Why is it so difficult to “take a step of faith?” Could it possibly be we enjoy the comfort of our own security that we have created for ourselves or could it be fear, or perhaps both.
I believe that there are moments in our lives that are marked by “windows of opportunity,” which means there will come a time where our faith will be tested. It is at that moment where the Lord wants to stretch, push, pull, tug and at times shove us. But not to hurt us but to prompt us to get out of your comfortable, mundane boring caught in a rut walk and seek for something new.
The Bible says in Matthew 9:17 “Neither do people pour new wine into old wine-skins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wine-skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine-skins, and both are preserved.”
Now if anyone knows about wine it is this recovery alcoholic. But this scripture is not actually referring to wine but rather our faith and the power of God that comes with it. In other words, many of us in recovery cease to grow because we stop desiring to learn new ideas. We loose that spark that caused us to seek freedom over addiction. We stop growing because we stop learning. We sit in recovery meetings complaining about this or that when in actuality meetings are designed to show others that “there is a solution.” In others words there’s nothing new about your recovery program and if you think this will sustain your sobriety, then I would honestly tell you to watch out. We are even admonished through our Steps this exact reason. In step 11 it states:
“”Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”
See I believe every believer will have a moment in our walk that will demand a moment of a decision We are to “improve” our conscious contact with God. Why? So that we will do HIS will and have the power to carry it out.
Where there is no risk, there is no faith. Where there is no faith there is no power.
Which leads me to this announcement to those who have been following the Foundations for Recovery. We will be moving our office to a larger facility and hopefully take occupancy by April 1, 2017. NO! This isn’t an April Fools Joke but in fact it will be a HUGE STEP OF FAITH. Some have said that I am a “fool” at times believing for those things I cannot see. But I am reminded of a word from my original “sponsor,” the author of the BIGGER BIGGER BOOK of the greatest recovery program of all.
HE said, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
So I encourage you today to step out in faith and do something new and radical today.