Stepping Forward in Faith
The past 6 years for us have been one step of faith after the other as we have believed for conception, pregnancy and babies. Some days, the steps of faith seem like bigger things, like painting our nursery. But other days, the faith is as little as going on a walk and putting one foot in front of the other.
Abraham demonstrates faith so beautifully in Hebrews 11:8 which says,“Faith motivated Abraham to obey God’s call and leave the familiar to discover the territory he was destined to inherit from God. So he left with only a promise and without even knowing ahead of time where he was going, Abraham stepped out in faith.”
Abraham too had to take steps of faith. He had to leave what was comfortable to him to follow the call the Lord had placed on his life. His story reminds me that faith isn’t easy and it doesn’t always make sense. It takes courage. Like me or like Abraham, you might be facing fear, or perhaps you have been taking steps of faith for 6 years and haven’t seen anything in the natural manifest for the spiritual steps you have taken. I want to remind you every step matters. You might actually be one step away from receiving your breakthrough. And when there is an inheritance that God has destined for you, no obstacle, including fear, can prevent you from receiving your miracle. If you are obeying the Lord, but haven’t seen anything change in your circumstances or you have nothing tangible to show for your faith, let me assure you that you are on the correct path.
Let’s go back to Hebrews. All Abraham had been given was a promise. He had a Word from God. He didn’t have anything tangible or anything he could see, but he relied on God’s Word. He didn’t know where he was going, but he stepped out trusting that the Lord would follow through with his Word. It’s a little bit like how I felt this past weekend. I didn’t know where I was going, but I did know that the simple act of taking steps would break the chains of fear that were on me.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” and James 2:14 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, what good is it if someone claims to have faith but demonstrates no good works to prove it?
Just as these verses say, you must have faith and when you do? God will reward you! But if you have faith with no works, then your faith is dead. Abraham set an amazing example of what it looks like to have faith. His faith was much more than declaring that he believed in God, because his faith included the action behind the faith too. I don’t know what your situation is, but I do know the smallest step of faith will propel you forward in the Kingdom. It might be taking a prophetic act, like going on a walk, to show that you won’t let fear hold you back. It might be foregoing your daily Starbucks drink to propel you to get out of debt. It might be taking a step forward and buying a gift of faith for your one day baby. I don’t know what it is, but I do know you can’t walk in faith and fear at the same time and if you want to move forward in the Kingdom, you must choose faith.
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