The walk of faith is an ongoing challenge.  Faith is a gift from God given proportionally in measure to each of us, to be exercised to walk in the path He directs, one step at a time.  As we exercise obedience, the next step will be revealed as we walk in God’s purpose for our lives.  We live in a complicated world, but the walk of faith is not complicated or confusing.  It is a simple walk of obedience to the measure of faith bestowed upon us.  This amazing gift of faith enables us to step out into the unknown, fully confident in the Lord God who is directing us.  As we step out, the path to the next step becomes clearer as the Lord sheds light upon our way.

Self confidence is encouraged by the world, but as Believers our confidence should be in Christ alone, and who He is in me.  Jeremiah 17:7  “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.”

Abraham’s journey of faith began when He obeyed God’s call and stepped out leaving his home country, not understanding where God would finally lead him. Hebrews 11: 8 “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.”  Abraham, in faith, was going without knowing……where God would finally take him.  Abraham’s amazing journey through life is recorded in Genesis.  He made many mistakes along the way, as we do, but God made provision to redirect and encourage him to fulfil his divine destiny.

We all have a history where our gift of faith began on our journey.  The Lord does not give us the full picture of where that faith in Him will lead at the beginning, but we take one step at a time, and then another step, and another.  Sometimes we take a wrong step, but God, in His mercy and great love for us makes a way for us to walk in His “straight paths for our feet.”  Never permit your past to define your future or prevent you from going forward.

A young woman was attending a conference on the various valleys our Christian journey takes us through.  As she considered her personal valley of decision she was disturbed at the possibility of making a wrong choice resulting in a mistake.  A wise counsellor encouraged her:  When you make a choice before the Lord, you stand, or fall to your Master, the Lord.  A mistake is defined by not considering the Lord in your choice.  If you make a wrong choice, because you are having to do with the Lord, He can, and will, redirect you to the right path, if you have mistakenly chosen a wrong one.   As you obey, you will learn to hear His Voice more clearly.  There is a big difference between making a wrong choice out of fear, or, for my own benefit, common sense, wrong motives, and making a right choice with a will to please God and follow where He leads.

James 2: 26 “… without works is dead…”  Faith is belief and action.

Hebrews 11: 1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”

Be encouraged, may we always remind ourselves: “Being confident of this very thing that He who has begun a good work in you, is faithful to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”,   Philippians 1:6

Our confidence is in God’s word and His promises.  Our walk of faith, step by step, is a dynamic that is precious to the Lord as it builds our trust in Him, enabling us to step out into the unknown under His guiding eye.

Reference:  The hymn penned by Edward Mote “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness” defines the ground we stand, and walk on, in confident faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the author of our salvation and our faith.

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