Wednesday, July 19, 2006

"Stepping" Out in Faith

How many times have you asked God to "sanctify you," or to "change you?" And then you sit back and wait for the heavenly "zap"... and when it doesn't come, it's easy to assume God doesn't want you to change.

Sanctification is absolutely required for salvation. We must be becoming more and more like Jesus every day. Yes, we will still sin...but the overall trajectory is upward toward Christ-likeness. But the thing that most Christians don't realize is that sanctification requires action. It is not a heavenly "zap," but rather an action taken by us, in the power of the Holy Spirit, according to the guidance of Scripture.

A perfect example of the result following action/obedience is that of the Israelites crossing the Jordan. Joshua 3:13 (NASB) says, "And it shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above shall stand in one heap."

Note the priests weren't to stand on the side of the Jordan, waiting for God to stop the waters. They were to step out in faith...taking the step into the water, knowing God will do what he says in His Word. In this case, He had promised to stop the waters. In your case, what might it be? Bring peace to a relationship? Or deal with a besetting sin? Or draw closer to the Lord? Or disciple your children? Or, Or, Or.... If it involves sanctification (changing you into Christ-likeness) or obedience to God's commands, then you will have Scriptural guidance for how you are to act or what you are to do. You MUST step out in faith, doing that which Scripture commands, and then watch the Holy Spirit move to confirm your action!

2 comments:

E-Mike said...

I haven't been waiting for that heavenly "zap," but I have been praying everday asking the Lord for something. It's difficult waiting for your prayers to be answered, wondering if the Lord hears you and will answer.

Charley said...

Oh yes, sometimes the Lord does have us wait. In fact, we are commanded at times to "wait on the Lord." This is especially true when our request is something for something like deliverance from persecution, for example. One can't "step out in faith" to be delivered from persecution! On the other hand, one might "step out in faith" in loving those who persecute you....

Here I am more dealing with the idea of sanctification, of change, of obedience to Scriptural commands.