Updated: Aug 10, 2018
Dare to live beyond the limitations of your fears, doubts, and uncertainties. The Shepard will never led us astray.
Stepping out in faith has always been a struggle for me, and to be honest, it still is. Throughout my walk with God, I have come to the understanding that there will be moments when He asks us to get out of the boat (our comfort zone) and walk on waters with Him. While walking on deep waters, the only thing that will keep us afloat is our faith in Jesus.
“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?'” (Matthew 14:30-31)
I ask myself the same question: Nikkisha, why are you doubting Jesus and His power? We go to church and sing praises such as: I trust you God! You are our hope and our salvation! You will never leave or forsaken us! But when God calls us to move to a different place, write a book, start a business or ministry, lead a Bible study, change jobs, and etc., we begin to sink like Peter did.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). I believe that fear starts to take root when we take our eyes off of Jesus and focus on the winds and waves around us. We cannot possibly see the good that can come from stepping out in faith because all we see around us is potential failure, disappointments, heart break, and broken dreams.
God wants us to walk by faith, and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We must trust God in the unseen and believe that God works all things for good. Also, remember that if He calls us to something, He will not leave us.
I have to constantly remind myself that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) and that God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 timothy 1:7). The first thing that Satan does to stop us from stepping out in faith is send fear and doubts. The enemy will remind us of our shortcomings, failures, and inadequacies. During that moment, we must tell Satan how big our God is and remind him that although we have weaknesses-- God has strength-- and He will readily supply us with everything we need to do what He calls us to do.
Today, I encourage you to surrender everything that you are not and take hold of everything that God is. I may be weak, but God is strong-- and in the world’s eyes, I may look small and insignificant, but in God’s eyes, I am more than a conqueror.
“Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you Go.” (Joshua 1: 9).