101: Does Fear Stop You From Pursuing your Dreams?

Pressing Through When You Want to Give Up!

Have you felt the desire to quit, throw in the towel, and give up on your dream? The fear of failure is a powerful emotion that keeps us from pressing forward into tomorrow. What’s worse, we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In today’s episode, I want to take you on a journey of my own fear of failure. I hope my story will help you take that fear and turn it into your personal superpower. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin, and how we leverage them both can determine success or failure.

071: Understanding your Life’s Potential. [Podcast]

Finding your Passion in 3 easy steps.

I’ve asked myself numerous times, “*why do I write?*” It’s not so much a question of not knowing the answer, it’s about keeping the vision of why I’m writing at the forefront of my heart. If we don’t know our why, we’ll never accomplish our heart’s desires.

In today’s episode, we’re going to look at why it’s so easy to let passion fall to the wayside. For most people, they have a hard time discovering what their passion is and what their why is. To truly take our message to the next level, we first must discover what our potential is.

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Count it all joy when you face trials.

3 Life-Changing reasons Fear holds you back

It’s amazing at how we get so surprised when we encounter hardships. We know they’re going to come – and we know that they will be painful, yet it still catches us off guard.

James the brother of our Lord says, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

002: 3 Ways to Actively Seek God’s Face: Learning to be People of Righteousness

 

In the second episode of A Devoted Life, we look at what it means to be people who are active in our faith. What does that mean and what does that look like?

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001 – A Devoted Life – How Do I Trust God Within the Storm [Podcast]

Life take some interesting turns. We don’t know where God is taking us until we get there. This is the beginning of a new bi-weekly podcast called A Devoted Life. This is meant to encourage you as I report on what God is doing in my life and how my testimony can help you draw near the heart of God.

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Thought for Today!

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/hands-on-page-of-bible-close-up-high-res-stock-photography/993275-001I journal in a wonderful app called, Day One. It can be purchased in the Apple Store. I have it on my Macbook Pro and the Android clone called Day Journal. I recommend Day One, as a daily journaling app — they have it for both iPhone, iPad and any Mac computer. I’ll write about how I journal another time… .but here’s an expert from my journal.

*What did I read/listen to today?*

I read the story in Mark 5:21 where Jairus comes to Jesus to seek healing for his daughter. While on there way a woman secretly touches Jesus’ garment and is healed. Both act out their faith in different ways. One is openly seeking Jesus, and the other is secretly seeking Jesus. As you read the woman who secretly sought Jesus eventually came forward.

Without Faith

Without Faith

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“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believes that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:6

Where is your faith today? We live in a scary world, a world where people are crying out for safety and salvation. When we take the time to seek the face of the Lord, we are asking Him to move in our lives. When God moves, people see.

Our lives should be living testimonies of what Christ has done. If we want to see the rewards of God in our daily life, we have to seek Him with our whole heart. It takes commitment and time. But, if we stick with it and see it through, we’ll find His blessings ever present in our lives.

David was a man after God’s own heart – should God expect any less from us?

Choose today to be a person who diligently seeks to be more like Christ, each and every day.

How Do We Respond?

The absolute depravity and degradation of what an unregenerate man is capable, saddens me. But, in the degradation of mankind, there is an over-riding sovereignty of a passionate love our Creator God bestows upon us is so much more than we can ask for.

In my writer’s guild meeting last night, Author Jeanette Windle said, “Our God (Yahwah) is not about safety and tranquility, but when we look at the images in scripture, we can find that God can be found in the roaring waters, thunder, lighting and storms. We are not called to safety, but are called to stand strong in the storm… it is in standing strong within the storm we will experience the presence of God.”

I’ve often heard people say, “God will never allow us to go through something we can’t handle.” But, isn’t that bad theology? If we go through something that we can handle… where do we then place our faith? The Bible calls us to place our trust and faith in Jesus, but if we don’t have to, we can handle what comes our way, then there is not faith.

So, I challenge that statement with this thought. “God WILL allow us to go through storms and trials that are more than we can handle; so that we may learn to trust and place our faith in His hand. It is in this that we will find peace and safety.

So, how do we respond to such a horrific event? Do we allow fear to rise up, or do we as believers take a stand, ride the storm and take our calling to nail down the shingles in the midst of the storm? We are privileged to serve a God who is not tame–but is fierce, wild and awesome! He is the God of the storms. He is calling us to stand strong and bring hope to a storm filled world; to impact a culture of people who need the Good News of Jesus Christ and the hope He has to offer to an unregenerate man, who is capable of serving the very Creator they have shunned.

I was going to write a response to the Boston bombing attacks, but when I read this post… they said everything I was going to mention.

Read the linked blog below from www.morethanabeard.com… come back here and respond. How will you respond in the midst of the storm?

Blessings,

J. B. Sisam

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