The Pathway of Faith

Charles F. Stanley - Feb 2009

Scripture: Scripture: Isaiah 41:8-13

I. Introduction: Even in troubling times, followers of Jesus Christ can choose to walk in faith rather than in fear. Our relationship with the Lord gives us the ability to face hardship with confidence in His provision and care. As Godís children, we can rest in the Fatherís promise that He will supply all we need.

II. Fear does not fit who we are as children of God.

III. Fear affects a person in many different ways. It . . .

IV. God does not want us to walk in fear.

V. What is the pathway of faith?

  1. Where did these doubts originate? Because God says He did not give us a spirit of fear, we know they cannot be from Him.
  2. Has God ever failed me in the past? You may be facing a difficult situation, but remind yourself of those times when the Lord provided for you.
  3. Doesnít Scripture say that the Father will meet all my needs? The Lord promises to provide for His people (Phil. 4:19).
  4. Why should I ever imagine Iím on my own when trying to do what God requires? You and I can have the power, provision, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, just as the New Testament saints did (Acts 1:8).
  5. Didnít He promise to be with me at all times? If you have trusted Jesus as your personal Savior, you will never be alone again. Christ promised He would neither leave nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5).
  6. Is anything too hard for God? No. Boldly express your confidence and trust in the Lord.
  7. Is this a fork in the road where my unbelief could cost me a lifetime of regret? When you face major decisions, be especially careful to act in faith rather than fear.

VI. Conclusion: When you and I focus on our circumstances, we can find many reasons to feel afraid. But that is not Godís will for His people. Psalm 103:19 says, ďThe LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.Ē As believers, you and I have the assurance that God is always with us. We need not fear, because He strengthens and helps us in every situation.