What’s Good World, It’s none other than your Boy, J-hov in the Range Rov!
We have all heard the saying, “Faith without works is dead, right?” Well that came from James 2:14-26.
I decided we should right about this topic because I was at work, (as usual), talking with one of my co-worker’s whose last day happened to be that day. He had been at our job for a number of years and it was basically all he knew. He was nervous about the unknown; anxious because this was something new. The work was going to be new, the hours were new, and the environment was new. But it was such a great opportunity. An opportunity that would open new doors for his family, especially his daughter. And even though the opportunity looks soooooo good, why the hesitation. FEAR!!!!!
The definition of FEAR is- an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
Its synonyms are terror, fright, horror, alarm, panic, distress, and dread
Fear paralyzes you! My wife won’t mind me sharing this, but we know first hand how fear can paralyze you. She was offered a position that was willing to pay her $6 dollars more per hour, better benefits, and awesome hours. She knew she was worth the pay, but fear of the unknown paralyzed her. She had been at her job a long time, she was comfortable there and she moved up to Regional Manager. She knew all of the people and all of her patients and staff love her . Fear of the unknown bothered her daily and when it was time to make the decision, she declined. And they wanted her baaaaaaaaad Y’all. They reached out to her a second time with an even better offer because they knew she was worth it and what did my wife do? She respectfully declined the position a second time. She definitely had her reasons why she decided not to pursue to other company and I support her 100%, but I realize that fear can stop you dead in your tracks when you are trying to move forward in life and I vowed that day that I will not allow fear to keep my wife from reaching her full potential. We believe being in the right geographical location is also important for growth and feel we are being lead to relocate at some point. Of course the fear of being away from our family, church home, and full support system would make anyone decide against moving away. But that’s why it is important to take a step out on faith and trust God to lead our lives because what I found out to be the case in my life, is you are not going to have all of the answers ahead of time. Like I told you guys before, I knew for SURE that I was NEVER getting married. I had no intentions of being anyone’s husband. I didn’t know anything about marriage and I had not seen it modeled in a way that would make me pursue it. It was a chain of events as well as a divine intervention that caused me to change my whole perspective about marriage. (I’ll tell yall the story one day lol). I too, had to take a step out on faith when I got married and it is the best decision I could have ever made for my life. I am the happiest I have ever been and I get to take this journey with my very best friend. I’m gonna give the mic back to her.
Y’all are probably yelling at me about not taking that job, but this is what the Holmes Confession Booth is all about; being transparent and sharing some real issues that happen on our journey. Jim is right, fear certainly did creep in and I decided to decline the position TWICE! UGH! Now I realize that God has not given me a spirit of fear so I never have to be afraid to grow and move on to a new opportunity. It’s important to us to be lead by God in our decision making but it’s definitely important to exercise your faith by putting some action behind it.
If you want a new job, you can’t just say, “Lord, I want a new job!” And then expect Him to open up the windows of Heaven and pour you out a new position. You will need to exercise your faith in Him by filling out applications, going on interviews and affirming yourself by claiming your position. And don’t be scared like I was lol. Or even if you are a little scared; still step out on faith and do it scared. I had to speak in front of our congregation at church on Good Friday evening. Now anyone who knows me knows I’m deathly afraid of public speaking! But I was obedient; got there on time and did it scared! And I’m glad I did!
You could just be going through a season in your life, and you’re like God why am I going through this test right now and it’s because you’re going from faith to faith and from glory to glory. God is preparing you for what he has called you to do. Sometimes, myself included, we just don’t want to walk by faith and grow. We don’t want to sit before the Lord to find out what his very best is for our lives. I could have married someone else. I could have said, well I already made plans and I don’t want to be embarrassed or swole, so I’m going to go ahead with marrying this person anyway, knowing I have no peace about the situation. I would have been just as miserable as can be and I certainly would not have married God’s very best for me.
I have a Holmes Confession to make. I know for sure that James Holmes is God’s very best for me and the Holy Spirit confirmed it before I walked down the aisle. While I was holding my dad’s arm so tight from being so scared, the Lord reminded of the time I was sitting in church service one evening and Apostle Raglin pointed me out from the back of the room and said that God was going to turn my world upside down, that I was in for a divine transformation and that he saw a relationship that God would completely transform. Right before I walked down the aisle, I had the peace that passes all understanding! I knew James Holmes was the ONE! (Look at that smile!)
In the Bible, we have some great examples of people faithing it.
Remember when Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice on the alter? His faith made his action complete.
What about Rahab, the prostitute. Remember how she was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road.
The Bible says, Just as the body is dead without breath, so also is faith dead without good works. James 2:26 (NLT)
Faith is a secret weapon. We encourage you guys to start faithing it and let go of fear!
We Love you So Much,
Mr. & Mrs. James Holmes