I want to be a person who is full of faith—walking in the confidence of who God is and completely trusting in His power and ability. Don’t you?
Stephen was such a man, recognized for being “full of faith and power.” He didn’t shrink back from those accusing him falsely. Instead he launched into a bold proclamation of who God is. In his sermon that ensues, he refers to men and women of great faith—Abraham being the first.
Abraham lived by complete faith in God. In Genesis 12, we read the account of how he left his family and homeland to follow God’s call. He didn’t even know where he was going. His wife and family had to think he was crazy. Still, he obeyed God.
I don’t know about you, but I like to know where I’m going. When I leave for a trip, I print out the maps. I want to know what roads I’m taking and where we can stop along the way (and if there’s a Starbucks nearby).
Sometimes we take the same approach to following God. We don’t want to follow Him until we understand where He’s taking us. We’re not willing to step out in obedience and leave all until we know what’s waiting for us on the other side. But to be honest, that’s not faith at all.
Fear is the biggest enemy of faith. Fear of the future, fear of our own failures, and fear of what others will think about us can keep us from walking by faith in God. When I’m bound up in fear, I know I can’t operate in faith. I make fear-based decisions rather than faith-based decisions. Remember, fear and faith cannot coexist.
Don’t listen to the fears of the enemy! Remind yourself of all that God is and all He has done, and walk in the power of His truth everyday!