“Stepping out in Faith”, Quotes and Notes on Faith (Trusting God, Heart Perspective, Resting in God’s Power)

Stepping Out in Faith

Walking by Faith means that you are placing your faith in God before all else. Often we face difficult situations that put us in a sense of bondage to circumstances. Obstacles may seem overwhelming. When we place our trust in God to lead us forward, we step out in faith. My own experience in walking by faith is one of awe on an ever-deepening journey. We are promised God’s reward in scripture. Recently in a class, my Pastor said “when we say no to God’s assignments we walk away from His Blessings!”. I underlined that. Listening and stepping out in Faith is a bold walk; it does take courage – but it is the journey homeward toward God’s Goodness, diving into His deep Mercy and yes, to His Blessings as well.

And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

When we “walk by faith and not by sight”, (2 Corinthians 5:7) it means that we trust God in every circumstance that we face and that we aim to choose righteousness over sin no matter what the cost. In living, the heart’s perspective is to store our treasures in heaven rather than on earth.

When we step out in daily living, we are reminded of the need for action that follows faith. Each step is given to God, with a heart aimed toward Him, that trusts that He will reveal the next. It is a faith walk. When we take this miraculous walk with God, we may not see far, yet each step is revealed in its turn as we follow trusting His plan.

Proverbs 3:5-6 –Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Faith sacrifices selflessly and acts lovingly. The actions of faith are bold and courageous. True faith works its way out in action as well as belief. It walks itself forward as faith that follows God’s will and His commands through action. We exercise faith by stepping out.

Hebrews 11:1 -Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

We rest in the power of God through prayer and moving forward in our loving actions forward. In Faith we rest securely on God’s Promises. Resting in God and His Promises also means that we put our identity in His provision, physically and eternally. (Ephesians 2:8)

Quotes on Walking by Faith

God in his wisdom, to make and keep us humble and to teach us to walk by faith, has hidden from us almost everything that we should like to know about the providential purposes which he is working out in the churches and in our own lives. –J. I. Packer

To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings. —George Mueller

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. – Billy Graham

Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. — Elisabeth Elliot

In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. –Blaise Pascal

If the Lord fails me at this time, it will be the first time. –George Mueller

Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. –Augustine

 Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right. –Max Lucado

 He calls us to trust him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through. –Francis Chan

Sainthood lies in the habit of referring the smallest actions to God. Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. –C.S. Lewis

Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. –William Carey

Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him so that our faith will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self-confidence and drive us to our Savior. –Edmond Clowney

 Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. –Thomas Aquinas

“Stepping out in Faith”, Quotes and Notes on Faith (Trusting God, Heart Perspective)

Stepping Out in Faith

Walking by Faith means that you are placing your faith in God before all else. Often we face difficult situations that put us in a sense of bondage to circumstances. Obstacles may seem overwhelming. When we place our trust in God to lead us forward, we step out in faith. My own experience in walking by faith is one of awe on an ever-deepening journey. We are promised God’s reward in scripture.

“And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

When we “walk by faith and not by sight”, (2 Corinthians 5:7) it means that we trust God in every circumstance that we face and that we aim to choose righteousness over sin no matter what the cost. In living, the heart’s perspective is to store up our treasures in heaven rather than on the earth.

When we step out in daily living, we are reminded of the need for action that follows faith. Each step is given to God, with a heart aimed toward Him, that trusts that He will reveal the next. It is a faith walk. When we take this miraculous walk with God, we may not see far, yet each step is revealed in its turn as we follow trusting His plan.

Proverbs 3:5-6 –Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Faith sacrifices selflessly and acts lovingly. The actions of faith are bold and courageous. True faith works its way out in action as well as belief. It walks itself forward as faith that follows God’s will and His commands through action. We exercise faith by stepping out.

Quotes on Walking by Faith

God in his wisdom, to make and keep us humble and to teach us to walk by faith, has hidden from us almost everything that we should like to know about the providential purposes which he is working out in the churches and in our own lives. –J. I. Packer

To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings. —George Mueller

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. – Billy Graham

Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. — Elisabeth Elliot

In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. –Blaise Pascal

If the Lord fails me at this time, it will be the first time. –George Mueller

Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. –Augustine

 Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right. –Max Lucado

 He calls us to trust him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through. –Francis Chan

Sainthood lies in the habit of referring the smallest actions to God. Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. –C.S. Lewis

Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. –William Carey

Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. Rather, we should actually be glad for them. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him so that our faith will not fail. Our trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self confidence and drive us to our Savior. –Edmond Clowney

 Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. –Thomas Aquinas

“Hope And Perspective When We’re Dealing With Doubt”, by Randy Alcorn (Faith, God’s Sovereignty, God with us)

Hope and Perspective When We Are Dealing With Doubt, by Randy Alcorn

By Randy Alcorn on Oct 9, 2017

Eternal Perspective Ministries

In times of doubt, difficulty, and trials, our fundamental beliefs about God and our faith are revealed. So how can Christians find faith in the midst of doubt? How can they trust God’s plan when their lives seem out of His control, and prayers seem to go unanswered or, sometimes it feels, even unheard?

If you or someone you love has been there, these questions may be far more personal than theoretical. You might wonder: Is God good? Is He sovereign? Does He care?

When we’re assailed by trials, we need perspective for our minds and relief for our hearts. It’s essential we realign our worldview by God’s inspired Word: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

The sovereignty of God is a solid foundation for our faith.

God’s sovereignty is the biblical teaching that all things remain under God’s rule and nothing happens without either His direction or permission. God works in all things for the good of His children (see Romans 8:28), including evil and suffering. He doesn’t commit moral evil, but He can use any evil for good purposes.

Paul wrote, “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

“Everything” is comprehensive—no exceptions. God works even in those things done against His moral will, to bring them into conformity with His purpose and plan. We can follow Scripture’s lead and embrace the belief that a sovereign God is accomplishing eternal purposes in the midst of painful and even tragic events.

Genuine faith will be tested.

Suffering and life’s difficulties either push us away from God or pull us toward Him. Auschwitz survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in The Unconscious God, “Just as the small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it, likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicaments and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.”

Only when you jettison ungrounded and untrue faith can you replace it with valid faith in the true sovereign God—faith that can pass, and even find strength in, life’s formidable tests.

The devastation of tragedy is certainly real for people whose faith endures suf­fering. But because they do not place their hope for health, abundance, and secure relationships in this life, but in an eternal life to come, their hope remains firm regardless of what happens.

Faith means believing that God is good and that even if we can’t see it today, one day we will look back and see clearly His sovereignty, goodness, and kindness.

In our times of doubt, God promises never to leave us.

Paul Tournier said, “Where there is no longer any opportunity for doubt, there is no longer any opportunity for faith.”

Trusting God is a matter of faith. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). We must immerse ourselves in God’s Word. As a solar panel stores sunlight’s energy, faith is established only by regular exposure to the truth and application of that truth to the events we confront in our lives. This is why it’s essential that we attend a church that teaches God’s Word and that we study it daily ourselves. When our beliefs are established on the truth, we are more likely to stand during times when doubts assail us.

We should ask God to deliver us from Satan’s attacks of unbelief and discouragement. We should learn to resist them, in the power of Christ (see James 4:7). Trusting God for the grace to endure adversity is as much an act of faith as trusting Him for deliverance from it.

God promises in Hebrews 13:5 (NIV), “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” This unusual Greek sentence contains five negatives. Kenneth Wuest translates it, “I will not, I will not cease to sustain and uphold you. I will not, I will not, I will not let you down.” When we languish in the deepest pit and wonder if God even exists, God reminds us that He remains there with us.

We can trust God is refining us through our trials—and one day will bring us into his glorious presence.

The Lord says to us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2).

God’s presence remains with His children whether we recognize it or not. In periods of darkness, God calls us to trust Him until the light returns. “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold” (Job 23:10).

In this world of suffering, I have a profound and abiding hope, and faith for the future. Not because I’ve followed a set of religious rules, but because for forty some years I’ve known a real person, and continue to know him better. Through inconceivable self-sacrifice He has touched me deeply, given me a new heart, and utterly transformed my life. To Jesus be the glory, now and forever.

Scriptures: 2 Timothy2 Timothy 3:16Ephesians 1:11Hebrews 13:5Isaiah 43:2James 4:7Job 23:10Romans 10:17Romans 8:28

Randy Alcorn (website: Eternal Perspective Ministries)View all articles by Randy Alcorn

Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. Before starting EPM in 1990, Alcorn for 13 years co-pastored Good Shepherd Community Church outside Gresham, Oregon. He has ministered in many countries, including China, and is a popular teacher and conference speaker. Randy is a best-selling author of over 30 books including HeavenThe Treasure Principle, and the 2002 Gold Medallion winner, Safely Home.