Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and prayer before you. I cover myself and all of your children with the blood of Jesus Christ this morning. Open my eyes and all other eyes that will read this word this morning oh God. Show us the areas of our lives that do not please you, and give us the strength, wisdom and grace to remove any sin or weight that would prevent us from walking in close fellowship with you. We praise you and we love you oh Father, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Prayer by: Faith Narcisse
Let me begin by saying this message is of my opinion. I am writing this message based on what I feel fervently about what is stated in scripture. It is up to the individual to pray always and seek guidance for their own walk and decision making. Now that I have addressed the formality, let’s begin. I think many of us are confused between waiting on God, and stepping out on faith. Some feel that they have to pray to God and wait for an answer before making any moves, while others pray that God order their steps, as they move in a particular direction. Is one better than the other? When you make decisions, do you wait for God first, or do you step out on faith? Let’s consider some scriptures and you decide which best works for you.
WAIT ON GOD
We are all familiar with Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” It is pretty much self explanatory. We are instructed not to trust in our own understanding of things. We have a flawed way of thinking, and because of this flaw, our actions will always have an opportunity to display a flawed result. However, if we leave the planning to God, and realize that God is able, He will be the one that will dot all “i(s)” and cross all the “t(s)”. He will be the one who will go over things with a fine tooth comb. He will be the one that will apply a meticulous eye to make sure the end result is flawless. Finally, He would be the one to make sure we do not go back to the drawing board. Do you agree? Let’s break this down further. The Hebrew word for understanding is “biynah” (prounced bee-naw') which has a connation of knowledge or wisdom. In the verses prior (1 and 2) it reads “My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.” And verse 7 reads “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.” Looking at these verses indicates that some areas of our walk are complex which require assistance from God. It is in these cases, where we dare not try to rectify them ourselves but call on the almighty and all knowing God to aid, instruct and direct us. The apostles were healing and casting out demons alongside Jesus, but prior to ascension, he told them “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." (Lu 24:49) Amen! They had to wait on God prior to leaving Jerusalem.
STEP OUT ON FAITH
I believe the best example of one stepping out on faith, is the woman who had an issue of blood. The bible records it as so: “And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." (Matt 9:20-21) Luke records it as so: “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any,” (Lu 8:43) This woman was tired of her ailment. She was unable to be healed by physicians. She heard of Jesus. Faith comes by hearing. She risked violation of the Law back then. When a woman is under her menstruation, she was to be set aside until she was finished. She did not care about the Law. She said I can be healed just by me touching him. She did not wait on God, she stepped out on faith. She believed in her heart and soul that she was going to be healed and she went for it, and indeed she was healed. The bible states “But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.” (Matt 9:22) Jesus did not ask, “why did you not wait on God?” He said “be happy daughter, because the faith that you had healed you.” The bible states that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Eph 3:20) This emphasize that we have a power to bring forth unimaginable things according to a power that is in us. All we have to do is tap into it.
I believe we have to wait on God. I also believe we have to step out on faith. Both require different levels of faith, but each is important. To be faced with a circumstance that is beyond your control, but believe God is able to bring you out of it, requires faith. To trust in God, knowing that if we ask anything in Jesus name, it will be given to us, requires faith. Both are necessary depending on the issue. We have to pray for discernment on when to fight the compulsion to act when we are supposed to let go and let God, and we have to pray for the courage to step out on faith knowing that God will carry us two more steps. Remember, both require faith, and it is impossible to please God without it. Amen!