This week I wrote about the NEW God has for us being upon us. While I still know this is true, I also know it is up to us to walk into it. We must take that step, refusing to allow anything to hinder or stop us.
Recently a close friend of mine has been at a place of transition. In our conversations she has shared with me her feelings on making this change, which would be a huge step of faith for her. It seems each time she gets to a place of complete peace about her move, something happens or someone calls to go over all the negative aspects of her moving forward. At times, this has caused her to question her move. This morning was such a time.
As I listened to her talk, one scripture came to mind.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord. James 1:7
Let’s look at it in the Passion Translation.
Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next. When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable. Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition?
It is not time to shrink back. It is time to press forward into the new. It’s certainly not the time to allow ourselves to become unstable. It is time to be fully focused and stable in God and His word alone.
As I meditated on this scripture, I remembered Lot’s wife…
The Bible says God had come to deliver Lot and his wife before destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. On the way out, instead of moving forward, Lots wife looked back. In doing so she turned to salt and never moved forward again.
This is a day to make certain we are empowered by confident faith in God and His word. Furthermore, we must stand in faith, declaring His word, without doubt. Regardless of what comes our way. We cannot afford to shrink back.
That being said, it also appears the enemy is working overtime to attack and hinder the promises of God.
I can honestly say, I have had more challenges this year than I have had in a long time. Freak accidents and medical issues I have never faced. However, these things are not causing doubt to come concerning the word or the promises of God. Frankly, it is having the opposite effect. I am more convinced now than ever that we are stepping into the new. I am absolutely certain the wonderful promises God has made us are coming to pass in this season – we will see them with our eyes. With each passing day I become more sure.
Why? Because I am spending more and more time in the word of God and in prayer. These challenges are not causing me to shrink back but to draw near – and that is one of the keys to stepping into the new. We must keep our faith strong.
Friends, we are in a wonderful season. A time of transition. A time of stepping into the new things God has for us. Yes, there is opposition, but we are not fighting for victory, we already have victory. We battle from a place of victory. We must remember that and keep pressing forward, refusing to waver or look back. Refusing to become unstable. It’s time to lay hold of all God has for us, as I said this week, it is ours for the taking – let’s take it together!
Meditate on this!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9