Taking a Leap of Faith

I looked at this picture and knew immediately what I wanted to wsilhouette-936721_640rite about– Taking a Leap of Faith. I believe we take many leaps when venturing out into the unknown during our lives–some small leaps and some major leaps. Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing at all.”  Why do some people leap and others stand on the edge and lean forward, but never move.

The Bible has many examples of individuals taking leaps of faith into the unknown and trusting on their belief that God would help them to get to the other side safely. These people moved forward without a safety net and were bolstered by their faith.

Noah – Genesis 6:13-14, “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make an ark….” (KJV) Noah believed what God told him and started immediately despite the unbelief of all those around him including some of his family members. Noah’s leap kept him, his family, and every creature on the Ark alive when every other living thing on earth was destroyed.

Abraham – Left his family and everything he knew when the Lord told him. Genesis 12:1, “Now the Lord said unto Abram [before he became known as Abraham], Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house unto a land that I will shew thee:” (KJV). He left his family and all he knew. His leap made him the first of a great nation.

David – Tender of his father’s sheep, youngest of his brothers, killed Goliath with a slingshot. He knew that his faith in the protection of God was stronger than the giant. 1 Samuel 17 tells his story.

Esther – was a woman of great faith. She leaped when venturing into the king’s presence without invitation to save her people. She devised a plan that kept the Jews from slaughtered. Her actions could have resulted in her death. (See Esther 5, KJV)

Ruth – A Moabite followed her Jewish mother-in-law into the unknown when she decided to follow Naomi when she returned to her native land after the death of her husband and sons. Ruth for fore took all that she knew taking a leap of faith to remain with her mother-in-law and received a new husband and family as a result a place in the lineage of David.

Just to name a few. Do you really think that any of the people listed above were capable of such feats without a deep-rooted believe in the Power of God. These ordinary people accomplished extraordinary feats when called upon by fate.

Matthew 14:26-29 says, “And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But, straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be though, bid me come unto thee on the water. And, he said Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.” (KJV)

Peter was a simple man of little education, but he trusted Jesus and fought back his fears and natural instincts of self-reservation. He took a Leaf of Faith and stepped out of the ship onto the water. He walked on water until he took his focus off Jesus and let his mind take over.

Whether you believe in this story or not, from personal experience I know that faith in my Lord has brought me through many situations in my life that should have defeated me, but did not. So I believe because I have seen and tested it.

Acts 3:16 says that Faith is born in us by God. Faith activated by our free will belief in Jesus and is finished by Jesus as we grow in faith, by believing without a doubt the Word of Christ will strengthen our faith and enable the Leaps of Faith we need to live our lives in the abundance that Jesus offers us.

Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking into Jesus the author and finisher of our faith….” We have been given the faith to accomplish anything that is in line with God’s plan for our lives, Jesus is the key to this faith.

I do not know if you need this or not, but I know that I do. I cannot remind myself often enough how doing the same thing in the same old ways will get me the same negative results. So many times, doubt as caused me to falter when I should have been moving forward when I should have been jumping. Are you trying to decide whether or not to jump or move back? Doubt will stop you in your tracks and halt all progress. There were times when raising my children alone, I wanted to give up, but how could I when the people I loved most in the world depended on me to get it done. As I look back, I now know that I was never alone. The Holy Spirit has been there all the time.

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