"And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap." Joshua 3:13
This story in Joshua is a true picture of faith. Joshua instructed the Israelites that as soon as the priests carrying the Ark stepped into the water, the waters would part and allow them to walk across dry land. It wasn't going to part until they stepped out FIRST. It goes on to say that the waters of the Jordan were flooded, but as soon as the men stepped a foot in the water, the water became still and stood straight up and the people crossed over on dry land. This allowed them passage into the Promised Land. But the important thing to note here is that God's provision came with the condition of obedience. The Israelites had to trust God by faith that the way would be provided.
Faith, as it is defined in Hebrews 11.1, is the substance of things unseen and the evidence of what we hope for. Faith requires us to reach past what we see or know and press on anyway, putting our trust in God even when the outcome is not clear to us. Totally relying on Christ is not always easy. Trusting Him to provide provision is something that takes faith especially when that trust doesn't add up on paper.
There are great things to be gained from fully relying on Christ. When we step out in faith, we have accepted the test that God has laid before us. Through the trials and the unknowns of life is where God truly molds us into what He created us to be. When we say “no” to our flesh and say “yes” to God, we can sit back and see Him work in miraculous ways! So many of us never give God the chance to use His unlimited power through us. We limit Him so much. We forget that without Him we are nothing and can do nothing!
God is calling out for radical obedience. He is calling out for Christians to stand up and stand out. To leave the church building and be His hands and feet. At first, this can seem quite intimidating. When you choose to stand in faith, you can be sure the enemy is going to come at you from all sides. We must be valiant and strong! You have oppositions on all sides, however, when you get to the place of total surrender to Christ, stepping out in faith is easier.
When we first decided to say yes to God about missions in India, we knew that the only way we would get there was with His help. We cried out in prayer that the Lord would make a way for us to go. Raising $5,600 seemed like a very large amount to raise and there were moments of doubt, but we knew our God was bigger than any financial amount. After all, everything belongs to Him. If it is His will, it is His bill. In just under 4 months, we have managed to raise $4,600. We have certainly not done hard labor to earn this. What we have done is prayed and had faith and trusted God for His provision. God has spoken to the hearts of those around us and out of that we have been extremely blessed. We realize that the harvest is ready but the workers are few. (Luke 10:2) God has put many people in our paths that realize this and are willing to send out workers. We are excited to see what God does through us on this trip.
How are you allowing Christ to use you? Are you stepping out in faith? Are you still sitting on the pews of your church receiving the Gospel but doing nothing with it in return? Here in the western world we hear the 'Good News' so often we forget how good it really is. We urge you to pray and ask Christ what He would have you do or how He would use you.
Recent Journey to India 10/15/2015
The Remarkable Three 07/13/2015
Presence of Legitimacy 07/06/2015
Work or Missions? 06/26/2015
Too old & Inexperienced 04/14/2015