Should I Wait in Faith or Step Out in Faith? Balancing Patience and Initiative in the Christian Life

Should I Wait in Faith or Step Out in Faith? Balancing Patience and Initiative in the Christian Life

by M. Blaine Smith

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In this short book (71 pages), Blaine Smith stresses that we Christians too often fail to take needed initiative toward meeting needs we have, solving problems, and pursuing goals and dreams. We assume faith requires us to wait passively for the Lord to provide. Yet so often we would show greater faith and trust in Christ by taking initiative. We would find ourselves happier and more successful by being active, and would contribute more to the mission of Christ. Smith explains why, and he offers a simple principle for deciding when to wait or initiate, based on how people resolved this question in Scripture.

Smith also looks at other liberating principles related to taking initiative, including—

• We are more capable of finding good answers to our problems and needs than we imagine, because of how God has fashioned our mind and influences it. By continuing to strive for solutions, we’re sometimes surprised by sudden, welcome insight.

• Doing something toward a need, no matter how mundane, usually beats doing nothing, and opens us to God’s greatest blessings.

• During our lifetime most of us experience a number of blatant opportunities which God doesn’t wish us to accept. This is an especially encouraging principle to understand, for we’re not obliged to go through the wide open door if it doesn’t align with our long-term priorities.

• Our prayers are often more effective than we think, and we honor God by being bold and persistent with our requests.

• While we’re called to “turn the other cheek,” we’re not to be a doormat to anyone’s abuse. We expected to stand up for ourselves when others treat us unfairly. And turning the other cheek, rightly understood, is a high form of assertiveness.

You’ll find “Should I Wait in Faith or Step Out in Faith?” filled with practical advice and encouragement, to help you find answers to your needs and to realize your highest potential for Christ!

Note: Chapter 6 of this book, “Faith and Assertiveness,” and part of chapter one are adapted from Blaine Smith’s “Overcoming Shyness.” The other five chapters are published here for the first time in book form.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016364322
Publisher: SilverCrest Books
Publication date: 02/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 71
File size: 206 KB

About the Author

Blaine Smith’s long career has included giving seminars and lectures, speaking at conferences, counseling, and writing. He is author of ten books, including "Knowing God’s Will" (original and revised editions), "Should I Get Married?" (original and revised editions), "The Yes Anxiety," “Reach Beyond Your Grasp,” "Overcoming Shyness," "Faith and Optimism," "One of a Kind," and "Marry a Friend," as well as numerous articles. These books have been published in more than thirty English language and international editions. He is also lecturer for Guidance By The Book, a home study course with audio cassettes produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network as part of their Living By The Book series.

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