fear chokes out faith, but ...

"Trust me & obey what I tell you, and you'll do fine." The words I spoke to my son in the swimming pool echoed in my heart the words of Jesus to his disciples, to me. When my son would not do what I told him to or would not trust me, he was soon overcome with fears and very soon literally choking, making no progress in his swimming.

But when he by faith did what I said, he began very quickly to progress. By the end of the afternoon, both boys were swimming without floaties (in the shallow end).

The Lord reminded me in this process, in keeping with the truths in yesterday's post, that His Word tells us not that faith leads to victory but that "faith is the victory" (emphasis mine).

Enlarge my faith, Lord. Strengthen my walk of faith, regardless of what I see. Help me to trust & to obey. Just like the song says, "there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust & obey."

I hope that short anecdote will be an encouragement to you as it has been for me today.

Blessings, my dear friends, as you walk by faith as well,

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