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Taking That All Important First Step

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Ever felt too little?
Too small?

Lacking in something (anything) at all?

I sure have!

More times than I can count.

Thanks to David Jeremiah, I now have a little different perspective on my own “too small” mindset.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
Psalm 56:3-4

Fear is the first step toward obedience. In Scripture, when God calls a person to a specific task or role, their first response is usually an objection, question, or doubt. Fearfully, they ask, “Why have You chosen me? I’m not qualified. I’ve never done this before.”

God chose Israel, although it was a small, insignificant nation (Deuteronomy 7:7). God chose Moses, although he had run away from Egypt in fear. God chose Joseph, although he was ridiculed and sold by his brothers. Jesus chose an unlikely group of men to be His disciples. God delights in choosing those for whom it is impossible to fulfill His commands in their own strength. He assures us “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me” (Psalm 50:15).

When God calls us, He equips us. If we get stuck in fear, we are forgetting who God is. Although fear is a natural first step, we must move from fear to faith to obey God. As we focus on Him, remembering His power and strength, our faith increases. He will be glorified through our obedience and bring to completion all He has promised.

Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future. It’s simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.
Joni Eareckson Tada

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