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by denise watson-smith
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I was reading today an article that somewhat challenged me. It was discussing faith. It made me think, does my faith lie in the ideas of God, or is my faith in God Himself. When we think of faith, what comes to mind? Is it that God can do anything but fail, or is your faith in the logic of what you think in your mind when God tells you to do something? How many times has God said move, but yet we stand still asking, God is that you? Or we say, I know that God said this, but the timing is not right, if I do this, then this might happen. We tell ourselves that we are listening to God, but we are not willing to step out with the faith that God requires. The one scripture that comes to mind is this, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6). How many times we hear God calling us, but we tell God, not now, or no one will care or it is not the right time God because people don’t like me and they will not hear what you have told me to say. How many times we are so concerned about others that we fail to listen to what God tells us to do. How many people have ignored the call of God because they were afraid of what others might say? How many times have you been afraid to move because you were afraid to step out? When God tells us to go, we ask God where? When God tells us to be still, we ask why. When God says to us, step out, we say, I can’t because I am afraid.
What would have happened if Abraham did not move? How long would the Israelites have been in bondage if Moses did not have the faith to go to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let his people go? Would the world have been completely wiped out if Noah had not built the arc? It is not about what we think in our minds about God, it is about what God is telling us to do. How can we do the will of God if we fail to have the faith in God? We are so logically thinking that often times; we really miss out on our blessings. There is an old saying, “Study long study wrong.” That is sort of how faith is, if we continue to ponder over what God has said for us to do, trying to add logic too it, we often miss out on what God has for us.
I remember emailing a friend of mine the other day, and she told me that she has left her place of employment and stepped out on faith, because she knew that is where God is carrying her. She had to be in a place of total surrender to God and His will in her life. I often ask God, why now, individuals that I have not spoken with in awhile are calling, and it is the same thing. I constantly ask God what is wrong with me, and He finally said to me, “You are hiding behind fear and shame, and not trusting me.” God has reminded me, stop being afraid of man and fear me, stop listening to what men say about you and listen to who I say you are. God tells us that it is impossible to please Him without faith. God has reminded me that I am not Saul. I am not to live my life according to the voices of men and who they say that I am. He says listen to Him. God is saying that we have to stop pondering over His word and start living His word. We need to stop telling God the time is not yet right and start saying, Yes Lord….If we keep waiting on the right time to step out in faith, we will never STEP……if we keep saying that we need to have everyone like you again, then you will never STEP….if you keep saying to God that you have to do this first, then this and then that, you will never STEP….How do you use logic when you are dealing with an illogical God? You can’t always think about it first, when God says move, you have to move, when God says step out, you have to step out. I heard a preacher once say, what if you are driving and you slide on ice and lose control of your car, are you going to begin looking for your prayer book or your book on faith, or are you going to call out to God and have faith that He will stop your car before you crash? Do not let people keep you from fulfilling God’s purpose in your life. Do not let your fears keep you from stepping out to do what God is calling you to do. Do not let others say that God can not use you because of your past, if they do, you can gently say, we all have a past, but I am not carrying mine with me. We scream in our minds that we have faith, but our hearts say something else. We need to stop and ask ourselves this question, “Am I willing to step out on faith, or am I going to step back and think about it?”
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