Stepping Out (Part 1)

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.2 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. 4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him.

Genesis 12:1-4

This is one of my scriptures for 2009. I really feel that God is and will be asking me to step out in faith in a lot of areas of my life. I was listening to a sermon the other day where the pastor was backing up prosperity with some scriptures and he mentioned how people will take it out of context and say the scripture means spiritually prosperous. The pastor went on to say -“Read the verse – don’t over-spiritualize it – You’re afraid to be blessed!

Then it hit me – there are areas in my life right now that I’m afraid to step out on because God’s word just might be true! He just may make all my dreams come true. I’m afraid because it will require me stepping into the unknown – it will require a lot of risk. Risk causes questions like this run through my head:

What if I step out and fall?

What if I step out and fail?

What if I step out and miss out on everything I had going for me?

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Questions like that often hold me back from receiving God’s best in my life. I don’t know about you – but I like when things are safe and I can see how every detail is going to work out. Unfortunately for me, that is not faith! If I want God’s best in my life it is going to require me to take a step of faith, I won’t be able to lean on my own understanding, and I’ll have to trust Him.

But here is what I know – God has never disappointed me, when I’ve stepped out – He’s always been there, God wants all my dreams to come true, and He has a plan for my life that is far beyond anything I can imagine. The only way I’ll ever see everything He has planned for me come to pass is to trust Him, to step out, and to take a risk.

I want to take a few days and teach you some things God’s been revealing to my heart¬† lately along these lines. If you have any revelation on this subject – I’d love to hear it! Please share!

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