Fear is something that lingers in most of our lives. With fear come thoughts of dreadfulness, insecurity and doubt. Failure is a relative to fear. We have all failed and sometimes plans don’t go as we thought they would. It happens. But we need to know that God is in control. “Anything truly under God’s control can never be out of control.” – Jarred Wilson.
The enemy tries to fill us with dread so we can declare fear instead of faith. We may come to a point that we doubt ourselves and even question, “How can I do this?” Well, small hinges swing big doors, small keys open big treasures and diminutive-viewed people are used by our extraordinary God.
Fear to failure and lack of faith were some things I had struggled with and I saw that it made limitations to my life or my calling. I had to learn that faith is meant to make us grow. It by far does not mean that it’s going to make our paths easier and at times it may make it difficult. It can even draw us out and make us how God wants us to be. I can give you a pep talk about it, but it’s not about that. We have all heard about taking a leap of faith or going above and beyond. But sometimes our faith is damaged by broken dreams. But that’s what makes faith worth it; knowing that it’s going to help us rely more on God rather than ourselves.
As leaders, we need to let God cast out our fears and fill ourselves with faith that reflects upon others. To do so we can cultivate our faith. Here are some ways how we can cultivate our faith and grow as leaders.
1. Thriving Thoughts
A trait that we need to develop is to truly think about what we are thinking. Our own mind can be the enemy of our faith. Having negative thoughts only produces negative endings. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) We cannot reflect a positive life to others with a mind full of negative thoughts. So let’s start thinking positive and exercising our faith by letting God renewing our minds. Turn your “I cant’s into “I can’s” and know that with God anything is possible.
2. Faith Alone
It’s not about just believing in ourselves. It’s about recognizing who is the one with power. It’s about confessing that we may be weak and have fear at times but we declare with faith that God strengthens us. Even when we can’t see beyond the midst of afflictions we have faith that God is in control. We need to confess as it already happened as the bible states it shall be done as we believe. We do not have faith in faith, but faith in God and his promises. “so that your faith might not rest on man’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)
3. The Visionary Outlook
Never let fear make your dream smaller. The visions God put in your heart are not there in vain. They are not vague dreams! Sometimes when we start making those steps of faith people around us see it foolish. Make sure that you closely examine who you share your visions with. Regardless of all of that, we must press on; keeping our eyes on God and just let it slide. Let’s press on with boldness and having faith in the words God has spoken. “Everything is possible to the one who believes.” (Mark 9:23)
4. The Real Struggle
Don’t let obstacles get to you. There will be so many let downs, failures, distractions and struggles that may cause you to lose heart. Yes the struggle may be real, but it’s not greater than our God. If you have prayed and know that that’s God’s will, have faith that He will put everything in perspective. Trials are for us to exercise our faith. Keep pressing forward. “Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (James 1:3)
5. Just Do It
Before God gives us big things, he entrusts us with small things and he sees if we not just handle it, but thrive. Faith comes with a response. We must be able to see what test or task God has given us and apply faith. “Faith by itself if not accompanied by action is dead.” (James 2:17) So let’s do what God wants us to do and put all our faith in God. He closes doors and opens opportunities. If he opened that door, have faith and act upon it.
Most importantly when we act upon with faith let’s be persistent with humility. That means working upon our visions, pressing on, but knowing that God is the one making everything happen. Let’s cultivate our faith and focus our faith in the Almighty. No matter what happens; let’s make faith our best friend. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Daniela Lucio is a fervent young leader passionate about serving God and spreading the gospel. She is currently working on her Bachelors in Church Ministries and ministerial credential under LABI - Global University. Daniela serves at Shekina International Ministries in Brownsville, TX under the direction of Senior Pastor Ignacio Manzano. She has served as a director in youth girls ministries, teaching and worship.