Do We Really Believe It?

September 2, 2014 by

ladderI know we all believe the things we read in God’s word, but do we really?

I was challenged in this area just last week. My husband was helping me shoot a picture for the cover of my ebook. If you missed that post, you can read it and see the picture by clicking here.

He, being on the roof many times, thought it would be really cool if we got a shot of me (having never been on the roof) up there with my arms lifted to the sky.

I thought it was a great idea! That is, until I got about halfway up the ladder. I told him I didn’t think I could do it, but he encouraged me to just keep climbing. I did, but instead of climbing up, I climbed back down, stepped onto solid ground, and told him that I just couldn’t do it.

At that moment, Philippians 4:13 flooded my mind. “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” In a moment, I had to question if I really believed that statement. Was I really going to not capture this picture because I didn’t believe that I could do it?

I did not want to go up that ladder, but I was simply not willing to let my fear overrule my faith. I felt I had no choice. I needed to conquer my fear at all costs.

Quoting Philippians 4:13 out loud, I trepidatiously climbed that ladder feeling incredibly unstable.

Once I reached the top of the roof, the experience was far from over. While my husband set up the shot, I stood there wondering how I was going to raise my arms as if praising my God. Again, allowing the truth of Scripture to wash over me, I raised my arms and held them until he could get the shot. It was quick, but it felt like forever. I stood there as still as I possibly could hoping my shaking arms would not blur the photo.

After he had the shot, I thought the worst was over. I expressed to him how thankful I was that going down was going to be easier. His expression told me he wasn’t so sure of that. It turns out that he was right. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how difficult turning around and backing down that ladder was for me.

Again, it was the quoting of that verse, out loud, that got me down that ladder. This may seem silly to you, but let me tell you that for me, it wasn’t silly at all. The truth of God’s Word gave me the strength I needed to conquer my fears and do something that was way out of my comfort zone.

I realize that getting a photograph isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but it is the idea behind believing Scripture that taught me the lesson God would have me to learn. I can trust His Word to get me though my circumstances; the insignificant ones as well as the important ones.

God’s Word is truth. It is living and breathing and there is power in His Word.

Do you believe that today?

What do you think? How does believing what God’s Word says help you conquer your fears?

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Shared at: Cornerstone ConfessionsChronicles of GraceTime-Warp Wife, Tell Me A True Story, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Testimony Tuesday, 7 Days Time, and The Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood.

18 Responses to Do We Really Believe It?

  1. Rick

    What an good example of conquering fear with faith. It’s one thing to talk about these things, it’s another to flesh then out in our daily lives. The bible is so full of not only the huge acts of faith, but the many seemingly smaller ones that we find harder to grasp their significance. To a skydiver, your rooftop experience would seem unrelatable. To your grandmother, an overcoming feat of faith!

  2. Joyce

    Reading Hebrews 11 makes me realize just how lacking in faith we all are sometimes. As we see the book of Revelation unfolding before our eyes and our whole world as we knew it fast
    changing into something we do not recognize…..well, in the days ahead our faith is going to be tested to the limits. But it will be an opportunity for us to use our faith like never before and to experience what the saints across the world even now are facing with the persecution and countless martyrs that many are going through. Jesus told Peter….”I pray for you Peter, that you faith fail not.” And remembering that we have a New Heaven and a New Earth that is coming, And in it all we shall grow up in Christ a lot.

    God is in final control and we can rejoice when we see these things coming to pass, lifting up our heads, rejoicing for our redemption draws near. That is what faith is all about…..to trust when our world seems turned upside down. Soon it is going to take big faith, but knowing that our God is a BIG, ALL POWERFUL GOD AND CAN BE TRUSTED!

    • Heather

      I love that Jesus told Peter He is praying that his faith would not fail. It brings me such comfort to know that He is doing the same for us, especially as we see the Day approaching. I am so thankful we have a God that can be trusted. Well said, Joyce!

  3. Arlene Baker

    It is so wonderful to read this faith-filled post. I was so blessed when I learned this important verse. I fully trust and rely on the promises of GOD! HE keeps HIS WORD and will make it blossom within you. You are a blessing to all!
    Isaiah 55:
    11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please , and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

  4. Surrounded by the Spirit

    Hi Heather! I was right with you on that ladder! It would be very challenging for me to make it up there, and then be comfortable. My mind tells me ‘this is not normal!’ and it’s hard to overcome that voice.
    Surrender is my word for this year. I need it to overcome fears just like yours. So glad that you overcame, and got the photo you wanted.
    And yes, going back down would be tough too!

  5. ambercadenas

    I find it’s often these seemingly small, “silly” moments that are the best breeding grounds for practicing faith. We grow in confidence in these, and then, eventually we find ourselves in the middle of things that are neither small nor silly, and we take a step out onto the water. Thank you for sharing this story as a perfect example of this.

    • Heather

      Thank you, Amber, for your encouragement. You are exactly right – when we trust Him in the smaller things, we find it so much easier to trust Him when the greater things come along. Blessings.

  6. blessingcounterdeb

    Using the Word to conquer our fear. That is my prayer, that I would use His truth to overcome in my life . . . always not just when I remember. Thanks for inspiring us with this. Blessings!

  7. Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    First of all, that is a WAY cool picture in this post. Love it.

    Secondly, yes, I believe everything in the Bible… But acting on it proves to be difficult on occasion. (Weird tension point, I know.)

    Thanks for sharing your challenging revelation over at #EverydayJesus. Blessings to you, Heather! 🙂

    • Heather

      Thanks for the compliment on the photo. My young son took that for me. I thought it was pretty cool, too. Yes, there is a tension between believing and acting, isn’t there? Hence our need to rely on Jesus every day. Blessings to you!

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