“…the righteous will live by faith” Habakkuk 2:4
I admit it. I’m a chicken. I am not gifted in the faith department. If God called me to step out in fear, quit my job and trust in him, I would at least balk, if not altogether say no. I’m trying to work through it. I’ve spent some time memorizing some verses about faith, and I pray them-frequently. I’m reading about about faith (by the way, you should get it, “Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick”).
Basically the background of the book is that Steven Futrick left his small town with 8 other people families and planted a church in Charlotte, North Carolina. In North Carolina, the average church plant lasts a little less than 3 years. Futrick felt this was his God ordained assignment. There were doubts, and it scared the pants off him-no doubt. But God blessed this work, and 8 years later, it is a church with 4 campuses and weekly ministers to 6,000 people.
Just about every church leadership author says that if your vision is not so big that it scares you, it is not a God sized vision. To me that also means that unless what you are doing, or endeavoring to do scares you, than it is not faith. Lets say God asked me to step out and plant a church much like Furtick and Company did. I balk and tell God, yes, when I have $x amount of personal money saved and the church is fully financed than I will plant the church. That is not faith, that is doing something that you know is possible. It is also the same reason that God does not physically manifest himself on earth. Anyone can believe what they see, but not everyone will walk by faith.
So what do you think? Do you have to have fear to walk by faith?