Thursday, August 5, 2010

Have. Reckless. Faith!

First I heard “reckless”.  While still wondering what conversation or discussion of the evening with our small group could have brought that word to the forefront of my mind, I heard the words “reckless faith”In the quiet place of my heart where God spontaneously speaks to me, He breathed these words together—have reckless faith!

To live recklessly is to be careless of consequences.  Was He really asking me to live recklessly?  I mean, really, isn’t that a

To have faith is to believe, have complete trust in and loyalty to God.  It is to believe in something with especially strong conviction.

“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.”  Hebrews 11:1

Is it my mission, my goal in life, my desire to follow God’s call upon my life?  Am I walking in faith every day—not being afraid to step out and believe for the impossible?

Reckless faith is about living life without a care for consequences, trusting in faith for God to provide the miraculous and supernatural as we follow His voice.  It’s not about being foolish or stupid, but simply not worrying about what may happen when God calls us to walk on water and pass through the fire.

Too often we fall into the trap of worry, of holding back, of doubt.  Consequently, miracles are missed.  Opportunities for God to move on our behalf are lost and His hand lays still.  To live “safely” is to miss out on mountains moving, seas splitting, dead being raised and sick being healed.  Conservatism keeps us from seeing the hand of God do the truly impossible!

Young boys who live recklessly are the ones that end up with the scrapes, scars and broken bones.  But they are also the ones who have the greatest of adventures!  Believers who live recklessly in their faith will be the ones suffering the wounds that inevitably come with spiritual warfare.  But they will also be the ones who receive the greatest victory!

“For we know that our light and momentary suffering is not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  2 Corinthians 4:17

We see it all around us in this nation—Christians trying to coast through this life with as little battle scars as possible, making little waves (as well as impact) in hopes that they will be little noticed by the enemy and seem little different from their neighbor.  To one day arrive in heaven with as little discomfort and suffering from this world as could possibly be achieved.

I’ll admit that is the kind of Christian I used to hope God would let me be.  But things have changed.  I’ve changed.  And God has done the changing. 

Now I seek to know what is possible when I believe that God is capable of all things!

Conservative faith or reckless faith??? 

I see myself moving to join the reckless ones.  Those who will one day come tumbling through the pearly gates all beat up and scarred saying, “Wow God—what a ride!”

***This is SUCH an incredible picture! It is a computer generated look of what the view would have been from above as God parted the waters of the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites. What an awesome visual of the trustworthiness of our GREAT and POWERFUL God!!!