Published on September 25th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Creflo Dollar: A LEAP OF FAITH
Some people go through life cautiously, living safely and avoiding taking chances. Others who are more risk-tolerant can amaze onlookers by boldly moving forward and achieving radical results. Looking at how people live their lives can be a good indication of how they think and what they believe. When we believe that God loves us and wants us to succeed, taking the leap of faith that’s sometimes necessary is a little less scary.
It’s true that a life worth living involves taking the occasional risk. Taking chances means there’s always the possibility that we may fail or get hurt. Most of us feel more comfortable relying on something or someone for help and support when we go out on the proverbial limb. At times when the future is unknown and we don’t know how to proceed, relying on God helps us make the right decision. “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6, AMPC).
For people who only trust in their five senses, leaning on God for supernatural help may seem odd, but He’s always willing to step in and help when we trust that He wants the best for us in all circumstances. When things are going badly, God is the master at turning failure into victory. He loves to be trusted, and He wants to be involved in causing everything to turn out well. When this happens, it’s only right to give Him the credit. “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).
Acting in faith is something the world doesn’t understand, but something that God honors. Faith is when our minds can’t understand every angle of what we’re doing, but our hearts tell us to move forward anyway. It’s a practical expression of our trust in God. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see… By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen… It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:1, 3, 8, NLT). What the world calls blind faith is actually obeying that little voice that comes from the Holy Spirit inside us that tells us the right thing to do.
Living by faith requires the courage to do the opposite of what the world does. This means listening to what our conscience tells us is right, even when we don’t see anyone else doing it. When we’re willing to move out of our comfort zone under God’s guidance, He will walk with us. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). God will never let us down when we exercise this kind of trust in Him.