Duration: 7 Days
Preview: 2 days
Authors: Sharon Jaynes and Baker Publishing
Are you feeling stuck in life? You have a deep faith—but you also have deep feelings of inferiority and insecurity. I’ve been there. And I’ve discovered the joy of moving from knowing truth to believing it and living it out with boldness. I hope this week-long devotional gives you a taste of what it looks like to step out in faith with confidence and take hold of the life you were made to live!
My early years in the faith were filled with wonder, expectancy, and downright giddiness. But somewhere along the line, I settled into being a good church girl—a Bible-study mom who moved into cul-de-sac Christianity, pitched my lawn chair under a shade tree, and waved at other well-mannered believers doing the same. Year after year I hoped, Maybe this will be the Bible study that will make it all better. The truth is, I didn’t even know what the “it” was.
What do you do when your spiritual walk becomes a crawl? When you feel like a disappointment to yourself and to God? What do you do when you realize your once-passionate faith has morphed into a predictable, domesticated belief system?
Sometimes the gap between the faith we long for and the faith we experience seems beyond bridging. We assume that going from where we are to where we want to be is impossible, so we settle in to the land of in-between. We read about the bold faith of others and think, Good for them. We make peace with passivity because we falsely believe God would never want to use the likes of us anyway.
How do we move beyond the safe confines of cul-de-sac Christianity and into the mountain-moving, giant-slaying, lame-man-leaping, adventurous faith? We must be brave enough to let go of the lies that hold us hostage and take hold of the truths that set us free. Let go of festering offenses and take hold of forgiving grace. Let go of the preoccupation with self-doubt and take hold of the power-filled promises of God. Let go of comparing ourselves to others and take hold of our uniqueness fashioned by God. Let go of ungrateful grumbling and take hold of unceasing praise. Let go of paralyzing doubt and take hold of fleet-footed faith that’s ready to dance to the daring rhythm of God’s drum.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). He wasn’t simply speaking of the eternal life we receive when we leave this earth but the fullness and freedom we can experience in the here and now when we take hold of all He has taken hold of for us.
How has your faith changed over the years? Would you say it’s gotten less bold or more bold? What do you think caused this change?
Who Am I?
When Moses stood at the burning bush, he was filled with self-doubt at God’s call. But before God told Moses what He was going to do, He reminded Moses who He was: “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6).
Then Moses replied, “Yeah, I got that. I know who You are, but who am I?”
That question is one of the most important you will ever ask. Your answer will affect the way you look at life, tackle your troubles, and frame your circumstances. The answer to that question can give you the confidence to accomplish your calling or take away your courage to even begin. If you don’t answer that question with the truth of God, the devil will answer it for you with his bag of lies.
What do you think ran through Moses’s mind when God said, “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh”? (Exodus 3:10) I imagine he remembered all the ways he had disappointed people in his past, not to mention the way he had disappointed himself. You’ve got to be kidding! I am a murderer! I am a coward! I am so messed up, used up, and fed up! You’ve made a mistake.
How many times have I reacted similarly to Moses when I feel God’s nudge to do something big? Perhaps you have too. As soon as God reveals what He has planned for us to do, the devil reminds us of our weaknesses and failures.
And we ask the questions:
Who am I that I should write a book?
Who am I that I should start a business?
Who am I that I should be a teacher?
Who am I that I should help orphans overseas?
But then God reminds us who He is: a loving, forgiving, ever-present help. We are not what our past says. Not what our inner critic says. Not what the devil says. Our identity is in God. And He is calling us to live boldly for Him because He is the one sending us.
Have you sensed God calling you to something new recently? How are you responding to that call? What do you need to believe about God to live out that call with boldness?
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