Dreaming of a great future and victory in our lives and/or circumstances can be scary for so many of us. We want success, happiness and to be an “overcomer”, but we fear our failures. What if it I can’t achieve it? What if God doesn’t want me to have it? What if he is the wrong person to marry? What if I’m not good enough? Why me? What if I shouldn’t adopt? Will it be too hard? What will I have to sacrifice? What if the sacrifice is more than I am willing to give? What if I get there and I don’t like it? These are all the questions we ask ourselves in our mind…sometimes without even knowing it. These are our fears and fear exists when we are not in God’s will.
Faith and fear cannot exist together. Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as being “certain of what we do not see.” It is an absolute belief that God is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there is no tangible evidence to support that fact. On the other hand, fear, simply stated, is unbelief or weak belief. As unbelief gains the upper hand in our thoughts, fear takes hold of our emotions. Our deliverance from fear and worry is based on faith, which is the very opposite of unbelief. We need to understand that faith is not something that we can produce in ourselves. Faith is a gift in Ephesians 2:8-9 and is described as a fruit (or characteristic) which is produced in our lives by the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22. The Christian’s faith is a confident assurance in a God who loves us, who knows our thoughts and cares about our deepest needs. That faith continues to grow as we study the Bible and learn the attributes of His amazing character. The more we learn about God, the more we can see Him working in our lives and the stronger our faith grows. Fear, and the lack of FAITH, can separate us from God and His will for our lives.
It’s scary when God calls us out to walk upon the waters in FAITH just like Peter in Mathew 14:25-31. It reads: shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Peter was able to overcome his fear only through FAITH. When he had no fear of failure or doubt his FAITH carried him to amazing places and to do supernatural things. But when he felt fear and took his eyes and FAITH off Jesus, he sunk within the waters. His fear of the world was greater than his FAITH in Jesus…therefore his fear became reality. Do you find your self sinking beneath the waters? If so, keep your eyes on Jesus. Place your FAITH in His promises and your fear will vanish and you will rise above the waters. HE IS FAITHFUL. HE IS FAITHFUL!
In Psalms 56:11 the psalmist writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” This is an awesome testimony to the power of trusting in God. Regardless of what happens, the psalmist will trust in God because he knows and understands the power of God. The key to overcoming fear, then, is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear. It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting Him to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good. As Job said when he was experiencing some of the most difficult trials recorded in Job 13:15. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” When we seek Jesus in prayer and truly surrender our lives and desires to His will and not our own, He is so subtle and yet so obvious in His prompting of us that we are on His path.
God is so good the way he shows up to confirm and reaffirm that you are in His will and on track with His teachings. Let me show you how He spoke to me again this week in the most subtle and yet most obvious way. This week, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women from a local church and we discussed and celebrated being a “OVECOMER”. I had prepared and prayed over my message for weeks, but that morning moments before I was leaving, I was packing up and gathering all my materials when God spoke to me. God directed my attention to something in my office that has been there for years. He shifted my eyes up to one of my picture boards where I have four word figurines…they sit there from left to right….BELIEVE, FAITH, HOPE and DREAM. I was amazed when I saw them because my message I had prepared of Overcomer is based on the difference of BELIEVING in Him and BELIEVING Him. The message was based on FAITH, real FAITH, 100% FAITH like David showed against Goliath kind of FAITH…no shadow of a doubt FAITH. The message was based on the teaching that through BELIEVING, requiring 100% FAITH, is the only place where we can fully embrace real HOPE. I immediately praised God for His amazing faithfulness to me, knew the message was His will, grabbed those word figurines for the lesson, packed them up and off I went to teach. As I was driving away I praised Him for the tools he had just given to me to teach these sisters in Christ the lesson He had put on my heart! Thank you Lord for your faithfulness!
The next morning I went to unpack my briefcase and when I went to put them back on my photo board where they had lived for the past ten years….God showed up again! As I look up to put them back in their place, the photo board is off-centered…. leaning to the right with DREAM sitting there all by itself…just about ready to fall off the shelf, land on the floor and probably break. God clearly said to me and literally “showed” me A DREAM cannot stand alone without BELIEVE, FAITH and HOPE. He was so subtle I could have missed it. And yet He is so obvious if we are aware of His presence and pay attention when He calls us to look and listen! If we are not ready to receive Him, we will miss Him. For HE IS WITH US! In Mathew 1:23 the Bible tells us The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means God with us).
The DREAM was off balanced! How many times in our life are we off balanced because we pray, HOPE, DREAM and desire but we don’t hold steadfast to the first three Godly principles that are the most important ….BELIEVE, FAITH AND HOPE. How many times in our lives do we cry out to Jesus “HELP ME”……. “SAVE ME” just like Peter on the water? We don’t balance our cries with BELIEVE, FAITH and HOPE. Do you want to walk upon the waters? Do you want to transform your life? Do you want to change the lives of your children’s children? Then let’s take a lesson from Peter….Jesus told him and He is telling us…”You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Don’t doubt. Instead remember this….BELIEVE + FAITH + HOPE = DREAM!
As I put those powerful words back up to their rightful place I heard God say to me….”Well done child”. And he asked me to take this lesson a step further. When speaking with my sisters in Christ about overcoming the troubles of this world and I think the word DREAM defines it well. We DREAM of overcoming the troubles of this world. We DREAM of greatness, peace, joy, happiness, security, faithfulness, success, contentedness. In the world we learn that to “DREAM” you must write your goals down, but in the Bible it tells us we should proclaim the DREAM to our God through prayer and petition with complete FAITH. If it is His will, then He is faithful. It tells us in scripture, that if you ask for a prayer, you must believe it true…Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. We must have FAITH in our Father’s goodness and abundance for our lives. Then we can receive the HOPE without any doubt that our DREAMS will be fulfilled. Sometimes those DREAMS result differently than our worldly visions, but if we are truly in God’s will, his DREAMS for us are much bigger and better for us than we could ever imagine. Trust was another word we discussed and how so many times when we go into prayer with FAITH, we say we BELIEVE, but we really don’t BELIEVE wholeheartedly….we have doubt and doubt allows the enemy to lay foothold and tear our DREAMS down with his evil desires and intent. In John 10:10 the Bible says the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. We cannot let the enemy destroy our living God’s design and purpose for our lives here on earth.
What is God’s plan for you ? Do you desire to overcome and live life on earth as it is in Heaven? Do you want to take a step out upon the waters and DREAM today? Do you want to BELIEVE fully and have unwavering FAITH of his power and abundance…Do you want to have unconditional HOPE in His good plans of HOPE and a future for your life as He promises in Jeremiah 29:11? Seek Him, pray and commune with Him and read His word!
I pray that you will remember these powerful words that God gave me when you are broken and want to overcome your circumstances of this fallen world….