Daniel

The Risk of Faith

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The way I see it is God gave us the Word of God. Right? And the word of God is truth. It’s inerrant. Right? And we get to go in there and seek Him through the word and get to have a relationship with Him through the word and through just hearing His voice.

I don’t really care too much about people’s religious boxes. For me, it’s all about Jesus. It’s all about Him crucified on the cross. It’s all about what He did for me. It’s all about celebrating Him; loving God with all your heart, mind, and soul. And you know, just reading what you see in the Bible and believing that what He said to His disciples is also available for me too. I don’t see why that would not be the case. You know, why? If He did it, then why wouldn’t He do it now? I know that some people have belief systems that contradict that. They put the apostles and the disciples up on a pedestal. And then we’re kind of like down here. I think the fear is that if you’re chasing those things, then you can very easily be deceived. Because you make those things, your idols. If I see a miracle…Jesus!!! We get to celebrate Him. He’s here, you know, that’s really it. It’s a celebration.

God spoke to me one time. He said, “celebration is the key to success.” And so my heart is to have all of these moments to celebrate God. So, as I go out, I’m really believing that the Lord is going to show up in a moment. And, and then we get to celebrate Him. Because, He’s the one that’s doing it. He’s bringing people back into the kingdom. He’s redeeming His children. And He’s healing. He’s restoring. He’s doing all these things, and He’s worthy of our praise. He’s worthy of our celebration.

I think the first encounter that I had, that was just so powerful in my life, that really encourages me to keep going…I literally, I kid you not, I did not do anything. I was just there. So there was this man, and he had a cane. So I walk up to him and I say, “Hey, I’m just out here praying for people. I see that you have a cane, can I pray for you?” And he just started crying. I was like, Oh, no, what did I do? He’s like, “Could you hold on a second?” and he went to go get his wife who was there. They were just shopping. It was at a mall. And he said, “This man, just asked if he could pray for us.” And she started crying. It turns out they were at the mall because they needed a distraction. Their son had just passed away the day before. And so I was like, Oh, no, I’m not qualified for this. He needed a counselor or something. But the Holy Spirit is a counselor, and I’d received baptism of the Holy Spirit, and so I knew that He lived in me. So I just prayed for them. And God spoke and comforted them in that moment, but I didn’t do anything. I was just there. I honestly do not remember what I prayed, what I said, I do remember that the lady said, after I prayed for her, she’s just looked at me with tears in her eyes. And she said, “I know that God sent you.” And it was just so powerful because everything that she had just been through. A mother should not go through that. To see their son pass away and for her to just have that bold faith, and just [be] anchored in the Lord was so powerful to me.

You know, the more you take those risks, the more your faith increases and the more you see God move through you.

But faith, for me, has been something that I step out, step into, that I take a risk. And the more you take those risks, the more your faith increases, and the more you see God move through you. The more you see God move through you, the more your faith increases, because you say, “Well, He did it before. He’ll do it again.” Right? And so even though we might not believe it, because we haven’t done it, or we haven’t really seen it, personally, we can lean on other people’s faith. People that have seen it, have done it. And so, that’s what I did. I leaned on a lot of these Facebook evangelists. I was like, “Well, what’s the difference between them and me?” The difference is that they’re doing it and I’m not. So I just decided I got to do this.

So that’s my encouragement. That’s what I feel God’s calling me to. He’s like, Hey, go. You go and make disciples, but do it the way that I did it by going out and loving people and healing people and sharing the message of the gospel. The good news. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m a part of Create church and I help lead the evangelism ministry there. We’re doing a thing called “cow-van” where we pack the minivan and fill it with church members. We go out, we pray for people, we see people get saved [and] healed. This is just something that I love to do, that God’s called me to do. But, I don’t think that it’s just for the evangelists. I think it’s for every believer, because we’ve all been given the same Holy Spirit.

It’s amazing because I get to see God move, you know, and and He’s, He’s everything to me. He’s so good. And I just want to see His goodness be made manifest on this earth, everywhere. What I keep sharing with people is that the harvest is plentiful, but a lot of times the fruit is just coming off the tree. We just need to be there to represent Jesus and to share the gospel and to usher people into the kingdom. Just roll out the red carpet for them to meet their Father.

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