that God will provide more answers once we have arrived wherever He is leading us to.
When we walk by faith we will get promptings from Holy Spirit that sometimes won’t make sense at the time, but we need to remember the promises of God while we are in the process.
God’s Grace Guided Abraham Along the Path
God’s grace truly guided Abraham down the path of faith and purpose for his life. Whenever I am trying to walk fearlessly in the face of fear I rely on God’s grace for my life even more. I know that it’s impossible to be a fearless woman, a compassionate woman, and a woman who has a soft heart towards life and others when I am not relying on God’s grace. Why is this…because being fearless requires for us to be vulnerable in this life. It requires for us to set aside our pride and embrace the broken path that we are walking on and the broken life that we are living.
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