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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Overcoming paralysis

There is a story told of a man who was quite impressed by his friend, particularly his strong faith in God. One day he said to the friend, "I believe that if God were to say to you, jump through this brick wall, you would immediately jump without asking questions."

The friend replied, "If God told me to jump through this brick wall, it would be my business to jump and it would be His business to make the hole."

Did you ever wonder if we've become so "intelligent" as human beings that we have "outgrown" God? Think about the miracles that are recorded in the Bible: waters parted, donkeys talking, fires that don't burn, lions with mouths shut, blind people seeing and the dead being raised. How come we don't see those kinds of things in the church today?

Because we just can't see how we could make them work. There's no way that furnace shouldn't consume us. We can't explain how a man lame from birth is suddenly--not just walking--but leaping with joy.

That's just it. We've removed God from the formula, written Him out of our plans. As a result, you and I and most other Christ followers miss out on the grandest parts of life because we believe it is in our hands to make it happen. Nothing could be further from the truth. If God leads you to it, He will give you what it takes to get it done. HE will give you what it takes.

Whatever God is leading you to do today: make a phone call, give more of yourself, offer forgiveness to someone, start that brave new plan in your life or...jump through a brick wall, remember, it is your job to move, it is His job to make it happen.

Look at the nations and watch---and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. Habakkuk 1:5

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