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The Step of Faith

June 2, 2005

Very often, most of the time really, we have a leading or impression of the direction that we are going and not the whole picture. It is as if we are only given just enough to make us jump and trust. Singer and songwriter David Wilcox says, “if I see as if You gave me a vision, I would never have a reason to use my faith”. If faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, as scripture states, then our substance is not the ground we are walking on or the temporal things we touch, nor is it what we see with our eyes (the way we think things ought to be). If Jesus is our hope (a sure thing, not a wish) and the “evidence” is how we live our lives on the basis of the unseen reality of God not our human circumstances, then we have all we need to boldly step out with confidence in the calling God gives. I have just walked through our first day of being off staff at church and full time with Higher Place. It was definitely a leap of faith. So painful at times and freeing at others. It is so neat that God prepares us for the jump before we even realize it is time, gives us strength when we have to leap, and assures the landing with one confirmation after another. If we really saw the whole process ahead of time we would never go and probably wouldn’t believe it anyway. Remember that God says, “I know the plans that I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Don’t be afraid to pursue the vision with a leap of faith that you have been given! Lisa and I are looking forward to seeing all of you on the road in the coming months, sharing in ministry, and are so thankful for your prayers and support!

Abiding
Scott and Lisa

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