For the Christian in need of change,
I do not have steps to guide you out of what you desire to leave behind. However, what I do have––life experiences and a transformative God––I share with you.
LOSE THE FEAR THAT THIS IS ALL THERE IS.
Recently, I was reflecting on my past experiences and to my surprise I recognized a pattern of fear-stricken faith when it comes to my walk with God. Not the good kind of fear… the kind that instills terror in your eyes and tells you that this is all there is.
Face to face with this pattern, I brought my concerns to the LORD.
He told me that my breakthrough resided in child-like faith.
My response to Him was immediate.
“LORD, You know my hesitations with child-like faith. Is it not a call to be naive?” For years I had been convinced that child-like faith was simply a beckoning to blindly trust every word I interpreted to be God’s voice. I’ve been wrong before, why wouldn’t I be wrong again?
Gently, the Spirit of the LORD spoke…
“Remember when you were a teenager?”
Suddenly, the Spirit brought to remembrance all the times as a teen I truly believed I had reached the end of the world due to difficult situations or new circumstances I hadn’t yet encountered before.
Experiences like my first heart throbbing break up or moving from Kansas City to Chicago––away from my life, school, dearest friends, church family… ultimately, my entire world at the time.
You see, what it means to take on child-like faith is to have faith despite not knowing the outcome. As children, it is impossible for us to even conceive what the other side of a new circumstance looks like.
Quickly, the term child-like faith began to unravel before me in a new light. Spiritually speaking, I am a child. Still learning and growing alongside my heavenly Father. He is the God of the impossible, He has and He will take me through experiences I can’t possibly predict the outcome to.
So if you’re like me, when Jesus calls you to new trials and dreams that look impossible to achieve, you probably have the tendency to stand face-to-face with impossibility and say, “Well, I suppose this is all there is. There is nothing more for me here.” Or, if you’re on the dramatic side (also like me), you’d probably cry out, “It’s the end of the world!”
It is at this point where child-like faith in our loving Father must come in.
Steven Furtick says it this way,
“Faith is believing BEFORE what will only make sense AFTER.”
Like a child, unable to look back on past experiences to conceive a future outcome but who puts complete dependency and faith in care of the Father, we can overcome feelings of despair and the lie that this is all there is.
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