I began to understand this concept of faith very earlier in my Christian journey. I guess God knew that I would need it to go through the next stages of my life. As I think back, every door of opportunity that was opened, for me, was because I had the faith to believe they would. Something in me was crazy enough to believe, if I quit this job; doors of opportunity will open for me; if I leave this relationship, doors of opportunity will open for me—they did.
Things always work out the way that God intends when we line up our faith with His power. In 2013, I saw the undeniable power of God as I was preparing to graduate from The Fashion Institute of Technology. I had a vision of going to South Africa; I remember the vision clear as day. I went to school and I began telling everyone that I was going to South Africa. I said, “I don’t know how I will get there, I don’t know who is paying for it but I am going free of charge”. I’m sure everyone thought I’d lost my mind; but I had the “crazy” faith to believe it.
My goal was to go to South Africa (faith) but I didn’t have a concrete plan on how I would get there. I went home, prayed, and spoke to God about the vision of South Africa. Within some time, God gave me a plan to line up with the vision. I reached out to an organization, that I was affiliated with, and asked the founder about their annual trip to South Africa. The founder said he considered taking one of two people, me being one of them, and because I reached out I was selected to go (faith in action)!
Do you see how faith works? It opens doors.
Faith is not simply believing in your heart, faith is making the steps towards the vision. Faith is taking the first step and trusting that God will carry you further along the way. Faith is risking being comfortable to chase after your dreams.
There is a woman in The Bible that had a blood disorder for 12 years (Luke 8:43-48). Because of this woman’s condition she was not allowed to come in contact with anyone, as she was considered “unclean”. So the story goes, she heard Jesus was coming into town and she made a decision to leave her home and go to where Jesus was. In the midst of many people, as Jesus usually was, this woman touched the hem of Jesus’ garment expecting a healing. The Word says: Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
What we have to understand about this women’s faith is this: her faith did not activate when she touched Jesus’ garment for healing, her faith began when she took the first step to leave her home. She didn’t care how people would look at her and she didn’t care what they would say; she wanted healing enough to step out on faith. If I could insert a thought here: Stop letting people’s opinions hold you back!
How much do you want that thing you’ve been dreaming of? How much does your purpose mean to you? Will you stay in complacency worrying about what others may say/think or you will you step out on faith?
I know your faith may not look like mine or the woman with the blood disorder but God isn’t requiring you have our level of faith. God says that the faith of a mustard seed is enough (that’s just a tiny bit of faith). With a mustard seed of faith, God can unlock doors for you. I want to encourage you to diligently seek God and the dreams that He has given you. Don’t be afraid to step out of the box and do the unusual!
“But I’m afraid I may fail”; try anyway. Do you know how many things I’ve “failed” at? I put “failed” in quotations because failure is a matter of perspective. If what you try doesn’t work, you’ll learn something in return. I used to cry over the fact that ideas I’d tried didn’t pan out the way I expected them to. When I stopped believing that they were failures, I began learning from the experiences. Tell fear that it must go. Tell stagnation that it is no longer welcomed in your life. Embrace change. Step out on faith. Be a risk-taker.
Reading this blog post may not enough to increase your faith, I get it! Seeing how someone else did it may not be enough to increase your faith either. However, what is enough is: going to God, in prayer, and asking Him to help your unbelief. How? Let’s pray.
Prayer: God, your word says without faith it is impossible to please you. My desire is to be pleasing in your sight. Equip me with the strength I need to step out on faith. You said you would never leave or forsake us, I trust that promise. I know that there is nowhere I can go that is beyond your reach so if I step out on the water, you will be there to carry and keep me. I trust you God and I know the plans you have for me require faith. Lord, equip me with undeniable and unshakeable FAITH that I may do ALL that you created me to do. Amen