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Daring Faith Bible Plan

 

I never really saw myself as a fearful person.  I would certainly never describe myself as one.  I mean, I enjoy leading, I openly speak my mind (admittedly, not always my best quality), I preach regularly in front of large gatherings of people, I’m a sucker for a good dare, I travel to new places, I have tattoos, and I even went skydiving once.  (Have you ever noticed how people who have been skydiving always find a way to let people know they have been skydiving.  So annoying, am I right? 😉 )  All of these obviously make me a brave soul who is immune to the powers of timidity and trepidation.  I am courageous, and there is no stopping me, world!  Or in the words of the great philosopher Katy Perry, “I am a champion, and you’re going to hear me roar!”

 

Wrong.  This last year was one of the most challenging years of my adult life for many reasons that I will save for another time and another blog.  I promise.  But for now, simply know my life became increasingly uncomfortable, not only because circumstances got difficult, but because they exposed places within my heart that desperately needed to be tended to.  I had some big choices to make, the kind of choices that I knew would define me as a person way past my current situations.  And in the midst of my crucial decision-making, something unexpected occurred… I became scared.  Or to be more honest, I didn’t become scared; I became aware of how scared I had always been.

 

It takes courage to do anything great in life.  Every extraordinary story worth hearing or extraordinary event in history worth studying or extraordinary biography worth reading became extraordinary because someone chose to be courageous, bold, even daring. And even more impressive, these same people were not somehow less susceptible to timidity than the rest of us.  They struggled with their own fears, but instead of running from them, they faced them head on.  And for us, the same goes.  Any ambition worth pursuing or journey worth taking or transformation worth embracing will require a level of tenacity and audacity in the face of our own well-established and all too often well-tolerated fears.

 

It takes courage to start over when things don’t work out the way you thought they would.  It takes courage to go on a first date after you’ve had your heart broken.  It takes courage to start a new job when you knew your old one like the back of your hand.  It takes courage to be kind when the other person is being rude.  It takes courage to make new friends when you’d rather stay hidden in the crowd.  It takes courage to admit you need help when you’ve developed a steady devotion to self-reliance.  It takes courage to admit you are wrong when you’ve made such a strong case for being right.  It takes courage to be a student when you’ve grown accustomed to being a teacher. It takes courage to trust again when your past would advise against it.  It takes courage to show up when you’d rather give up.  It takes courage to go public with your passions when for so long they have stayed unspoken in your heart.  It takes courage to blaze a trail when you have been strolling along on a smooth and paved path. It takes courage to say ‘no’ when you’ve spent a lifetime saying ‘yes’.  It takes courage to say ‘yes’ when you’ve spent a lifetime saying ‘no’.  It takes courage to stay when everything inside of you wants to run.  It takes courage to let go when everything inside of you wants to hold on.  It takes courage to try when you could fail and love when you could get hurt and hope when you could be disappointed.

 

Life takes courage.  Or at least, life on Jesus’ terms takes courage.  Jesus offers us “life and life to the full” (John 10:10) when we follow Him.   But we have to be courageous enough to follow.

 

That’s what faith is all about.  It’s trusting Jesus and following His lead… even when fear would try to talk us out of it.  Just look at the heroes of the New Testament.  I take a hard look at those who followed Jesus in the Gospels and the Book of Acts, and they all had these three things in common:  1.  They were all afraid of something.  2.  They all had enough courage to follow Jesus anyway.  3.  They all found the courage they needed in Jesus. 

 

And not much has changed.  We all get scared sometimes.  But unless we embrace daring faith, we will never experience the liberation found in letting Jesus lead us beyond our fears.  Unless we invite His perfect love to infiltrate the places of our heart currently occupied by fear, we will never live the great lives we were destined to live…

 

I am where I am, and I am headed where I am headed, and most importantly I am becoming who I am becoming because at some point last year fear took the backseat and faith began driving.  In a way that I am convinced I will never fully be able to give justice to with my best efforts in front of this laptop, typing away on this Word Doc, last year in the midst of my fear, I discovered faith.  That seems strange for me to write since I began placing my faith in Jesus at 12 years old, and I’ve been in full time ministry for the last 14 years of my life.  It’s not that I didn’t know faith.  In fact, we had been comrades of sorts for quite sometime.  But just because we had a rapport doesn’t mean I knew her all that well.  It’s like how you can think you have someone all figured out, and then one day you have a real conversation with them, one personal and honest and sincere; and suddenly, you come to realize they weren’t at all how you had pegged them.  It’s as if you are seeing this person for the first time.  Well, last year I looked faith in the eyes, desperate to connect, and really began to listen to her, study her.  It was like I was seeing faith for the very first time.

 

And I have to say, faith has exceeded my wildest imagination in every way!  Faith is a gift straight from Heaven, one that continues to astonish me on a daily basis.  Faith daringly rescues me from the grip of paralyzing fear and continues to introduce me to facets of Jesus I have always read about, but now am experiencing first-hand.  The more I learn from faith, the more I get to know Jesus, and well, the more daring I am becoming.

 

And that would be my hope for you, friend.  That’s why I created Daring Faith.  It’s a 7 Day You Version Bible Plan complete with video messages from me to you available at Bible.com and featured on the YouVersion App.  It’s personal and it’s practical, because more than anything I want these 7 days to have a much longer lasting impact than just one week.  I want the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to put you face to face with faith, that you might see something you’ve never seen before.  I know Daring Faith will open your eyes to new facets of Jesus, and equip you to embrace all the courage He has for you!   Cuz, friends, why let fear call the shots in your life, when you were meant to live with daring faith?

 

To join simply click on this link or visit www.Bible.com or your You Version App and find Daring Faith under New Plans.

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Tom Grissom
    January 22, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Seems like you might of had a born-again experience or rebirth this past year, Nicole!

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    Jennifer Majors
    January 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    So good!!

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    Emily
    February 5, 2016 at 4:31 am

    I am so thankful that God has used you to write this.
    I am on my second day of the devotional and I love it.
    I am struggling with fear myself and I know Jesus is wanting me to have more faith. It’s such a journey . I’m so thankful for His patience and love.
    You are an inspiration .
    Please pray Jesus helps me trust Him fully and have more faith.

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    Kerri Hill
    February 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I am so happy I found that devotional on youversion. It has helped me in so many ways. I have a funny story (well more like an aha moment) the other day after I finished meditating and praying, I kept hearing the Holy Spirit say, ” be your own kinda Christian”. I prayed some more and it was the 2nd day of my fast for lent. I had already began to read your devotion but I’m always behind or days off. I try to take my time and not rush Gods message for me. Since that day I’ve been thinking about that message. Fast forward to today, this morning I read and listened to the video for Day 6- you spoke about David fighting Goliath and letting God use your uniqueness for his message. You spoke of your own internal insecurities and how you weren’t going to let them stop you from speaking about the goodness of God. What struck me most, was that you so candidly spoke about your insecurities with confidence and you weren’t going to change who you were to get God across to those who needed it… You are ” your own kinda Christian”. I was so ready to shout after I read your message! Thank you for confirming what God placed on my heart days ago! I’m so grateful I read that message today and not sooner than when I needed that blessing! You truly are amazing. Thank you!

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    Tabitha Deller
    February 16, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Nicole,

    I cannot tell you how much this post, as well as your “Daring Faith” series on YouVersion has blessed me. You see, last year at this time, I was writing (and then in the spring last year, taught) a 7 week Bible Study entitled “Brave.” Oh Nicole, my faith was so strengthened…in fact, my “one word for 2015” was “brave”…I took steps last year that were so out of my comfort zone, and God honored them, and I saw Him move and work in amazing ways. This year, 2016, my “one word” (after much prayer and trying to convince God to allow me to have a more active, productive word) is WAIT. That’s right, I am waiting on Him. And in the wait, He is refining me. Daring faith seems so contrary to waiting, but I am realizing more and more that I am right where He wants me, and He is lavishing His love on me and preparing my heart in this season. I am being courageous in the wait. He also dropped a little acronym in my heart for the word “WAIT.” Watch, Anticipate, Invest, and Trust. I am “actively” waiting on Him to “act” on my behalf…ready to move, do, obey, the minute He prompts. The italicized paragraph in your post had the tears streaming down my face as it so resonated in my heart. Thank you, Nicole, for your courageous faith. Thank you for encouraging me beyond what you can comprehend. I am truly blessed.

    Blessings in your new season of daring faith!
    Tabitha

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    Odis
    February 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Nicole,

    I just wanted to chime in a say “Thank you” for the work you are doing through your Daring Faith devotionals. The simplicity of truth in your message is extremely refreshing and encouraging. I join you in praying for the furtherance of your reach and impact as you share God’s message.

    Sincerely,
    One blessed by your ministry

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    Christina C.
    February 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for this blog post, your transparency, and the bible plan! It’s absolutely amazing! I had a huge daring faith moment this year when I decided to leave my fulltime job to start my own business. Everyday is a battle for me to allow Gods faith to work through me versus my own fears. Thank you for the inspiration to have daring faith. I pray that God will continue to use you and strengthened you as you do His will.

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