Series Reflection: 5 Pitfalls

5 Pitfalls of Waiting on GodA Series Reflection is a way to revisit and reflect on a previous series with all the posts listed in a single place. This reflection is on the series: 5 Pitfalls While Waiting on His Promises

Father’s children give up far too easily and way too early.  We are called to walk by faith not by sight.  We are called to wait with confidence not doubt.

  1. 5 Pitfalls While Waiting on His Promises
  2. Doubting His Trustworthiness (5 Pitfalls Series)
  3. Dilly-Dallying in Faith (5 Pitfalls Series)
  4. Discord: Voices of Confusion (5 Pitfalls Series)
  5. Dangers of What is Seen (5 Pitfalls Series)
  6. Difficulty in Verifying (5 Pitfalls Series)

What pitfalls do you need to watch for in your own walk of faith today?

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Adventures in Faith

I was in the middle of the ocean, sitting in a canoe with many other people.  Out of nowhere, a fighter jet appeared and started shooting at us.  We immediately ducked.  With our backs bent and faces bowed, we started fervently interceding that God would rescue us.

It was then that Father placed something like a spiritual force field around us. Though the fighter jet continued to fire at us, its exploding shoots couldn’t penetrate the force field.

We continued interceding for a period of time.  Then we noticed that the fighter jet was gone.  The force field fell away and we sat safely in the calm ocean waters.

At that point Father awoke me from my dream and said, “That was an illustration of 2 Chronicles 20:12-17.”

During the past six years, I have recounted the encouragement of that dream to many believers in person and through copies of the picture.

In every adventure of faith we embark upon, the Enemy sends out his fighter jets with the menacing message of:

You’ll Never Make It!

And from those fighter jets, he and his demons fire shots at us to try to cause us to slow down, sit down, and give up.  These shots usually carry the themes of:

  • Danger – “Watch out!  Don’t go any further! It’s not safe!”
  • Doubts – “You can’t do this!  God won’t come through for you!”
  • Discord – “They’re against you! They don’t understand you!”
  • Distractions – “You’re too busy…This can wait…Do it later.”
  • Discouragements – “Give up now…it’s too hard…you’re already losing.”

They come at us in a million varieties, specifically aimed at causing us to doubt that Father will truly come through for us.

If we allow these 5 D’s to become louder to us than Father’s voice, we soon despair and start to believe the Enemy’s message of, “You’ll never make it.”

We give into despair and our train of faith is derailed for a time or for good.

Adventures in faith are for the stout-hearted who are willing to take Father at His promise to make our feet like hinds feet:

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! – Hab 3:19 (AMP)

Join me as we spend the month of December exploring “Adventures in Faith.”

5 Pitfalls While Waiting on His Promises

Father’s children give up far too easily and way too early.  We are called to walk by faith not by sight.  We are called to wait with confidence not doubt.

Abraham (formerly Abram) is heralded as a man of great faith.  Father promised him a son . . . 25 years passed between the pronouncement of the reality of that promise in the spiritual realm (Gen 15:5) and that promise playing out in the physical realm (Gen 21:2).

Father told Abraham (Gen 12:1) to go to another land that He would show him.  Father did not detail where it was, what the living conditions were, or how long he and his family would reside there.  He simply commanded His dearly Beloved son to go and then as Abraham obeyed, Father revealed the next step of his journey of faith.

We live in a world of quick information.  A trademark phrase we hear and say when there is an unknown is:  “Let’s Google it.”

We’re so used to being able to do a web search for almost every unknown in our life, so much to the point that we want our walk of faith to operate the same way.

Even when Jesus walked on this earth, embodying the very answers to any unknowns the people who surrounded Him had, He still demanded that they walk by faith.  Mt 13:58 tells us of the result of people’s thirst for Him to spell out the unknowns before they were willing to proceed in belief:

And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

People missed out on miracles, His gifts, because their thirst “to play it safe” and to know the unknowns overrode their willingness to believe and walk  by faith.

In this series, we’ll look at 5 pitfalls we can all fall into while waiting on His promises:

  1. Doubting His Trustworthiness
  2. Dilly-Dallying in Faith
  3. Discord:  Voices of Confusion
  4. Dangers of Relying on What is Seen
  5. Difficulty in Verifying

Join me as we explore these further.

What pitfalls do you need to watch for in your own walk of faith today?

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