Day 22 - June 2nd, 2019

Leap of Faith
by Dick Gee

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1, 3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It is all about our faith.

22 days ago, we all started on a spiritual journey together. We studied devotionals along the themes of Leaping Past Limitations, Leaping With Courage and Leaping Together. I don’t know what your expectations were, but mine were exceeded. My heart was challenged. The Spirit within me was stirred. I realized that my faith, which I thought was sufficient, still needed to take a leap forward.

Our Week 1 in Exodus was filled with accounts of God’s people facing challenges. It would have been so easy for them to face Pharoah’s wrath, the barrier of the Red Sea in front of them and years of wandering in the desert and settle for defeat, or at least limit their expectations. In Week 2, we read about Joshua having to step up and fill the gap as a leader, Rahab risking her life to help strangers because she believed in their God and other stories of courage. In week 3, we learned about the amazing things we can accomplish when we do them together as a people of God, as a family.

These devotionals showed me that I have let obstacles limit my expectations through the years. I have been taking small steps, not big leaps because of my fear to take larger steps of faith. It has inspired me to dream bigger dreams again. To be reminded that choosing sacrifice over comfort, choosing faith over fear was the precursor of every great work God has done for His people. Why shouldn’t we dream about growing our church to over 1,000? Why can’t we be a launching pad to start new church services in all corners of the Greater Long Beach area? Why can’t we buy our own building that can become a footprint in the community and a home base to launch new churches, missionaries and ministers?

Read Hebrews 11:1 - 12:3. This chapter is often referred to as the “Hall of Faith.” Yes, these were amazing men and women of God. However, notice that this passage was not meant to just remember the ‘glory days’. It was meant to call us to action, to run the race marked out for us with perseverance. Let us both collectively as a church and individually take greater leaps of faith. True faith is shown by our actions!

Your Leap:
Q: What is a big dream you can have for our church? Share it with others and commit to praying for it to happen.
Q: What is a Leap of Faith you want to take personally this year?

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