Stepping Out in Faith by David Cawston

Stepping Out in Faith
David Cawston
Joshua 3:1-4;7-8;13-17

We as humans have a tendency to like things to be consistent!
We don't like surprises.
People who work close with me know that is the way that I am.
Illus. Birthday Party at San Jose

Life is filled with enough surprises that if I can eliminate the surprise element then I am a lot more content and confident.
When we talk about the walk of faith or the way of faith we would also like to limit the surprise element.

We would prefer things to be consistent and normal.
But God is a being just like we are.
He has different facets to His nature just as we do to ours.
So walking by faith is a dynamic journey of daily steps!

My text for today states in it!
"…you have never been this way before."

God recognizes that the way He is leading us is in new territory or unfamiliar territory to us!

Faith is not where we are the most comfortable.
We have depended on our 5 senses so long that we have made them our comfort zone!
We like to plan!
We like to eliminate the surprises!
We like to have it all neatly organized!
That is when we feel comfortable!
But God is aware that we can never develop a relationship with him if we only live in this arena.

That is why the writer of Hebrews tells us "Without faith it is impossible to please Him."

God to have a relationship with us has to move us beyond that comfort zone into the element of faith!
He has not left us alone in this area!
He has given us His Word as a map and His Holy Spirit as a compass and guide!
Just as the children of Israel had never been where God was leading them so in our lives we have never been where God is leading us!
That is why it is uncomfortable for us! That is why many shirk away and wander in the wilderness.

He is also always changing his method of leading to teach us to grow deeper.
The Children of Israel had the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day. But not any more, it ended at Jordan. Now they would have to depend upon another form of leading. The priests and the anointing.
From this portion of Scripture we learn some important lessons in "Stepping our in Faith".

1. Recognize that God is ahead of you!
"When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it
We must realize that God has already been there before us!
Jehovah Jireh - The Lord our provider!
The ram in the thickets!

He knows your need before you even ask!
Some say then why ask!
Asking is not for His sake but for yours!
You need to submit yourself to him by asking!
Asking states that you recognize that you are no longer capable!
Asking puts you into a dependency on Him!

He wants you to be dependent on Him!
James 4:7
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Notice that James says submit to God first! Then you can resist t ...

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