Surrender or Advance

“Faith is the key to advancing forward into the unknown. Without it we surrender to what we can see and are bound by what we don’t.”

Can we truly explore any unknown while being ravaged by fear? I’m sure this is an obvious improbability. In standing strong in our tracts anchored by fear we can hardly rise as an individual or collaborative. In fact we may even find ourselves slipping backwards rather than advancing forward.

We have all come to a threshold of emotional pain. Feelings of not being able to take much more have plagued us all at one time or another. Many of us have been certain without any doubts that the pressures of the world would finally put us down and keep us there, but did this ever really happen?

Today we stand here as veterans of emotional pain, physical limitations and consuming addictions. In us all is a living example of the evolution of our bodies, souls and spirits. It has been and always shall be that at the precipice we advance in our Being. When the pressure is on we excel far beyond our previous abilities and achievements.

So what is it of faith that is so crucial to us achieving our potential for Being? Why would it be somehow akin to slamming on the brakes in the advancement of ourselves and our species by bowing out in fear and flying the white flag of surrender?

In order to answer these questions it is imperative for us to examine how faith is defined academically in our society. Some define faith as a “belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.” Others are only comfortable speaking of faith as a religious belief. Faith is a principle that greatly expands beyond these common definitions. It is a necessity of moving beyond what is and advancing towards what may be, could be or should be. In essence it is the vehicle that takes us over the rainbow and to the pot of gold which lies at the end of it.

A journey would never begin if we did not believe we could get through the trials and tribulations which are common characteristics of exploring the unknown. The greatest discoveries of mankind often hinged on our ability to continue without demanding proof of our safety in our quest for the Holy Grail or in other words, the answers we seek.

The moon looks a million miles away, the end of our galaxy seems impenetrable and the depths of the universe appear impossible to explore. We have done all these things, but these things are not achieved by the naysayers, the fearful or those who were playing it safe. Advancement is achieved by those who believe that high percentages for success are nice, but lesser chances hardly dictate failure. These are the people who have hope in a better future and have faith in what they believe. They refuse to let their emotions rule them and instead choose to rule their emotions. For them, letting the tail wag the dog is never an option.

We should never choose bondage over freedom or security over success. It is only at the brink, when we seemingly can’t take anymore, that the juice is squeezed and we reach our greatest potential for Being. We must ask ourselves; will we give up on our dreams because we can’t see how they will come to volition or are we willing to take the next step without seeing the rest of the stairway? Faith is what allows us to move through and beyond what we see and enables us to partake in the Promise.

(Hebrews 11:1 Amplified Bible) NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

(1 Corinthians 16:13 Amplified Bible) Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith (your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength.

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