Just Do It. . . In Faith Of Course
I wouldn’t move unless I heard from God. Some would probably read that and admire that, but others would read that and see right through that statement. I realized through my walk I always go from one extreme to another right before I find the middle . . . where God is . . . where the truth is. That’s just how I work and God is so patient through that. Praise Him.
A situation came about where I was trying to find answers and solutions to the things I was going through. I thought that somehow if I found whatever I was looking for then I could do what I needed to do and the problem would immediately be fixed. But when does it ever work like that? Never. Well maybe sometimes, but it’s rare. Any-who, God showed me that I was becoming obsessive and trying to solve everything that was going on with me in my own will and not His. Also, He usually tells me exactly what I need to do in the beginning and I understand it at first, but I don’t fully get it and apply it until it’s been beat across my head several times. I’m always like, “OHHH I see what you’re saying God,” and then I don’t actually apply what He’s told me to my situation. That sounds super annoying doesn’t it? Well I’m here to tell you that it is. It’s extremely annoying, but like I said God is ooberly patient and his graces is sufficient. Man, I’m so grateful.
Unfortunately, it gets even more annoying. So, when He told me that I was becoming obsessive and doing things in my own will, I took it to the opposite extreme and decided not to do anything until He willed it or until He told me to move. Let me give you a picture of how extreme I was. . . Say I was in a store trying to buy a bag of chips…I’d be like Lord please show me what bag of chips I should buy for a snack and I’d wait to hear from the Lord and it’d be dead silence. I’m like, Lord why aren’t you speaking to me? Now tell me how silly that is. SUPER SILLY RIGHT!? I know, but that’s how I was operating. It started to become a crutch and I started to become stagnant. Then that started to turn into frustration towards God (see how deep it gets) and that’s when he led me to these verses:
Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Proverbs 16:1 “To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord come the proper answer of the tongue.”
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
These three verses really spoke to me because I was sitting there thinking that I could not make any type of moves until I heard something from Him, forgetting that God is still ultimately in control. And if I use the brain that He gave me and add it to the word that I know and make the decision to move in faith knowing that no matter what God will direct my moves, then I would be good. I had to meet Him in the middle where the truth was.
Then He took me a step further and my pastor talked about God deciding to use his creation to do his will and it really became clear that our great God set it up like a partnership. He gave us everything thing we need to live for Him and all we have to do is our part which is to have faith, submit and obey. He takes care of the rest that we shall not boast, but that is the only way it will get done is through one of his obedient children. [Think of Noah, Joseph, Esther and JESUS(The perfect model of how its done.)] If I don’t do it then someone else will. It’s always a battle to find the balance and understand the parallel truths of God, but he allots the time and the grace for us to eventually yield to the teachings and revelations and the power of the Holy Spirit and figure most if it out according to his will.
So, I just encourage whoever is reading this to just step out on faith holding on to the good and perfect promises of God. He will catch you if you fall. He will redirect your steps as long as you are seeking Him with all of your heart, mind and soul. The key is to seek Him with your whole being because like he did in my situation he will show you the truth and promises that you will need to stand on and live on and step out on. And yes you still need to pray before stepping out on faith, just make sure you ask for wisdom and discernment as well. lol
Other scripture references:
Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
Romans 14:23 “But whoever has doubts is condemned it they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”
James 2:22 “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.”
James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”