Monday, December 28, 2009

the unknown

Why is it we stay in our comfort zone, in our little circle? We are afraid of the unknown. Why is it we don't reach out, to witness to others? We are afraid of the unknown. There are millions in our world who are living in fear, not fear of harm, or danger, but fear of failure, fear of not being accepted, fear of not being loved. Who is behind that fear? It sure isn't Jesus, because in Him there is no fear, but that fear, that unwillingness to go out into the unknown comes from satan. We can listen to the voice of Truth, and understand we have nothing to fear, or we can listen to that little voice of satan sitting on our shoulder telling us of all the fearful things, of all the things we are going to fail at, and just how worthless we really are. It is time we stop giving in to our fears, the unknown, there is nothing unknown to our God, His hands are wrapped around this world and every move is because of His voice. Living in fear is not living at all. In fear you will not find joy, but when we leave ourselves, when we leave the comfort of our safety, we find just how great and mighty the Lord is, we find His real strength, we find His hand upon us, and our eyes are opened to a whole new world, a world filled with Him, waiting for us, His children to move, to work and to serve. As I was studying the disciples yesterday, each of them were different, each of them were unique, they each had qualities much different than the others, but that is what God was looking for. He didn't want people all the same, to follow one another, He wanted them to follow Him, and use the gifts He has given them for His glory. Even those things they each struggled with, God used them for His gain and His glory. He can take the smallest of our mistakes and teach us the greatest lessons, and use them for us to bring glory to His name. Why be afraid when we have the King of kings with us, when we have the God of gods with us, and He has instilled in us His Holy Spirit to lead us, to guide us, to be our comfort, to be our compass leading us home. Home may seem a long time off, but home is right here in our hearts with Him, until that day we see Him face to face. Don't let your fears, your doubts, your questions hold you back from moving forward, from reaching out, and from making great changes in your life. May today be the day we leave those fears behind, may we make today the day we will not allow satan to fool us any longer, but the day we hold on to all Jesus has for us! There is beauty in the unknown, there is hope in the unknown, for Jesus is everywhere and He will meet us right where we are. When we decide to stop being comfortable, when decide to follow Him wherever He is calling, we will find Him there, and it is in that unknown that we will find not only Him, but all He has called us and made us to be.
Psalm 55:22 " Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."
Psalm 62:7-8 "In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."
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