In this article, we learn about stepping out in faith, and we can do that practically. So, grab your Bible, and let’s dive in…
Stepping out in faith can feel impossible sometimes. Faith steps can be scary, regardless of how big or small they are, but the reality is that every Christian is called to live by faith and not by sight. This means that part of being a Christian is stepping out in confident faith in God.
There are several biblical examples of stepping out in faith where men and women of God choose to believe God and His word over their feelings, situations, and circumstances.
This skill is crucial for all Christians to develop and should be normal for all believers. With that said, we will explore what it means to learn this skill, identify some Biblical examples, and discuss how you can implement this characteristic in your own Christian walk.
What Does It Mean To Step Out In Faith?
This is a concept that many believers struggle with, but the truth is that stepping out in faith is not as challenging as most of us think it to be. A lot of our battle is in the mind.
But what does stepping out in faith mean? What does it all encompass?
Stepping out in faith means taking God at His word, regardless of what you can see in front of you. This means believing in God and His word amid challenges, hardships, and difficulties.
This means to believe what God says to you, and act upon it, even if it does not make sense to you at the time. Stepping boldly out in faith implies action. You must actually step out.
I have often heard that faith is spelled R.I.S.K.
The process or act of stepping out and practicing this skill is never comfortable, but it is always full of the grace of God and always results in seeing the hand of God in your life.
There are several Biblical examples of people practicing this Christian skill and demonstrating their complete trust in God:
Examples Of Stepping Out In Fath In The Bible
- David conquered Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. David stepped out in faith by believing that he could defeat Goliath by the strength of the Lord, regardless of his own stature.
- When God called Abraham to leave his homeland and go to a place that God would show him, Abraham obeyed and set out on a journey of faith. He didn’t know where he was going or what he would find, but he trusted God’s promise to make him into a great nation and bless all the people of the earth through him. (Genesis 12:1-9) Abraham stepped out in faith by leaving behind his familiar surroundings and embarking on a new adventure with God.
- The woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8 touched Jesus’s garment and was healed. She demonstrated her faith, believing that Jesus could heal her even though many physicians could not.
- The Centurion who had faith that Jesus would heal his servant in Luke 7 stepped out by believing in the authority of Jesus and trusting that He could heal his servant regardless of distance. Jesus commented on the faith of the Centurion, saying He had not found such great faith, not even in Israel.
- In Matthew 14, Peter showed faith by stepping out of the boat and walking on water towards Jesus. Peter trusted that Jesus could enable him to do the impossible, but he began to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the wind and waves. Nevertheless, Jesus reached out and saved him.
- In Acts, Paul showed faith by embarking on multiple missionary journeys, despite facing persecution, imprisonment, and even shipwreck. Paul trusted that God had called him to share the gospel with the Gentiles, and he was willing to go wherever God led him, even if it meant facing danger and hardship.
- After her husband died, Ruth left her home and followed her mother-in-law Naomi to a new land. Despite the uncertainty ahead, Ruth stepped out in faith, trusting God’s plan for her life.
- When Esther learned of a plot to destroy all the Jews in Persia, she risked her own life by going before the king and pleading for mercy for her people. She knew that the king could have her executed for approaching him without being summoned, but she trusted that God had put her in this position for a reason. (Esther 4-5) Esther stepped out in faith by putting her own safety on the line and trusting that God would use her actions to save her people.
Stepping out in faith looks different for different people, but it always involves trusting God above all else and taking action in that trust. Check out more here…Powerful Bible Stories About Faith To Stir You Up
How To Start Stepping Out In Faith?
Taking that first step out in faith always feels like an impossible thing, but the reality is that the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
Taking that step does not only take you to where God wills you to be. It builds your faith and trust in God. Faith is always about trusting God, and stepping out in faith gives Him the opportunity to build your trust in Him.
Here are some good ways to exercise your faith in your own life by putting your complete trust in God:
1. Trust In The Lord
The first way to step out in faith is to trust the Lord. Spend time with Him, hear His voice, and read your Bible. Believe in what He says, believe in what the Holy Spirit reveals to you in the scriptures, and stand firm in who He is and who you are in Him.
Without this firm foundation of trusting God based on who He is and what HE says, it is impossible to use your faith in this way.
2. Trust God For Healing
Another good way to begin stepping out in faith is to trust God for healing. There are several examples of Jesus healing people in the Bible from all manner of illnesses and sicknesses.
The next time you get sick, or the next time a friend or family member becomes ill, trust God for healing. Pray and thank the Lord for healing the sickness, and believe that He will, and you are likely to see a miracle of healing with your own eyes.
3. Trust God For Provision
Our need for propvidion can come in a lot of shapes and forms but one area that seems to hit hard for a lot of people is money.
Finances can be a challenging area for most people to trust in the Lord. We try to put it in our hands to fix when reality we need to partner with God and believe Him to be Jehovah Jireh.
A good way to practice stepping out in faith is to trust God with your finances rather than trying to control them yourself. Surrender your finances to Him, and pray for open doors and favor. Learning to let go, and let God is the first step to seeing breakthrough in this area.
You will find that He is faithful to provide for you in every circumstance.
4. Say Yes To God
Stepping out in faith means saying yes to God. This does not always mean trusting for provision or healing, as sometimes it can look like obedience.
Sometimes the Lord will ask you to minister to a stranger at the store, or help someone in need, or perhaps take a position that scares you.
If you feel God asking you to step out in faith, be it a small or a big step, have the faith to do it without questioning Him, even if you do not fully understand why He has asked you to do it.
He will never let you down.
5. Trust In The Love Of God
Romans 8 teaches us that God is for us and that no created thing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
Trusting in the love of the Lord and knowing He is for you seems like a simple step of faith, but when life is difficult, this is sometimes the most important step anyone can take.
Trust in the love of God, and trust that He is for you.
6. Pray For Others
An excellent way to practically practice this active faith in your life and stepping out in it is to pray for others. Reach out to other people, find out what they need prayer for, and pray for them.
Pray for people at church, stand with others in prayer, attend prayer meetings, and begin to pray prayers of faith in public, or even step out boldly to pray for people on the street.
Evangelism and ministering to others is an excellent ways to apply faith to your life, practice walking in faith, and learn where you need to grow your faith.
Continuing To Step Out In Faith
Continuing to step out in faith is something that every Christian can practice.
This is often as simple as giving someone a word of encouragement, meditating on Scripture and applying it to your life until you see the fruit of it, or even simply praying for someone when the Holy Spirit prompts you to do so.
Practice walking in faith with God daily, and you will find it will be easier every time. Continue stepping out in faith, and the Lord will reveal His faithfulness to you.
Stepping out in faith requires trust in the faithfulness of God. The next time you are presented with an opportunity to step out in faith, do it without hesitation, and you will see the hand of God in your life.
God is faithful. He loves you, and He wants the best for you. Trust Him in all things.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…