Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Taking a Step Forward in Faith

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Taking a Step Forward in Faith

Taking a Step Forward in Faith

Faith to step forward:
Isaiah 7:9…If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.

Taking a step forward in faith can be scary. But, if we don’t take that step forward in faith we are being disobedient.

A Centurion man went to Jesus to ask if he would heal his servant. Because of his faith he healed the paralyzed man without having to go to him. The Centurion man stepped forward in faith. He trusted that Jesus could and would heal his servant. Jesus was marveled at his faith.
When we trust Jesus and step forward in faith he works miracles in our favor.

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

God wants us to trust him and take steps forward in faith. When we have faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains. But if we have no faith what can we do?

Have no fear:

Before taking that step forward we may be living in fear and be afraid of the unknown. But, we shouldn’t fear what God wants to show us or give us. He wants us to step forward knowing that what he has for us is the best for us and his blessings are beautiful.

Matthew 10:26 So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.


Matthew 10:31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Faith necklace by Sincerely Silver
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When we take that step forward in faith God reveals what is covered and uncovers what is hidden. We don’t have to fear the unknown. He works miracles in our favor. He doesn’t ever let us walk into the unknown without going before us. Deuteronomy 31:8

Psalm 119:113 Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

God opens doors:

God will open doors and show us the path to take when he asks us to take a step forward in faith. When we run into closed doors we need to wait and be patient for God to show us the path and the open door.

Proverbs 8:34
Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

I had a dream about a week ago where Jesus was in front of me, guiding my steps. We were walking through a hedge maze. Before us was a dead end, but he turned around, looked at me and opened the hedge door. When he looked at me it was as if he was saying to me, “Trust me, I’m going to make a way.” And, he did it! He made a way. What looked like a dead end was just the door that he had to open. He went before me and showed me the way. I just needed to step forward in faith.

The end result:

God blesses us when we are obedient. When we step forward in faith and trust him-he blesses us and the end result is beautiful.

We can’t have the same beautiful end results doing things on our own. We need God before us, guiding us to get the end result we desire.

We need to trust him. We don’t need to be afraid because he goes before us and he is with us, he won’t leave us or forsake us. He goes before us and prepares a place for us.

The end result is always amazing when God goes before us.

Are you taking steps forward in faith

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How to be Still and Have Patience While Waiting on God

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How to be still and Have Patience While Waiting on God

How to be Still and Have Patience While Waiting on God

Many of us don’t have patience. This is something that God has been working on with me lately. Sometimes it doesn’t bother me to be patient and I remember that in the end everything will turn out beautifully. Other times I want answers right now, I want results without working for it, and I want things my way on my time.

Fortunately for us, God works his way on his time. When we are waiting it doesn’t seem like his way is always best or that his timing is perfect because we wanted it done yesterday.

When we ask God for answers he answers in different ways: Yes, no, not yet, and silence. Read my post “Why We Pray and the 12 Forms of Prayer” to learn more about our prayers being answered.

When God tells us not yet or is silent we need to be patient. He has a purpose for our patience. The end result will be more beautiful than we could ever imagine.
Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. James 5:7

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold the judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. James 5:7-11

God’s way and timing is perfect. When we are still and wait on God we are letting him know that we fully trust him. His timing is perfect and our timing is sloppy.

Has there ever been a time in your life when you tried to rush God and worried about his timing? How did it turn out? We tend to worry over nothing. God tells us not to worry because he knows that our situations are under control and they will turn out way better than we trust they will.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Everything God has us wait for turns out to be beautiful. The end result is always worth the wait.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

God is patient with us and knows when we are ready for his promises to be fulfilled. We need to be patient with God knowing that his time is perfect. When the time is right his promises will be fulfilled as it is written. God is patient with us, shouldn’t we be patient with him as well?

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

When we wait patiently for God he will listen and hear our plea, our prayers. We just need to wait patiently for his response, understand his response, and not fight his answer.

When we pray to God we need to hand everything over to him. We can’t pray and keep to ourselves what we prayed about, we need to lay it at his feet and keep it there. Don’t pick it back up and carry that burden on your shoulders, let God take it and carry it for you.

Then, wait and be patient for God to take care of the situation or to give you the answer you are seeking. We can’t rush God or his timing. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, we just need to keep walking toward that light and know that God is carrying us the whole way. He has had this situation in control before we knew it existed, before the situation arose. God already took care of it and he is victorious.

Once you get your answer thank God for giving you the answer, whether it was what you wanted to hear or not. God answered your prayer and his answer is perfect. If it wasn’t the answer you were looking for, just know that God always has a perfect plan. His answer was for a purpose. God protects us and always wants what is best for us.

Sincerely Silver

Our timing isn’t God’s timing. He could be wanting you to be still and wait on him. He could be telling you to take this time to rest. He could be teaching you to be patient or to trust in him. Pray and ask God to show you what you should be learning in this time of waiting. Then, thank him for the wait, the lesson, and his answer.

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