Fear, Truth, & the Voice of the Father

I have two daughters, and both have a bit of daredevil in them. (I’m not sure where they got that from). 

A couple of years ago, their grandpa built a ramp for them to practice “jumping” their bikes. One day, after watching her older sister and a bunch of neighbor kids use the ramp, my youngest daughter decided it was time to try a bike jump.

I stood beside the ramp, encouraging her and silently praying that she would be brave enough to make the run and come out in one piece. 

“You can do this, little buddy!” I told her. “Get your speed up and hit the ramp. You’re going to be fine. If you lose control, I’ll catch you.”

Even with my encouragement and coaching, it took her a while to muster the courage. Over and over, she pedaled hard toward the ramp, only to turn her handle bars at the last minute to stay on safer ground. 

When her courage finally pushed her through, she made the jump, and we didn’t have to make any trips to the emergency room.

There was no doubt in my mind about my daughter’s potential to make that jump. But she achieved that potential only when she chose to stop listening to the voice of her fear and to listen to my voice telling her she could do it. In the same way, we will only achieve our potential by listening to the voice of our Father.

The choice to listen and trust in His voice is not easy or automatic. In fact, just as it was for my daughter, it is a battle. And this is where the true battle over our potential is fought.

Which Voice Will You Listen To? 

We are here to bring heaven to earth and light to darkness. We are part of a great movement of restoration in which all that was lost to sin and death through the fall is brought back to life and flourishing in the kingdom of God. 

Through His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated the devil and stripped him of his stolen authority. 

But though the enemy is already defeated, he has one last weapon to wield against us—his voice. Through false accusations, intimidation, and lies, he tries to get us to question our identity, authority, and relationship with the Father—just as he did from the beginning with Adam and Eve.

We win this battle the same way Jesus did. He merely quoted the words of His Father, as if to say, “This is the voice I listen to, not yours.”

Let His Words Be True 

In order to stand on the truth of our Father’s voice like Jesus did, we need to let Him bring correction to the doubts, fears, and wrong beliefs that we’ve held for so long.

Take a look at the story of Moses. In Exodus 3, God calls Moses to join Him in a rescue mission: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt . . . I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:7-10 NIV). 

Moses reacts, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (vs. 11). God is calling him into an amazing adventure and mission, but he hesitates because of his self-doubt. “Are you sure you have the right guy, God?” He seems oblivious to the fact that he is suggesting that what he believes about himself is truer than what God says.

But look how God respond to Moses’ doubts. He doesn’t reprimand him. He simply promises, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). In other words, God says, “I won’t just tell you what is true; I will show you truth. I will make it real to you.”

Jesus gives the same promise to us: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5). Just as I stood beside that ramp cheering my daughter on, He is with us, empowering us to speak His words, bring His power, and show His love to the world.

We’ve each got a bike ramp of our own, and Jesus is standing beside it reminding us that we’re capable of succeeding.

We often turn our handlebars in search of safer ground, because the voice of fear looms large. 

The men of Junto Tribe are working to live life differently. We’re passionate about reaching our God-given potential and we’re leaning into the voice of our Father for the truth about ourselves. 

We’re learning that our past, our circumstances, and our feelings aren’t reliable. We’re learning to look to Him instead.

Whose voice are you listening to?

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