Stepping Out In Faith {With Engaged Hearts}

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I don’t know about you, but God is asking me to step out in faith in areas I didn’t expect… or maybe I didn’t expect so soon. He’s asking me to believe that the doors He opens are doors I can walk through because we’ve done all the preparation work in secret, in the obscurity. He’s asking me to engage my heart, in spite of all the chaos I see going on. Oh how hard this can be for us!

How difficult to take our eyes off the problem, the trial, the situation, and the struggle long enough to see, taste, and experience God’s grandeur, faithfulness, goodness, and love for us. I’m sure if we fixed our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12:2), we’d see how big He is in comparison to our “big” problem.

I read this week’s chapter of Own Your Life, “Learning To Take Risks {Owning Your Faith}”, yesterday while sitting at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My son had a procedure done for an update since our 2014 hospitalization. There was good news…followed by bad news. My heart gets so heavy when I sit listening to the Dr. talking. If I’m not careful, the heaviness of it all makes me want to just stop, give up, and lose hope.

Because life is like that sometimes, isn’t it? We’re forced to fight past the discouragement, the fears, and the doubts and we’re asked to come higher (Ps. 61:2). Yeah, climbing higher in those moments is the last thing we want to do. Exerting any remaining strength seems impossible.

Here’s the thing about faith… faith without works is dead (James 2:26). Lifeless. Unable to produce a thing.

And so, we look at our difficulty, we look at our challenge, we look at that thorn in our side… we see it. We don’t pretend it doesn’t exist. We’re not delusional, or naive. Yet our eyes are not fixed on the material things we see in front of us, we look at the unseen, the eternal. We look beyond the here and now. We look to Jesus. We look at the joy set before us. We look at the Hope we have within us. And we move forward towards the goal (Phil. 3:14).

We’re reminded that in our weakness, He is made strong (2 Cor. 12:9) . Though we don’t have the strength left to fight another battle, His grace is sufficient. In the power of the Holy Spirit, we’re able to run against a troop, and leap over a wall. It is God who arms us with strength, and makes our way perfect. He makes our feet like the feet of deer, And sets us on high places. He teaches our hands to make war, so that our arms can bend a bow of bronze, (Psalm 18).

We do not lose heart, we do not falter, we do not curl up in bed with covers over our head. If our present trial must exist, then it’s going to have to come with us for the journey. Either way, we will not shrink back! We know our current trial is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

We serve a God who is able (Jer. 32:27). We serve a God whose word goes out and does not return void (Is. 55:11). We serve a God who’s all powerful and all knowing (Jer. 32:17). He will take us through the storm, and on the other side we will have been perfected, established, steadied, and matured (1 Pet. 5:10). And in the end, His name will be glorified!

Yeah, whatever situation you’re dealing with… Step out in faith with an engaged heart. Keep taking steady steps toward the goal. God has your situation in His hands!

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