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Does the Bible speak of an individual "stepping out in faith" when faced with tough decisions?



    
    

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Emilio 1992 Emo Tenorio Supporter Shomer
The short answer is yes from Genesis with Noah to the last book of Revelation with the revelation saints. You’ll find what we would today refer to as normal everyday people, the kind that would not stick out in a crowd, going about their daily lives on life’s stage; who chose to step foreword and stand. (Luke 10:23)

People just like like you and me, some with no faith and then others with some faith; most often their physical qualifications were being young, old, weak, or a women, the least of society; before it would become fashionable for paid grievance organizations and politicians to do their endless bidding. (Matthew 22:29)

I submit for your consideration some seemingly small bit players, some of which would become much larger players within the tapestry of the Bible and others whose active stage time was short, but who were giants in their deeds and exploits while the light of Bible history was upon them.(1Corinthians 15:58)

(1 Samuel 17:33)“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

(1 Samuel 17:48) As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.

(2 Samuel 10:12) Be courageous! Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the Lord ’s will be done.

(Nehemiah 5:18) The provisions I paid for each day included one ox, six choice sheep or goats, and a large number of poultry. And every ten days we needed a large supply of all kinds of wine. Yet I refused to claim the governor’s food allowance because the people already carried a heavy burden.

(Judges 4:9) “Very well,” she replied, “I will go with you. But you will receive no honor in this venture, for the Lord ’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman.”

(Judges 4:22) When Barak came looking for Sisera, Jael went out to meet him. She said, “Come, and I will show you the man you are looking for.” So he followed her into the tent and found Sisera lying there dead, with the tent peg through his temple.

(1 Corinthians 16:13) Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong, be a man.

In the Lord’s freedom and under His light always……....warrior on

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The closest example in the Bible that I can think of to which the saying "stepping out in faith" may specifically refer would be the account in Matthew 14:22-33 of Jesus walking on the water.

After Jesus had finished miraculously feeding the five thousand (as recounted in Matthew 14:13-21), He instructed the apostles to get into a boat and cross over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, while He dismissed the crowds to whom He had been preaching. After He had dismissed the crowds, He then went up on a nearby mountainside to pray. During this time, the apostles were having a difficult time in their journey coping with the wind that had arisen, and the waves that the wind created.

Shortly before dawn the next day, Jesus went out to the apostles, walking on the surface of the water. As Jesus approached the boat in which the apostles were sailing, they reacted with fear, since they had never seen such a phenomenon, and thought they were seeing a ghost.

Even after Jesus had identified Himself and told them not to be afraid, they were apparently still not convinced. Simon Peter indicated this, since he said, "Lord, if it is You, tell me to come to You on the water." Jesus then told Peter to come to Him.

At that point Peter "stepped out in faith" by getting out of the boat and actually starting to walk on the water toward Jesus. However, rather than remaining focused on Jesus, Peter allowed his attention to be diverted to the wind and the waves, and to the danger that they presented. At that point, he began to sink in the water, and called to Jesus, "Lord, help me!" Jesus reached out His hand and caught Peter, while saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" And, after Jesus and Peter had both climbed into the boat in which the apostles had been sailing, the wind died down.

In the same way, when we are faced with difficult decisions, in addition to making the maximum use of the reasoning and judgment that God has given us, we should also seek God's counsel in Scripture and through prayer. We should then react to the Holy Spirit's prompting as to the course of action that we should follow by "stepping out in faith" (even if we may be prompted to take an action that seems difficult or full of challenges), while remaining focused on our goal, and trusting God to order events to our benefit.

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