How to Step Out of the Boat in Faith
Written by Christi Given | May 27, 2014
PI Girls, as you know, I love reading God’s Word and I will be contributing a couple of articles a month on a “Bible study” topic for you. My prayer is that these pieces will deepen your faith, stir a hunger for more truth and spark an interest in other facets of your relationship with Christ.
Life can be scary, and the unknown can also leave us feeling uncertain. The good news is that God has us in the palm of His hand and there is NOTHING we need to worry about (Matthew 6, Jeremiah 1).
God instructs us to obey Him and to trust Him. When we don’t trust God, it’s like we’re saying, “God, you’re not big enough, good enough or trustworthy enough.” Imagine how much God loves you! When you see a child or maybe a cousin or baby brother or sister, and you desire to protect them or care for them, THAT is how God looks at YOU! He doesn’t want to harm you, but to teach you to walk with Him, communicate with Him in prayer and through the Word, and to live for Him (Jeremiah 29:11), amen?
The Bible gives us so many examples of heroes of faith and men and women of God who really stepped out, sometimes even risking their lives for God. Esther was in a risky situation being undercover as a Queen for God to deliver God’s people. Moses boldly led the Israelites from Egypt when the Red Sea was in front of Him. Peter stepped out of the boat in faith to meet with the Lord on the water. David went against a huge giant who could have killed him, but didn’t because of God’s faithfulness!
PI Girls, I have a question for you: Do you want to please God? Do you know what the Bible says about faith? It says that it’s literally impossible to please God without faith. If you cannot believe without seeing the proof, the evidence, the physical manifestation in front of your eyes before it happens, then you cannot please the Father. Why? Because our relationship with God is a mystery and REQUIRES faith. We need to have faith like a child, amen? God says we must come to Him like little children. Why? Because that is how we get into God’s Holy presence. That is how we grow deeper with the Lord. If everything is easy and comfortable, why do you need God?
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)
You know how little children are vulnerable and have great faith? That is why God says this, because it is an example—we should be able to come and listen to the Lord for ourselves at His feet, like little children to do their parents. Children are also innocent and not corrupt. They tend to trust and believe the best…that is how we should be, trusting our Father and knowing He has the BEST set apart for us. Amen? Wow, God is good!
To step out of the boat of our comfort zone in life, it will demand faith because ministry and living for Jesus is no cakewalk! It takes testing, trials and proving of your spirit’s intentions. God will shape you and mold you to be a servant, and when you are ready, then he will send you out of the boat into “the great unknown…where feet may fail….” Amen?
“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
Gold is refined and purified in the fire. If you feel like you are in a season of uncertainty, hold fast because you, my friend, are in good company! (James 1) Consider the great heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter 11. (I encourage you to read the entire chapter.) You WILL be blessed and encouraged because the Lord uses those who are willing, and who trust Him. God does not call the perfect; He calls sinners who really believe and want to learn! Amen?
Hebrews 11:17-30 says:
By faith, Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac. He received the promises and he was offering his unique son, the one it had been said about, Your seed will be traced through Isaac. He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead, and as an illustration, he received him back. By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith, Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and he worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith, Joseph, as he was nearing the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions concerning his bones.
By faith, after Moses was born, he was hidden by his parents for three months, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they didn’t fear the king’s edict. By faith, Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin. For he considered the reproach because of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward.
By faith, he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger, for Moses persevered as one who sees Him who is invisible. By faith, he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch the Israelites. By faith, they crossed the Red Sea as though they were on dry land. When the Egyptians attempted to do this, they were drowned. By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down after being encircled by the Israelites for seven days. By faith, Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed.
Girls, it is by faith that we can walk this journey with the Lord. Ask Him to increase your faith. I will be praying for you and the next season of your lives. God bless you, PI Girls. I love you!
PI Girls, how can you step out of the boat of your comfort zone in faith with God? Comment below or write a prayer request! Jesus loves you!