GRACE AS YOU STEP OUT

Pastor Dwain Faith

Fear and negativity is meant to paralyze —- at the very least

Paralysis is most often caused by damage in the nervous system     Paralysis could be localized, or generalized, or it may follow a certain pattern. Paralysis is loss of muscle function for one or more muscles. Paralysis can be accompanied by a loss of feeling (sensory loss) in the affected area if there is sensory damage as well as motor.

Fear is meant to cause emotional, mental, imaginative paralysis!  One of the most powerful technics of overcoming fear is to keep moving.  Take action against fears voice.  Keep doing what is good!

Romans 12:21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (doing). NIV

See Paul’s exhortation, keep stretching with practical activity toward your dreams.  Better to have lived having tried…There is a life with no regrets.

Try to do nothing and you’ll certainly succeed.

It’s terrible to be a dreamer and not a risk taker.   To have…

               Identity

               Purpose

               Inheritance

To have these things promised you and given you by the spirit and yet be stopped, arrested, paralyzed.

You can’t bear fruit clinging to the trunk, you have to go out on a limb.

PUTTING ON THE NEW SELF

Remember fear, rejection, inferiority and insignificance are at the heart of much dysfunction, disorder, confusion, depression, discouragement, hopelessness and then sin.  I’m not saying that sin is unattractive.  Sin can be attractive, but part of the attraction is that we don’t have a good reason to not sin.

If you were tasting the goodness of God in the realm of your dreams, goals and ambitions you’d have less reason to compromise the blessing of fulfillment , by engaging in sin (activities that betray who you are in Christ).

In thinking about defeating fear and rejection, inferiority and insignificance you must have forward action in your life (progress and progressive behavior). 

It must be forward action that corresponds to what you dream about.

This is a part of “putting on the new self”.

The new self is a dominate creation.

The new self is prone toward life, creativity and progress.

Colossians 3: 10-14  …and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him  –a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

In putting on the new self you are called to put on a consciousness that contradicts the fears and worries of the old life.

In-action is food to fear.  Submission to fear, now depression is more welcome…

Before we were delivered from darkness, from fear, you were afraid to act upon some dreams / desires. 

Afraid to try.  Afraid to risk.   Allowing yourself to be paralyzed

Could you imagine Jesus being paralyzed?

Now that you are delivered from Darkness you must act, you must try, you must risk!

To not take action is to betray your faith and the new creation.

In-action is the food to fear.

You can’t sit around in the mire of in-action.  If you do you’ll endanger the life of the new creation.

You will end up exactly where you once were.

Faith without corresponding action is dead faith (in animate – unproductive). 

James 2:26  For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. NASB

26    As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.NIV

26 Just as a person’s body that does not have a spirit is dead, so faith that does nothing is dead! NCV

Do you dream?

Do you have an ambition?

Some burning desire?

Act upon it !

Are you defeated by something?

Are you afraid of something?

Are you hesitant to try something?

Emerson said, “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”

Therein is a portion of deliverance for you in contradicting, disobeying the compelling of the enemy.

God miraculously meets the person who combines their faith with works.

Grace is released in the doing of a thing.                                             Though the task be daunting…

Grace through faith (living faith, not dead faith).

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  9  not as a result of works, that no one should boast.

Grace is always accessible through faith. 

Grace is not God’s power to you when you don’t believe.

Grace is God’s power to you when you do believe, even though  you are imperfect.

It’s accessed, turned loose, made available through your faith in the Word of God to you.

Fear of failure will block the power of God  / flow of Grace in your life.

Fear says don’t step out, don’t go into action, wait for God.  Faith says God will support me and I must act.  Sure enough when you step out to walk on water it will support you!