Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wait on God, Or Step Out on Faith?



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!



15 comments:

  1. Thank you Jesus for leading me here!!! I have been praying for a specific thing and strongly feel Christ Jesus our Lord has answered me! After reading this I felt peace. I'm now ready for the journey....Thanks Again!!!!

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    1. Good morning. I am pleased that this was a blessing to you. I pray that you would share with others this blog, that they also may read something that would pertain to them. God bless you in all that you do.

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  2. If you were praying for a.word from god and he put.the words believe, watch, reigned, and he has opened a.door before.me that no.man can.shut! In this order over a.period of 3-4.months what would you.say step out on what im praying for or wait on god

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    1. Good morning,

      Thank you for visiting my blog and I pray that not only this particular topic was a blessing to you, but my others as well. As to your question, I will attempt to answer as best as I feel the Lord is leading me to answer.

      Sometime people, as stated in James 4:3 pray amiss. Be advised, that this is not a conclusion that I gather from your post, but me sharing it in a form of information. There are conditions that should be met as it pertains to prayer, and one of them is to know what we are truly asking God to action on our behalf.

      You shared that you were praying for a word, which my experience tells me that you were asking God to give you a prophetic word from the scriptures to help guide you in a particular direction as it pertains to a certain decision that has to be made. The answer could come via a Pastor that preached a sermon that speaks to your situation. If you study God’s word, you may have been led to a particular scripture, that would guide in your decision making, or as in your situation, where the Holy Spirit imparts information directly to you. The words he shared was believe, watch, reigned. What can we gather from these words?

      Believe - to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof

      Watch - to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens

      Reigned – the past tense of the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne.

      “Believe” and “watch” are action words that are used in the Christian faith and it is the part that all believers must engage in. Belief/faith is essential to our walk. John 3:16 states “For God so loved the world that He gave (God’s part) His only begotten Son, that whoever believes (our part) in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” In Hebrews 11:6 it states “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe (our part) that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

      “Watch” in the scriptures was mostly used in a warning, mainly to be mindful of our behavior, aware of the enemy, or look forward to the coming of the Lord. Because I am unaware of your situation, only you and God would know why this word was giving to you.

      “Reigned” is a past tense word, and Jesus Christ is alive, and continues to reign, now and forever more. Again, why this word was giving to you, I can’t accurately answer. I can assume it was possibly to remind you of the nature of who Christ is. I would only add that he is still reigning.

      What is interesting about your post is that you expressed certainty that a door was opened that no man can shut. You speak with assurance and confidence. That tells me that you have a great deal of faith. With believe, watch, and reigned, I also want to know if the word patience was given.

      In either case, it seems that waiting on God is the ideal solution, but again, there are many things missing. As stated in my conclusion of the blog:

      "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!"

      I pray that I was a bit more helpful to you. I pray blessings in all that you do, and that the Lord will bestow more clarity to you.

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  3. Thank you for replying and i kept.the first message short and too the point to.see what you 1st thoughts were! Not to add. I am 22 years old and a 3rd generation in a certain line of work. Ive been praying that the.lord would guide me to were he would have me to work at! And just before i was about to leave my last job do to lack of.work i was praying ask asking god to show me were he has me to be and i kept.dreaming of my uncles buisness! And I found myself praying that god would speak to my hart and give me a word on my dreams! Because i realy feel like he is calling me there i said lord i will go here but the.work.just isnt there that my hart desires and i flet the spirit come over me and i felt the.word believe come over me! Over the next few days i kept.praying saying lord i do believe you can make the work there but how can it.just change an become what it.isnt an again the spirit came and the.word watch came over me! A few weeks.later i still while still feeling lead to go to my uncles i was just about to read my bible one eveing and
    i prayed for.another word! And i randomly opend my bible and the first word.i.seen was reigned! I read a little the.randomly flipped again and the.1st.word i.seen was reigned again. This happened about 3-4 times and i was jumping randomly around! And i lookex it.up in a dictionary and the word reigned meant to be a leader of a team! Or king or queen... so i put.it all together and i said lord im praying for.a.job and i feel as if ur.leading.me the.work just isnt there but u said to believe! i said i do but how can it be u said watch! Then u said you were going to make me leader which is a boss if.i.were.to.own.a.business! And now ruffly 2 months after all this i.was in a way scared of making the.wrong choice an goin to talk to.my uncle about this i went to.church looking for.gods help and the first thing the.preacher said in his sermon was Revelations 3: 8 I know thy works; behold, i have set before thee an open door, an no ma can shut it. So with this being said whats your thoughts! And i have yet to talk to my uncle still

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    1. Good morning,

      I thank you for your response that provides a bit more information. I understand your concerns, and I will urge you to be extremely careful in trying to interpret dreams, especially if you “feel” God is the author of them.

      Why do we work? We work so that we can pay of the necessities of life, and also for the things we want. So I am assuming you would like to make more money. Here is the challenge that I have with your prayer, and this is why I shared with you yesterday about praying amiss (James 4:3). Here is the full verse in its entirety, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:1-3)

      Am I calling you a war monger? No I am not. Am I calling you a murder? No I am not. Am I saying that you covet? No I am not? However, I am saying you may be expressing a bit of selfishness. Why do I say so? Ok, I asked why we work. When we work, we get paid. When we get paid, we have the money to buy the things we need, and also the things we want. I am assuming that the work you have now, can only pay for the things you need, but not the things you want. So you desire to look for a job that can pay for both. I am not sure if the third generation line of work and your uncle is the same or not. However, you are asking God to send you somewhere else. What about praying to God, that the job you are currently at, that he makes it very successful for the owner? If that job is successful, would not the success trickle down to you? Don’t you think the owner would want to be successful? Don’t you think the owner need prayer?

      So if you believe in God, and believe He is a just God, do you think he would like that you prayed for the owner of the current job, or that He only satisfies what you want, in essence praying amiss? You said you went to church. How about asking the pastor to sit down with you and share with him all that you shared with me. Whatever he tells you, you know pray to God for clarity, and if your heart is in the right place, clarity will come. I also suggest that you pray not only for your success, but your family’s success, and for other’s success, and I believe God will make things clearer to you. Amen!

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  4. Hello-

    I googled the phrase "step out on faith" and this was the website that I was brought to and I am happy that I read it. I have been offered a job opportunity that I would love to take but I would have to take a step back in salary and title. The step back in salary would result in a $10,000 pay decrease. I recently had a son last year and I have been married for 5 years. My husband and I came up with a figure that would work for us when I first interviewed for this position. The offering salary is much lower. When I told my husband he stated that that wouldn't work out family taking into consideration our son and other financial obligations. I continue to ask myself why would God open this door, just for it to be closed? Is he testing his faith?

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  5. Good morning sister,

    Let me begin by thanking you for visiting my site.
    In reading your post I can see how the decision you make can be a challenging one. If I may, I would like to break down your post so I can either show you a better picture, or if you were to respond, I can ascertain a total understanding of your situation.

    Job Offer
    When I read that you were offered a job, but will have to take a step back in salary and in title, I assumed that you are already working, but is seeking an alternate position because of possibly no longer being happy at your current position. From a secular perspective, one can say if a job no longer makes you happy, it may be best in the long run to seek one that does. However, from a spiritual perspective, because I do not know you personally, it is difficult to determine if you should stay or go. But there are things in your post that sort of gives me enough information where I can ask you to consider certain things.
    If you have been working for some time now, it is safe to assume, that the salary you are making plus with your husband's salary is enough to accomodate your current lifestyle. So one thing I would ask you to consider is it wise to decrease your salary by $10,000 knowing that it can affect your current bills, financial goals, etc?
    Another area I want you to consider is the agreement that you and your husband came up with together. There was a certain figure that was discussed between you and your husband. I do not believe a decrease of $10,000 was part of that discussion. Would it be wise to make an agreement with your husband, only to go back on it?
    Finally the most important question I would like to pose to you, is how certain you know it is of God? Let's look at a few scriptures, and as it pertain to you and your husband, I am assuming that both of you are "practicing" children of God.

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  6. Please consider these 3 scriptures, and they are guaged towards you, since you it is your possible actions that are in question.
    "But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God." - 1Co 11:3
    There is an order of creation that God has ordained as it pertains to mankind and their relationship with Him. The order and relationship between man and women, specifically between husband and wife, the husband has been ordained the position of headship and his wife is the husband's help meet. This in no way diminish you as a person, but sets you in a divine ordained order as being a help to your husband, but he is the leader of your household.

    "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
    Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." Eph 5:22-24

    Here the Apostle Paul, by way of the Holy Spirit gives us an example of how a husband and wife relationship are to behave. In the verses I used, this is an example of how a wife should look upon and treat her husband.
    "Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear." - 1Pe 3:1-2
    In this particular set of verses, the Apostle Peter, demonstates a scenario, in where a husband may not be where he should be in regards to how God ordained the husband's position in the marriage, yet that does not serve as an indication for the wife to negate what she is called and ordained to behave in the marriage.
    I share these scriptures with you sister, because your decision may cause you to not only go against the agreement that you and your husband stipulated, but also reject your husband's council regarding what he think is right for the home. God is not the author nor motivator behind such a decision.
    In your post, you stated that there is an opportunity that "you" would "love" to take. I believe that flesh is involved and this is where the enemey is most effectual.
    The bible tells us "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." Ga 5:16-17
    When we consider what the flesh wants, we are in essence considering what the enemy wants. The Apostle Paul, via the Holy Spirit was warning us on how we must at all times remain spiritual. By this, we are encouraging a better outcome in all that we do. The scripture says that the flesh and the Spirit are opposite of each other. If you were to act on that position by taking it, and based off of the information I have read, I believe you will in fact be doing what is contrary to God. In verses 19-21 it shows evidence of what takes place in the flesh. Verse says "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness" Ask yourself, if you take this position, will your house be full of joy? Will you and your husband be at peace?
    In the book of Matthew chapter 4, the devil tempted Jesus by promising him the world if Jesus will bow to him (Matt 4:8-9). I share this with you, by showing you that the devil can also present things that can "appear" to be a blessing, but in reality it is not.
    Sister, there are many things that are not clear, but based off what you shared with me, I think it is wise to pray about it some more, speak with your husband so he can have an opportunity to clearly show his position, and finally ask God for clarity.
    What I always tell people, if it is of God, there will be no confusion, and all concerns will be addressed. God bless you sister, and I pray blessings on you and your family.

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  7. Ok, so now my question is when you wait on God how am I supposed to know when answers? How do I know it's God telling me to move? How do you hear God? How do I know when to trust an instinct?

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    1. Good evening,

      When you say "ok, so now my question is....." are you saying that you are someone I have already answered? If that is so, then you are indicating that my answers were not suitable to you.

      If you are someone knew, I apologize, for you threw me off with your question which indicates that I have answered you already.

      There are examples that people have posted and where I have responded. To ensure there is no redundancy, please view the above posts and replies. Also please look over the following conclusion, but in truth, the questions you asked, if you are truly a person of Christian faith, and are truly and sincerely seeking answers, then every single word on this page (post, responses, and replies) can be used as a guide. Be blessed.

      "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!"

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