In our previous blog titled, You Can’t Steer a Ship That Ain’t Moving, we talked about obstacles that keep us stuck. If you haven’t already read it, I highly suggest you do so in order to clarify what obstacles have prevented you from becoming unstuck.
Take a Step of Faith
Once you’ve identified and prayed over the obstacles that have kept you stuck, it’s time to start moving forward. To get unstuck, you will have to take a step of faith. God doesn’t want you to stay stuck. You may feel unsure because you don’t know exactly what that first step is, however you can come to God and humbly declare,
“I am scared. I don’t know what’s best, but God I believe your word. I have faith that you will work all things out for good. I am taking a step of faith today by committing to walk in your ways. I believe your word as truth. God you know what the future holds and as I walk in your ways, you will direct my sails. God I need you. On my own I am nothing, and with you I can do all things. Thank you for being my wise counselor, my provider, my comforter and my strength.”
God already has a path and a purpose for you, which will be revealed as your heart aligns with his. Spend time with him in worship, prayer, serving, and reading his word.
Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you…
James 4:8 (VOICE)
Walk in His Ways
As you spend time with him and walk in his ways you can trust that he’s giving you what you need to know for now. When the time is right, he’ll show you what’s next. God doesn’t always give you the whole picture at once. He will often only give one step at a time, as that is all that we’re ready for.
Deconstruct then Reconstruct
When you take a step of faith, be prepared for things to get messier before they get better. You’re re-building. In order to re-build there is a tearing away of old habits and thought patterns that needs to take place. If you were to build a new home you wouldn’t just build it over top of the old. You have to de-construct, clear the debris and then re-construct. This takes time. It will be messy. It will be uncomfortable. And it will be worth it.
Deconstructing may mean tearing away aspects of self rooted in things like pride, envy or idolatry. You will know what’s destructive when asking, “Is this thought or action aligned with God’s word?” If not, let it go. As you let it go, and walk in truth, God will make a way. He will stretch, and grow so that your new self reflects his image.
Then you know to take off your former way of life, your crumpled old self—that dark blot of a soul corrupted by deceitful desire and lust—to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. Then you are ready to put on your new self, modeled after the very likeness of God: truthful, righteous, and holy.
Ephesians 4:22-24 (VOICE)
Trust God at all times. He wants to lead you. He’s simply waiting for you to fully surrender to him. Trust is hard to measure. You either do or you don’t. If you’re not sure if you trust someone, then chances are you don’t. You can trust God. He who did not spare even his own son, but gave him up for us, won’t he also freely give you all things? If it’s peace, love, acceptance, financial security, a renewed marriage, generosity, or greater faith, you can trust that he’s already given it all so that you can have it all.
Trust in him at all times, you people, pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8 (NIV)
In all these areas, seek God first and all these things will be given to you. Ask him
Where do I need to take a step in faith?
What support will help me to move forward?
What practical things can I do?
Who do I need to be accountable to?
What deconstructive habits have to be let go?
What can I do to align myself with you?
As his word says,
Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened.