Bible Study: How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone in Your Faith Walk
Written by Christi Given | April 12, 2015
There are many ways that we can step out and reach people. To some people, stepping out of their comfort zone might be telling someone that Jesus loves them, or it could be buying a friend coffee or befriending someone. There are different ways to step out in faith, and everyone’s faith walk and journey looks unique. God works with every person individually, but He invites us to be a part of the process, the miracles, the answered prayers and even the painful seasons, too. Do you step out of the boat in your life and in your faith walk?
I want to challenge you, PI readers, to be bold and take on new instructions from the Lord. Take time to read the Word and hear His voice. Take time to minister and bless others. There is a misconception that only pastors or official leaders can minister. No—actually, you are a daughter of the Most High God and have the ability to minister and be used as God’s mouthpiece, too!
…you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
God uses the broken and unqualified, and equips them; He doesn’t usually call the equipped or perfect, amen? Look at David, who was a shepherd boy in the fields and who was overlooked by his own family. He ended up being King, and a ruler of nations (1 Samuel 16:7).
Look at Joseph, who was betrayed by his brothers and thrown into a pit. Then, because of circumstances, he ends up in prison and then interprets dreams, which leads him to the second in line under Pharaoh!
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.” The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Look at Peter, who denied Jesus three times and ended up walking on water to the Lord and learned how to trust His Lord and Savior. If God can use Peter and the least of those you would expect, He surely can use us, if we are willing.
…he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. (Matthew 14:29)
When you are criticized or overlooked, it can actually be an indicator you are blessed and chosen by God! God uses those whom He chooses! Also, whatever the enemy intends for evil, God can use for good! The point is, God wants to use you, He wants your dreams to come true to glorify Him, and He wants to see you walk on water with Him when you get out of the boat of comfort and familiarity.
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
I pray this encourages you and inspires you to step up, step out and trust even when you cannot see. God is BEYOND faithful! Just ask Him to help you! Moses could barely speak and had a speech impediment, but God chose HIM to deliver the message to Pharaoh to let God’s people go out of slavery and bondage in Egypt.
Will you allow God to use you? Will you take risks and, regardless of flaws, let the Lord Jesus use you beyond your wildest dreams? (Ephesians 3:20) I believe in you…but more importantly, God believes in you!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)
PI Girls, how have you stepped out in your faith zone in 2015 so far? Where would you like to step out? Comment below! I am praying for you! Jesus loves you so much, precious girls!