Radical Faith: Is There Any Other?

The Bible is a radical document. When we read and believe the Word, it messes up our lives. The Word of the Lord will not serve our interests. Scripture was written to advance God’s interests. Consequently, a heavy dose of God’s Word will turn each and ever persons life upside down.

This world will try to dilute your spiritual vibrancy. When we stray from God’s word, our perception of reality slowly becomes gray and murky. We may think we’re seeing color, but in fact our rebellious environment has become a world of muted grays.

I once watch a show where extremely depressed people had their brains stimulated by electrodes. One of the amazing outcomes of this procedures was many patients reported the electric stimulation not only helped their depression but actually changed the way they optically saw their world. They made statements like, “Suddenly I was seeing the world in color.”

Some of the patients mentioned they didn’t realize they were seeing life in a dull, almost black and white state, until the procedure suddenly revealed a world of bright colors.
Sadly, many of us live a perpetually gray faith. We accept the dim dullness of our life as normal. Even so, I know that you and I were created for vibrancy. We have a calling that is far greater than the muted and the mundane.

Maybe it’s time for some spiritual electricity, some vibrant glory. Here are a couple scriptures that have sparked my faith.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20)

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:8-10)

The Kingdom moves forward by faith! There is no other way. Faith is a belief in the certainty of God’s future. Faith is hope in a tomorrow that has not yet come. Faith moves forward on God’s strength, God’s provisions, God’s glory. Faith partners with the divine, the heavenly, the miraculous, the greater than anything we can imagine or have ever seen.
Faith raises millions of dollars to advance God’s kingdom. Faith pushes forward an eternal agenda that cuts against the grain of man’s temporal plans. Faith starts with nothing but vision! Faith starts with nothing but a fire in the belly! Faith starts with the Spirit’s whisper. Faith is a release of the divinely unexpected! Faith is the gift that binds us with the plans of God. Faith doesn’t just bring hope; faith is our only hope! Marriages are restored through faith, cities are made clean through faith, nations are revived through faith.

Faith. . . faith. . . where have you gone? What have we done with you? Why did we abandon your ways. Are you not pure enough? Are you not precious enough? Are you not perfect enough for our full embrace? Faith. . .faith. . .why have we scorned you? You are our hope. Your are our future. Your are our holy reward!

I’ve been thinking about dangerous faith of late. Faith that moves in radical directions. Faith that moves beyond city walls. Faith that takes over the airwaves, the publishing houses, the places currently bound by a lack of faith.

Come, Lord Jesus. Help me to dance a dance of faith. Let me lean back and rest in your lead. Twirl me, swing me, turn me towards your kingdom. Teach me a new dance, teach me a new song, release your voice in me. Free me from my fear. Come to me, faith! Make your home with me. I will no longer forsake you. I will embrace you with open arms. I’ll love you, I’ll cherish you, I’ll let you run free in me.

Amen.

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