We live in time, move in time and are affected by the ‘times’. With that being said, it is necessary to see that the times that we live in can affect us in many different ways. IN TIME we can move in faith or in fear. I can see in my own life, I have done both and in writing this I want to expound a bit to encourage you. Walk on in this!
I have made some bad decisions in my life and I conclude that some were made in fear and not in faith. Let me be gut level honest with you. I believe the current apartment we live in was a decision based on the fear of trying to save some money and ‘cheap it’ rather than step out in faith, and move into something different that God was pointing to at the time of our decision. My thoughts were founded in fear, not faith and from that, I made a less than desirable decision. How gracious God is that He moves through our seemingly wrong decisions and makes good of all of it!
In spending time before the Lord, contemplating that He works all things for good I realized that God can take time and the decisions that we make in time, even those made in fear, and work them for good. Onward in this!
God spoke these words to me which then started me on this journey of writing this down for all to see. He said:
Faith moves you in My time, fear moves you in man’s time.
Ouch! There you go! My mistake was simply that at that moment in the time of the decision, I moved in a fear of lack. What if I had moved in faith? Well, we would be living somewhere else, but not Valencia. Now please don’t tell me that God can change it or shift it for me. I know He can but I don’t believe He will because this is all working for something great and glorious and I can still move forward in this place. It’s not the end of the world but what a great lesson for MOI!
Decisions based upon the fear of not having enough money, not having this or that leaves you with a decision based on fear and out of the timing of God. (But remember, He works it for good so don’t fear. LOL!) Fear moves you into man’s timing of the what if’s, what can happen, why are you doing this? Fear causes you to move in lack, in constant worry, in turmoil, dissatisfaction and so much more. I worried because I entered into man’s timing of fear. I self-talked to myself with such things as:
You can’t really afford this extra $300.
What if there is no money coming in?
What if we can’t pay the rent?
What about faith? When decisions are made in faith, they are made from a relationship with a Father that loves you and wants only what is good for you. Faith brings you into the unknown where people may simply not understand. It is a risk and it stretches you beyond your level of understanding or trying to make sense of it all. I had to interject FAITH into TIME to walk into a realm of the unknown but a realm where God was leading me.
I am a woman of faith and so after I beat myself up for a few days I simply received God’s grace into the situation. I realized I was not perfect. Yes it’s true! Even after being a Christian for many years, I am so not perfect. (Said with a grin on my face! It’s a joke folks!) It was at that point I really learned some things, which will help me greatly in the future.
Some thoughts about decisions made in time – faith or fear? That is coming tomorrow.