I believe many Christians are ensnared in their faith walk because they have skipped the Hebrews 11:1 basics. In this post, here are four faith traps every believer should avoid.
Trap #1: “Call Those Things Which Be Not As Though They Were”
The scripture quoted (and wrested) is taken from the latter part of Romans 4:17. When read in context, Paul is talking about the blessing and salvation of the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. Furthermore, chapters one through eight in the book of Romans are about salvation, not professing blessings.
God is the only one who has the power to speak and create from nothing. We can believe it, quote it, and even confess it, but we are not granted authority to apply a meaning that was never originally intended.
Trap #2: “Send the Word”
This is similar to the first but different in that while quoting scripture, the person “sends” the word to bring to pass the object of their faith. The problem with this is we are not in charge of God’s word.
Isaiah 55:11 reads, “so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” The word comes from God’s mouth, he directs his word, and it brings into fruition his purpose.
Trap #3: “Signs and Wonders”
If you are an external seeker and need the Lord to speak through billboards, passing conversations in the airport, or drawing hearts and rainbows in the heavens, you will be sadly disappointed. God’s method of communication is through the Holy Scriptures. You might receive a heavenly IM in the form of an impression, thought, remembering a scripture or hear his voice, but listening to the voice of signs is a sure way to be bamboozled. Jesus said, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign…” (St. Matthew 12:39)
Trap #4: “The It’s Lining Up Belief”
You are doing all the right things, making all the right moves and everything is going exceptionally well, but that does not mean what you are doing ensures you will obtain what you desire.
For example, Suzie who lives on the east coast applied for a position on the west coast. After the interview, she felt very confident she had the job, insomuch she signed a year lease in her potential new location “by faith,” making it look like she had an offer. A week later she found out she didn’t get the job. That my friend is presumption and effrontery.
So what does it mean to walk by faith?
Walking by faith is God providing you information on a Need to Know Basis (NTKB). He sees your “movie” from beginning to end, but shows you selected scenes. What God reveals might not make sense to you initially, but as you walk in God’s progressive unfolding plan, that “which is in part will be done away” (I Corinthians 13:10) and the Lord will cause his word to fulfill his will and meet your personal need.