Monday, September 16, 2019

Don't you love to get into God's Word and experience the revelation of what He is saying for your life and what He is doing among us in the world today! Through this blog, we will explore the heart of God and the flow of His Spirit. At times we will discuss those spiritual issues that many of us want to know more about. Get ready to go deeper into the Word of God.

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Take the Risk To Step Out!

by Jeanne Alcott

  

       You know how it is to see something you want so much.  You desire it, but maybe you don’t have the means to get it right then.  If it’s something to purchase, you don’t have the money.  If it’s a position, you don’t have the experience.  If it’s a sale you want to make, you don’t have the contacts.  If it’s a dream, you don’t have all the elements to see it fulfilled.

       So what can you do when you’re in that state? 

       That’s when it’s time for sacrifice.  To receive what you want is going to take some sacrifice.

       Now, you may be wanting to say at the top of your voice right now, “But I have been sacrificing!!!”  In fact, you may have sacrificed so much that you feel you’re at the point of deprivation.  You’ve stretched as far as you think you can go.  You feel it’s not fair how things are going.  You believe you’ve done so much to be able to get what you desire—you’re not sure what else you could possibly do to make this thing happen.

       Yet sometimes God calls you to sacrifice in a way that is different than what you think.  Something is required of you that you don’t realize you need to do in order to move ahead in life.  It may be that you need to STEP OUT!

       At times, you have to step out to receive something you desire.  It takes faith.  It’s a risk.  It means you may have to give up your secure feeling and to become more vulnerable than you’re comfortable doing.  But if God reveals that you have to sacrifice by stepping out, that’s what it will take to get accomplished what you desire.

 

One Small Step Can Turn Into a Giant Leap!

 

       Imagine yourself as Neil Armstrong.  It was July 20, 1969.  Armstrong took the first step on the moon and said, “That’s one small step for a man—one giant leap for mankind.” 

       One small step guided by God can be a giant leap for you!  He’s the One getting you where you want to be.  Just think of all the work and power that went into getting Neil Armstrong to the moon.  Even though he was finally taking that one small step, there was a giant force behind him enabling him to do that! 

       That’s similar to the force you have behind you!  You have a gigantic force from God behind you that is enabling you to take a step toward what He has for you.  But to experience that kind of power, you have to be willing to sacrifice and step out.  Armstrong had to make a big sacrifice and take a risk to get to the moon.  He had to believe in those who said they could get him there safely and that he could accomplish what he was being sent there to do. 

       In the same manner, you have to be willing to say, “I’m willing to step out.  I believe You have me covered, Lord.  And You will show me how to accomplish what I desire in my life.  We can get it done together because I have You.  You’re with me.”  Then that one small step you take in faith can become a giant leap toward what you want to see happen in your life. 

       It’s easy to stay comfortable in your present familiar situation, even if it’s less than what you desire and you want more.  But when you’re willing to sacrifice where you are, you can walk into where you want to be.

 

The Desperation of Desire Will Take You From Nowhere to Somewhere!

 

       There once was a woman who experienced a challenging time in her life.  She felt that she’d made all the sacrifices she could possibly make to become well in her body.  But nothing was working.  Her story is in Luke chapter 8, where it says that she had spent all her resources on all the medical knowledge and care that was available in that day.  Yet she had still not been healed. 

        Her problem was a flow of blood that she had experienced for twelve long years.  She felt she had done everything she could do, just as you may feel concerning your own circumstances. 

       Perhaps you’re thinking, just as this woman probably thought:

·       Is there anything left to be done? 

·       How can I sacrifice any more to get my answer?

·       I’ve tried so hard to accomplish this, but it’s going nowhere. 

 

       And that’s where this woman was—nowhere—even after all she had sacrificed and spent.  Oh, but when we feel we are “nowhere” in our progress, God comes in and He takes us somewhere.  We go from nowhere to somewhere, and that is the place of our miracle!

       Information had come to this woman about a Man named Jesus, the Christ, who was traveling around saving and healing people.  She’d heard all the reports of who He was and what He could do.  But what good was that going to do her if she did not step out? 

       She couldn’t sit at home and just wish Jesus would do something for her.  This woman had to get up and make a move. 

       She had to sacrifice something. 

       She had to sacrifice her comfort to step out! 

       She had to sacrifice as she experienced the physical pain of her journey.

       She had to sacrifice getting her hopes up again and all the emotional ups and downs that went with it. 

       She had to sacrifice pushing past feelings of intimidation at being in Jesus’ presence.  She had to sacrifice getting through the crowds in order to get to Him!

       Yes, to get what we desire sometimes takes a sacrifice.  But if we will step away from what could encumber and prevent us from going forward, we can step toward God’s way for us.  Then we can begin to see things accomplished.

       So this woman who was in need decided to step away from her home and everything she had known—and to step out to go find Jesus.  She was going toward her miracle! 

 

Step Out, Believing.

 

       When you do what God puts on your heart, you are going toward your miracle because you’re going toward Him!  He holds your miracle.  That’s what this woman believed.  She was sacrificing her doubt to take hold of her faith.  She took what her thoughts and emotions were trying to tell her and put them on the altar, then took hold of what she believed in her heart. 

       What did this woman believe in her heart?  She said, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health (Mark 5:28).  So she became determined.  She was going to push through the crowd surrounding Jesus and touch His garments to be healed. 

       When you come to the point you decide to sacrifice it all and step out, you are determined!  You’re determined it’s going to produce something!  That’s just what happened for this woman.  She saw her faith do something!  When she touched Jesus, power came out of Him and into her. 

       Remember, when you step out, you have a gigantic force with you.  Power is released.  And what happens when the power of God is manifested?  Tremendous and amazing things happen!  For this woman, it meant that her flow of blood was dried up at the source.  The healing went all the way to the source!  In other words, God didn’t just treat the symptoms—He got to the root of it.  And it had such a powerful impact on her body.  The Bible says she felt in her body that she was healed.  She felt it! 

       When the power of God starts working for you, you’re going to feel it doing something.  You will know and sense that His Spirit is doing a tremendous work on your behalf.  That’s when the Lord will turn to you just as He did to this woman, and He will tell you that you now have your answer—that you have your desire.

       The Lord said to her, Daughter, your faith (your confidence and trust in Me) has made you well!  Go into peace (untroubled, undisturbed well-being) (Luke 8:48). 

       Wow what an answer!  What a miracle!  That’s what He has for you.  He is saying right now to you, “Enter into well-being.  Enjoy your answer.  Delight in what I have done for you.  Revel in the favor and power that I have sent your way.  Get happy.  You’re receiving what you desire!  You have stepped out in faith even though you had to sacrifice to do it.  And now My child, your faith has caused you to receive.  Rejoice in what your Lord has done.” 

       You can’t help but want to do flips when you hear God speak those words to your heart.  So just get happy!  You can get what you desire!  Knowing that makes it a whole lot easier to sacrifice and be willing to step out, just as that woman did, even when it’s not comfortable. 

 

When You Take Small Steps, Think Long-Term.

 

       I want to share with you about another person who sacrificed and stepped out in faith to receive his desire.  And he was met with the power of God that produced something for him.  His name is Craig McCaw, a billionaire.  But he did not start out that way.  Earlier in his life, he was diagnosed with dyslexia, and in college, he made Cs and Ds.  Also, his father passed away when he was a college freshman.  He could have withdrawn and just played it safe, be intimidated by others because of his disabilities and losses.

       But instead of doing that, McCaw felt led to step out and take a risk in business.  Back then few people knew what was about to happen in the cell-phone industry.  But when the Federal Communications Commission started selling licenses for wireless systems, McCaw took the risk in this new field and got one of the licenses.  Then he began to go to other people who had acquired them also, but did not want to develop them, and he bought their rights.  By doing that, he accomplished what is called a wireless landgrab.  That put him in the position to be a competitive nationwide carrier.  He became a pioneer in the cell-phone business and then began to acquire other companies.  By 1994, he sold his company to AT&T for $11.5 billion. 

       He hasn’t stopped there!  He has acquired and operated several other successful companies.  God has given him the ability to make them successful. 

       McCaw spoke at a Christian leadership conference once and encouraged the ministers to do this:  Trust, think long-term, and surround themselves with people who are willing to sacrifice their egos to see goals reached.

       As you step out, you usually have to sacrifice to do it.  But just think of what it will mean for the future.  Instead of enjoying the short-term gratification of being comfortable and playing it safe, think long-term. 

       When God puts it in your heart, be willing to step out as Craig McCaw did, as the woman with the issue of blood did, and as Neil Armstrong did.  You’re going toward something great when you do that.  And the sacrifice will be worth it.  You will be able to experience and enjoy what God will do for you!

 

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