Taking a leap of faith

What does it look like to take a step of faith?

As I have been reading the a bible in the last weeks, I have read stories of people who have been asked to obey and they responded by saying  "Yes, Lord I will follow". 

Faith, like that of Joshua and the people of Israel, as they stepped into the Jordan not knowing what would happen but taking a complete leap of faith that God would be with them. Faith for not only the water to part when they crossed the Jordan river but also complete faith in God to enter into the land that they had no idea what lied ahead. 

Joshua 3:14-17"So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest), the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho.Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan."

Another person in the Bible that comes to mind when obeying in faith is Daniel. I think often when we read theses stories we forget that the people in the Bible were just people like you and me. They do not know the outcome of their story like we do, they just obeyed and follow what the Lord laid on their hearts. So reading Daniel I try to remember that part. Daniel didn't know God would intervene and close the mouth of the lions; yet he still got on his knees and prayed openly in his house knowing that the penalty for disobeying the king's law would be death.

Daniel 6:10-22 - "When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God.Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.”  Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.” 
 Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.” Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”  And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.  Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him. Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm." For me, I want to have faith like that. I want to be able to trust God completely and say "wherever you lead Lord I will follow. " But so often my fear, doubt, and anxiety stops me. I am pretty sure when my fear overcomes me and my anxiety takes over that the devil and his demons have a party, thinking they have taken me down. In that moment they might, but I have learned that I have a stronger defense. I have a Mighty Warrior on my side and his name is JESUS! All I have to do is call upon his name to save me and He comes to my defense. "

So as I think about this truth, why do I keep holding back? Lingering on the edge of obedience, wanting to take that leap of faith yet being held back?

For me this fear has increased since becoming a mother. Fear of their safety, fear of them failing, fear of them not knowing truth, fear of me completely messing them up. You see it's these fears that have held me back on the edge of that cliff of faith I'm talking about. For me, I am learning, not mastering by any means, that it is okay to let these fears go. These fears are nothing but lies that are untrue. Lies that the devil wants me to hold on to and let me think I'm in control of my life and my kids. But today can I let you in on a little secret. These lies are not truth.

Truth my dear moms is that we have been given these little ones to raise for a reason. God has a plan for each of us and our children. He knows the path they will take and He alone controls their future. God has them in His hands which are so much bigger and stronger then my own, so it is time to take the step of faith and trust that our Father has better plans for them then we do. It is time for us to start trusting in Him with their lives and not listen to the lies that we are in control.

So today, will you take a step of faith with me. Will you trust that God will be with your children, will you let down your reigns and let God do his own work within them? Will you have faith to step out and trust that God is in control and not you!

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