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Could You Live By Faith? Inspiring Stories of Those Who Trusted God With Everything

By Heather Tomlinson | 15 November 2016 | Comments (8)

Throughout Christian history many people have given up stable sources of income to go headlong into a new adventure with God, just because they believed that He asked them to.


One of the ultimate acts of faith is to depend on God to provide our next meal, a roof over our head, and the direction we take rather than depending on our employer or the Government.


Usually people have a clear vision for this mission: to travel, serve the poor and reach out with the gospel. They may end up with employment, but there are often many leaps of faith along the way. They have to take Matthew 6 very seriously, in particular:


“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:31-33, NLT)


Here are some examples of people who’ve taken this leap of faith:


Carl Beech wrote on his public Facebook page last week: “It was 20 years ago a couple of months back, that I left the world of banking to plant churches and do evangelism as my main thing. We didn't have a clue how we were going to earn any money and just trusted God and went for it. Man alive it's some roller coaster and it's been an epic adventure so far.”

Since then Carl set up the charity Christian Vision for Men, and he now runs The Message Trust, a Manchester-based charity that has its own story of living by faith as it reaches out to young people with the gospel in the UK.  


Sadhu Sundar Singh came to Christ in the early 20th Century, and was disowned by his Sikh family as a result. He knew that his calling was to preach the gospel, but he did it in the Indian way of a Sadhu—a travelling guru. Sundar set out for the villages with just bare feet, a saffron robe, a blanket and a New Testament. He resolved never to beg, but just to take food that was offered to him and trust God for the rest. At times he would eat the plants by the roadside. Initial reception to him in the villages was usually warm, though he would often be chased away when he preached about Christianity. He said of his relationship with Jesus: “I feel my beloved Jesus so close to me that I place my hands in his… When morning comes and I have to leave my prayer, it is an effort to break away from my beloved.”


Jackie Pullinger, as a young adult in the 1960s, felt called to go to Hong Kong after a dream, but no missionary society would accept her. She asked the advice of a vicar in Shoreditch, and he told her that she should just go, if God was telling her to. Her autobiography, Chasing the Dragon records his words: “If you had a job, a ticket, accommodation, a sick fund and a pension, you wouldn’t need to trust Him. If I were you I would go out and buy a ticket for a boat going on the longest journey you can find and pray to know where to get off… You can’t lose if you put yourself completely in God’s hands, you know.”


Jackie liked the sound of this and went, with little spare change, to Hong Kong. Her work in the infamous, dark ‘Walled City’ led to literally thousands of people being set free from addiction by Jesus and they continue to do so today.


Thomas Fischer is a street evangelist in the US who offers healing prayer and has posted many the encounters on YouTube during the past 6 years. He says of living by faith: “The Lord provided in many miraculous ways as I continued to do what I felt called to do. I learned to be led by the Spirit because that is what he finances.”


Other stories come from Heidi Baker, George Mueller, CT Studd and their testimonies are a great inspiration to anyone who is feeling called to taking that step of faith.


Some of these people are well-known, some not. Some were more extreme or radical than others. But all of them looked to God for their strength and trusted Him with their lives for safety, for food and for shelter.

Heather Tomlinson is a freelance journalist who has written for a wide number of Christian and secular publications, and on her blog.


Ronald John McNabb

November 15, 2016 6:35 PM
A timely post for me. I have just received my bus pass. All of Scotland is now open to me. I preach and witness regularly in Dumfries where I live and now in sochihall Street Glasgow. I recently was gifted one million full colour post cards with a single scripture. I have been to Prague, Girona, and will go to Marrakesh in January. All I do is the leading of the holy spirit and faith in his promises. Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah,! Pray for me and thank you for your encouraging words

Andrew Davies

November 15, 2016 8:17 PM
Hooray and Hallelujah, great inspiring stories. Thanks!


September 28, 2017 9:31 PM
Having worked as an evangelist since being born again in 2001 i have had times of hardship and times of plenty. The Lord has provided in many wonderful ways too numerous to mention. There have been times when i have been hungry, cold, wet through, lonely and downcast and other times when i have seen people healed and set free after sharing the Good news of God's love.To be out there amongst people freely sharing the Gospel is the best gift i can give to others. After leaving the house and walking into town through the park on a hot day last week on my way to share the Good news i felt so alive in Christ. There is no better feeling in the world. After meeting up with another brother and spending a couple of hours talking with people we were amazed how open they were just to listen to what we were saying. What a privilege and an honour to be about the Kings business!!!


September 28, 2017 10:01 PM
So encouraging to read about these men and women of faith.Thank you Jesus!!!
After sharing the Good news the other day in Hanley i was feeling a bit drained and hungry so after saying a little prayer i went up to a Jamaican food stall (as the food fair was outside in full swing with many exotic aromas floating around) The Word "Ask and it shall be given" was impressed upon me so after hesitating a wee bit and plucking up courage i went up to the lads behind the counter and said "Hi, I'm a Christian, I've just been sharing the Good news here in town, Im feeling really tired and hungry". After checking with the owner the lad then proceeded to give me a very nice portion of Jerk chicken, rice & peas. I thanked them and after sharing about the loaves and the fish prayed that God would bless them, multiply what they had given me and sell everything they had so that nothing would be left. Alleluia


September 28, 2017 10:39 PM
I'm building up my faith here and encouraging myself in The Lord. I do thank Jesus for bringing me to this site. Just recently (and for some time actually) i have lost any desire to work at all in a secular job or business. My heart is just not in it anymore although for many years i have worked to pay my way whilst sharing the Good news so as not to be a burden unto the Church (Like Paul). The Word came to me recently "Where your heart is that is where your treasure is". More than anything else my heart is for Sharing the Good News, Loving people, to see them healed and set free in Christ. The Word says "He that wins souls is wise." I am asking all who read this to pray for my good health, provision, for my needs and those of my family - my wife and young son so that God will do exceedingly over and above what we can ask, think or imagine so i can take a leap of faith. Many thanks.

Tony mitchell

June 8, 2020 6:16 PM
It is nice to read about God doing good in people's lives but I find that really hard to understand. I have a lot of trouble seeing God as good. I could write pages and pages where life going bad for me in the twenty plus years that I have tried to serve God and 100% believed in him. When I say "tried" I mean that even when I have lost every thing and have no provision for serving God through a testimony that defies logic and belief I get the same response from Christians. You have this and that in your life that somehow stops God or something receive these prayers and life will change for ....did nothing still the same " no peace from the prince of peace" still no clear vision with lack and no provision from God" . I kind of occasionally have answer to prayer but with stress and confusion , bad timing , lack and short .
If I receive any so called answers from brothers and sisters in Christ you can gaurentee I have heard it before and any hot air is annoying !!!!! Give me an actual result of something that works and is according to the bible, like I said at the start of this comment I can give you pages and pages of what I have believed and acted on giving me results that go against the bible and logic. I still believe and pray every day for forgiveness, I hold nothing against anyone, I live as humble and rightious as I can. I am massively fearful of God and hate saying or writing my testimony but said to God when I gave my life to him over twenty years ago " here I am Lord be a good shepherd and guide me, please give me a good testimony because I can only tell the truth and no deliberate lies, whatever is my testimony that is what I will tell".


February 26, 2021 2:05 AM
Thank you. I'll be using one of these stories as an opening to my sermon this Sunday about "Stepping out in Faith" - Thank you for putting this together, as I was beggining to get discouraged I wouln't find any testimonies regarding such a topic. I kept finding things such as secular encouragements and motivational stories, or stories of great saints in history, but it's nice to get stories that hit closer to home for most people.

Again, thank you, and God bless you.

Apolonia Capili

April 11, 2021 3:28 AM
The stories posted by fellow Christians are very inspiring. God ways are not our ways, His path and ours do not meet. He works mysteriously that a person of ordinary faith can not understand. Unless you let your doubts go and embrace fully to your faith you will live in a mess. To live is to face the challenges of life because there is no perfect life. The crave for material things, earthly desires will not stop, but once you live a life according to the will of God-there will be peace and contentment,

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