Face the Beast: Confront Your Fears to Find Your Faith

You know the calling God gave you. Yet you find yourself hesitating, waiting for a holy chorus and a bright light. Why do we stop ourselves from embracing the promise God has given us? From an attempt at something new, or from a true effort at something greater than who we are today?

I make excuses to hide from the fear that stands between today’s task and tomorrow’s vision. I have done a lot today, I told myself. I am not feeling inspired. My excuses harbor a fugitive, a thought that feels too shameful to speak out loud: I don’t know what I am doing and I’m scared to be a failure.

In this season of your life, what is that fear too deep for you to speak out loud? Force it out. The longer it stays unspoken, the deeper it will hide inside you.

When we take a leap of faith we are pushed up against our fear. We won’t dare entice it. We stay silent, careful not be too loud, rocking our insecurities gently back to sleep.

I know… it’s so much safer to stay put than make a move, and to see what others do than to lead the pack. But don’t be lulled into this false safety, a safety of avoidance, where you give up the life God promised you for the assurance of…boredom. Please, trust me here: don’t be afraid to spark a necessity for deeper faith.

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7, NASB)

Today, I challenge myself and I challenge you: Let’s wake up the beast.

Let’s lift our head and change our stance. What I mean is, I cannot wait until you (and I) get rejected. I cannot wait until the day when God will have allowed enough vulnerability to come through, and you would have taken a big enough risk that failure can leverage every available fear against you. I cannot wait because on that day, you will find out that the great fear…is just smoke and mirrors. The thought is worse than the experience, and the strengthening is well worth the battle wound.

In the moment it will feel like a painful stretching, or like a dark tunnel.
Remember your Savior, remember the feeling of His presence, and remember His overwhelming love. Trust in your faith that Jesus is on the other side of your struggle, and He is waiting for you, watching your every step. He will not give you a task without a purpose, and He will finish the work he started in you (Phil 1:6). He told you he would never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6), and He means every word he speaks (Isaiah 55:11). Our God does not change his mind. He never lies, and He keeps his promises (Numbers 23:19). And when you cannot see, find comfort in knowing that, still, He is God over every circumstance (John 1:3, Col 1:16-17).

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Col 1:16-17)

 So charge forward, my friend! Take the leap toward the unshakable faith God is growing in you. It’s an adrenaline-charged experience with Christ by your side; a trust-building activity you will never forget. In this sacred space is where you find a treasure far more worthy than the fear you risk.

If you are taking a leap of faith in this season – share it in the comments!  I’d love to keep you in prayer, and your courage will no doubt inspire others toward the calling God has given them.  

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