#168 After A Leap of Faith, How to Stick Your Landing

Jul 9th, 2012 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

Good Morning!

Once we take a leap of faith how do we ‘stick our landing’?

For an Olympic athlete it takes discipline, intention, balance and the ability to absorb the shock of landing through coordination of well trained muscles.

For a mountain goat it takes full use of the’ hinds feet’ created by God to navigate rocky conditions and landings.

For the Christian it takes a practiced coordination and discipline of memory and mastery of thought through the resilient power of the holy Spirit and the life he has begotten in us.

It’s time for us to claim our ‘hind’s feet’!  Psalm 18:33-36

Love in Christ,

Joy

 

#168  After A Leap of Faith, How to Stick Your Landing

 

And they had forgotten to take bread; and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them.  And he was giving orders to them, saying,

“Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 

And they began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.

Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread?  Do you not yet see or understand?  Do you have a hardened heart?  Having eyes, do you not see?  And having ears do you not hear?  And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?” 

They said to him, “Twelve.”

And when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?”

 And they said to him, “Seven.”

 And he was saying to them “Do you not yet understand?”  Mark 8:14-21

There was something in the way of the faith of the followers of Christ.  They experienced a miracle in one moment and in the next moment they doubted.  Peter had great faith to risk walking on the water in the power of his Master.  But then he lost his focus, and he sank.  Matthew 14:28-31  What they needed to understand, and what we need to understand, is that he has already proven his ability to deal with whatever challenge may come to us.  When we get distracted from his divine, miraculous ability, we get distracted from the deeper lessons he is trying to teach us.

Sometimes we remember the facts, but forget the faith.  Sometimes we don’t even remember the facts.

We may have the faith to step out of the boat.  But then we sink.  What we may lack is a sustained faith, a faith that connects the dots of the past deliverance to the present dilemma.

We may take the leap of faith, but we need a sustained faith to stick our landing.

 There is a painting called Faith.  A mountain goat leaps from one precipice, across a chasm, and the canvass captures the leap in mid air.  Because a mountain goat is created to leap and to land, the next painting would capture a surefooted landing.

 

We do not hear the voice of deliverance because the voice of the dilemma is louder.

So we learn to quiet the chatter box voice of dilemma in the presence of the Prince of Peace.  Psalm 60:1

We learn to identify the exaggerations, assumptions and stories that voice fabricates, and then we learn to let them go in the presence of the Prince of Peace.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5

We learn to turn up the volume of the voice of deliverance.  Isaiah 50:5

We sing with his voice, and we claim his words and promises.

 

Safe in the arms of Jesus…

Safe in the boat with Jesus…

Safe on the waves with Jesus….

 

Lord continue to help us to connect the past deliverance to the present dilemma.

We can stick our landing when we stick to His perspective and truth.  Isaiah 26:3,4

 

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