Jumping Is Meant To Be Scary

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Just like the title says, jumping is meant to be scary. Whether it is jumping into a relationship, a friendship, a job, a new place, parenting, a life change or anything else. And by ‘jump’ I don’t mean it has to happen suddenly or at warp-speed. But the term ‘jump’ implies something that is new and different than what was previously existing. Before I expand upon what God has put on my heart and mind about this, let’s see what Merriam-Webster has to say about the technical (or worldly) description of this particular word:

VERB FORM: to move energetically; to start out or forward; to show eagerness

NOUN FORM: an abrupt change or transition; one in a series of moves from one place to another

Aren’t those definitions beautiful? Not only beautiful, but positive. Now I know what you are thinking … not all changes are positive. This is true, but whether a certain change or circumstance is positive or not is largely dependent to our perspective of it, not our actual position in it. A jump (or shift) in our lives or circumstances can cause many emotions: joy, fear, happiness, worry, excitement, insecurity, confidence or jealousy. The list goes on and on. Much of what we feel is based on outside factors such as what other people do or say, how other people make us feel, what is happening all around us or most often the things we are making up in our own minds and telling ourselves. When we experience a positive reaction or emotion, that is likely something from God. When we experience a negative reaction or emotion, that is likely a lie from the enemy. But either way, we will experience a reaction.

However, jumping is the only way to propel yourself forward. Some may be good jumps, bad jumps, right choices or wrong decisions—but they are all progress, because they are all part of the story God designed to make you into who He created you to be from the beginning. And there is good news! Even if you make the bad jumps and wrong decisions (or when you do, because we ALL will at one point or another), God can and will re-purpose it for your benefit and bring something beautiful out of it in the end. Here are a few things that Scripture has to say about stepping out in faith, trusting, and change:

“Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 GNT)

“Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19 CSB)

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” (Romans 12:2a MSG)

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.” (Psalm 56:3 AMP)

 (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)

In this world we will have trouble, Jesus promised us that. But there is another promise that came directly after that—the promise that he has already overcome the world, so we need not fear. He walks right beside us and dwells within us … there is no burden we carry, no fear we possess and no insecurity we cower to that he does not already know about. Part of the reason changes come (some we seek out, others come to us beyond our control) is because that is how God changes and grows us. He uses the good AND the bad experiences to shape and mold us and to deepen our faith and trust in Him so that we will allow Jesus to guide our lives and our hearts. He carries you. He has always carried you. He always will carry you. He is the Alpha and the Omega … the beginning and the end … the Creator of your heart, soul and mind. With that in perspective, do you not think He possesses the power to know and do what is best for you and to walk you straight through the fire of any change or circumstance? He not only has the power, my friend, but He has the power to do it in a way where you will emerge from the fire unscathed and not even smelling of smoke. Trust God. Step out. Embrace change. Give your surrender to Jesus and just watch the miracles he will create with it!

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The Thought Train

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Take a few seconds and think about all that happened yesterday. Take a few more seconds and think about all that happened this past week. Take a few seconds and think about all that has happened in the past year. Are you done? Did a lot come to your mind? How much of it was negative? How much of it was focused on all of the things that went wrong or that did not play out as we had hoped? What was your mindset when you finished doing this? Are you feeling more negative? More down in spirits? Or did you have positive thoughts and memories of the good things that brought you joy?

Most of us would tend to focus on the things that were overwhelming, heartbreaking, or that went wrong in that time frame. We as humans usually gravitate towards the opposite of joy—yet that is the one thing everybody seems to say that they want and the one thing you find everyone chasing. If we want joy and peace and positivity so much, why do we seem to be so captured by the wrong and stress and negativity? In two words: THIS WORLD.

We live in this world, and Jesus boldly told us, I have told you these things so that you will be whole and at peace. In this world, you will be plagued with times of trouble, but you need not fear; I have triumphed over this corrupt world order.” (John 16:33 VOICE). We were told straight from the mouth of the Perfect One that we WILL have continued times of lacking peace, strength and security. But did you catch that second part? He is triumphant! The victory has always and will always belong to Jesus! He gave his life to ensure that truth and promise.

You see, when we accepted Jesus into our hearts, we became a new creation. We strive to be different, live different and think different. But the problem with that is we still live in the old world and among old creations. We try to follow the light that Jesus brings to our path … in a world filled with darkness and corrupt natures. Morals, values and desires are completely off-track and people are lost. No matter how we fight it, we all still have human nature and instinct in us, whether we are saved or not. That is why we sometimes gravitate to the things we know in our hearts we don’t even want to think or do. The Apostle Paul knows this struggle all too well. He tells us in Romans 7:15, 18-19, 15 Listen, I can’t explain my actions. Here’s why: I am not able to do the things I want; and at the same time, I do the things I despise. … 18 I know that in me, that is, in my fallen human nature, there is nothing good. I can will myself to do something good, but that does not help me carry it out. 19 I can determine that I am going to do good, but I don’t do it; instead, I end up living out the evil that I decided not to do.” (VOICE)

Unfortunately, when Eve took that apple off the tree and Adam chose to partake in the eating of it—they changes the entire course of history for human beings and the world we live in. Which makes it all the more hard for us to stay the course and keep on the true path. We must intentionally keep the Truth of God’s Word in our minds and KNOW His character so that we can strive to be more like Him each and every day. God gives us His Word, Jesus gave us a human example. It takes effort, it takes time, and it takes a deep heart “want to”. Though hard at times, it is not impossible. We know the end to the story—we win! So press on, train your mind to think on the things above and on the blessings each day brings to your life, instead of what this world or those in it may have tried to take away. Here are some versus of encouragement for you today to remind you that it is all going to work out beautifully—if you stay the course and fight for your place in God’s Kingdom.

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” (Titus 2:11-12 NIV)

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4 NIV)

“How abundant are the good things
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
on those who take refuge in you.” (Psalm 31:9 NIV)

“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4 NIV)

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17 NIV)