Unleash Your Inner Warrior
You call me out upon the waters
My dearest warrior,
Imagine yourself standing before an ocean of possibilities. The ocean reaches to the farthest expanses, disappearing into the horizon line in such a way that sea and sky seem to blend together. You cannot tell where the ocean ends and the sky begins. All that is before you is vast and overwhelming. That is what our future often seems like. It’s an endless expanse filled with possibilities, and we don’t know how to take it all in. We have a goal in mind, but we cannot see how to get there from where we stand, and the idea of simply taking the plunge, diving headlong into our future can be daunting, to put it mildly.
When we stand at the edge of our future and look out into it, we often find ourselves face-to-face with the fear of the unknown. As Christians, we are not meant to live in fear—certainly not the fear of the unknown. We are not entrusting our future to some vague nebulous mass or wading through life moment by fearful moment. We have the brilliant gift of living for a known God who knows all, and are given the opportunity to live for Him. Your life is in the hands of a loving Father.
Fear of the unknown is far too easy to submit to; it is laziness and cowardice. It takes courage—the heart of a warrior—to step out of your comfort zone and into your calling. It takes courage to take your first step out of an airplane as you dive headlong into your calling, feeling like you’re free falling along the way.
Look at it this way: you are familiar with your current circumstances. There is nothing out of the ordinary, and you know what to expect. Even if you are not happy with where you are, at least you know ‘where’ that is. The moment you dare to take your first step outside of that comfort zone, you are in unfamiliar territory, a new battleground, a different world. Until you get there, you won’t know what that new territory looks like.
Another way of seeing it is as blinders or a painted window. Painted on the back of your blinders, or the inside of your windowpane is a landscape. It’s an okay scene and it looks pretty enough, but it’s not breath-takingly gorgeous, by any means. Behind those blinders or that painted windowpane is the most stunning vista, beautiful beyond imagination. God wants to remove those blinders or take that windowpane out from in front of you, but you resist and say ‘No! I’d rather keep things the way they are,’ because even though what you are looking at now is nothing special, at least you know what to expect. You don’t know what you’ll find if the blinders get taken away, and you’re not sure you’ll like the scene that God has set before you, and so you allow fear of the unknown to continue to keep you blind.
But that’s the beauty and brilliance of the God we serve! Our God is a Father who only gives good gifts to His children. Why then fear the unknown when He knows the plans He has for you, for a hope and a future, not for calamity?
Beloved, we don’t need to see every step along the way or have an exact blueprint of how to get where we’re going, with a full description and total layout of where we will end up. That’s not how God does things. And if you think looking over that vast, endless expanse is daunting, try looking at the entire plan of your life at once. Your heart would burst from the shock! Instead, God is kind enough that He gives us grace for each day.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" – Matthew 6:34
Don’t decide today how you’re going to feel about tomorrow. God gives us enough grace to get through each day—and on difficult days, He gives us grace to get through moment by moment. God gives enough grace for each individual day because He is a relational God who loves to keep open dialogue. He loves carrying on conversation with you on a daily basis. He does not want to give you enough grace for the week so you can tank up and ignore Him until you need to a fresh filling of grace. No no, He gives us this day our daily bread.
My dear warrior, change your mind today. Don’t live in fear of the unknown. Resist fear and trust God with your future. Partner with Him in all you do (He is not a God of hand-outs. He expects you to work together with Him; He won’t simply drop everything into your lap), and have confidence in the Lord, not in fear or anxiety.
If you feel like you’ve been living in fear of the unknown or are anxious about your future, repent (which means ‘to change your mind.’ Repentance is a commitment to wholeheartedness). Pray: Lord, I want to live free from this. I confess fear and anxiety as sin and I repent of it. I break my agreement with fear and anxiety and I choose to trust You with my life. I ask for your grace to come into my heart and I rebuke the spirits of fear and anxiety. Lord, come into that part of my life and take up residence in my heart, and replace fear and anxiety with your rest, joy and peace. I declare that I believe Your Word and I will not yield to fear. In Jesus’ mighty, precious name, Amen.
Live in the Battleground, dear warriors,
©Michèle Aimée, 2015
About the Author
Michèle is a warrior with a passion for God, a deep love of writing, and a fire for combat training. As a warrior, she understands that when she is given orders, she must follow through.