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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

Are you walking by faith or by fear? Do you live a life of great anticipation or great anxiety? Do your actions compliment your words? Do you believe that the one you get down on your knees and pray to will actually protect, provide and keep His promise when you get off your knees? What does your Christian walk say to those around you?

I pose these questions because it seems like more “Christians” are living a life of fear and not of faith. Those who profess to be sold out for Jesus live a life of caution, closed minded, in the moment existence. What is wrong with this picture? Those who claim to love the Lord, trust the Lord, and live the promise of the Lord more often than not can be found falling apart, worrying the worse and hesitating to live. While those who don’t profess to have a “personal” relationship with God live a life of freedom, liberation, out of the box, with a “once in a lifetime” passion.

How can you be a witness to the unchurched if you don’t stand out from them? Where is the boldness in how you approach life and all that life brings? You must be able to practice what you profess. You must be able to walk your talk. There is no witness if, your faith is viewed to be weak by those you are called to disciple. God allows life to be experienced by everyone…the just and unjust. This means ALL will experience loss and love. ALL will experience seasons of plenty and seasons of drought. And, in it all God is still God.

Your faith is not strengthened in times of plenty, but rather in times of challenge. For God to believe your faith is sincere and authentic, He will often bring seasons of challenge. Look at Job. He was a man who was faithful unto God in his season of plenty. But, God allowed Satan to bring a season of extreme challenge on his life to also show that Job’s faith was not conditional. Job’s faith was consistent and even strengthened in his season of loss, death and despair. And, because Job showed God, Satan and man that his faith was not just talk but backed with action, God blessed him with double in his latter days. His actions spoke louder than any words he could have ever said.

Does God look at you and see your faith acted out. Is what your profess to believe about God represented by your actions? If not, and you feel you are living a life more of fear than faith, pray to God for a liberation from that stronghold. In breaking free from the spirit of fear you can begin to fully walk in faith and fact believing that God is in control of ALL things, at ALL times, and will ALWAYS be with you even until the end of the earth.

Walk in faith. Live in love.

Mo Wood

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