“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26)
There are times in our Christian journey when the Holy Spirit will prompt us to step forward in faith. And our faith in God requires action. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we will always have a test of faith in front of us. We weren’t born again to remain stagnant; nor empowered by the Holy Ghost to be complacent; rather, our journey is about constantly growing and stretching. Staying in one place too long is the first sign of regression in our faith, and the possible drawing away of our relationship with Him ….
Stepping forward in faith means that we won’t always see clearly what’s ahead. Even though we may want a map with clear and concise directions, this isn’t faith. Faith is what we hope for without seeing it with our eyes (Hebrews 11:1). As believers, we have to come to a place of accepting that everything isn’t laid out for us on purpose. How can we believe for what we already see? The Lord has a plan for growth in each of us at our own rate for His specific plan. Faith is taking the next step up even when the stairway isn’t clearly visable ….
Stepping forward in faith will mean that our confidence is in the Lord and not in ourselves. The earlier we pick this up in our faith; the better our Christian walk with be. We are born and driven by the world to trust in ourselves, to do what seems right to us; yet, we know that each of us will come to an end of ourselves. And as it is written: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12).
There is great joy when we discover how God does His greatest work when we rest in Him ….
Stepping forward in faith isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s excruciating because we are constantly fighting off doubt and fear. We are ever being tested by our enemy. Our strength to move forward in the faith comes from our knowledge of God’s Word. When we rely on the Scriptures for our hope, we will step forward. The Holy Ghost quickens our minds with truth when we struggle in the walk, for He is the Spirit of Truth: “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13) and He will bring the Word and the scriptures necessary to your mind at the exact moment that you need them, if you maintain close contact by walking with the Spirit and tune yourself to hearing His voice: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26).
In conclusion; allow the Holy Ghost to teach you and the Lord to guide you. Stretch your faith by trusting Him to lead you even if you do not clearly see the way. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; so if you simply follow Him, you’re going the right way on the right path …
Dear Lord, I need Your help to move forward in the faith. Sometimes I’m hesitant and fearful; I pray for boldness and strength from the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.