In spite of my fear, I chose to believe what I couldn't understand.
When family or friends are going through something isn't it so easy to throw verses at them and tell them to rely on God no matter what? But then life throws you a curve ball and all of a sudden no matter how hard you swing the bat, you can't make contact with the ball for anything.
So how do we do what Peter did and walk on water? How do we stay focused on the One that death couldn't even conquer? It's so much easier to stay in our comfort zone, but what are we missing out on? Sadly, most people stay in the safety of the boat their entire lives and wonder why life seems so empty, miserable, and dull. Those who live with anxiety are living below the mark of what they were created to be.
Relying on our faith allows us to live fearlessly.
Okay Micca, but HOW? How do we not focus on our circumstances that engulf us? When our husband loses his job how do we not allow ourselves to get consumed with worry? When our teenagers act out how do we not live in fear of their next choice? When a loved one dies suddenly how do we not think the worst every time we are unable to contact our loved ones still living?
Here's her response from living it out first....
1.) I've learned that trusting God with one fear doesn't give me automatic faith for the next one.
2.) God wants me to trust Him and allow His power to work through me to accomplish all He's called me to do.
3.) Realizing that with God anything is possible.
So we need to admit that we need God's grace and know that He wants our trust.
There was so much richness in this chapter that I definitely need to read it again to make sure it sinks into my head. Which is very thick at times.
Micca showed us that when we believe in the things Satan feeds us we have
The Father of lies specializes in false advertisement. He's good at making our fears---based on lies---look real when they are not.
At the end of the chapter we are shown the difference between good fear and bad fear.
Good fear: godly fear~To fear God is to reverence Him; it's to stand in awe of Him.
Bad fear: Fear that steals our peace and rest, lacking in the fear of God.
I know that I lack a healthy fear of God. I'm striving for it, but I need to have more of it. Micca says One of the hardest things to do is to give up control and trust someone other than ourselves.
Watching my husband being pushed into the operating room is so tough. I feel out of control and last year I did not pass any test that God may have been giving me. This time around I just want to trust Him into the arms of my Savior. I want to trust that God is going to guide the hands of the surgeon and his team. And when he comes to, I want to love on him and support him like I'm supposed to.
MC was quick to point out to us that it's not about giving up, it's about gaining the power and presence of God living His life through us.
OH my goodness...don't we all just want that? WHY is it so hard to just trust that God knows what He is doing? I interfere so much and I believe I cause my family and myself to miss out on the blessings God has just for us because I "come to the rescue". Ugggh!
We wouldn't dare admit that we are in over our heads. We want to appear in control. But God never meant for you and me to be strong in and of ourselves. We were meant to show His strength in our weakness as He provides our needs. We were created to live like little children, dependent on the care of our heavenly Father.
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Next Tuesday I will be blogging from Gene's hospital room an hour away from our kids. Please pray that all goes both at home and in Omaha. Also, that we will choose to believe God instead of buying into the lies of fear from Satan, the Prince of Darkness.
Take a moment to listen to this song about fear by Mandisa called Victorious. It's on her newest CD called Freedom and my girl Alivia and I cannot get enough of it. Be blessed as you listen closely to the words and the truth in them. I thought this song went hand in hand with the chapter.