Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

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Wow,  it’s here, 2015, and so are we, so grab your favorite warm drink and journal and join me for “New Uncharted Territory” because I’m so excited to share with you from my heart what this sometimes can look like when God asks us to move in a direction we’re not familiar with. We can become polarized because of fear, but not so in the case of Abram and Sari! Join me!

So often when we look forward to a new beginning or new directions in our lives, such as a job or maybe making a decision to go to school, you can figure it out but whatever the new direction you are going in is always uncharted territory. We’re just not sure of the full direction we’re going in because often we can’t see the whole picture. I’m such that kind of person. I have to know whether I’m turning at a stop sign or a stop light and does it really matter if I’ve been given correct directions and instruction? We have been given just that…precise direction found in God’s Word.

We find in the Book of Genesis 12:1-9 the account of Abram, before God changed his name to Abraham; The Call of Abram: And the Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

With a father who worshiped idols and a city dedicated to wickedness, Abram was not raised in the best of environments. Yet, when God called, Abram believed God and by faith followed God’s instructions. Hebrews 11:8 states that: “By faith, Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whether he went.”

Abraham heard the voice of God. There is no hint that when God spoke to him that he questioned who God was. Further, he did not confuse the voice of God with the idols and false gods that his father worshiped. He knew who was speaking to him. It is apparent that he believed that it was God that was speaking to him and because it was God, he believed the promise that God made to him.

Now, honestly, can we really say we would be so willing to make a move of this magnitude? Would we be willing to pack up everything and go into what our eyes and mind can fathom of “Uncharted Territory?” Probably not unless we weigh ALL the factors of our lives yet somehow I still see God speaking to us in great examples of this life-experienced passage for us today and thus the tennis match begins with the “What if’s” in our lives.…and the conversation goes like this:”This sure sounds like a BIG deal to me and I’m just not sure if I can make any kind of decisions … why… because I’m…well simply… worried and full of fear!”

signsFor example, sometimes when we are being called away from something that’s comfortable and familiar, we’re filled with anxiety and can talk ourselves right out of the will of God; when in actuality, He’s calling us into a place of total trust and peace!

When we take time to remove ourselves from the confusion as we read in the preceding chapter of Genesis 11 regarding the Tower of Babel; we will find peace.  Let us not trust in ourselves but trust that He is directing us for our own good. And as we release our fear and the “What if” syndrome, we are now trusting God for our new beginnings and to walk out our direction in life.

We are only 24 hrs into the New Year although we may not be praying for a new direction; however God maybe shifting you into “Uncharted Territory” that you cannot see; you must trust Him just as Abram trusted God.  Remember, not only does He have our best interest at heart but He also sees the bigger picture and others as well!

Abram’s faith truly moved the heart of God. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6.

I believe He already has set up and established “New Charted Territory” for our lives even before we see it.

What are you seeking as far as direction for your life in 2015? Is it a new job, a new home, maybe even a new ministry? Don’t let the “What if’s” stand in your way or keep you from moving forward. It may not be moving to another city or job, but whatever it is, I know that your faith will move you where you’re supposed to be.

Let your faith become your reward…just like the miracle of Sarah and the birth of Isaac.

With expectation for the New Year as you move forward in 2015.

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2 Responses to “Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power”

  1. Gay Hardy says:

    Oh Debbie…

    I have another very dear friend, Debbie, who actually moved from Pasadena to Philly in April and it’s been challenging to say the least.
    Just yesterday she shared with me some of the hardest struggles she’s ever experienced in her life and by the time we hung up, I just cried.
    This message today was perfect to share with her and to remind her to seek Jesus in all those struggles and to place her full trust and faith in all the details of this life changing move.

    Thank you so much for obeying His direction to pen your heart with us.

    I just love you <3 <3 <3

  2. Jenn says:

    Thank you Debbie..I am one who has to really work hard on not allowing the ‘what ifs’ to rule my life. One of my many goals for the year is to put my faith into better practice!