Step Forward in Faith: Part 1: Embracing God’s Favor

Have you ever watched a movie scene where a seance or gathering prompts a lineup of individuals, and the aim is to invite someone to step forward? Yet, in an unexpected twist, everyone simultaneously takes a step back, leaving one person isolated at the forefront? This imagery might remind you of a dramatic moment from The Hunger Games, but it also resonates deeply with our spiritual journey.

In The Hunger Games, there is a powerful scene where the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers to take her sister’s place in a deadly competition. When Katniss steps forward, she demonstrates immense courage and selflessness, embodying the very essence of stepping into the unknown with faith and determination. This act of stepping forward, despite the fear and uncertainty, is a compelling illustration of what it means to step forward in faith in our own lives.

In our faith journey, we are often called to “Step Forward in Faith.” This journey invites us to embrace God’s favor and to step forward with courage and conviction, even when it seems easier to step back.

Embracing Faith

Faith is not just believing in something we cannot see; it is trusting in the character and promises of God despite our circumstances. As Charles Spurgeon eloquently said, “Faith obliterates time, annihilates distance, and brings future things at once into its possession.”

The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is deeply rooted in the Word of God and is revealed through our constant trust in His promises over our lives and circumstances.

However, it’s essential to understand what faith is not. Faith is not wishful thinking or merely positive thoughts. It is a deep conviction that God is faithful and true, regardless of our circumstances. Moreover, faith is not passive; it requires action. James 2:26 reminds us, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Stepping Forward in Faith

Stepping forward in faith means acknowledging that God is sovereign and in control of every aspect of our lives. Proverbs 3:5-6 urges us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

This step of faith often requires courage as it means stepping into the unknown. We see a powerful example of this in Joshua 3:14-17, where the Israelites stepped into the Jordan River, trusting God to stop the waters so they could cross on dry ground. As Joshua 1:9 encourages us, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Experiencing God’s Favor

When we step forward in faith, we position ourselves to experience the favor of God in our lives. Psalm 5:12 assures us, “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” God’s favor is not dependent on our circumstances but on His grace and mercy. Even in the midst of trials, we can find favor in His sight.

Practical Steps for Today

To cultivate a deeper relationship with God, spend intentional time in prayer and studying His Word. A.W. Tozer said, “The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One.” Romans 10:17 (NKJV) adds, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Surround yourself with a community of believers who will encourage and support you in your journey of faith. Join or lead a Forward Group to grow together in faith.

In nurturing healthy relationships, communicate openly and honestly with your loved ones, seeking reconciliation and forgiveness where needed. Ephesians 4:32 reminds us, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”


As we conclude today, I encourage you to take that first step forward in faith. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, knowing that He is faithful to guide and sustain you. Embrace God’s favor as we journey together, stepping forward in faith and relationships. Remember Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Let’s step forward in faith together and experience the incredible journey God has for us.

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