“For the spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
“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 Corinthians 12:9
I have been feeling a sense of urgency lately to move for God, and to step into the purpose He has for me. I don’t have a super clear picture of what that purpose is, but I know I’m supposed to move towards it. The more I talk to people, the more I see that this sense of urgency is prevalent across the board. We’re in a time to solidify our steps, and match our walk a little closer with our Father’s.
Equally prevalent, though, is an accompanying sense of fear to go along with the push to move. We feel the urge to step out; then just as quickly, we talk ourselves out of it. We convince ourselves that we aren’t ready, that we don’t have the right skills for this, that we haven’t done all the prerequisites. So we wait to move, ‘until the time is right’ or ‘until we’re ready’.
I can’t and won’t presume to know when the time is right for anything. That’s in God’s hands. But I know what happened when Moses didn’t feel that he was capable of leading the people of Israel out of Egypt, and what happened was that God made him capable. Moses wasn’t a great speaker, but was called to speak. Because God called him to speak, God gave him the words to say and God gave him the fluency to deliver his speeches without a single stutter. God qualified him to meet his calling.
God qualifies all of us. Our own limitations don’t matter, because we don’t act on our own merit. It’s not by our skills, our talents, our achievements, and our strengths that we make things happen. It’s by God’s grace. And it’s in our weakness that we learn to be fully dependent on that grace and to accept it. So embrace your weakness, and step out anyway – God will provide everything you need. God qualifies us sufficiently to do the task He calls us to do. That sense of fear is merely a trick of the enemy, trying to thwart God’s plan. And we mustn’t give in to it. Because when it comes down to it, really all we have to do is show up. Go where God says to. Follow the path, and let God take care of what happens. It’s His calling for us, so it’s on Him to equip us. And He will. All we have to do is show up to let Him.
If any of you are struggling with stepping out in faith or in walking the next steps of your path, let me know at email@example.com and I will pray for you.
Amen! Amazingly my post today was on this same topic 🙂
Nice! He really is so timely when it comes to things like this. I sit in prayer before I write a post, and He guides it….sometimes I end up writing a completely different post than planned. And it’s always amazing how prevalent that same message will be with everyone else. It’s almost like He tells a bunch of us the same thing in different ways, and then we all blog about it and confirm it for each other. 🙂
Very good for me to read this post this morning. Two days ago I finished writing a book about hope that included my story/journey/restoration. I was encouraged by many to write it and their encouragement plus the fact that I entered a writing contest and was selected as one of the top five spurred me in completing the project. Yet yesterday I sat with overwhelming second thoughts and doubts as I prepared to send it off to a friend to be edited. (Insert sigh here.) It was a scary good kind of thing. Praying and trusting now in God’s leading. Part of what made this post so timely and interesting was that I included your quote about God’s usage of the less than perfect in the Bible in my story as well. Blessings!
Congratulations on finishing the book and good luck with the finishing touches! I’ll being praying into God’s will for it and that Jesus guides it into the hands of those who need to read it. God bless!
Truly a God wink…and this, the second today. Just His affirmation of the life changing journey I’m on. Stepping out in faith…tune in…
Thanks for being the vessel!
Thank you and I’m glad my post was timely for you! I started reading your blog. Best of luck, I’ll be praying for you! 🙂
I am living this right now. It amazing how unqualified you can be but how much God can use you and how the whole time you’re still just feeling like you don’t have what it takes. It’s so easy to forget that when you have Jesus by your side you have all you’ll ever need. Blessings!!!
Amen! I love how He works!
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