Courage: Stepping Out In Spite of Fear

Ever had a fantastic idea that you know is God-given? You know it’s going to be big or make you money or make a huge positive impact, and you’re extremely excited about it. So you call your bestie and tell them all about it and you’re literally jumping up and down with excitement, but in the process of all the excitement you start realizing what it’ll take for you to actually accomplish this idea and your first reaction is giving up.

You start thinking to yourself: “I don’t have enough money”, “No one will listen to me”, “I’m too young to do this”, “So many people are doing the same exact thing”…and the most popular one, “What if I fail?” You start feeling defeated way before you’ve started and eventually you abort the dream.

Unfortunately, most of us go through this cycle. We are too quick to give up on the things that God has called us to because we are afraid! That’s right! FEAR is the cause of most of our failures. It has killed more dreams than anything else ever had. Honestly, fear is the worst thing that could happen to you especially when you’re pursuing your passion/purpose. It’s not that you don’t have what it takes or you’re incapable of accomplishing the things that you need to, it’s just that you’re too frightened of taking that step. So instead of taking that step of faith you start making excuses as to why it won’t work, or worrying about what people will think.

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Towards the end of last year, while taking stock of my year I realized that almost everything I was believing God for did not happen. But I also realized that most of the things required me to step out somehow but I never actually did anything because I was too scared. So while I was waiting on God, He was waiting on me! At my home church, this year has been declared our year of accomplishing new things. What God is really teaching me about lately is that the new things won’t be accomplished if I’m shrinking away from the assignments that He has given me.

Take a look at the Israelites for example – God promised them a land flowing with milk and honey. They sent 12 spies to survey the land that GOD had given them and they all came back with a good report about the land but 10 of them were afraid of the ‘giants’ of the land (Numbers 13). Only 2 of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, were courageous enough to go and take over the land. So basically the Israelites would have missed out on an entire promise if they had decided to act based on fear. This goes to show that just because the idea/assignment is from God it doesn’t mean that it will be easily attainable. It will still come with its challenges and require some sacrifices from you.

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This story also reminds us that so many others will benefit from your courage. If Joshua and Caleb stood on the side of fear, who knows what could’ve happened to the Israelites. It probably would’ve taken them longer to get the promise because no one was willing to step out. There are so many people waiting for you to get over your fear and step out in faith so that they too can obtain their promise through you. Someone’s breakthrough is waiting for your obedience to the assignments and dreams that God has given you.

It’s still early in 2018, you still have time to plan and step out in faith concerning the assignments that God has given you. It’s better to do it while you’re frightened, than regretting why you hadn’t stepped out in the first place. You’d be surprised at how things turn out.

Just to encourage you right now, you have all of heaven backing you up and cheering you on. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be disappointed by what currently looks like mountains. Always remember that He who is with you is greater than anything/anyone that is fighting against you. 1 John 4:4

I honour you.

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