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Can I do it Afraid? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

Can I do it Afraid? – HopeStreamRadio Podcast

This week on Hope Stream Radio I talk about what I learned from Peter’s Denial. Can I do it afraid?

Can I do it afraid?

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Here are the show notes for this week’s program, Can I do it afraid? for those who would rather read than listen.

As I continued to study Mark for my Lenten study I read about Peter.

Peter reminds me of me. I get passionate and sometimes jump in where I shouldn’t. But I think passion is important. We need to find the heart beat of the purpose for our lives.

Michael Hyatt in his book Living Forward talks about the dangers of drift. (click here to tweet)

Life plan - Living Forward

If we keep living day to day without a passion we are drifting. I need something to be passionate about.

Peter was passionate about his relationship with Jesus. He vowed never to forsake Him

Mark 14:29 Peter says:

Even if all fall away, I will not.

And Mark 14:31 he says:

Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.

These are strong words, full of passion.

Then the events unfold and Jesus is arrested. The tables are turned. Reality has happened.

Peter denies knowing Jesus.

In Mark 15:71 Peter makes his 3rd final declaration.

I don’t know this man you are talking about.

Then the cock crowed for the second time.

And Peter remembered the words that Jesus had spoken:

Before the cock crows twice you will disown me three times.

Can I do it afraid?

Watercolour Painting by Janis Cox

As I studied this passage, I kept asking about my following Jesus.

Are there times I hear Him say to do something and I deny Him? (click here to tweet)

Yes

I say: “Oh Jesus doesn’t really want me to do that.”

Or “I can’t do that – I don’t have the skills.”

Or “I’m too old.”

Denial is fear.

Now when I hear His voice and I am faced with a decision I ask myself. What is the fear? Can I name it? What is the worst thing that will happen? Can I trust God to help me through?

Podcasting has been a brand new experience for me. This is podcast 52 – a whole year of audio production.

Was I fearful? Oh yes. Did I want to turn away? Yes a number of times.

But my passion was stronger than my fear. So I said, “Can I do it afraid?” (click to tweet this)

When I volunteered to lead a vacation Bible camp at our church I didn’t feel qualified. Did that stop me? No because I had a passion for the children to learn about Jesus. This summer will be my 6th or 7th summer running the camp. Every year, as I pray I wonder, am I getting too old for this. Every year, I do it afraid.

Peter may have denied Jesus but after the Lord’s resurrection Peter became a powerhouse for Him. He broke through his fear and trusted God. He was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Are there things that God has put on your heart but you have held off doing them because of fear?

Grace Fox has written a wonderful book called Moving From Fear to Freedom. She helps the reader see that we can do things afraid when we trust God.

Can I do it afraid

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we want to be passionate in our following of You. Sometimes we hear Your call but are fearful. Help us to push past that fear and press on to do what You have called us to do, even if we do it afraid. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, as you read His Word and hear His voice, listen to His call on your life. Don’t be afraid. Or even if you are afraid – do what He calls you to do.

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Brave

Five Minute Friday – Brave

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:

BRAVE

Jan Cox

Janis Cox – age 6

As a young girl my shyness kept me from trying new things. I didn’t put my hand up in class; I hated speaking in front of the class; terror struck in my heart when I had to go somewhere new or on my own.

My Dad, who was a Captain in WWII, always encouraged me; never put me down for my shyness; and told me to be strong and brave.

Gradually over the years I developed a better sense of daring. I started to teach school and felt capable and prepared to be a good teacher. I encouraged my students to relax with one another and have respect for one another. They blossomed.

I married and had children. They helped me to be braver – especially with spiders, bees and snakes. Of course, when they fell or got sick I had to be brave as well.

But true bravery did not happen until later in my life when I met Jesus fully and since that time nothing has stood in my way of trying something new. I do say in my bio that I won’t bungee jump and that is true but I do meet new people, try new activities and go new places by myself.

And I stand up for Jesus – no fear of telling people what I believe and what He has done in my life.

This has only happened since the fear has fled and been replaced by a new sense of God in me.

Nothing can separate me from God – No thing.
So how can I be afraid of anything? I can’t. (tweet this)

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of Godthat is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).

I guess that is bravery. Brave because I have Jesus.

Time is up. What do you think of when you hear the word “BRAVE”?

Have a great weekend,

Blessings,

Janis

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word BRAVE?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

 

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Afraid

Five Minute Friday – Afraid

Linking in with Lisa Jo to write for  5 minutes only. See the bottom of the post if you want to join.

Five Minute Friday – Afraid

Afraid

In the past, before I came to really experience God through Jesus, FEAR was a major factor in my life. I feared for my family, for my health, and safety while driving. Fear held me and made me a controlling person. I felt if I could hold everything together then all would be okay.

But I found out that Christ holds everything together.

“He [Christ] is before all things,and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17, NIV).

And I found out Satan likes to make me fearful to rob me of the joy of my day. With Jesus I know that He will always be with me. Continue reading