Post by: Christy Mobley
“And without faith it’s impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6
I stood at the bottom my friend’s staircase as we discussed what to do. Give it away or keep it? Give it away or keep it?
I said, “Just do it. Give it away.”
With some hesitation she relinquished her excuses and then boldly stated, “I’m going to do it. I’m going to give it away.” And then sheepishly added, ” But not today.”
She needed to get rid of some old clothes that were cluttering her house and driving her crazy. I guess her struggle was not so much in the giving away, but in the fear of giving away. Fear of the doing.
Fear forbids us to move forward.
It keeps us from doing what we know we should.
Her situation seemed easy enough to me. Cut and dry. I’m a throw away girl. I can’t stand clutter, so it’s easy for me to get rid of extra stuff. Give it away, or throw it away. I don’t fear I’ll need it later.
Like NIKE, I can just do it.
Ah, but I’m not that way with everything.
As a matter of fact, recently I felt God tugging at me to make a couple of phone calls but I had a hard time picking up the phone.
I was paralyzed with fear.
It’s wasn’t like God was asking me to do anything so dramatic as when He asked Mark Batterson to kneel down in the middle of an airport like Batterson recounts in his book, Draw the Circle or brush some old man’s long gray hair, like Beth Moore talks about in one of her videos. (I think that was in an airport too.) It was just a couple of phone calls for heaven’s sake. No, these phones calls weren’t dramatic, for me they were traumatic. Somewhere I had drummed up an irrational fear. But everyone has their own “hang up’s” right?
Fear takes hold when our perception of reality gets skewed.
On this particular day the devil had planted an irrational fear in me and the more I dwelled on it, the more skewed my reality became.
When something like this happens how do we walk through it, and just do it?
I shared my feelings with my friend Danya, and she told me something she heard Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham’s daughter) say. “If you’re feeling God leading you to act and you feel fearful… do it anyway. Do it scared.”
Most people think doubt is the opposite of faith, but it’s not. Fear is.
Fear stands on the opposite side of faith.
The devil wants us full of fear.
God desires us to be full of faith.
The devil wants to keep us trapped.
God wants to set us free.
Fear traps us.
Faith frees us.
The reality is, God stands by us in our fear and in us as we step into our faith.
When we just do it scared, we cross over the boundary that separates our faith from fear.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith, it’s impossible to please God. But dear friends, God is gracious and gives each one of us our own measure of faith, (Romans 12:3) and we are expected to use it.
I’m not sure if my friend ever got rid of those clothes cluttering her house, but because of the encouragement I received, I made two very important phone calls. And when I did my anxiety was squelched. It was freeing.
And, I bet God smiled. ( :
Is God prompting you to step out in faith today but you feel a tinge of fear?
If so, let me challenge you to just do it. Do it scared.
Put a smile on God’s face by stepping over the fear and into your faith.
Christy is a wife, mother, writer, mentor, and Life Purpose Coach. She is passionate about encouraging women to move forward, and press on through their struggles, seeking God’s presence in every bump and turn in the road. You can catch up with Christy at Joying in the Journey