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Friday, November 9, 2012

Do You Have A Get-in-the-Chair Kind of Faith?

Luke 6:46-49

So, you have faith, but do you really TRUST God?  A minister acquaintance of mine once told me about a man who wasniagra falls known for walking a tightrope across Niagra Falls. He was so skilled, when he asked his audience if they thought he could carry across a man in a chair, they answered with an enthusiastic yes. So, he pointed to a chair and said, “Get in.”
Can you just see the audience’s collective step backwards? Can you hear the clodding of multiple pairs of shoes as they distanced themselves from their previous statement? That’s just what happened. Yes, they thought—possibly—he could do it, but they weren’t willing to stake their lives on that belief.

Is that what our faith in God looks like? Ask yourself, do you have a get-in-the-chair kind of faith? Do you step out, taking risks to follow what God calls you to do with complete trust it will be for your own good and His glory? Do you trust God enough to obey His commands?

I don’t know about you, but I have some problems with what’s written in the Bible. In fact, when I first met intelligent people who actually believed it was the Word of God, I was dumb-struck. I mean, yeah, I believed in God and all … and I kind of knew Jesus died for me, but there’s a lot of stuff in that thick, onion-page-filled book I didn’t like. I was a feminist after all. Sheesh!

Not only was I well educated (I know, LA-TEE-DA), but I could site lots of behavioral and sociological research that “proved” the Bible didn’t make sense. Ha! So why did these intelligent people read, study and act on the words in that book?

Because, when done in His name, it works. Not because some human predicted it from statistical analysis, but because God, the Creator of the universe, said it would.

So I conducted my own little experiment. I stepped out in faith. In little ways, mind you, I’m not the bravest of souls. And guess what?

God is faithful.

He’s true.

And He means what He says.

Those little steps prompted me to take larger ones, and I’ve found when I act Biblically—for God—He backs me up and even blesses me.  woman in chair

So, I’ve dedicated my life to following Him. Have I gotten “in the chair” and trusted He’ll carry me over perilous drops and treacherous surges of water? Hmmm, I don’t trust myself enough to claim that level of belief. But I do hope I am continually growing everyday so that I can one day boast a Get-in-the-chair kind of faith.

How about you?

Have you ever stepped out in faith and found His blessing? Tell us about it below.

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  1. As we prove to ourselves that God is faithful, it doesn't just strengthen our own faith. It lets us speak to others with the assurance that comes from experience. Thanks for this!

    1. That's so true, Janet. I have a bunch of stories from just the past month of how God has prepared my family for a challenge and helped us overcome. I may blog on it some day. But for now, I'll just revel in His Glory :o)!