Your Path, Your Mandate, Your Story.
Can I be honest with you? I had some overwhelming, overthinking, uncertain moments just before my brand new How To Unlock The Power Of Communion course was uploaded onto my website and released a week ago. My mind went into a fog of negativity. So, of course, I did what any woman would do in a crisis, I texted one of my best friends. She replied with a stream of exhortations and finished with, “…this is your path, your mandate, your story”.
Why is it that we feel we have to wait for three angelic visitations before we even dare to step into our dreams and act on the command God impressed upon our hearts? Why is it so hard to admit to ourselves that we want to do great things with our lives as believers, but we find that we’re overthinking and afraid to move on to the next step God has asked us to take?
Because we all have a path, a mandate, a story, and like all good stories, yours comes with an underhanded, dastardly, despicable villain who, if you’re not careful, starts to narrate your story.
Well, he goes by many…
Father of Lies
Take your pick. They all lead to him stealing, killing, and destroying your dreams and purpose (John 10:10).
We Christians are notorious for downplaying our (dare I say it) ambitions. Too scared to even say out loud our dreams, desires, and longings because we feel that the dangers of reaching for the abundant life God speaks of in His Word could potentially lead us to the dark side of large ego and derail our faith. However, the battle for your heart is real, my friend and your enemy would love nothing more than to hinder your progress in your story by whispering his lies, just so you keep a lid on those ambitions and stay less of a threat to him by keeping you small and contained.
You see, as the tension builds in your story and the steps you take keep leading you a little closer to the purpose you’ve been created for, the villain has something to lose if you ignore his misleading prompts. He does not want you to follow your path, your mandate, your story because his voice in the narration of your story will become quieter. So, he makes darn sure each step is more uncomfortable than the last as you decide to reject his spin and “do it afraid” anyway.
The villain knows that nothing remarkable happens when you decide to stay put in the comfort zone of your story out of fear of the big plans God has for you. But feeling scared is part of the journey of faith and it’s normal. Nevertheless, fear can stand in the way of your purpose and dreams. By only taking the next step when it feels “perfect” requires no faith.
Let the villain in your story see the glint of metal on the double-edged sword you brought into the battle. Remind him that if God has spoken your promise to you and you agree, it makes the sword double-edged. ‘For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, like a two-mouthed sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet. It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.’ Hebrews 4:12.
So, all those thoughts that you’re being too ambitious, too egotistical, too wild and out there will be sliced through with the double-edged sword. God gently shapes you and slices off the things that hinder you as you keep stepping along your path.
Circling back to my overwhelming, overthinking, uncertain moment where I chose to stop listening to the villain narrating how my story was going to unfold that day. Instead of shrinking back, I chose to not stay stuck in the perpetual thoughts of my “what if’s” and “maybe’s” and step out and believe God’s promises about me instead.
So, today, be bold, be courageous and of good courage and ask God for what you want. Be honest with Him. Write down your dreams and desires and let Him narrate the rest of your story. And don’t worry about the details of your path, your mandate, and your story. Your job is to just put one foot in front of the other.
Where in your story have the villain’s lies kept you held back, small and contained in the desires of your heart?
I pray for confidence to come into your spirit and boldness that doesn’t need you to figure things out before you take the next step to follow your path, your mandate and your story.