3 Signs God Is Calling You to Step Out in Faith

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Joshua 1:9

Here are 3 signs that God is asking you to step out in faith with him.

When You Know God Has Asked You to Do Something But He Has Not Revealed How He Wants You to Do It, This Is a Sign God Is Asking You to Step Out in Faith

God doesn’t call us to obedience only when it is convenient and clear. God tells us to trust and obey him no matter what.

So if God has clearly told you what he wants you to do, but he has not yet shown you how he wants you to do it, usually this means God wants you to step out in faith so he can show you what to do when the moment comes.

For example, I’ve talked to people who knew they were sinning by living with their boyfriend or girlfriend. They also knew God was asking them to move out and repent of this sin. But there were practical issues that made it hard. They would need to find a new place to live. They would need a new roommate to help them split the bills. And they would need to face the ridicule of their non-Christian friends who just didn’t understand.

These practical barriers are real and they are hard, but they are not an excuse to disobey the will of God. If God tells you to do something, he is not asking you to do it when it is easy. If you want to obey the Lord even during the hard times, you will have to learn to step out in faith with him. As Psalms 15:1-4 states:

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; . . . who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind. . . .”

You can’t follow God like this without the Holy Spirit empowering you, but when God calls us he will always equip us too. We just have to take that first step of faith with him.

Anytime We Fear Something Other Than God Himself, God Is Asking Us to Step Out in Faith

Throughout the Bible we are told that the only person we are to fear is God himself (Matthew 10:28, Proverbs 1:7). This type of fear is not where we try to avoid God but rather where we respect his power and judgment so much that we are eager to obey him, for as 1 John 4:17-18 states:

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

If there is some earthly fear in our hearts, this is a clear sign that God is asking us to step out in more faith with him, for as Joshua 1:9 states, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

When you fear God you will not need to fear anything else. And when you know the love of God all fear will vanish from you.

If There’s Nothing Left to Do But Move Forward, God Is Probably Asking You to Step Out in Faith

Eventually the time for planning must stop. You can only strategize so much before actually doing something. You can only have so many board meeting before a decision must be reached. You can only attend so many counseling sessions before you must move forward in your life. While we must never stop praying, eventually, even our prayers need to result in movement.

For example, in Joshua 7 Israel sins and is thus defeated in battle because God’s favor has left them. Then Joshua begins to plead with the Lord as he laid on his face. But in Joshua 7:10-13 God says to him, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep . . . . Go, consecrate the people.”

Throughout your life there will come many points where you have done everything you can possibly do to prepare. When you have done everything but move forward with God, this is often a sign he is asking you to take a step of faith with him.

Never forget how much God loves you. He is always trustworthy and has your best interest at heart. When you start letting go of fear and stepping out in faith with Christ, your life will never be the same.

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Mark Ballenger

ApplyGodsWord.com is the writing ministry of Mark Ballenger. To reach Mark, send him an email anytime: markballenger@applygodsword.com

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