Understand today that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire.” Dt 9:3

God told the Israelites to cross over the Jordan and seize the land He was giving them from the Anakites. However, the spies they sent ahead discovered that the Anakites were a great and tall people, looking like giants compared to the Israelites.

When God tells us to do something, it can feel like we are taking on a giant.

Fear causes us to retreat just as the Israelites did, and to shy away from new territory that God wants to give us.

I knew the Lord’s desire was for me to cross the Jordan—figuratively speaking— and share what He was teaching me about prayer with a new prayer group at church. This was my giant and I was backing away – dragging my feet.


Then one Sunday morning, our pastor spoke about Peter stepping out of the boat to follow Jesus onto the water. This familiar story suddenly became a life-changing message for me: God was calling me to intentionally step out of my comfort zone in obedience.

I took that step.

Fear and doubt evaporated as I stepped into my Jordan. The longing of my heart was well received by the team leader. The following Sunday, I began to share what God was so graciously teaching me about prayer.

A verse rang out and touched my heart that week—“He who goes over before you . . .” from Deuteronomy 9:3.


It was as though God was speaking directly to me. I needed Jesus – my Confidence – to go before me, to make a way. And He did! My joy was indescribable!

Where is God calling you to step into new territory?

What are the “giants” you are facing?

Are you confident that Jesus, your Confidence, goes before you?

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