I’m afraid. I’m finally launching a little project that I’ve had in my heart for a while, but I never imagined that attempting to step out into what God called me to do could paralyze me. Let me be clear. God’s not the one doing the paralyzing. So, what’s happening here? And when I’m so afraid, what do I do? From infancy, it is our nature to cry out for our parents in a time of need. We are dependent. In the natural world, we learn that growing up directly correlates to independence, but in the Kingdom, nothing could be further from the truth; in the Kingdom, we never stop being a child. It’s good and right to grow up, but I can’t say it did much for me in preparing me to navigate my adult-sized fears with God the Father. We may move out of our parent’s homes, even start our own families, but when I’m afraid… I still need my Dad.
The family model reveals the nature of God very specifically. God’s intention from the beginning was for the family dynamic to bring great blessing to the people He created, with God Himself being at the head of that family. Children who are well fathered feel protected and empowered simultaneously. This combination is the right mixture for children to successfully grow without the fear of being harmed or hindered as they become who they are meant to be. That is the promise of God to us as well, even as we grow old and gray.
We can do great exploits in the Lord because we know He is on our side, ever-present to help us, and always fighting for us. In Psalm 91:4, we see that these “faithful promises of God act as our armor and protection” against our fears. Without these promises, it would be extremely difficult to step out in great faith. But because of God’s great ability to Father us, we can take risks without the fear of failing beyond restoration – this is a type of empowerment that paralyzes our fear, not us. Even the bad cannot conquer us (Romans 8:28), so we are safe to try.
With all this in mind, we take a step of faith. Beyond our fears lie the sure arms of God. We can depend on Him forever. He will never abandon us, and He is worthy of our trust as we take the leaps into what He has called us to do. We may not always feel a sense of certainty, but as we remind ourselves of the truth of what kind of Father we have, we will be emboldened to jump out of our comfort zones and into His power for us.
Today, I want to encourage you: if there is something in your heart to do, the world is waiting for you to step out! We need your God-given gifts and purpose to be fulfilled on Earth so that the world might know Him more. You can do it! I believe in you, and most importantly, so does your Father.
Ms. Emily Parker is the newest member to the A Faithful Sower Ministry team. She has a heart for God and a passion to reach the lost, share the gospel, and teach His infallible word. Emily recently launched a women’s mentorship program after completing three years of ministry school in Northern California, where she currently resides. She previously worked as an account manager in digital marketing, until God changed the course of her life. Her passionate pursuit has since become to know God and make Him known. Welcome Emily, we are blessed to have you on our team!
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Thank you for this beautiful devotion that reminds us that our heavenly Father always has His watchful eye guarding over us, that He stands ready to help us, and to take courage to walk through the doors of life that He opens according to the plans He has for us. “Plans not for calamity but a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11) Keep on writing and inspiring Emily– give the world more!
Thank you Emily for this very insightful and heartfelt devotional!
Sometimes in life when we are heading in a New direction we may lack the confidence that we need to get started and proceed on with confidence. For someone who has accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Savior and have the Holy Spirit within them, we move forward with the spirit. This helps to provide us with guidance and insight. The Bible does tell us that we can do all things through Jesus Christ to strengthens us. The Bible also tells us that we are God’s workmanship created through Christ Jesus to do good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do. As we are a Christ follower and filled with the Holy Spirit that should help to send us in the right direction and give us the mindset that we would need to have to be successful doing the Lord’s work.
Thank you for answering the call to this written ministry! Many blessings to you!