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Step out in faith and the path of God will open unto you





 
Recently I read one blog here by one young lady, @Eileen Algaze (@ladyvogue) , who celebrated her birthday and she mentioned about fear of the future and the uncertainties of the path for her to take. Many Christians are like her, often unsure where to walk and which path to take.

I am also not an exception and also have the same question and query. I asked the Lord many times in the past and especially at crossroads of my life.

Many years ago when I was at a crossroad of my career, having left a bitter business partnership and then started a small business , but the new business was not doing well initially. Of course, I sought the Lord and asked Him ," Should I go and work for someone and which one? Or should I continue this business ?"

And I sought and waited upon the Lord for a while. In my mind , I wanted the Lord to show me the path ahead of me and to show the type of path, is it good? , is a plain sailing one or is it a difficult one? In my simple thinking , I thought if the path that the Lord showed me is a good one , then I would walk in it.

Isn't that how we always think , we are so afraid of making mistakes ?

Isn't this the type of mind-set that we have? Every time when we are at a crossroad, we want to know that whether we are going to take a gold trodden path ahead of us and we want an assurance that the path that we set out to take will be peaceful and plain sailing. Right? We wanted to know that the path ahead for the future would be rosy before we stepped out and walked towards that goal.

Isn't this what you visualize, because I definitely visualize it this way!

I didn't want to make any mistakes, I didn't want to walk a difficult road, I didn't want to have troubles, heartaches and worries , anxieties and any complications. I didn't want to waste any time, for sure!

You know what the Lord revealed to me, a valuable lesson for the rest of my life. The Lord, instead of showing which path I should take, told me a very important principle, which even though was revealed to me 10 years ago, is still relevant to all our daily lives and especially when we want to make decisions at crossroads in our lives.

The Lord said, "Step out and walk , and walk in faith and a Path will open unto you ". The Lord further revealed to me that just like the Israelites when they crossed the Red Sea, the Red Sea was not opened all the way to the bank on the other side.

The Lord said ," The Red Sea only opens up as they walk out in faith . As they walk out and in faith, the Red Sea begins to open , just a few steps ahead of them. The Red Sea was not opened all the way to the other bank, but only as they walked out in faith, step by step , the path to the other bank will begin to open unto them!



Martin Luther King Jr says:

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step."

It is in only in our walking out in faith and walking out step by step , that the path of God will open ahead of us , and will be revealed to us, line upon line, percept upon percept. Start walking out in faith step by step, and a path will open unto you! The path of God will definitely open unto you! That is how God leads us , line upon line, percept upon percept. And only if we step out in FAITH.

So, my friends here at CB and all Christians , wherever you are now in your life, if you are at a cross road regarding any decisions that you have to take, be it career, business or relationships or even marriage, step out in faith and walk ,step by step ,do not fear , but trust the leading of our God and the path of God will open unto you.

I quote from Isaiah 43: 1-2 as an assurance from God;

Fear not, for I have redeemed you,

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you ;

And when you pass through the rivers,

They will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

You will not be burned;

The flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel , your Saviour.

STEP OUT IN FAITH AND WALK!

AMEN

By Hwa Silverpen

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Tan Yeowhwa+ is saved by the Lord from major pagan Eastern religions of her youth. Now Jesus is her Heritage and her First Love. You can find out more about Tan at her profile page .

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Ted Foy(@following)

  Great message silverpen. Thanks for sharing. We should not fear if we are following Jesus, He will not leave us nor forsake us. We have nothing to fear, but fear itself. To fear is to put faith in the enemy. Blessings,:) Ted


Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Brother Ted, it is true that we should trust the leading of our Lord.:)Too many times, we want to take over. May the Lord helps us individually walks the path He has ordained for us in His Book and to help us complete the Race.

Continue to trust God for the healing of your marriage, I am still praying for you and your wife.

Blessings always,

From Silverpen


Alan Nethery+(@shadowalker)

  Thanks, Silverpen, this blog came at a very critical time for me as I face that career crossroads that you were speaking of. -I do not know which is harder... stepping out in faith trusting in the Lord to guide us, or facing the doubts and fears of loved ones who think we are either making a mistake, or not "doing enough"... taking enough steps to "cover" ourselves.

Thank for you for the encouragement!

Blessings!

Alan



Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Thanks Brother Alan, sometimes our family do not understand or even know our needs or even our positions. Only you yourself know what you need and what you want, more than them. Whilst their opinions and advices are important, do not let them sway you to the left or to the right.

Seek the Lord more, let the peace of God be your guide.The Lord says He will guide us always.Just step out and walk in faith, step by step. God will reveal to you, only line by line, percept by percept as you trust Him.

That's the way God works, He needs our trust and faith in Him to guide us more.( Hebrews 11)

I will remember you in my prayer that the Lord will grant you peace, even peace to your family and that they will come in agreement with you for what God has given you.

Remember that the Lord loves you very much, inspite of what you have done or even what you have not done. He will surely guide His children to the right path ordained for them.

Blessings always,

From Silverpen


Billy Beard+(@billyb)

  Great message. If a mustard faith will move mountains, surely I can take a few steps! Thank You, Sister. Billy


Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Thanks Brother HR and Billy for your comments here. Yes, every thing we do , we need faith, for it is only Faith that pleases our Father and He will reward us accordingly. Surely Jesus will walk every step of our Christian life with us, line by line, percept by percept. :teach:

I need God's guidance more and more. PTL

Blessings always,

From Silverpen


Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Thanks sister kathryn for the encouragement too.Sometimes we would never know that a little of help and encouragement along life's journey would do so much for another.Also isn't what we are here for, to encourage each other inspite of different nationalities, different backgrounds, and different languages, yet it it the Lord Jesus whom we believe and worship and love so much, who gives us love for each other and binds us as One People of God. I feel encouraged by you and your poem too!

Blessings always,

From Silverpen


Olive Tree(@olivetree)

  Dear Silverpen Thanks for this blog which is timely and so encouraging. The personal example you shared ministered to me. I know what you mean that we all want "guarantees" before we obey to take that first step of faith. Recently someone told me to step out in faith and go, even though there seems to be nothing important or significant, in our human mind, from taking the step of going. Yet taking that step is a faith step. God will start to open doors and opportunities. He will open our eyes to see the next step to take. So taking that first step is very important, even though nothing important may seem to be visible on a human level. Just like Abraham leaving his country and his people. He does not know what, where and how. But he took the step of leaving , ie he packed up his whole family, and get going on the road. Very silly to have to answer people's questions that he does not know where he is going and why he is going. Through that first step of going, God guided him each other step so that he finally reached Canaan. I don't think he knew he is going to Canaan at the beginning of the journey. Taking that first step shows that we trust God to take care of us, and catch us in His arms. To get off the boat and walk on the water is the most scary experience. But this is what pleases God, that kind of faith. For without faith it is impossible to please God, for everyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Thanks for your sharing again. Another insightful blog.


Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Sister olivetree, you are absolutely correct. Take the first step of faith and the Lord will open a path unto you, line by line, percept upon percept .With God, we cannot rushed. He worked line by line, step by step.:teach:

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Thanks Brother chdldry for reading this blog and for your comments. May we step in faith in all areas of our life, for it is the only way that the Lord will lead. He rewards those who seek Him and for His will in faith.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Dan Kelley(@lineman)

  Silverpen, love your blog here encouraging all believers to trust God completely, even when we cannot see "the other side". It's true that God expects us to trust Him and do what He asks of us. It's usually a very simple thing He asks too, whether it's taking a step, or marching around a city. I noticed one thing in your blog that seems to be incorrect though and thought you'd want to know. It appears to me that Moses held out his rod over the sea this time and God did the rest. Still, being willing to walk between two walls of water, at night none the less, would take a great deal of faith on the part of each person there. Exodus 14 26 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen." 27 Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward [c] it, and the LORD swept them into the sea. 28 The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen‚‚¬‚ the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. 29 But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. I believe that it was not until Israel was about to cross the Jordan River that it was their "stepping out in faith" and actually touching the water with their feet that the river parted. Joshua 3 14 So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. 15 It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river's edge, 16 the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea[c] until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho. Again, love this blog. When God asks us to do something we need to do it if we want His blessing, His protection and His guidance. Great point, thanks! Blessings, dan


Author: Rob Henson
Posted
  hey Dan,

sorry for the "comment duplication" below. I hadn't read the comments for this blog prior to commenting...had I done so I would have just high-fived ya on your comment/catch and left it at that.

PapaBear


Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Thanks Brother Dan for your kind comments and for reading this blog.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Jumoke Adejimola(@grace4ever)

  what a blessing. silverpen thank you for sharing this. I am in a difficult situation with my career because I rushed ahead taking 5 steps instead of just taking the first step and waiting. Now that job has suddenly gone and I am back to the beginning again... I will do things differently now, just wait on him and not rushing decisions... ...


Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Thanks sister grace4ever for your kind comments. I am glad that this blog could help you and your career decisions. May the Lord continue to bless and guide you in all your ways. May He bless the works of your hands.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Rob Henson(@greybear)

  I can be difficult to step out in faith and it can be even harder to wait on the Lord for an answer. Great lesson. I am confissed by you depiction of the Red Sea not being full parted. According to Exodus it would indicate it was: 13And Moses said unto the people, "Fear ye not. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will show to you today; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." 15And the LORD said unto Moses, "Why criest thou unto Me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward. 16But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea and divide it; and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them; and I will get Myself honor above Pharaoh and above all his host, above his chariots and above his horsemen. 18And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD when I have gotten Myself honor above Pharaoh, above his chariots, and above his horsemen." 19And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face and stood behind them. 20And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these, so that the one came not near the other all the night. 21And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground, and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand and on their left. 23And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24And it came to pass that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians. 25And He took off their chariot wheels, that they drove them heavily, so that the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians." verse 15 indicates the sea would be parted and even the ground would be dry. verse 21 indicates that a wind parted or divided the sea by drying the ground as it blew all night. verse 22 indicates based on 21 that it was not till the predawn hours when they entered the dry sea bed. verse 23 indicates that it was already in the morning hours, post dawn, before the Egypians beagn to persue them. verse 25 indicates makes no mention of mud (a newly parted sea), but that the wheels were made to fall off(a fast, dry sea bed). Just something I observed in the text (21st Century KJV). PapaBear


Author: Rob Henson
Posted
  well shoot...correction, verse 23 note is wrong...the Egyptians began to persue right away, but the Lord did not intervene until the morning hours...forgot to update before I posted and a wrong statement was included... sorry about that...
PB


Author: Rob Henson
Posted
  lol, had I seen lineman's comment I would not have even made a comment.
Sorry for the duplication on the text error notification.


Tan Yeowhwa+(@silverpen)

  Brother PapaBear, thanks for the visit and the long comment. I try to clarify both yours and lineman's comments together. The blog here is about walking out in faith, step by step and the path of God will open unto you.:teach:

It was immaterial that Moses used his hands towards the sea , this action was not the essence of the blog, it was the walking of the feet of those Israelites who had to walk on the dry ground that the Lord wanted to use as example.

The few verses talked about the sea being parted but never mentioned that they parted to the other bank. It is in the walking out in faith , step by step that the sea was parted ahead of them.

By the way, if you like to know more about faith , do read my blog of the "faith of a mustard seed". Learn to have the faith of mustard seed for that is all that is required for our prayers to be answered.

Thanks for your interest and comment.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Author: Rob Henson
Posted
  When you are quoting scripture sister, get it right. Those who are teacher are held to a higher standard, that is in God's word as well. The inconsistencies in basic scriptural knowledge appear to show that you are just writing blogs and not paying attention to what you are saying on behalf of the Lord. Whether scripture is sited correct IS MATERIAL. Don't make light of getting in half right or close enough. When you declare yourself as the Lord speaks to you and you don't use the scriptures accurately is not good. Look and understand before you write, then share what is true, what is noble, what is right, what is pure, what is lovely, what is admirable, anything excellent, and praiseworthy. Not what is inaccurate or close enough.
PapaBear


Albert Bunyea(@bubbavela)

  Thank You for your blog. I would like to add 1 thing, i think making a bad decision is likely to happen sometimes in all our lives. Yet with that comes correction. Sometimes it maybe immediate and others times not. But trust me it does come. Just ask our brother Jonah, about his whale of a story. Blessing, bubba


Author: Tan Yeowhwa+
Posted
  Brother Bubba, we do made wrong decision even when we hear from God or we did not hear correctly. It did happened to me many times too. To me, it was part of a growing up process and through the wrong decision and mistake, I grew up and learned another valuable lesson of life and from God.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Dan Kelley(@lineman)

  Hi SilverPen, I have come to believe that even a bad decision is better than no decision. At least we are going someplace and God can correct our path then, but if we are just standing still and doing nothing there is not much He can do to correct our path. Besides, indecision causes a great deal of stress on us and that is NOT what God wants. He wants us to be FULL OF JOY. "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:24


Author: Tan Yeowhwa+
Posted
  Thanks Brother Dan for the visit and the comment. I think sometimes it is better to do nothing than a bad decision, and sometimes it is better to go ahead with a bad decision than no decision. It depends on the situation , the circumstances and the urgency of the matter. If it is something to do with matter of life or death issue like going ahead for a surgery for a cancerous growth, it may be the best option than doing nothing.

May the Lord grant us wisdom to step out in faith for every decision that we make and to help us correct any wrong path to the right one.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Author: Jean Jones
Posted
  Lol amen as to sometimes better to make a bad decision then no decision. AMEN!


Dan Kelley(@lineman)

  By the way, you had commented that God never opens the way before us fully because He wants us to step out in faith. I'm not sure I can agree with that statement. I'd like to share two examples here of God opening the way COMPLETELY before His children: 1) I believe that Exodus 14 DOES tell us that the Red Sea was opened all the way across when Moses held up his rod. Notice the last part of verse 21 and all of verse 22: The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. If the waters were divided then you have at least two parts. It would be like dividing a loaf of bread, you can not divide it only part way because then it would not be divided yet. And if you have 2,000,000 people going across a lake bed that stream of humanity most likely will reach from one side to the other and then some. The Israelites are on one side and the Egyptians are coming after them from the other side. The way across HAS to be completely open. 2) And in Joshua 3 we are told that the River Jordan was totally stopped, not that a small opening was made. 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (the Salt Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. I agree what what you are saying. We NEED to step out in faith and follow whatever God asks us to do even if we cannot see "the other side", but what you used above is not a good example, in my opinion. As I pointed out before, the waters of the River Jordan did not part until the feet of the priest's touched it. That was stepping out in faith. There was NO sign that God was going to do ANYTHING, but He had told them what to do and they needed to do it. And I very much agree with PapaBear. (Thank you PapaBear!) We NEED to use scripture carefully and correctly, otherwise we bring reproach on the Lord. People will think Christians are a bunch of careless, ignorant people who are just making things up. (Looks to me like we Christians have done enough of that already. ) What you are teaching is right, but you just might want to be a little more careful with your examples. And I need to be a little more careful too. Thanks again for this blog. Blessings, dan


Author: Tan Yeowhwa+
Posted
  Brother Dan, thanks for your comment again and your interest in this blog.

Blessings always

From Hwa


Muriel Gladney(@shakura)

  I just had to post a comment. I was in a similar situation. I stepped off into a business that in the end, it cost me everymaterial thing I owned. In addition, it caused me to spiritually stumble. Through fraud and outright deceit, my business partner was the main person to betray my trust to both the courts and the person from whom I had been attempting to purchase a building. When the courts ruled against me, I made one of, if not the WORST mistake in my spiritual walk. I got angry at God. After all, I reasoned [like Job in error] I was a baby Christian, which he knew. "He" should have warned me, blah blah, and so forth. God tells us in the scriptures that He is a father and thus where is His honor. Thus, like a father, He corrected me in a manner that I would not recommend. Lovingly, nevertheless, chastised. When I finally came to my senses, I finally asked God "what did I [me} do wrong?" He answered--but in His own time. I guess He wanted me to stew in my own juices for a while - you know, just a a parent often does. His answer - as always - is in the Bible. In Luke 14: 25-30, Jesus is teaching what it takes to be one of disciples, or i.e. learners. In these verses -WHICH I HAD IGNORED IN MY BUSINESS VENTURE - Jesus, the Master of Business, states a Business 101 plan that never fails. Before starting a business or project, we are supposed to "count the cost" in order to ensure whether we will be able to complete the project. Then, in numerous other scriptures, He warns believers, business or not, to be careful about whom we walk, talk, take counsel, etc. with, [Psa 1] I did neither. Instead, I counted on numerous sermons that said as long as I paid tithes, the windows of heaven would open up... I paid a price that cost me everything. Yet, on the flip side, God is still God who loves us. Losing everything gave me the ability to move on -to the other side of the country - and into my true purpose with God. I enrolled in college, obtained a degree, received a journalism certificate and I write for Him. signed Shakura [means - I am grateful]


Author: Tan Yeowhwa+
Posted
  Sister Shakura, thank for the visit and the comment. Yes, it must be a painful way to learn one lesson of life. Yet God allows us to go through mistakes and failures. It is part of the learning process of His Kingdom. Too many times, we think that when we tithe and do this and that for God, we are immune to mistakes or failures.

Far from it. We are to learn how to be prudent,how to be shrewd and how to be careful and cautious in our dealings with the wicknesses around us. Glad that things turned up well for you. Our God has plans for us sometimes different from what we want !

May you continue to be the Writer for His heart and the Writer as He guides. Thanks for reading. I do look forward to you future blogs.

Do read this blog called:he has made everything beautiful in its own time.Go to my profile if you can't go through the link.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Anthony Mallory(@thirst4truth)

  Excellent insight Silverpen! I too believe that God reveals our walk to us as we progress in faith. He did promise He would not put more on us than we could bare. If you look at the life of Joseph you notice that God only revealed to Joseph the end state of His plan. He didn't initially tell Joseph all he would have to endure to get there. God is like that with us as well. Many times he will give us a glimpse of His glory for our lives: showing us the prize and not the process. I believe if He showed most of us the process, we would hesitate to take the path. Be Blessed Always! Thirst4truth


Author: Tan Yeowhwa+
Posted
  Brother Thirst4truth , thanks for the visit and for the recommendation. Yes, it was a wonderful revelation and direction from God which helped me much along the way about faith and stepping out in faith.

God will only reveal more and more as we step out, step by step in faith. He seldom reveals all at one go, maybe if He does, the revelation may be too mind-boggling and too frigthening to our simple mind. Also He also wants to see our obedience to trust and obey Him step by step. That's Our God, we take one step, He also take the next.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Robert Lloyd Russell(@bloggerbob)

  Great post about an important subject! As I read the post and all the wonderful comments two thoughts came to mind. First a Biblical definition of sin: ‚‚¬‚Å ‚‚¬whatever is not from faith is sin.‚‚¬ (Romans 14:23) Second a quote from martyred missionary Jim Elliot: ‚‚¬‚Å Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.‚‚¬ May God bless all of you in your walk of faith. Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW


Author: Tan Yeowhwa+
Posted
  Brother Robert, thanks for the visit and for the comment. Many of God's children do not fully understand faith, it's too abstract . Yet it is actually taking action for what we believe have happened, for many things happen in the spiritual realm before it comes into the physical realm. :)

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen


Jean Jones(@deepwithin)

  Silverpen, I like this blog and it is jogging something the Lord had taught me before...I LOVE it when He does that! He is such a multiplier...so good at math!


Author: Tan Yeowhwa+
Posted
  Sister Deepwithin, thanks for the visit and for the comment. Yes, that's what faith should be, step by step and He reveals step by step as we step out in faith.:teach::teach:

Our walk with God is a walk of faith as it increases and grows as we use it more and more.

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen



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