Fresh Hope – 17th August 2020

When Jesus sent out the disciples, He told them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal (Luke 9:1). 

Every Christian needs to have faith in God to do the impossible. It is easy to read a book, or listen to a podcast, but can we WALK in faith? Walking in faith is a lifestyle pursuit. 

The impossible is totally possible for God. Just look at creation!

Matthew 19:26 says, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible’. 

Luke 9:1 proves that we have been sent out with power and authority. The basics/foundations of the Christian faith that Jesus built are:

 1. Proclaiming the kingdom of God

 2. Healing the sick. 

When stepping out in faith/the impossible, don’t look at where you need to arrive, focus instead on where we need to start. 

If we start, God will help us. 

To step out in faith: 

Step one: Start with God, not with us. 

So many of our plans rest on our ability. What does the Bible say? Romans 8:28-30 – God is SOVEREIGN. God is all powerful. He created and sustains the universe. He can do things that we just cannot do. 

God is GOOD – Romans 8:31 – ‘if God is for us, who can be against us?’. 

Step two: Obey! Unbelief is a form of disobedience. 

Obedience is faith and faith is obedience – you cannot separate the two. Obedience leads to faith. 

Even though we may FEEL in an unbelieving state of mind the fact that we step out in obedience proves that at a deeper level we are actually operating in faith. 

Don’t mistake your wavering emotions for unbelief – this is normal. The HOLY SPIRIT empowers us to step out anyway. 

God will respond to our obedience with His blessing. 

Step three: Leave the results with Him. Enter into God’s rest. 

Rest doesn’t mean we do nothing, it means we leave the rest to God. We do our part in obedience, and then leave the rest to Him to sort.  

Let the Holy Spirit be at work, after your obedience. If we don’t obey, God will not have the opportunity to do what we want Him to do. 

Success is measured not by results, but by obedience. Some results we may only see in heaven. 

We don’t have to be God, we just have to be obedient. 

God moves through action and obedience. 

So start with God, not you, then obey, and then rest.

Emma Burchell

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