devotional-grant-newThe Lord goes before you and will be with you; God will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deut 31:8 NIV)

Like most people, I place my faith in countless people and things.

I believe my legs will support me, so I get out of bed and don’t think for a moment that I will fall over. I believe the brakes on my car will work when I need to stop. I believe my boss will pay me, so I go to work every day.

When we have faith in something, our behaviour is affected. We act out of faith.

The opposite of faith is fear. We can choose one or the other. Imagine driving to work if the brakes on your car only worked some of the time! You would be petrified every time you needed to slow down.

Sometimes I feel like my faith is like those brakes – only working some of the time – the rest of the time I am praying I will be safe.

I know my faith has been limited in the past because I believed I was better equipped than God to deal with my issues. Fear of condemnation and failure were two of the biggest stumbling blocks in my life – and I was too scared to deal with them.

This is where having faith in God, and my church leaders has helped me deal my fears. For most of my life before coming to the church, I had my trust abused by people I thought were my friends. It, therefore, took me a long time to trust my church leaders, and to believe they only wanted the best for me.

The day I took that leap of faith and started opening up to them was one of the scariest days of my life! It was also one of the most powerful. I started to take back control of my life from the fear that had been crippling me, and holding me back from being all that God created me to be.

Fear still comes and grabs hold of me every now and then. I know though that I have the victory in Christ, and am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb.

So place your faith in the One who will never leave you or forsake you. Choose today to step forward in faith, and leave the fear behind.

Blessings

Grant Aggett-Cox
DGFC Media Ministry