Faith to Launch!
The idea to launch my website has been in conception since January 1, 2020. I know, I know, it’s been a long time coming! If I shared all the other pending goals sitting in the vault, you would clutch your Sunday pearls!
Over the last two and a half years, I’ve asked myself: are you going to step out of the boat and walk on the water or stay inside where it’s comfortable? Are you going to trust and obey or doubt? Are you going to persevere or quit?
Honestly, my answers varied based on the level of faith I was operating in that day. Most days, my confidence was high, but there were some days that I wanted to abandon my goal and pursue something easier.
Today, you and I get to rejoice and celebrate my accomplishment. The road to “launch day” was long and arduous, but it was worth it! There is a view of success and a level of faith that you can’t get when you’re sitting in the boat. When you step out of the boat and walk on water, like Peter, you see what is possible before it becomes obvious to the masses.
Before I go any further, let’s pause for a moment. Ask yourself, are you a water walker or a doubter? Following Jesus is risky business, so you better ensure you’ve got your wet suit and walking shoes! The results and rewards are remarkable! However, If you’ve decided to stay on the boat and remain comfortable, check who you’re following.
For those that want to launch out into the deep, let’s continue…
God has a habit of asking ordinary people to do extraordinary acts and accomplish audacious goals. He beckoned Peter to walk on water, equipped Gideon to defeat an army of 120,000 with 300 men, and asked the disciples to give up everything to follow Him.
What is He asking you to do? Friend, whatever it is, do it! Don’t waste any time doubting yourself. Don’t, even for a minute, feel that you are not able, not capable, or not equipped to do what He is asking you to do. Kick the “I cant’s” to the curb, and bring on the “I cans!” Get out of the boat! If you stay in the boat, you risk boredom and stagnation. Faith and growth go together.
As for me, His desire was for me to leave Corporate America, start a business, write devotionals, and launch a website. I know that seems overwhelming and challenging, it was! But I said, “Yes!”
The comforting news is that when He asks us to do something that doesn’t make sense, appears impossible, or seems far-fetched, He doesn’t send us in our strength. He equips us with the power of the Holy Spirit. If I didn’t have Holy Spirit’s help and His Word, I would’ve quit.
And if I can do it, you can, too! You might be saying, “But, Krista, you have great faith.” Both of us have the same power working within us to accomplish God’s will.
If you don’t believe me, tell me what’s holding you back in the comments.
How do you do it in faith? One important factor is that you have to overcome the spirit of fear. In the Bible, it is stated 365 times not to be afraid. God told Joshua, “Be strong and very courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Another factor is to allow your actions to show your faith. If you believe you can reach the top of a mountain, start making steps up the mountain. Don’t just keep looking at it. You must put steps to what you believe. If you have faith in authoring a book, start writing. If you have the faith to be wealthy, start working and/or investing. If you have faith to be fluent in a foreign language, start studying. If you have faith to hear God clearly, start reading His Word. Do your best and let God do the rest.
You are carrying something that someone else needs. It’s time to stop living beneath God’s plan and purpose for your life. It’s time to stop considering yourself as common and instead realize that you’re valuable. What you’re carrying isn’t cheap or common, it’s costly and valuable.
And like the widow that went to Elisha after her husband died, you may think you’re empty, you don’t have enough or that you have nothing. But the truth is, if you use what you have, if you use what’s in your hand, God will bless it and multiply it. Moses thought all he had was a stick, but God gave it supernatural power. What do you have in your hand? Use it to launch!