1 Corinthians 2:5 “..that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God”.
We have to make a decision early in our Christian life where we will put our faith – in the wisdom of men (i.e. the world), or in the power of God?
So often we’ll put our faith in our job, our possessions, our bank accounts, our leaders, our parents, our bosses or whatever is demanding our attention. Whatever you think is going to provide provision or bring success in your life – that’s where people often put their faith.
But God says to put your faith in Him because He is the true source of power in your life – His power redeems, delivers, heals and provides! Everything in the world are just vehicles that God can and will use to show His power.
It’s so important not to confuse the vehicle of provision with the source of provision. To focus on the vehicle of provision is being short-sighted, carnal or worldly and is stepping back into the lost position you had before coming to Christ. But in Christ, you need to understand your heavenly position as a child of God and who your true source is – Christ. Hebrews 12:2 says, Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. It begins with Jesus and it ends with Jesus. Don’t add your own gospel or works into the perfect, finished work of Christ.
Faith in the power of God will accomplish and fulfill your life. The power of God always follows the step of faith – it’s never the other way around. Don’t wait until you see something before you do something. Step out, with faith in God’s Word.
This is what Peter did. He wasn’t stepping out onto the water – he stepped out on God’s Word. Jesus said come! So Peter took a step of faith - he got out of the boat.
What hinders you from stepping out in faith? A few common hindrances are:
1. New things. Ever heard “I’ve never done this before.” Don’t let this stop you just because you have never done it before. God is always looking for those who will step out into new things.
2. Fear of the unknown. Every new job and every new venture contains the fear of the unknown. But it’s after you have stepped out in faith, that God performs the miracle.
3. Past failures. We all have failures. But failure can be your greatest teacher. Never allow failure to prevent you from having another go.
4. Inconvenience. Many people might not step out in faith because it is going to be inconvenient for them. They procrastinate and keep telling themselves to wait until the situation improves. The truth is it will never be just right. When it comes to faith, it is always NOW (Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is…).
There comes a time when you just have to “jump” and step out of the boat.