When faith gives way to fear — fear of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, the unknown, being disavowed or ex-communicated from family, friends or church, fear of poverty, fear of abandonment, fear of loss — it is ‘convenient’ to forsake God’s Word and His instructions in order to be accepted, or to be in the good graces or favor of men or women. We side-step our faith, step outside of God’s Will, His Word and instructions and step right into sin, disobedience, and the worldly ways Jesus delivered us from. We then are thrust into walking outside God’s Will wherein our behaviors demonstrate that we no longer trust Him. At this point we have lurched forward into making mistakes in life by letting the world, not The Word lead, guide and direct us. Sacrificing The Word to sin and tragedy!
Unfortunately, sometimes people will move faster in obedience to man, than to God, despite having our Bibles to lead, guide and direct us. We are then operating outside God’s Will, ignoring the fact that ultimately it is ONLY God who can save us, protect us, heal us and Loves us unconditionally. Not man! We often miss the Hand or movement of God because we are consumed with pleasing the world, not our Heavenly Father. God’s Word guides us on how to handle every situation we may encounter in this world.
Standing on His Word may not resonate with man, or make sense. It may anger those around you, cause you to lose relationships, distance you from your family and friends.
But that is what faith is all about. Standing on the Promises of God! Living our lives as true witnesses for Christ, no matter the cost or consequences. No matter the loss. For what does it matter to please the whole world, but at the cost of losing your soul, destroying your witness and spilling innocent blood.
We should not allow people’s opinions, hurt feelings, disappointments or threats to disown or to separate or cut us off, to be the basis for us acting out of fear and not walking in faith.
Our decision to tell the truth, follow God’s instructions is what separates us from the world. Our disobedience places us right back into the sin Jesus died to deliver us from.
Just think, what if this is your test God designed specifically for you?
What if your purpose was to pass the test in order to model for others God’s way? In order to forge a way forward for mankind.
You see, we never know who, what, when, or why God chooses us or what circumstances in our lives He has purposed to exercise His Will. Our only ask from Him is that we exercise our faith, stand on His Word, follow His Laws and TRULY TRUST Him, no matter the cost.
Did you really trust God before you did what you did in disobedience to His teachings, His Word? Or did you fail because of your fear of how the world viewed, said they would treat you or whether or not they threatened to cut you off and abandon you for doing what was right in the sight of The Lord.
Meditate and pray over that.