FEAR (Tell That Mountain to Move)

What is hindering you from fulfilling your dreams? What is stopping you from becoming a Water Walker? What has caused you to remain stagnant? I’m not sure about you, but over the years, dare I say it…yes, I have been AFRAID to step out of the boat because of FEAR! Fear of the unknown; fear of failing; fear of succeeding; afraid of what others think of me and the list goes on and on. BUT NOT ANYMORE!!! With God’s help, I am determined to move toward—finishing my assignment, and then I’m going to “pay it forward.” I’ll explain that concept later.

Now, this is a little lengthy, but I need you to sit and sow some time into yourself today.

Speaking from experience, when the spirit of fear overwhelms you, it makes every situation appear much larger than it really is. Years ago, I remember hearing my pastor, the Late Apostle V. Benjamin Washington, give his description of FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). Fear will make your situation APPEAR to be as big as a mountain, but remember that we have an arsenal that FEAR cannot withstand; The Word of God.  Today, we are going to tell that mountain (FEAR) to move.

Your gifts are to be used to glorify God, to advance the Kingdom, to make a difference in this world, to encourage others to press forward and walk into their destiny. I am sorry to disappoint you, but it’s not just about YOU.  Yes, God wants to see you blessed, but there is someone waiting for you to walk in your calling, waiting for that God-given idea to manifest, they are waiting for that business to be birthed.

In the book Destiny, authored by Bishop T. D. Jakes, he says, “Greatness inspires Greatness, Creativity inspires Creativity. When you align yourself with people who inspire you and help draw out the best in you, you find your best self.”  Your steps of faith could inspire someone else to do the same. Never thought about it that way did you? And the opposite is true as well: when you are climbing up that ladder (spiritually or naturally) and you allow fear to grip you and then you decide to come down, there are many others that will have to move down the ladder in order for you to come down (SELAH).

When fear tries to creep in, speak the Word of God: In Matthew 21:21 it says…Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done.  2 Timothy 2:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAIN…COMMAND IT TO MOVE.

Listen, when we endeavor to walk in God’s purpose, to do the will of the Father, we don’t have to be afraid. Those dreams, the gifts that you have…they were placed in you by our Creator. That idea or that one issue that continues to nag and bother you, where do you think it came from? That frustration that’s on the inside of you about the injustices in this world, just maybe God has caused you to see the problem so that you can create a solution.

When you’ve been called to do a work for the Lord, He gives us the reassurance that He’s with us. For example, when God called Jeremiah, He told him, “I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Jeremiah doubted himself and said, “Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.” But the Lord said unto him, “Say not that you are a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatsoever I command you thou shall speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.”

God called Jeremiah, but doubt and fear tried to overtake him.  God gave him reassurance that He was with him. Jeremiah was focused on his own abilities, but if God has called you, then He has equipped you for the work.  We must understand that we CANNOT do anything without HIM.  Now, please understand that it’s our job to pray and receive instructions on the “HOW” and the “WHEN.”  But that’s another message.

Another example is Mary, the mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Luke 1, the Word of God speaks of the angel that came to Mary to tell her that she would bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus. Of course, we know that Mary was troubled by this saying because she was a virgin, and knew not a man. Can you imagine yourself in her shoes? The angel assured her that she need not be afraid. In verse 36 it states, for with God nothing shall be impossible.

Now, we must understand that when we make the decision to follow after our God-given purpose, the enemy will try to bring distractions, doubt, trials, and the kitchen sink, but keep your eyes on God.

In Matthew 14, while Jesus was dealing with the multitudes, he instructed his disciples to get into a ship and to go before Him unto the other side. You know the story…a storm came and began to toss the boat. Jesus went unto them walking on the water. The point here is when the disciples saw Him, they were troubled and cried out of fear, thinking Jesus was a ghost. Do you see how fear manipulates and distorts our vision?

The Word tells us that Jesus assured them and said, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”  The story goes on to say that Jesus bid Peter to come onto the water and Peter obeyed.  Peter came out of the ship and walked on water, but when the wind began to blow, Peter became afraid. Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him, and said unto him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore did you doubt?”

What is my point? When we keep our eyes on the Lord, not doubting, there is nothing we cannot do. Storms will come, distractions will come, but we must stay focused on Him. Don’t listen to the Nay Sayers! Will we have trials and tests along the way to our destiny? Of course, we will, but we also have the assurance that God is with us. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 3:14).

Ok Water Walker, now that you’ve been inspired, let’s “pay it forward” by encouraging someone else today. The simplest way to define “pay it forward” is that when someone does something for you, instead of paying that person back directly, you pass it on to another person.  Before you leave the site, give a word of encouragement in the comment section below. Inspire someone with your testimony on how you are now moving forward to your destiny or feel free to share this post.

Until next time, be blessed.

 

Music

More to Come…Enjoy!

Casey J: Fill Me Up

The Walls Group: Perfect People

James Fortune: Hold On

Kirk Franklin: The Only Jesus

 

Repositioning Myself for God’s Purpose (Part I)

Jesus - walking in His WillAre you walking in God’s purpose? Or do you find yourself off course. Then it’s time to re-position yourself for God’s purpose; it’s time pivot.

Re-adjusting or re-positioning implies that you were once in a place or certain state, and need to get to another place (or in the right place). In order to re-position yourself, you need to first look at the place where you were.

Let’s start off by taking a look at what re-positioning really means. The prefix re- is a synonym for again/return. The definition of the word “position” is a place or location; the right or appropriate place; the act of putting something in place.

Now, before we move forward, let me clarify something with this sidebar. The reason behind the move (or re-positioning) doesn’t necessarily mean it was a bad place. As we allow God to perfect us, as we mature in our walk, there comes a time we must take that next step forward/upward. In other words, there comes a time when we MUST get out of the boat…and swim.

Repositioning implies that you were once in a place or certain state, and need to get to another place (or in the right place).  For some, in order to reposition yourself, you might have to take a look at where you came from (your past), and how you arrived in your present state.  To get to the next level, sometimes we need to evaluate how we reached our current destination to avoid a repeat. Then, we are able to start again with the prior experience, learning from our past mistakes, and plan our next course of action with the help of the Lord. Sometimes the stagnation comes from holding on to our past hurts.

Dr. Peter Scazzero, author of Emotionally, Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution In Your Life in Christ says:  “When we aren’t in touch with who we truly are, we can get emotionally and spiritually “stuck.” We stagnate and stop growing in Christ, and as a result, we miss all the fullness of who He created us to be. Although we can make it to Heaven, we can miss our assignment here on earth.”

Know this, when we make a decision to walk “on purpose,” the devil will take every opportunity to try to distract and get you off course. Years ago, one of my daughter’s favorite movies was Meet the Robinsons. The main character was a young man that was an inventor who had all the tools that he needed, but continued to fail. Every corner he turned there was the enemy whispering in his ear and telling him that he wasn’t good enough, reminding him of his past, which created a spirit of fear. The enemy even went as far as trying to go into the future and steal the young man’s dreams. Isn’t that just like the enemy! The Word of God tells us “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8).”

As we make the decision to reposition ourselves, here are a few questions that we should ask?

• What part are WE responsible for? Selah.
• How did you get there?
• Why do I need to move?
• What is holding me captive, and causing me to remain stagnate?

This is a good place to pause for a moment and ponder on these questions. In order to answer these questions, this will mean confronting our own issues face-to-face. This is not easy AT ALL, but necessary. It’s necessary to ask ourselves those hard questions in order to move forward from our past, in order to reposition ourselves for God’s purpose. During your prayer time, take these questions before Lord and allow Him to speak to your heart.

Until next time, let’s make this resolution together:

RESOLUTION

I, (fill in your name) have resolved in my spirit that my intention is to fulfill the plan; the assignment that God has for me. I am determined not to stray from God’s Word, from His will for my life.  My mind is fixed, and I will persevere and stay on course.