It challenged me so much.
Had it not been for the Lord, I would have quit and walked away; I’m so glad I didn’t.
Following through on what I knew God had called me to do turned out to be incredibly rewarding.
At the time, I didn’t know that unknown path was leading to such a great blessing. Quite honestly, there were days when it felt like nothing more than a great burden. But the more I leaned on God and chose faith over feelings, the stronger I grew.
Although I didn’t know how to do it on my own, He gave me the grace to finish.
Very often, God will place us in positions where we feel uncomfortable, completely inept and unsure about what our next steps should be.
You may be there now.
If so, keep on going. Don’t be intimidated by the uncertainty of it all, because if God told you to go forward, there’s a blessing on the other side.
In Joshua 1:2, the Lord told him, “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them…”
Then, in verse 3, God said to Joshua, “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.”
What an awesome promise! While it was exciting, that also meant they had to get to stepping. They were about to walk into something, as long as they were willing to act on God’s word.
In chapter 3, we learn that Israel had to cross the Jordan River before entering the Promised Land.
In verse 15 of that chapter, we see that it wasn’t until the feet of the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant touched the water that a miracle occurred.
The water stood up in a heap and all of Israel was able to cross on dry land.
But what if the priests were too afraid to get their feet wet? They would have never seen a move of God like that.
Friend, you can’t be afraid to get your feet wet. In other words, don’t be too scared to step out in faith.
If you truly know God has commanded you to move forward, obey Him.
Place your full confidence in the Lord and His faithfulness to fulfill His word, and go ahead and put your feet in the water. Don’t allow the enemy to intimidate you and make you shrink away from your predestined purpose.
Don’t fall victim to his schemes to keep you out of your place of promise.
There are some things you can have, do and be, but they will require an initial step of faith like Abraham made in Genesis 12. In verse 1, God told him to leave everything he knew behind and go to a place that would later be revealed.
If Abraham never took any steps, he would have missed out on what God was doing.
Don’t miss out.
Start taking steps.
When it gets hard, keep on stepping.
You might have to cry sometimes, but keep on stepping.
The road may be long and rocky, but keep on stepping.
You may feel like giving up, but command your feelings to be subject to the plan of God and keep on stepping.
You're about to walk into something truly great!
To help you continue moving forward, I’m stirring the words God spoke in Joshua 1:9 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
As you drink down the contents of your cup, use this word as an antidote for fear and discouragement.
Believe that you are about to step into something great, because it's true.
Know that you have an inheritance waiting for you. There are things the Lord will do and doors He will open if you step out on His word.
Go forth in His name.
Now let’s pray together.
God, I believe I am about to step into something great. At the same time, the enemy is coming after me, working hard to introduce doubt, fear and discouragement. But I rebuke any defeated thoughts and place my full confidence in You. I know You will take me to the place You have preordained for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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