To move forward biblically means that we move forward purposely in faith. The moments when fear or doubt would have us disobey what God is telling us to do, we choose to not follow our feelings. Instead, we obey God’s Word while fixing our eyes on the hope we have in Jesus.
“let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” Hebrews 12:1-2 NASB
How to Move Forward in Difficult Times
I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Sometimes moving forward through our fears is very difficult.
While there is no one perfect strategy in this struggle against fear, there are some biblical principles that we can exercise to help give us the strength to move forward in faith.
1. Go Forward in Faith by Turning Your Eyes to Jesus
Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father and He lives to intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25). He has given us full access to the very throne of God. So, let’s not forget to run to Him. Run into His presence. We can rely on His grace to sustain and carry us through our fears.
Most times, to turn your eyes to Jesus is just refocusing your thoughts. It’s intentionally shifting our gaze off the wind and waves and onto our Savior. Then, once our gaze is fixed on Him, we can continue to move forward in faith.
2. Go Forward in Faith by Giving Thanks in Everything
in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Gratitude has a way of lifting our minds out from our circumstances and into heavenly places. The bible tells us that we are to make our requests known to God with thanksgiving, and the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Gratitude guards us. It shields us from the kind of thinking that causes us to fall into the enemy’s trap of fear.
Giving thanks and praise is something we should practice daily. That way, when the storms and trials come we have already developed gratitude as our habitude.
3. Go Forward in Faith by Remembering
You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm Deuteronomy 5:15
Remember the goodness of God. Reminding ourselves of all the ways God has been faithful gives us the power to move forward.
This was Israel’s problem. We read in Judges 2:10 that it only took one generation of God’s people to forget Him. They failed to remember all the miracles He performed and all the ways He faithfully led them out of Egypt and into the promised land. This caused them to abandon God. Remembering how God has been good to us in the past helps us to move forward in our faith.
I’ve found it helpful to keep a prayer journal where I can write down the ways God has shown Himself to be faithful in my life. Then, I go back and revisit my entries. This has been a great way for me to encourage myself in the Lord and remind myself of how good God has been to me.
4. Go Forward in Faith by Casting Out Fear
God’s Word is our greatest weapon against fear. His promises are unchanging and unfailing. God’s Word is more powerful than any thought, fear, principality, or power that comes against us.
Therefore, the most powerful way we can cast out fear is to expose it to the light of God’s Word. The Bible is full of God’s promises! If you are struggling with a particular fear or anxious thought find a promise from God that speaks directly to that fear. Memorize it. Declare it.
Here are a few more Bible verses about moving forward in faith.
so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ – 1 Peter 1:7
Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen.2 For by it the people of old gained approval – Hebrews 11:1
Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials,3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4