Seven Important Points About Risky Faith

I mentioned in a previous post that after writing my sermon for yesterday, the Lord told me He would give me 7 additional points on the subject of Risky Faith. (You can download the sermon here)

I was asked after the event what the seven points were. I couldn't remember all of them at the time, so I thought I should write them down.

The seven points are

1. Public miracles are rare. Much as we would like to think that public displays of God's power would convince people, this is generally not the case. If you read the whole of John 6 you will see this demonstrated.

2. The converse of this is true- most miracles are hidden. They take place in our private walk with God or in one-to-one ministry.

3. There is always a need for obedience. Faith is not faith until it is acted upon. We need to listen to the "still small voice" or deep conviction. This is the starting point for a miracle.

4. Faith is binary. It is either present or absent. This is what Jesus meant by describing it as like a mustard seed. There are no measurements for faith. The only test is do I trust God right now in this moment?

5. It's better to be the road-runner than the coyote. If you don't understand the reference look at the old Warner Brothers cartoons. The road-runner was focussed on just being itself, doing the thing it was created for. The coyote was obsessed with destroying the road-runner using its wile, cunning and strength. Of course the road-runner always triumphed and experienced many miracles! Trust God and run ahead in faith!

6. Better to have made a statement (or an action) of faith and failed than never to have tried at all. Don't be afraid of failing.

7. Start with baby steps. Take a risk in something small, but just do it. Get advice or support from more experienced people if necessary, but just start.

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