‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.’ Proverbs 29:25 NIV

Fourth, change your mindset. Does risk freak you out? Are you discouraged by past failures? Do you fail to notice opportunities?

You won’t be able to move forward until you discover what is holding you back. ‘Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.’ A snare is a trap. And when you begin to see your fears as a trap, you will want to be free from them.

Fifth, don’t wait for opportunity to arrive. Opportunity seldom comes knocking; you have to go look for it. Assess your assets, talents, and resources. Doing so will give you a picture of your potential. ‘But I don’t have any special talents,’ you might think. Yes, you do. ‘God has also given each of us different gifts to use.’ (Romans 12:6 CEV)

Sixth, take the next step. It’s one thing to notice an opportunity; it’s another to act on it. It’s said that: ‘Everyone has a great idea in the shower. But only a few people step out, dry off, and do something about it.’

Choose the best opportunity you see, pray about it, do the best with it that you can, and keep going until you have done everything possible to make it happen. And when you have done your best—trust God to do the rest. Winston Churchill said, ‘Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because… it is the quality which guarantees all others.’ And where does courage come from? God!

The psalmist said, ‘Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.’ (Isaiah 26:4 ESV)

SoulFood: Gen 1:1–2:3, John 1:1–18

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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