The thought had been in my head for several weeks. Yet I was frozen, unable to follow through with what I felt I should be doing. The small gift and card sat on my counter, nudging me each time my eyes came upon it.
The book arrived just in time to push me hard enough to move me forward in obedience. I opened and read the first line of the dedication:
“This book is dedicated to you!”
I’ve read and reviewed a lot of books, but I have never had a book dedicated to me. And the author continues:
“As you read the pages of this book, I pray that my testimony and the those of others will inspire you to be courageous. God is calling an army of ordinary people to rise up and release His love and heart to a world in desperate need.“
These were the words which gave this ordinary woman the courage to step out and obey exactly what I knew God had been calling me to do for several days. Fear had been holding me back with the questions which probably hold us all back at times:
- “What if I get this wrong?”
- “What if I have the wrong person?”
- “What if this offends them?”
- “What if this makes me look silly?”
So many “what if’s” had been holding me back and only one answer kept coming: “Do it anyway.”
Fear and doubt will hold us back from stepping out in obedience when God calls us to action. It’s not like we haven’t been wrong before. And we have surely looked ridiculous more times than we would care to admit.
But oh the joy and blessing which comes when we have our ears open to hear the voice of God and take courage to step out.
God knows we need an infusion of courage, in fact, He spoke these words to Joshua once He called him to lead the people into the Promised Land:
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NLT).
Scripture often reminds us courage is to be taken – seized by our hearts and minds – as we step out:
“But Jesus spoke to them at ones. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘Take courage. I am here!’ ” (Matthew 14:27, NLT).
We step out, not with our own strength and courage,
but because of Whom is with us, in us, and going before us.
The book dedication, written to me – OK to all of us truly, continues:
“I pray this book would spark an awakening in the body of Christ, an opening of ears to hear the voice of God and a courage to step out in obedience to share His love with the world. It is time, Church, God is calling you. Awaken and arise!”
These words were what I needed to move me to complete action and I am so grateful I did. In stepping out, the greater blessing and joy were mine as I discovered God had indeed been the One calling me to action.
Yes, I am on the launch team of “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement” by Debbie Kitterman. I’m only a few chapters in and the encouragement it has deposited has begun to awaken me. And it will do the same for you.
This is a book which will move us out of our comfort zones and
stir us to step out to deliver the words others are desperate to hear – His Words.