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Hey there, world changer!
I am passionate about the topic of purpose for a few reasons. One reason, in particular, is that there is nothing more fulfilling, life-giving and exciting than stepping into God’s unique purposes for your life. There is absolutely nothing better on this planet!
Unfortunately, I find that too many people never step out in faith to accomplish their unique purposes in life because of fear. Hang with me for a second on this thought, but fear can actually be used to your advantage. I’m not saying fear is from God, but it can be an indicator to help you navigate your steps forward. Let me explain.
I’ve found that there are usually two types of circumstantial fear and it’s important to distinguish the difference. The first type of fear happens as a result of walking outside of the will of God or making a wrong decision. The Holy Spirit is our guide and helps us navigate through life. Psalm 85:8 reminds us that if we listen to what God says, he promises us peace. So, if we’re off in an area or miss a step, a lack of peace can sometimes be an indicator that maybe we need to re-evaluate the direction we’re headed.
Fear also tends to pop up in our lives when we’re about to step out in faith. In Matthew 10, Jesus commissions his disciples and sends them out into the world to minister. In verse 16, he says, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” In this passage, Jesus is implying our vulnerability when we pursue our calling and purpose.
If you find yourself experiencing fear in the latter situation, a little afraid of where God is taking you and feeling vulnerable, I have good news! Something powerful is on the other end of the opposition.
What’s interesting is that courage is defined as strength in the face of fear. Sometimes we are called to face fear head on and conquer.
Joshua 1:9 says, Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!” And, guess what? Jesus always wins every battle you face. The victory is won.
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