Putting Faith Over Fear
This past week I was talking to my best friend about the importance of putting faith over fear. Our conversation made me think about what it means as a Christian to want to accomplish things that seem bigger than us but also knowing that we serve mighty God. New things and different challenges can be frightening, so it’s natural to be a bit apprehensive and leery of what may come next. But as a Christian we are blessed enough to have our faith to give us the energy and strength to get us through tough times.
I was reminded of the story of Noah and how God didn’t build the Ark for Noah, but he commanded Noah to build it himself. That was a HUGE task, but Noah followed God and built the Ark. And because he followed God, he was blessed. It can be scary when God puts a desire or dream on our heart and it seems huge and we are unsure how we can get from where we are now to where we want to be, but we need to build our Ark. James 2: 14-26 teaches us that faith without works is dead, so we gotta put in the work after we get done praying!
Build Your Ark!
Whether it’s taking the steps to open up your own business, finishing school, obtaining financial freedom; build it. Jump out there and build a life that God can bless. If you never build your Ark what can God bless? God isn’t sprinkling college degrees, homes and businesses on people, but he is giving them the tools and the courage to go out there and build these things themselves. Be encouraged while you are building. Deuteronomy 31:8 encourages us to not be afraid and promises us that God will always be with us and never fail us.
But just like people laughed at Noah because there was no rain, folks may laugh at you. Why are you going to school at 40? You’ll never own your own home. You really think people are going to buy what you are selling? The criticism will come! BUT watch! When the rain comes and the blessings start pouring, those same people who were laughing while you were building are going to be asking for instructions.
So let go of fear! Build your ark. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for good for those that love God and are called to his purpose. So even if you are building and things seem crazy, stand on that promise. You can rejoice in knowing that in the end all things will work out.
Remember who you are and who you belong to! Be a builder! God’s itching to bless us.
I pray that you are motivated and encouraged to take the steps to make those things in your life that you have been praying for come to pass. Send an email. Set up a meeting. Start researching. Start building.
Have an awesome Monday!