|I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about my experiences from the first leg of my trip to Israel, which was the city of Capernaum. Faith was my focus, and yesterday, I talked about Peter’s faith and bravery in taking a risk by stepping onto the water to emulate his teacher, Rabbi Jesus. In so many ways, life is about taking risks. You will see in life that when you stop taking risks, even though your life is safe, it starts to feel boring. Actually, it’s not as safe as you think. Your money, ego, and reputation are not really keeping you that safe. When you take risks, you grow as a person through those uncomfortable moments that stretch you and pull you. Even when you fail, those failures are probably making you safer than putting your faith in material things.
I love that my wife Hannah always says something to people after she prays with them in her healing services, such as “Now, do something you could not do before.” That’s one of the things that she loves to say. The fact is that she always wants to challenge people to do what they have been unable to do before; to put their faith in action in prayer, and I have found that it yields a lot of fruit.
Friend, I want to encourage you to have enough faith in God’s word to do something different. It doesn’t matter what denomination you are. It doesn’t matter how much Bible knowledge you have, whether you went to seminary, or what race or nationality you are. You can take a risk today by trusting in Jesus and things will be different for you in the future!