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Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:38 am 
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Reading: Genesis 20-22; Matthew 6:19-34

Good morning Church,

Many people love to dream of doing the impossible, but few dare to live the impossible. Yet, this is exactly where the Lord would have us live, in the realm of the impossible. We have conditioned ourselves to want things safe and controlled. We often accuse women of being controllers but men have that same ambition, to control every aspect of our lives. If we do not have control then we feel out of control and that scares us. It is a trust issue.

God’s basic premise is uncomplicated: he has the control. He will not force us to be in that relationship with him but if we do enter it freely then it must be with the understanding that he has control and he promises us a wild ride. We have tamed the Bible down quite a bit but stop and consider what an individual trapped at the Red Sea would have felt. The sea on one side, the Egyptian army on the other. Who’s running this show? What about Peter in the storm? How did I get myself into this mess? What about Paul on that runaway ship? God’s up to something here.

We consider the period of Acts as the time of the great daring, the great adventures. But we live in a more civilized age now. None of us are risking life and limb for our faith, right? Well, not in North America, not yet, but many Christians face death every day in other parts of the world. But life and death issues are not the only adventures of daring. There is the daring to live the dreams that God has given us, to reach for the impossible in Jesus' name and power and authority. And let us not forget, for his glory. When is the last time you dared anything beyond your own ability? When’s the last time your spirit flew in a wild abandonment as you moved from the realm of the possible to God’s realm, the place of the impossible?

Sarah gave birth in her old age. The Israelites were rescued from Egypt. They were saved at the Red Sea. They survived forty years in the desert. They conquered a land filled with great warriors and kingdoms. Peter walked on the water, until he panicked. Paul survived that shipwreck as well as being stoned, as well as being bitten by a snake, as well as … many impossible things happened to Paul and by Paul. So how did they do it? How did they walk in God’s reality, the place of the impossible? They were willing to lose it all.

Consider what you read this morning:

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

It goes hand in hand with this:

So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:31-34)

Add to this the teaching Jesus gave us on the principle of our relationship with God:

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)

The only reason that people fail to dare to live the dreams God has given is because they are afraid to lose what they have. We will not live a life of risk because we could lose what we have gained. But Jesus taught us that there is noting we should be holding on to. All our investments should be in the heavenly things. The things we need to live here will be provided so that we can continue daring to seek the kingdom of God. Whatever we are trying to hold on to we will lose anyway so let go of it now and it may be preserved. Abraham is an example of this.

Isaac was the son of promise yet God told Abraham to sacrifice him. God was requiring Abraham to show that he trusted him enough to lose even the son of promise. To our amazement, shock and horror Abraham obeyed. He was a man who dared to live the impossible. We are taught by Paul that this same faith is what has been birthed in us, that we can only walk with God with this “risk it all” type of faith. It is only when we try to hold on, to minimize the risk, that we guarantee our failure and inability to step into the place of miracles and the impossible.

It is time to rise up oh men and women of faith. Put everything you have behind you, consider it lost, as Paul did, and dare to live the dreams that you have been given. Let the world see you as a risk taker. Let the world be in awe of what God will achieve through those who’s treasures are in heaven, who have no ties to this place, who live for the glory of God.


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Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:16 am 
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blipadouzi wrote:
It is time to rise up oh men and women of faith. Put everything you have behind you, consider it lost, as Paul did, and dare to live the dreams that you have been given. Let the world see you as a risk taker. Let the world be in awe of what God will achieve through those who’s treasures are in heaven, who have no ties to this place, who live for the glory of God.
Amen! O:) What a wonderful and needful message. :pray: May God bless you! Thanks for the devotion and especially the Scriptures listed at the beginning. I think I'll go read them now!

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