Just Take the First Step
by Joanne Ellison
01.13.20
01.13.20

Welcome to making space Mondays! This morning I want to share with you how to make space in your life to step out in faith when you sense you are called to do something- whether it is to make a change, do something that is a stretch, or challenging, or a shift in your thinking. Stepping out in faith requires that you only see the first step, not necessarily the whole staircase. In fact I cannot remember a single faith step where I was completely certain of the steps that I was to take, however I did know that I needed to take the first step.

Two things that transpire on the way to the staircase climbing…

  1. You have to believe that you heard from God which means you have spent time seeking His counsel.
  2. You trust that if you step out in faith and it appears that you are going in the wrong direction or climbing the wrong staircase, the Lord will turn you around and put you on HIS plan or help you continue going forward.

It may seem like this is too simple. But for most of us it is too complex because faith is complex. We prefer to first see and believe and faith is believing and then seeing.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)

Recently, in one of the classes that I teach, I sensed that there was a worship song that needed to be played at the end of my teaching. This is a time when we offer prayer for those who wish to respond to the message. My worship leader graciously agreed at the last minute to change out her song choice and substitute this one. By the way, working with someone who is flexible and wants to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading is like a breath of fresh air! So we did and God moved in extraordinary ways. It was a step of faith for us both, but He had His way and people responded. I took the first step of faith and contacted the worship leader, and she took the second step up the ladder and did it. And… then the people climbed God’s ladder.

So next time you hear the whisper of God in your heart, respond to the call. If you have been praying about something and seeking God, seek wise counsel and step out in faith. Where God guides He provides. Sometimes it appears that we took the wrong turn and ended up in a dessert, but it may only be for a season as the Lord works within you, strengthening you for the rest of the journey.

Love for you all to share your faith stories. It will help build our faith!

 

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