Dare To Be {Dare}

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This past Sunday, I went to Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill’s event called Dare To Be. It was amazing! There was such a depth in both the worship and messages. The whole premise of their event is to remember that childlike existence that we used to have when it came to being brave. Do you remember what it was like? I do. I wasn’t afraid of anything. Nothing seemed to hard, too crazy or too impossible. I bet I even thought I was invincible.

Somewhere along this journey of growing up, we forget what is like to be that child. We become reasonable, practical and conservative. We bank on things like planning and sensibility to accomplish goals and get us to where we want to be. The truth is, I don’t want to get to where I want to be. I want to get to where God wants me to be. I sure don’t want my own efforts to get me there.

Deuteronomy 31:6 points out some things that we forget and some things that need to be recalled as we walk out the path that the Lord has laid out for us.

 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

The Lord calls us strong and courageous.

We forget who we are. But He does not. Life happens. People happen. We begin to take on a new identity. We allow people and circumstances to rename us, to sway us. But God is beckoning us to listen to Him as He reminds us of who we are. Tune out every other voice until His is the only one that remains. Lean into His presence and His word and hold fast to who He says that you are. Become unshakable to the cares of this world.

When we learn to be hidden in Christ, we then begin to walk out our true identity.

 

He commands us not to be terrified or afraid of others.

Fear is not of God. Most assuredly fear of man is not of God. Often, we give people too much power over our lives. We give them the power to approve or disapprove of us. We give them control over our actions, our words or even emotions. This absolutely breaks the heart of God! People are just people. They don’t have near as much power as we attribute to them.

When all we concern ourselves with, are the illusive “they”, we lose vision for what God wants to do in us and through us.

 

Keep your eyes on Christ, not your circumstances.

Circumstances come and go. They change at any given moment. They can be good or bad. They can fill us with dread or hope. That is life. It is real and raw and messy and beautiful and fun and lovely all at the same time. We can never control a situation enough to achieve our desired outcome. When we fixate upon our changing circumstances , we become unstable and forgetful of our identity. We also forget who God is. So, seeing as how, circumstances will change, be reminded that our God never will.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13: 8

 

God is with us.

He will go with you. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. How sweet are the promises of our God?! They usher in incomparable peace and comfort. They are as good as gold! He will NEVER break a promise to us. He is forever faithful.

 

Regardless of what unforeseen situations occur, we can step forward confident that God is who He says He is, that we are who He says we are and that He is always with us.

 

Dare to be the one who believes God!

Dare to be the one who trusts in His promises!

Dare to be the one that doesn’t fear what others think!

Dare to be all that He calls you to be!

 

 

Do you struggle with Daring to Be?

Mutual Gaze {Look}

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The book of Psalms reads like a journal. It is raw, honest and unfiltered. I rather appreciate that! I most appreciate that it is always lined with a distinct focus. I came across several verses in the book of Psalms that caught my attention. They all contain the word “look”. They either refer to us looking at God or God looking at us.

 

It led me to begin thinking about if I truly grasp that I have the Lord’s undivided attention and where I look to, to find answers and direction.

 

 “Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.”  Psalm 25:18 

“Look on me and answer, O LORD my God….” Psalm 13:3

“Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.” Psalm 84:9

“Look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.” Psalm 119:153

Clearly these are cries for God to notice the author. He begs for Him to care, to answer, to show favor and bring deliverance. This is the Old Testament. On this side of the cross, we don’t have to beg for God’s attention. We have it. We always have it. He is as close as the whisper of His name. His Spirit lives within us.

God delights in noticing us. He takes absolute pleasure in answering our prayers. He longs to deliver us from our suffering. God’s gaze is always toward His creation and His children. He loves us and created us for intimacy with Him. He is constant and never changing.

 

“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4 

“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.” Psalm 145:15

We, on the other hand, waver and look to a number of other sources for rescue. We easily forget that God is our only source. We run to people and places and favorable circumstances to bring hope and satisfaction. But those never last. They promise to deliver but they never fully come through for us.

 

Only in Him is hope.

Only in Him is strength.

Only in Him is provision. 

Only in Christ is EVERYTHING that we need.

 

What do you tend to look to as your source?

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