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Enjoying the Free-fall During Leaps of Faith

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Although I think jumping out of airplanes for fun is crazy, I think it accurately describes what a leap of faith feels like. We feel desperate, out of control; squealing cries of fear because we are totally helpless; in need of a rescuer.

God allows hopeless situations into our lives because

He wants us desperate for Him!

He wants us to know we cannot do life on our own without Him. He’s been teaching me that my sense of inadequacy is a good thing, because it keeps me dependent upon Him. That’s what He wants.

He has also taught me that I can be in desperate situations without consuming fear. Yes, I still have times of feeling very much afraid, but if I choose to completely depend upon God (i.e. trust), I need not remain that way. In fact, He’s teaching me how to

actually relax and enjoy those times of freefall!

These last few years the Lord has compelled me to take numerous leaps of faith—especially in regards to this ministry. More and more I have seen Him come through and my trust in God has soared.

Fast forward to the present.

I did it! I’ve jumped out into the wild blue yonder—without a parachute, and willingly this time!

(Note: God never really pushed me out before. It only felt that way.) God has finally answered my desperate cries for help with He’s So Worth It Ministries. There have been many times when I doubted my calling in this endeavor because the Lord had not provided that help.

Now He has!

But only after I took that leap of faith.

I am not at liberty to share the details of what that step entailed. Suffice it to say it was humongous for me and one that is ongoing.

All I know is that this time, I am determined to enjoy the freefall more than ever. I am excited to see what God is going to do through this ministry—through little ole me! I have finally come to the place where I am convinced that what I have to say is of utmost importance to others. It’s the message God has placed in my heart. I am compelled to proclaim it! I feel like the prophet Jeremiah who said:

And I can’t quit! For if I say I’ll never again mention the Lord—never more speak in his name—then his word in my heart is like fire that burns in my bones, and I can’t hold it in any longer. (Jer 20:9)

I am finally certain that this is God’s will for me. So the next time(s) I feel scared, doubtful, discouraged and desiring to give up I will remember Jeremiah’s words and focus instead on the eternal impact God wants to make through this ministry for His glory. That thought brings me great joy!

For those who like to skydive, a leap out of an airplane produces fleeting exhilaration and only for self. But a leap of faith

produces a deep abiding joy, eternal fruit and rewards, and glory for God.

There is no comparison.

My friend, what leap of faith is God asking you to take? Perhaps your faith jump will save souls, save marriages, or save the life of a despairing person.

There is too much at stake not to go forward! If and when fear threatens to immobilize you, ask God for the courage to step out of that plane. He will give it you. Relax and enjoy the freefall. Hold His hand and those of other believers around you. You will not crash!

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (Ps 36:5)

 

Living Bible (TLB) The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

 

 

Enjoying Foretastes of Heaven NOW

I can’t wait til heaven! I am so sick of all this mess!

I hear that a lot. I even say it a bunch myself. And we are to have an eternal perspective, looking to Jesus. Meanwhile, is there no joy here? Is it just one constant trial after another with no reprieve, no end in sight until heaven? Are we to live in a constant state of discontentment while waiting for Jesus’ return? NO!!!

I see way too many Christians living like that though—just enduring this life with stinking thinking. That’s not making the Gospel attractive to a hurting world. It’s not what Jesus promised either.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)*

I propose that we can experience snippets of heaven, foretastes if you will, TODAY!

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (Ps 16:11)**

These are not future pleasures only, but available this very moment, even in the midst of a trial. It’s the feeling and sensing that I talked about in my recent blog Increased Capacity: The Wonderful Cycle of Knowing God.

As we abide in Christ and His Word, the outcome will be His joy, peace, etc. (Jn 15, Gal 5:22-23). As believers, Christ dwells within us. If He is ruling over our hearts as the rightful King, then His joy is also ours. We do not have to wait until heaven. We can have it NOW. That’s good news for us impatient types!

This type of joy gives us strength and hope. That old song “The Joy of the Lord Will Be My Strength” used to baffle me. But having suffered many trials, I now understand. The only thing that got me through those difficult times was Christ. Abiding in Him not only gave me strength, wisdom, comfort—whatever I needed in the moment, but also joy.

When He met my need I sensed His love and care. That brought me joy, even when He did not remove the problem. God never promised He’d eliminate difficulties; only that He’d be there with His all-sufficient grace (2 Cor 12:7-10)

Experiencing the joy of the Lord keeps me going, helps me to endure and persevere, and gives me the hope of a better future.

That is available for you as well! Be thankful for His presence; enjoy all He has to give you now.  Keep yourself in a position to receive by remaining in the Vine. A much better time is coming, but let’s rejoice now as well as then. That’s making the Gospel appealing to a lost world!

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor 4:16-18)***

 

 

*New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

**New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved

***The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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