Stepping Out In Faith

Greg Baker March 8, 2020 Standalone

Big Idea: Stepping out and living by faith will generally make us feel uncomfortable and it is filled with uncertainty and risk, but ultimately it is the only way to please God.
And without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6a NIV
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

There are two ways that we can live our life – we can live by sight or we can live by faith. Living by sight means that we will incorporate the world’s wisdom into how we live. Living by faith means that we will incorporate God’s word to direct us.

Jesus Walks on the Sea
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
Matthew 14:22-24 NKJV

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:25-33 NKJV

Three lessons that we can learn from Peter’s experience of stepping out in faith:

With the command, comes the power.

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
So He said, “Come.”  Matthew 14:28-29 NKJV

When Jesus asks us to do something, the power to accomplish the task is included in the command.
You build faith by knowing what God has commanded us or promised us.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV

You must take risk in order to see a miracle happen

Peter was the only disciple that took the risk of climbing out of the boat and thus he was the only one that got to experience walking on water.
John Wimber, the pastor who started the Vineyard movement, used to say that faith is spelt R-I-S-K.
Faith is an action word. Faith without action is dead because faith always produces action. That what makes it different from belief. Belief is just head knowledge. Faith comes from the heart.

Sometimes stepping out in faith can be messy. Doubt and fear won’t give up trying to influence you.

Peter ultimately didn’t fare very well. In a matter of moments, he went from walking on water to almost drowning.

When you step out in faith you will have some successes and some failures. Sometimes fear and doubt will get the best of you. Give yourself the grace to pick yourself up from your failures and try again.
God expects each one of us to live our lives by stepping out in faith to accomplish what He has commanded us, confident that the power to accomplish the task is included in the commissioning. It is our job to push back fear and doubt and act boldly in our assignment even if there is a risk that it might get a bit messy.

What is God asking you to do this week in faith? How will you respond?

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