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WAIT! Before You Step Out…

God’s will—how do you know when and how to step out in faith? God’s will is big. It’s also unknown. It’s wonderful. It’s also scary. And being certain that you are in God’s will is critical having the confidence to go forward.

Perhaps you’re standing on the shore-line, looking out at the vast unknown that represents “God’s call…” You’re considering taking a massive step of faith. There’s a lot of risk. A lot of questions. Much hesitation and pause. Before you move forward, just a few quick thoughts about following God’s will.

Here are some things to make certain!

Before you step out, BE ABSOLUTELY SURE…

1. You can’t be talked into it. Strange to start with this one first, but if you can be talked into it (by human effort), then it’s not God and you’re not ready. God’s will shouldn’t hinge on someone’s ability to sell you on an idea. God’s will is often that which you couldn’t be “talked into.”  (See 1 Kings 13—one of the scariest stories in the Bible for servants of God.)

2. You can’t be talked out of it. By the same token, if people can talk you out of obeying God, then it’s not God or you’re not ready. And getting past these “opposing voices” is a part of making God the Supreme Voice in your life. A 78 year old pastor said to me last year about this time, “Cary, don’t ever get your direction from man. Your direction comes from God alone. Then you get counsel from men who can confirm and provide counsel and insight that direction.” That was great, biblical advice. (See 1 Kings 13 again…)

3. You are scared to death of what’s in the unknown. If you aren’t afraid of what God is asking, then it’s not God and it’s not faith. Satan’s chief weapon to contend against God’s will is fear. Think “Peter stepping out of the boat!” “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

4. You are even more scared to disobey. In God’s will the only thing scarier than obeying is disobeying! Disobedience always costs more than obedience—though often obedience comes with what seems to be too a high price. “God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from following the LORD…” Joshua 22:29

5. You can’t calculate how it’s going to happen. Safety and security are often our gods, and we calculate decisions based upon keeping these two things in place. We all want to be secure. We all want life to be predictable. Following God is always secure but rarely predictable. Faith doesn’t calculate, it obeys. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

6. You can point to specific scriptures that directed your path. God speaks through His Word. Not whim. Not fantasy. Not fate. Not impulse. He may use circumstances to indicate a path or door He’s opening, but He will always confirm His leading through His Word and voices speaking His Word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalms 119:105

7. You have surrendered all selfish agenda or fantasy. A lot of times we tie an idealistic fantasy or wish to “the will of God.” The heart is deceptive. Don’t step out until you have completely surrendered your personal desires and will. Don’t follow your heart. God is greater than your heart. What you imagine will most likely NOT play out as you have imagined it—that’s when you need to know for sure it’s God’s will. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

8. You are prepared for spiritual battle and resistance. We dream of “God’s will” being something of a Heavenly experience—dreamy, smooth, comfortable, peaceful… but that’s eternity! That’s not now. Here and now, God’s will involves fighting, pressing, resisting. Step into God’s will and you always step into spiritual opposition!  “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12

9. You have many godly counselors (those with no skin in the game) confirming your direction. Not one voice, but many. God’s Word is clear that His purposes are established in the multitude of counselors. Choose godly voices who have nothing to gain or lose in your decision and who will truly give you biblical insight and wisdom with your best interest and God’s greatest glory in mind! Proverbs 15:22 “22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”

10. You have the courage to step into total, crazy abandonment. God calls us away from self and all that self clings to for security, stability, predictability, comfort, and personal agenda. Jesus said it this way, “And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.” Luke 18:29-30

It takes time to work through this stuff. God works patiently to confirm and solidify His call. But eventually you come to a point where there is nothing left to “work through”—nothing left to do but obey.

And when you do… be sure, you will find Him all the He promised He would be!

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  • Thanks for this clear guidance, my main problem at the moment (well, all along) is surrender 🙁 I want to but find it hard, I don’t think I know God well enough. Lots to work through! God bless 🙂

  • Thanks Bro. Schmidt, this has been challenging to me! Thanks for the words of wisdom!

  • Leah, the Bible says “For we walk by faith and not by sight”. Each step obey the Lord and then will he reveal himself more and more to you. Read your bible, pray, be faithful to your church, give to the Lord’s work, and reach souls for Christ- no amount of head knowledge will do, only tell what Jesus did for you 🙂 It is a daily walk, minute by minute and if you fall rise up again! God will be there. I got discouraged last week because I felt like I would never obey God the right way. I was right I can’t but God put the peace that passes all understanding in my heart, that in my imperfections He loves me and He showed that through an encouraging friend. I chose to show my love back by moving when the Holy Spirit moves me. And I’ll fail I am sure but not purpose letting that keep me down and useless 🙂 Always giving Glory! to God for helping me back up!

  • Thank you for the reference verses! Verse 18 is very revealing…God help me in decision making that I stick to the Word of God even when a Christian “peer” makes claims of hearing something different from what I know, I know, I know I heard from the Lord…

    God’s continued blessing and anointing I pray over your life…


  • Bro. Schmidt, that will preach.

  • My husband is a former drug addict (who the Lord saved from suicide) and when we met he had left another state because he knew he would end up in the same situation again. He quit drugs completely and I met him shortly after while going through a terrible divorce. Everything statistically shows we shouldn’t have made it as a couple but here we are ten years later…happier than ever and are six years into our walk with the Lord.

    Because of his decision to take off without notifying his probation officer he ended up with warrants and the original charge a felony. We talked to many attorneys over the years and EVERY one said we would have to return to the previous state and appear before a judge to see what the outcome would be. I have never been so terrified in my life. My husband finally told me he HAD to do it and that he knew the Lord would make a way. This last February we hired a Christian defense attorney to represent us and he also said we would have to appear since the original charge was a felony. Well…we didn’t hear anything for a time and the end of May we received an email stating that not only had the judge dismissed the warrants but had also dismissed the felonies. This allowed my husband and I to travel freely back to his home state to see his family. I had never met any of them and my husband hadn’t seen them in over ten years. Some weren’t even sure if he was alive or locked up. Once I relinquished my fear and gave it completely to God…it allowed Him to pave the way for a complete miracle…and what an amazing and abundant blessing it was.

    Now for the next chapter…I’ve worked at my current job for 9 years and just went part time in November after getting several confirmations from the Lord. I was scared senseless but with the encouragement of my husband I stepped out in faith. We adjusted our budget and shortly after the Lord presented me with a business name. I wasn’t sure what to do with it so I waited (which is new for me) and in May of this year He blessed me with the “motto”. It turns out the business includes both my husband and myself and will allow us to be flexible when the Lord blesses us with our first child. We are not pregnant yet but started trying this week. Now I know that I know that I know that the Lord is asking me to step out once again but this time I will have no control or “security”. I am certain that He has prepared a day in the near future for me to quit my job and do our business full time. My check has always been the steady one and my job has been the one with benefits. However, I wholeheartedly know that He’s asking me to jump…to grab tight to His hand and not look back. The time is now and I have already made the decision to give my notice next week but I’m doing it scared for I have no idea how this looks and I don’t yet have the “jobs” for our new business to meet our finances. The one thing I am certain of is that He has been faithful time and time again and I know He will this time…but it doesn’t stop my brain from telling me to stop…or my soul from telling me to go ahead and jump. How exciting, how nerve wracking…how wonderful to be a child of the Almighty God <3

    This post was the first one I clicked on after doing a Google search for "stepping out in faith when scared"…and it was PERFECT…as God's timing is ALWAYS perfect 🙂 Every bullet point above was a resounding "YES, YES, YES" for me and simple confirmation that IT IS TIME to do what he's been asking me to do. Prayers are appreciated as I step out once again…knowing that He will catch me even if it feels like I'm free-falling!


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