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Be a Faith Walker

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ow do we move forward in business even though we may be afraid?  One word: FAITH. Many years ago the pastor at the church I used to attend gave the congregation a simple definition of faith. He said faith was full assurance in the heart that God will do what he promises. Those words never left me. They have become a part of the self-talk I use when fear wants to stop me from doing the things I know I need to do in order to have a successful business and life.  The full assurance is the deep knowing that a faith walker has about God and his ability to provide.  Our faith in business is always being tested. Every day there are challenges and obstacles that present themselves. The way in which to navigate these potential “faith busters” is found in the scriptures. I am always intrigued by the story of Abraham because he is a great example of what it means to be a faith walker. What often strikes me in the passages in Genesis 12:1-8 is that Abraham did not think, analyze, rationalize, procrastinate or refuse to do what God was calling him to. Instead he heard from God and obeyed. I know for me there have been plenty of times that I have stalled on the things God wanted me to do because my fear was bigger than my faith. But with Abraham we don’t see that in the scriptures. Instead we see a man of obedience, who hears from God, leaves his home (his comfort zone) and goes to a new land.  Abraham’s faith was such that he had full assurance in his heart that he would be taken care of by God. Because his faith was strong he was able to go and not be saddled by the baggage of doubt, fear, and insecurity that so many of us hold onto when God is trying to grow us. I want to be a faith walker. And not a sometimes faith walker. Not a faith walker only when it is easy or convenient for me. I want to be a full time faith walker who is so rooted in God and his word that no matter how out the box his call may be, I will hear and obey. What about you? Do you want to be one of those faith walkers referenced in Hebrews 11, The Faith Walkers Hall of Fame? Writing for my site wordsbytara.com has been a major test in my faith walk. And while I am a “work in progress”, progress is what I am making. Every time I revisit the story of Abraham I am reminded of some important truths. Here are three I want to share with you. 1.	Leave the zone. Abraham left his comfort zone. There are very few examples, at least in my own life, where my faith did not require me to step outside of what I knew and to let go of some things. The life of safety and stability I have created for myself has difficulty co-existing with faith. The art of letting go, is routine in the life of a faith walker. It can be letting go of people, places, things, old ideas, old resentments, and old hurts. It can be anything that needs to be removed from your life in order for God to take you to the next level. Abraham had to leave his land because what God was calling him to do was going to happen somewhere else, it was going to be different from what he already knew.  2.	There are no limitations for God. We are never too old, young or too anything we may say to explain why we are not walking in faith. Abraham started over at age 75 and God demonstrates through him that it does not matter where we are in life. Nothing we see as a challenge is a challenge for God. When God has determined that something is for us, he will take our “explanations” (or are they really excuses?) and use them in order for his will to be done.  3.	We don’t have to know everything (even though we think we should). Abraham did not have a clue as to where he was going, where he would live, what he would eat, or how he would provide for his family because God did not tell him. We often think we need to know all the details first. We want all of our questions answered. We want a play book that tells us in explicit details outlining every move and countermove. But… God does not work like that. Instead we have to decide to trust God and know that he is in control even when we are clueless about what he is up to.  What things has God been calling you to do in your business? In your life? We are not to live a life saddled by fear. Instead we are to live a life of faith. While fear will always be with us, it is a normal part of the human experience, we must learn to live a life where our faith is always bigger. We must learn to be faith walkers.How do we move forward in business even though we may be afraid?

One word: FAITH.

Many years ago the pastor at the church I used to attend gave the congregation a simple definition of faith. He said faith was full assurance in the heart that God will do what he promises. Those words never left me. They have become a part of the self-talk I use when fear wants to stop me from doing the things I know I need to do in order to have a successful business and life.

The full assurance is the deep knowing that a faith walker has about God and his ability to provide.Faith

Our faith in business is always being tested. Every day there are challenges and obstacles that present themselves. The way in which to navigate these potential “faith busters” is found in the scriptures.

I am always intrigued by the story of Abraham because he is a great example of what it means to be a faith walker. What often strikes me in the passages in Genesis 12:1-8 is that Abraham did not think, analyze, rationalize, procrastinate or refuse to do what God was calling him to. Instead he heard from God and obeyed.

I know for me there have been plenty of times that I have stalled on the things God wanted me to do because my fear was bigger than my faith. But with Abraham we don’t see that in the scriptures. Instead we see a man of obedience, who hears from God, leaves his home (his comfort zone) and goes to a new land.

Abraham’s faith was such that he had full assurance in his heart that he would be taken care of by God. Because his faith was strong he was able to go and not be saddled by the baggage of doubt, fear, and insecurity that so many of us hold onto when God is trying to grow us.

I want to be a faith walker. And not a sometimes faith walker. Not a faith walker only when it is easy or convenient for me. I want to be a full time faith walker who is so rooted in God and his word that no matter how out the box his call may be, I will hear and obey.

What about you? Do you want to be one of those faith walkers referenced in Hebrews 11, The Faith Walkers Hall of Fame?

Writing for my site wordsbytara.com has been a major test in my faith walk. And while I am a “work in progress”, progress is what I am making. Every time I revisit the story of Abraham I am reminded of some important truths.

Here are three I want to share with you.

1. Leave the zone. Abraham left his comfort zone. There are very few examples, at least in my own life, where my faith did not require me to step outside of what I knew and to let go of some things. The life of safety and stability I have created for myself has difficulty co-existing with faith. The art of letting go, is routine in the life of a faith walker. It can be letting go of people, places, things, old ideas, old resentments, and old hurts. It can be anything that needs to be removed from your life in order for God to take you to the next level. Abraham had to leave his land because what God was calling him to do was going to happen somewhere else, it was going to be different from what he already knew.

2. There are no limitations for God. We are never too old, young or too anything we may say to explain why we are not walking in faith. Abraham started over at age 75 and God demonstrates through him that it does not matter where we are in life. Nothing we see as a challenge is a challenge for God. When God has determined that something is for us, he will take our “explanations” (or are they really excuses?) and use them in order for his will to be done.

3. We don’t have to know everything (even though we think we should). Abraham did not have a clue as to where he was going, where he would live, what he would eat, or how he would provide for his family because God did not tell him. We often think we need to know all the details first. We want all of our questions answered. We want a play book that tells us in explicit details outlining every move and countermove. But… God does not work like that. Instead we have to decide to trust God and know that he is in control even when we are clueless about what he is up to.

What things has God been calling you to do in your business? In your life?

We are not to live a life saddled by fear. Instead we are to live a life of faith. While fear will always be with us, it is a normal part of the human experience, we must learn to live a life where our faith is always bigger.

We must learn to be faith walkers.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tara Pray seeks to help as many women possible live their God inspired dreams. She believes the dreams given to us by God are rooted in our life’s purpose. On her site www.wordsbytara.com she provides ideas, information and inspiration to help woman live in the fullness of their dreams.

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