“The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger”.
Are you stuck in a rut or have you settled for less of an existence than you were called by God to live?
Has something kept you in the place of mediocrity? Have you settled, gotten sidetracked or disappointed to the point of paralysis?
The Children of Israel were in such a place. Having seen God do amazing things in delivering them from slavery in Egypt, they came up short in entering the land of promise, the land of abundance.
God has great plans for our lives. It’s exciting when He puts dreams and desires in our hearts, but it can also be challenging. Because fear always comes against us when we try new things. That’s how the enemy tries to keep us from moving forward – through fear. But instead of giving in to our fears, we can choose to be bold, confident and courageous through Christ.
God has so much for us that we can keep continuously moving forward. Not that we won’t have setbacks, and go through different seasons in our walk with The Lord, but as we keep persevering we will never exhaust the wealth of God’s goodness that is available. He invites us to come, and then to keep coming, and then to come some more. There is continual revelation and new and wondrous things He wants to show us. Go for it. If there is something that has stopped you, get up and get going. That’s where you will find your strength and renewal.
First John 2:27 says, ‘But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you. It’s important to understand that courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s moving forward when you feel afraid. And if we will do that, God will lead us straight through our fears into His perfect will for our lives. God doesn’t want us to live timid, shy, weak, wimpy, fearful, boring lives. He wants us to be bold, confident and courageous, unafraid to try new things. And it never ceases to amaze me what God will do through a person who simply steps out in faith.
Fear prevents some of the best things from hitting the surface of life.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10).
“I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 3:14)
On the road to moving forward are many obstacles. It’s not the easy road of the least resistance but the hard road of great resistance. Why? Satan does all he can to prevent our growth and development. He knows how great that path is so he resists every step forward we take. In fact, we can look at resistance as a mark of Godly progression as the Bible says “All those who desire to live Godly lives will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12). The Children of Israel were stuck because they feared the enemies they would encounter in the Promised Land. Instead of trusting God, they shrunk back into disobedience.
No need for retreat as faith will always carry you through. You have all the weapons of warfare you need to carry on for, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17) “If God be for you who can be against you?” (Romans 8:31). You know, it’s not the end of the world when we make a mistake or get thrown off track because God will always help us find our way back. Don’t let your mistake mark the end of the road, but rather a road to a new beginning. Think what a beautiful thing it will be to look back at your life and remember the journey you’ve had with God; to celebrate the ways He has worked in your life. In fact, the only thing we ever have to be concerned about in life is, “Am I following God?
You are invincible in God’s will. You may have become afraid of trying new things. You may have been burned, or let down. You may have a fear of failure. Whatever it is, “Be strong and courageous” because where God commands you to run is where you are invincible. Patience is good, but never let patience turn into stagnation. When it’s time to move, go in the boldness of The Lord. Nothing can stop you.
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus”. (Ephesians 2:4-6).
The key is having no stopping points. There will be plenty of reasons to stop, but none of them are good. The way to go is forward. Don’t let anything get in the way and have no boundaries. The sky is the limit, especially with God Who wants to do more than you can ever imagine. The way forward is to simply follow God in simple obedience. If you concern yourself with that, you’ll always be moving in the right direction.
Whether it’s moving on from a past relationship, past disappointments, or past sin, remember God has a plan for you. His plan for you is not in the past it’s in the future. Christians are a new creation through Christ. Your old life is gone. Now it’s time to move forward. Allow the love of God to compel you to keep going forward. Trust in the Lord. Cry out to God for help for whatever is bothering you. Say Lord help me move on. Allow Jesus Christ to be your motivation. What’s in the past is in the past. Don’t look back. Move forward.
What is holding you back?
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people”. (Ephesians 1:8)
In her book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears, with God, Kelly Balarie mentions below three aspects to be key to moving from fearful to faithful.
- Ask God for faith – “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (Jo. 14:3)
- Draw Near to God. In the presence of God, there is no room for fear – You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Ps. 16:11; But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. (1 Jo. 4:18).
- Dwell on God’s Promises. What God has given you, is enough to empower you – Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pet. 1:4)
Prayerfully consider if you are holding on to something from your past that keeps you from moving forward in faith. What is one thing you can do today to trust God with your future?
Key Prayer for you:
Lord, show me any area of life where I am looking to the past in a way that hinders my growth in Christ. Today, I choose to focus forward with my attention and faith centered on You.