Christianity, Life, Moving Forward

Leap of Fear?

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No, no my friend it is not a leap of fear but it is a leap of faith that is being required of you. More than three times God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. When God begins to elevate you for an assignment, He will be sure to affirm you with the words that will carry you through. Joshua carried the words, “be strong and courageous” from His Father into his next challenging assignment.

Hear me when I say this: What’s next for you will require you to depend on God and not your emotions. What’s next for you will require you to call out your fears. I mean to write them down, to figure out why these fears are there and once these fears have been identified, God is going to ask you to do something with them. Are you ready? I am!

Fear, I have learned is nothing more than a fabricated emotion that becomes easy to believe.

Is fear real? Yes.

Can fear be conquered? Yes.

Our fears should push us and lead us to become more confident. Each time fear has entered my life and attempted to take control of my mind, I have allowed myself to get away with God and analyze why fear is there and where the fear is coming from.

Joshua, when he was chosen to take over for Moses, who was no longer around, fear was soon to enter. Joshua, being called to step into a new role, has a normal human response; that is to wonder if he could be the person for the job.

Here is what I’ve leaned about Joshua’s transition: The transition came so fast that he didn’t have much time to live in fear and this is what I want to point out for you and I to understand…

What God is requiring of you in this season of life cannot be taken up by allowing yourself to remain in fear.

Fear is an enemy that wants to stop you from walking into your God given potential. Fear is simply: False. Evidence. Appearing. Real. What I’ve learned about fear is this: whatever perspective you have toward the fear in your life, is usually what you and I will believe. If I believe I cannot accomplish something because of fear, then I am going to make decisions based off of my belief system. You see what I’m saying?

Questions for you to wrestle with:

  • What lie(s) are you believing?
  • Can you name your fears?
  • Do you see why these fears are there?
  • When will you take your leap of faith to overcome your fears?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

P. S. What are some fears you had to overcome and how did you overcome these fears? Lets help each other out by sharing and encouraging one another!

P. S. S. Punch fear in the face! It has to go now!

 

 

 

Christianity, Moving Forward

Don’t Let the Enemy Lie To You!

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“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

The enemy has been lying to you. The crazy part about these lies are, you have started to believe some of them. Listen, when we are most vulnerable in life is when the enemy attacks. What I mean by this is; when we get weak, upset, frustrated, feeling emotionally drained and beat up, the enemy tends to step in and let it’s voice be heard. Notice I used the word it.

What I have learned in life is, the enemy has a name and it has a voice. How much we listen to this voice depends upon us. The enemy in our lives is not just satan. If you are a follower of Christ you should be familiar with some of satan’s tricks and tactics. He usually operates in familiar patterns. At least this is what I find to be true in my life.

An enemy is someone or something against you.

An enemy is not on your side.

Neither is the enemy trying to bring good to your life

Think and reflect for a moment. What are the things in your life that’s been trying to have at your time? Trying to steal your joy? Trying to tell you, you can’t do something or you’ll never amount to anything? Who are the people bringing negative energy to your life? Identify the enemy. Once you have identified the enemy you can begin to plan your attack. You can begin to take steps to overcoming and making your defeat against the enemy.

I’ll close with this: When we have gaps in our lives, or when our minds are left in the unknown, kind of doing it’s wandering thing, we create for ourselves this empty space. In this empty space is where we tend to not know and as humans we hate not knowing. Not knowing something usually leads to thinking negatively. I don’t know why we do this but we do. We imagine the worst possible situations, the worst circumstances and then what happens, we begin to believe in our own pretentious thoughts. It blows me away when I let my mind wander too far. Maybe you do the same.

It is time for you and I to roar back. To be the aggressor if you will. Let us not play the victim and be the victim. We have been given power by God to be victorious. We will struggle, we will fall down but we shall not be defeated. The enemy is under our feet. Let’s live like it!

#BetterThanYesterday

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Romans 16:20

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Pressing Place

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“One thing I do brethern; I forget those things which are behind, and look forward to those things which are ahead. I PRESS toward the mark for the prize of the High calling in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 3:13-14

There are certain times in life where we find ourselves in some rough places. For days, weeks, months and even years we hide, fake and put aside what is going on the inside of us. It seems the longer we hide what’s going on internally; externally we become numb to who we really are. The external persona gives us a role to play whenever we are out in society amongst peers. We become vocally systematic in our responses. Our gestures become mastered so others cannot see what is truly going on inside of us. We hide the brokenness, the pain and hurt so well.

There is what I like to call, a “pressing place.” A pressing place is a place where you are being so suppressed, you cannot hide and hold in what’s going on internally. A pressing place presses against your pain and it forces you to say enough is enough. Too many times in our lives we run from our pressing place.

“In order to overcome we must go through. In order to go through we must release. In order to release we must confront. In order to confront, we must be real. In order to be real, we must be transparent.”

– J Scott

Someone once said, “Don’t fake it until you make it, faith it until you make it.” In our pressing place we have to find faith. In Matthew chapter 17 verse 20 the text says, “If you can have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to that mountain, move, and the mountain will move!” Faith, no matter the size, small or great can move the mountains in your life. In case you haven’t heard, small faith can get you to the right place!

I don’t know what your pressing place is today but I pray whatever it is, that it forces you to let go of all of the things hurting on the inside of you. You do not have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You don’t have to put a fake smile with your wonderful face. You can be real and transparent about what is going on with you. In order to grow you must let go!

My friend, my prayer for you today is for God to suppress you in your pressing place, so He can get you to release the brokenness of your soul. It is in the release where the healing process begins for you.

God bless you,

J Scott Samarco