What brings me here this morning is reflecting on the things that has passed. A lot has happened, but what I want to talk about is something I believe a lot of us, including me, struggle with and that is stepping out on faith.
Recently, literally just yesterday, I did just that. I have made the Godconscious decision to leave my home church of two years and join and connect with another church in hopes to fulfill my destiny and walk in my purpose. Now before we get into it, let me just say that I don’t regret it, but it brought me to blog about it because it was definitely a leap of faith.
Hebrews chapter 11 is the “Faith” Chapter. In verse one, it gives us the definition of faith and then goes on to say how others did and received things through faith and by faith. You see, God tells us things and drop things in our spirits that we can’t really see as of yet and that is because He already knows and if He said it, then it is already done. Why? Because He speaks the ending at the beginning (Is 46:9-10). He has already done His part, the rest is up to us. That is why in v6 of Heb 11, it says: “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” Without faith, which according to Heb 11:1 is “the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen“, we cannot SEE the things that God is telling us, therefore not believing that its is so, which prevents us from receiving; because only the believer receives right?! But this is not what I want to get at…I just needed to lay a foundation.
With my decision to join another church to fulfill my destiny and walk in my purpose does not mean that I couldn’t do that at my home church. I could have very well done that and to be honest with you, would have been TOTALLY fine with that! Why?! Because that was my comfort zone. It was very familiar; they knew me and I knew them, but it wasn’t what God wanted. I’m reminded of ALL the times God took others out of their comfort zones so that they could fulfill their destiny and walk in their purpose. Who you ask?? Like Moses, Daniel, David, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, Mary, JESUS…need I go on??? God has to place you in areas where you will be challenged. That way you will see your potential. You will see that you are not all that you thought you were and that you fully need to rely on God.
Stepping out of faith is going to take some getting used to, but its exciting all at the same time! It’s liberating because you KNOW deep down inside you were supposed to be doing this certain thing and God is setting it all up into place. However, here is the kicker. It is up to you if you are going to walk or sink with the step you just made. (This is the answer to my prayer right here!) In Matthew chapter 14, we are told a story about Jesus walking on water (vv22-27). Unbelievable right?? But that is not the focus point. The focus point is Peter taking a step of faith. In v28, he challenges Jesus saying, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water“. When Jesus tells Peter to “Come” in the next verse, we see how important our faith is. Peter gets out of the boat and begins to walk on the water to Jesus. Now you can’t tell me that wasn’t out of his comfort zone. Peter was used to being IN the boat and if just so happened he was out of the boat and in the water, I am more than sure he wasn’t walking on top of it! But chiiiiile, then Peter started to let the outside circumstances bother him.
::You know, like your family, friends, spouse, the commute, the old way versus the new way, your feelings and thoughts, doubt and uncertainty, confusion and questioning:: No? That’s just me??? Well let me share this about the “outside world”…
When Peter started to focus on the other things, OTHER than what God/Jesus/Holy Spirit was telling him, he got afraid and began to sink crying out for God to save him. Don’t believe me…read it for yourself in v30. That is exactly what will happen to us when we take that step of faith, but focus on the other things OTHER than what God told us to do. We will begin to sink and wonder why things aren’t going the way it should, why your joy and peace left, why you’re snapping at people for no reason, why you can’t seem to catch a break, why are temptations more tempting to indulge in, why you’re feeling weak, why it seems like God isn’t answering your prayers and then you’re gonna cry out for God to save you and Jesus is going to stretch out His hand and catch you like He did Peter in v31, but He is also going to say and ask you: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” In other words,
Why are you not believing what I am telling you and going where I say go and doing what I say do; WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?!?
Not to be longwinded, I will conclude here. God knows what He is doing. Regardless if we can see it and agree with it or not. It is up to us whether or not we will walk or sink. We have to keep our eyes on Jesus so that the outside world and circumstances does not cause us to sink. If we keep our focus on Jesus and the things of God, we will continue to walk on the water.
This is my prayer for everyone, including myself, who has taken a leap of faith or thinking about taking one. Once you’ve made that first step out of the boat (your comfort zone) and onto the water (purpose/destiny), keep the initial faith you had when you made that decision, keeping in remembrance WHY you made it in the first place, and focus solely on God so that you will not sink! And if you do just so happen to find yourself sinking, remember He will catch you when you call out.
||If you drown, that was all you sweets!||
>>PS:: If you are anything like me, afraid of water, you should most definitely wanna make sure you always remain on top of it! 😉