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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Breaking the Faith Barrier

"Now this, 'Yet once more,' indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain" (Hebrews 12:27).

The journey of faith is not always safe; growing up in the Lord involves seasons of pain, testing, and uncertainty. Sometimes questions go unanswered for a long time. But as Moses discovered in the wilderness and as you will discover, the outcome is worth it.

Penelope Stokes describes the process in her book "Faith: The Substance of Things Not Seen":

When we respond to the call to leave the walled garden and venture out into the woods beyond, we take the gamble of having our preconceived notions shattered. We open ourselves to new truth and new ways of perceiving; we embrace 'the removing of what can be shaken ... so that what cannot be shaken may remain' (Hebrews 12:27). We commit ourselves to exploration.

If we intend to be spiritual explorers, to follow the unknown paths and journey into unmarked territory, we must learn to trust God. Like Christian in The Pilgrim's Progress,  we must put our hands to our ears, shut out the voices that would call us back to safety and sameness, and run with all our might toward the woods, where God waits to lead us on our way.d

We need to embrace our own explorations, even when we can't please everybody,even when others are afraid we are taking the wrong path ... even if we risk falling down the mountain and breaking an arm in the process.

O Lord, help me shut out the voices that call me back to safety and sameness. I want to run with all my might to where You wait to lead me on my way. Let me move forward by faith to explore and penetrate unmarked territory. Amen

~Charles Stanley~

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