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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Stepping Out in Faith"

Date published: 04/23/2012
 
Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God."  (NIV)  
 
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to inform Mary of her pregnancy with Jesus as well as Elisabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist.  To satisfy Mary’s doubts and fears, Gabriel proclaimed that nothing was impossible for God - even His ability to allow Mary “to be with child” although she was a virgin and to let Elisabeth, who was barren, have a child.  The promise that “nothing is impossible with God” is repeated in various passages throughout the Bible.  A promise of such magnitude should have a powerful impact on the way you live your life.  The decisions you make, how you set your priorities, the determination of your commitments, with whom you develop relationships, and your habits should all be made with Jesus as the Lord of your life – regardless of the difficulty that many of these decisions might hold.  God’s desire to be Lord of your life requires you to step out in faith by believing that “nothing is impossible with God.”  Many of the steps you take in following God will appear difficult if not bleak; but you can take comfort and have assurance knowing that your step of faith puts you into God’s hands, so that He can accomplish His best in you.  Romans 8:28 says, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”  Ultimately God wants you to demonstrate your devotion and obedience by stepping out in faith.  This step of faith believes in God’s ability to produce a positive outcome. Each time you take this step of faith, you place your life more into God’s control rather than you own.  
 
1Corinthians 2:5 “That your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.”  (NIV)