Cowardly brave

I don’t want to be a coward. I want to be brave and fearless in my life. I want to serve God and do so with a heart that knows I am in His arms and He will lead. He will protect, guide, grow, change, and encourage my ministry. The scary part for me, he will challenge me to act outside my comfort zone. Oh how I love my comfortable life. The problem, as you  may have read, I feel alone and discouraged when I live life comfortably.

Getting out and letting others into my life as we travel is probably going to be messy sometimes. Life is messy. Sure, it is super tempting to just keep going the way we are going but we both know God is calling us to do something different. He wants to use us. I want to be clay in the hands of the master…formed, molded, re-molded, sculpted, trimmed, fired, and used!

Scripture reminds me: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28.

He has called me for a purpose. He is revealing that purpose and wants me to follow Him much like the disciples dropped everything they are doing to follow Him, Christ asks me the same. Deviate from my plan and go with His plan. He wants me to set my feet on His path. He might lead me to a mountain top and then ask me to descend into a deep ravine. He wants me to follow Him unconditionally.

I am really, really bad at this. I give over to God in an area of my life and then ten minutes later…not kidding here…I am taking it back again, sure I can do it. Cowardice in action!

On the other hand, faith is the bravery to give over to God and let Him have it…to work out the solution in His time. There have been a few times in my life I have been able to allow God to lead in this way and the results were miraculous! It really should have inspired me to give over more rather than less.

Unfortunately, I live in a world where sin abounds. The battle I fight is not a physical battle, but a spiritual one. The ruler of this world is the sower of doubt and loves to create ineffective Christians. He celebrates when I fall for the lie that God won’t answer as wonderfully as He did last time.

Oh God! Please take the doubt from my heart and my mind. Plant your thoughts in them and allow the Holy Spirit to comfort, encourage, and create bravery in my life!

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