Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 
James 2:17 NKJV

There’s a place, or head space if you will, between the act of believing and receiving. A no-man’s-land scattered with unfulfilled dreams and regrets. Fear and indecision are part of the enemy’s strategy to get you stuck in that purgatory. He wants you so wrapped up in your feelings that you lose focus on the truth: the promise you’ve received from God. And he works so hard at this because he knows that if you keep moving, keep doing, keep sowing, you’ll get to where you’re going – the promise land (Galatians 6:9).

But have you ever noticed how our biggest obstacle in life is not the enemy? Jesus overcame the world and defeated the enemy (John 16:33). Dealing with a demon problem is as simple as summoning the exterminator – we call Jesus to the scene and he flees. The only power he has is the extent to which we allow him to influence our thinking. No, we have to be honest with ourselves.

The biggest boulder in the desert is our own hard head.

Sure, yes, circumstances can be difficult. We have limitations that are just “facts of life.” Even then, God’s strength shines through our weakness, turning any limitation to our advantage, and the Bible, not to mention history, is filled with people that braved high odds and won! Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln— these people faced mountains. And yet, they were more than overcomers. How? How did they do it? They believed. And then they acted on that belief.

If you want to get out of no-man’s-land, if you want to succeed, the recipe is simple:

The only way to defeat doubt is by believing.
The only way to cure indecision is by acting.
The only way to get to where you want to go is to keep moving forward.

Faith, without works, is dead. But faith, with works, is active. So, put that faith to work, girl. And get moving.

Father, thanks for always knowing just what to say to get us out of a “stuck” position. We want to be movers and shakers, and we know that has to start with moving ourselves toward the purposes you’ve called us to in life. Give us courage and grit to act on your promises. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.