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Turning Your Fear of Failure into Faith

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I remember it ever so clearly. It was 4 years ago at a Christ Life Ministries’ Ladies Prayer Advance. I was plagued with doubts and uncertainties because the Lord was compelling me to move forward with He’s So Worth It Ministries.

I was afraid because I am a perfectionist. I knew I was going to make mistakes. I was distraught when I shouldn’t have been. I know better! I know that no one is perfect—except my Savior. So that caused me to beat myself up even more. That’s certainly not being a woman of faith, which is what I desperately want to be!

Couple that with a great sense of inadequacy and you have one pathetic creature!

During my Sweet Hour of Prayer that weekend, I cried out to the Lord… “Why am I so fearful? Is it because I’m afraid:

  • I will fail you?
  • Misread You?
  • Mis-speak You?
  • Misrepresent You?
  • Do Your work with impure motives?
  • Fall short in countless ways?”

Then I “heard” Jesus speak ever so clearly into my heart, “Even so, I forgive, I forgive, I forgive….

“But I will minimize the number of your failures if you:

  • Keep close to Me so you can discern My leading.
  • Keep surrendering.
  • Keep repenting when you do fail.
  • Keep going forward in faith.
  • Keep believing in Me and My ability and trust Me.
  • Keep persevering to the end—whether it’s 1 day, 1 year, or 30 years.”

I bawled.

I cannot be perfect no matter how hard I try! And I cannot be a woman of faith unless I fully depend upon God. God doesn’t want us to live in fear but in faith. He wants to take our weaknesses and show the world what glorious things He can do!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor 12:9)

Look, it’s ok to want to be like Jesus, the Perfect One. In fact, we are commanded to be. Nevertheless, we must realize we will always fall short of that goal! God knows that. It is the very reason why He sent His flawless Son.

“Oh Jesus, please turn this pathetic creature, this jellyfish, into a mountain goat so I can jump and scale the high places with You!” (That’s a reference from Hinds’ Feet on High Places—my favorite book outside the Bible. See my last blog.)

Don’t let your fear of failure keep you from moving forward. Don’t add that to your list of regrets. Instead, pray this with me:

Lord, make me faithful not fearful! 

But…God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him…. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”  (1 Cor 1:27-29, 31)

I used to think that Jesus was pushing me forward in this ministry, but that was a greatly flawed perspective. He was actually inviting me to join Him on a great adventure to the high places; to accomplish amazing things for His Kingdom of Love; to see a glimpse of His glory.

I am so glad I accepted His invitation to the high places. Will you?

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Until next time, my friends, ask God to help you be faithful not fearful. Let Him transform us jellyfishes into mountain goats so we can go on the high places! 

 

 

 

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Free-fall: Desperation without Consuming Fear

I think people who jump out of planes for the fun of it are CRAZY! So why do people do it? They must get enjoyment out of it.

But what if you didn’t want to parachute and someone made or pushed you out?

We all have times in our lives when we feel like our feet are planted in mid air—totally helpless and desperate to regain control. Sometimes it even seems like God is the One who pushed us.

God allows these hopeless situations because He wants us desperate for Him. He wants us to know we cannot do life on our own without Him. Matthew 5:3 says,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

That phrase means totally incapable of doing anything; in desperate need of deliverance outside of ourselves. Without a rescuer we would literally perish.

Now let me ask you a mind-blowing question.

Is it possible to be desperate without consuming fear?

I think that’s what the Lord has been trying to teach me: that it is indeed possible—with Him.

Those who willingly step out of a plane 12,000+ feet above ground, and even pay to do it, MUST think it’s worth it; the thrill being greater than the risk. Surely there is fear present, but they believe that their parachute will open. They have confidence (=trust) that the parachute is in working condition, was packed correctly, and a host of many other unknown factors.

So imagine with me, stepping out in faith in response to God’s leading; excited to see what God will do as we step out into the wild blue unknown. We may still be shaking a bit (or a LOT), but we know it’ll be worth the risk as we look at the eternal fruit it’ll produce—in us and others. Think of all the glory God will get when He uses little “nobodies” like you and me! Working together with God for Kingdom purposes is thrilling. (If you haven’t experienced that yet you are in for a treat!)

Our risk is minimal compared to a skydiver. God is 100% reliable. Yes, there are unknowns for us—but not for our omniscient in-control Creator.

Therefore, I am trying to do take a leap of faith without panicking, screaming, or even complaining. I am trying to relax and enjoy the freefall. When I have moments of flailing, I can remember and exclaim, “Wait! God’s got me!” Then when I do relax and trust, I find that it is actually fun—exhilarating!

Living a life of faith is a progression. God often has us take baby steps first to demonstrate He is faithful. Then He moves us to take larger and more difficult steps to increase our faith; to grow that mustard-size seed of faith into a large tree. Sometimes He even forces us into situations where we are totally helpless to teach us to solely depend upon Him.

When you find yourself free-falling:

Choose to trust; to rest in God’s invisible everlasting arms. Enjoy the ride. Desperation will be replaced with a deep sense of knowing that God will catch you!

 

 

Scripture taken from the The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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