Monday, August 22, 2011

Step of Faith

He told me his story.  I listened as he gave a list of hard things in his life: Finances. Job.  Wife. Kids. It all seemed hard.  I responded with what I know to be true,  God always makes a way.  He said he did not believe the words.  We prayed and underlined words in Scripture, God's message to us.  We talked about taking one step of faith at a time.

It's a choice to walk by faith.  There's an intersection in each circumstance, in which we must decide whether or not to step out on faith and believe God.
The thing is . . . we limit ourselves when we focus on impossibilites . . . but when we walk in faith, trusting God to make all things possible, we're able to step into the day with courage, believing there's a way through it all.  
That said, walking in faith is a challenge; it's believing for something which can't be seen, it's focusing on God rather than circumstances, it's responding to life with faith rather than fear, it's living courageously.  When you get down to it, walking in faith is not for the weak.
So.  How do we live by faith when we're weak?

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6).

The key to walking in faith is developing a complete-nothing-held-back trust.  When life gets hard we tend to lean on our own understanding, seeing it all from our limited perspective and experience.  There's always more to the story; there's redemption, hope, goodness, love, and transformation.  When we ask the Spirit of God to lead us, taking time to pray and diving deep into the Message, we develop a mindset of divine wisdom which allows us to see how circumstances become stepping stones on a divine path through it all.  Yet, it all may seem too hard and too impossible to do anything but be overwhelmed.
Take one step at a time.
Trust enough to whisper a prayer.  God will listen to you and give you strength to take the next step.
Remember God is God.
God will make a way, giving you strength to get through it all.

Learning to Kickstart the day taking a step of faith,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)