I know you all know me as the girl who wrote the book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears. With this, almost undoubtedly, I should have this ‘fear-thing’ wrapped-up and conquered by now, right? I should be the one who’s figured out “fear” and who comes to you with remedies and bullet points galore. A whole arsenal of things to make you radically and instantly courageous.
Truth is: I do have the ability to come to you with some of those things, but I am also still very much a work-in-progress.
Aren’t we all?
Friends, growth is a process. Sometimes it is slow — and, on the amazing occasion, it is radically fast. Either way, just because you see you still need to grow — or because you need God’s grace, doesn’t mean you are failing.
The breakthrough of yesterday is often proceeded by God removing another layer. Or bringing you to a deeper level, in Him. It may happen days, months, or years later. This “situation” doesn’t mean you are doing a “bad job”. It just means God is at work.
You are growing, grace upon grace.
“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (Jo. 1:16)
Lately, I’ve had some freak-out moments, like:
- What if I don’t do what God wants me to do in life and I somehow “miss it”?
- What if God doesn’t keep me safe?
- What I am not good enough for you, God?
Grace comes to questions or doubts like these without condemnation, but with truth:
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thess. 3:3)
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13)
“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (Jo. 10:29)
Grace always speaks a better word. There is no shame in the process of growing — or in hearing, understanding, and in doing something new. These all point to increased faith. These are all part of the story of an activated, heartfelt believer.
God does the good work; we show up and submit to it. God saves; we look up and trust. God has the best plan; we come into alignment with it. We are in-process, but we are in good hands. These hands form and fashion like Jesus, more and more.
“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Cor. 3:18)