This past month has had me in a bit of confusion. Well, let me be honest…a lot of confusion! My question was…”What exactly is the Lord pressing me to do?” I felt Him urging me, and I was praying hard, still am, BUT… I was afraid of getting it wrong or not doing it well. I was afraid I would not get the steps of His plan exactly right, so I thought and thought and thought and prayed and prayed and prayed… I realize now, that I had let the enemy tempt me into taking no action at all. Can you relate? Do you ever hold off, scared to move? Do you stand still and overthink like I do?
That word, exactly, can trip us up sometimes. Paul, through Christ, gives Timothy a command to preach the truth. He does not tell Timothy every exact facet or detailed step or method, but He tells him what His job is…and you know what? It is the same as ours! It is to spread the truth about God!
As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. 1 Timothy 1:3-4 (NIV)
God does not always give us a detailed itinerary! By faith, though, we can know it is always exactly what God wants when we tell others about Him, with the ability He has given us or will give us. We have to trust Him to equip us, give us words, make us able to do what He wants us to do. We have to pray before we do anything in His name, and trust Him to guide. As Paul commands Timothy to preach the gospel, he tells him the goal…to do what we do from a right heart, conscience and faith.
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)
Deep down, we probably know the general direction God wants us to take, even if we do not know EXACTLY where He intends to lead us in the end. It is not our job to know every single thing. Do not let the enemy waylay you like he did me. When we doubt, we are doubting our ability and discernment to do exactly what He wants. I see it like this…
God will not call us to something He cannot do from within us. It is a co-mission, you and God. Me and God. There is no higher calling.
We are wasting time when we are doubting ourselves instead of trusting God‘s call. We do not need to depend on what we can figure out! We need to use our faith! That’s what faith is for! We can depend on the One who already has it figured out!
I do know this…When God’s will meets our desire, it ignites a passion for His goals and fills us with pure joy and confidence. This joy from serving God is one that the world can never even come close to providing… Christina Crute
Today is a great day to take a step that the Lord wants us to take. Will you join me in taking a new step today? Can we take a baby step or big step of faith, in the right direction? Is this a matter of prayer for you? It sure is for me.
Personal note…my scary step is to start writing a book due to a strong urging in my soul that won’t go away. I am scared because I need to do it right, all to His glory. Tired of overthinking it, it is time to obey and use my faith in God. This is His project and I am only a willing tool. An excited tool, to be used!
God, You are so good. Thank You for Your ever present love and urging, through the Holy Spirit, to move in the direction You have for me. I trust You for each baby step. Thank You for Your light! Amen
Like a baby taking their first step, how about taking one in faith, knowing that Your Father will catch you if you fall?…