“Stepping Out” requires you to move forward; take a step forward. Imagine you are standing in one position, in order for you to move, you’ve got to pick up one leg and step out from your standing position you are in and place your foot in front. Once you move one foot forward, the other foot will follow; and before you know it, you are walking – constantly taking steps forward. But this forward movement was the result of first “stepping out”.
Similar to stepping out with your feet and moving forward via walking, You also must step out of your past and move into our future. Stepping out of your past means not allowing PAST decisions and PAST mistakes to dictate and determine how you will live in the future. For example, just because you smoked pot in high school and made poor grades as a result, doesn’t mean you have to keep smoking pot today. You must make a decision to stop smoking pot so it doesn’t continue to destroy your brain cells, and hinder your cognitive processes.
Another example is just because you had pre-marital sex, doesn’t mean you have to keep having it. If you continue to have premarital sex, there is a high probability that you will contract a STD and AIDS. Therefore, you must analyze and reach the conclusion that it is not worth getting a STD or AIDS, and make a Decision to stop having premarital sex.
The First Step in Stepping Out into the deep is to Decide to stop engaging in negative behavior. This requires a renewing of the mind, which is a constant process.
“I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” (Romans 12:1-2)
Determination means to make a firm decision to do something.
DETERMINATION requires stability of the mind, emotions, and spirit. Once you make a decision to follow Jesus Christ, you will not allow anyone or anything to cause you to turn back and follow the worldly standards of living. You will follow Christ, regardless of the cost.
“No man having put his hand to the plow, and looks back to the things behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:2)
God desires for ALL of His children to move forward. When you plough land, you are constantly taking steps forward; you are focused on forward movement (pressing forward to the next step); never looking back.
One step forward automatically leads to the next step if you are determined to go the next step. As you go from one step to the next step, you will constantly grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of the Word of God.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:9-14)
Discipline means self-control.
“Be still and rest in the Lord: wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.” (Psalm 37:7)
God will deal with the evil one who seeks to distract, steal, kill, and destroy you. He will execute judgment and righteousness on your behalf. He will see to it that the evil one gets what he deserves – God said vengeance is mine saith the Lord.
It is essential to exercise self-control in our lives to maintain holiness (sanctification). We can’t be guided by our emotions and natural minds. We can’t get up and pray /study when we feel like it, or go to church when we feel like it. We must die (not give in) to our human feelings and desires and accept and embrace God’s ways and desires, which are found in His Word.
We must dedicate our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God. This sacrifice is ongoing throughout our lives. We must follow God’s will and ways for our lives, rather than our own will and ways. God and His Word must guide us. Our submission and obedience to His Word will bring about positive change in our lives – spiritually, mentally, and physically. God’s Word is our source for change; our tool to effect change in others; and our guide for empowerment and prosperity.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world (customs and attitudes), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
“Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
Your thoughts dictate your actions and your attitudes.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)
It is important to align your thoughts with God’s thoughts – found in His Word. When you speak positively, passionately and in the present tense, then this activates the forces of my human spirit to lay hold of the spirit and power of God.
“The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.” (Proverbs 12:24)
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come to thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)
Diligence means consistent.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing and being continually aware that your labour in the Lord is not futile.” (I Corinthians 15:58)
“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)
It is important to be consistent in prayer, reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God on a regular basis – developing the PRSM Method. When you develop the PRSM Method, you will undoubtedly grow in knowledge and understanding of the Word of God, and develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Your rewards will be immeasurable.
“Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.” (Psalm 119:4)
Leave Your Past Behind. It is essential that you leave your past so you can move forward in your life and discover and fulfill your God-given destiny.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13)
“For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for prosperity and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Don’t be hesitant about leaving your past; staying in your present condition of comfort.
You Must Step Out, So You Can Step Up. Then God can elevate you. Notice the word “elevate is present tense. Therefore, God will continue to elevate you throughout your life, but you must submit to God’s will and way, instead of your own will and way of doing. Don’t hold on to your plan, but accept and adopt God’s Plan for your life.
“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” (Psalm 143:10)
How many of you know that God’s plan for your life is the Best Plan for your life? “You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:20) “
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.”
In order for you to accept and adopt God’s plan for your life, there must be a shifting.
- A shift from a spirit of pride into a spirit of humility.
- A shift from a “lack mentality in to an Abundant mentality. “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” (John 10:10) (3 John 1:2)
- A shift from a negative attitude into a positive mindset about yourself. You are not flawless, but your can change your attitude by accepting and believing how God views you – as fearfully and wonderfully made; beautiful; God’s delight.
- A shift from a victim mentality into a victor mentality. “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” (Philippians 4:13) “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” (Isaiah 41:10) “I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4) “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)
- A shift from toxic relationships to righteous associations. People are like elevators; they take you up; take you down, or get you stuck. Your associations can: (1) shipwreck your faith; (2) take you off your God-given course, and lead you on a path of destruction.
I challenge you to Step Out into the Deep, Starting Today!!!
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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.
WLWM offers ministry resources such as “Seeking the Face of God”, and “You Are God’s Masterpiece” that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!! Go to http://wingsoflovewomensministry.org/shop/