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GOD designed our Christian walk so that we live by faith.
Faith is focusing on what God can do. It’s necessary to act on our faith because it will take us from where we are now to where God wants us to be. Jesus was constantly moving, going from one place to another with mission, purpose, and focus. If we don’t put our faith into action, nothing will change in our lives. It’s not because God doesn’t want the best for us. It’s a law of faith (Mark 11:23). We shape our world by our word, actions, and the conviction of our hearts to believe in what God can do.
Key Passage: Mark 11:22-24, NKJV
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Faith needs somewhere to land
Faith needs to land somewhere. It’s destination solely depends on what we are focusing on – the situation or God. Faith will always produce “fruit” or a corresponding action. If you read through Mark 11, Jesus is constantly moving and quite a few times we don’t know why He’s moving back and forth. It states He’s leaving but never says why or He was told where to go. What this tells us is that sometimes we don’t know where or why we are headed in a certain direction; we just know that we are to start moving. Faith cannot come to its fullest expression without having the ability to put our trust into a corresponding action.
Don’t confuse faith with obedience. There are some key differences. When you are told to do something that does not require any faith and you do it, this is obedience. When you have not been told directly what to do, but you are feeling a leading and pulling in a direction, this is faith. At this moment you are praying, asking for confirmation through the Word, and giving others the opportunity to speak into your life.
When you start to move based on what you believe is the leading of your heart, these are “steps of faith”.
Q: Describe a time that you acted on the leading of your heart without knowing what the outcome would be? What was the result?
My steps are directed
In Psalm 37:23-24, we know that we can trust God even if we are not sure of the exact command. Our steps are directed by God and even if we stumble, we will not fail because the Lord has a firm grip on our hand. His hand helps us stay on course. The Message version uses the word stalwart to describe the Godly this means loyal, reliable, hardworking, supporter, and a participant. Our steps are directed! We can trust that. We walk in step with God – the whole plan isn’t mapped out, that’s the point and where it takes faith and trust on our part.
Q: What action would you take if you knew even if you made a mistake, you wouldn’t fail?
In Proverbs 3:5-6, there is something important for you to see…
- It infers that you have a few paths to choose from.
- It infers that you are not sure which path to take.
- It infers that you want to do the right thing and make the right choice but are having a hard time figuring out what to do.
- It infers you will be shown — NOT TOLD!
God is saying: Trust Me. Don’t lean on what you know. Keep seeking Me even if it feels you are not finding Me. I will show you which path to take, one step at a time.
Q: What do you need to take action on? What has been pulling on your heart that you know that you need to start walking out?