It Takes Courage
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. – Hebrews 11:8
You’ve probably heard me say many times that your mission on earth is going to take more courage than faith.
Because it takes courage to act on your faith, to step out of the boat, and to walk on God’s Word.
It takes courage to leave the familiar.
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Hebrews 11, because it’s the “Faith Hall of Fame.” It lists all the people in the Bible who acted in faith and changed their world as a result.
When you study this chapter, you recognize that there are certain traits that all people of faith exhibit.
People of faith:
1. View things differently than people who are surviving. Survivalists run and take cover. They don’t engage.
2. Look for the open doors. They’re constantly expecting God to fling open a door any second, so they are always conscious of their surroundings.
3. Are characterized by optimism because they serve a God who never has a bad day.
4. Put themselves in a place to hear revelation from God in their spirits and to act on that revelation in this natural realm. They hear from heaven and act it out on earth.
5. Leave behind familiar ground for unknown territory. If you want to do the impossible, you have to let go of the possible. We can’t camp out in yesterday’s victory. God is always on the move.
6. Act in courage, even though they may feel afraid. I’ve learned that you’ve got to be aggressive in this life. You’ve got to be on the ball. You’ve got to be looking, seeking, and on a mission to respond to God’s direction every day.
7. Cause lost people around them to ask questions because they receive God’s voice. By revelation, you should be an island in the midst of a dark place, where people can say, “There is something about that person. I’ve got to have that. Let’s go find out what it is.”
8. Have BIG vision because they believe in a BIG God. I always say that your vision needs to be past you. Why would God give you a life vision that you could complete in your own resources and strength? He’s going to give you a God-sized vision.
9. See possibility and work hard to make it a reality. They seize every opportunity. I’m amazed at the way some people just won’t MOVE. This usually means they have a poverty mind-set. God could be waving a flag and saying, “Hey! Over here’s a gold mine!” But people with a poverty mind-set think, “That’s too much work. Surely that can’t be God.” They don’t even get the picture of possibility.
Your Story is Being Written Right Now
We are people of faith, and we have the same anointing that Jesus had to change our world.
Just like Abraham, we’re leaving behind the places we’ve camped out, and we’re heading toward the bright future God has for us. I look forward to celebrating the great things God does as we step out in faith!
Take action! Read Hebrews 11 and write a sentence or two about yourself—your story—for the Faith Hall of Fame.
What do you want to be said about you when you’re gone?
Then make this your confession today: “It’s me and God changing my world, releasing the Kingdom, tearing down the kingdom of darkness, changing my surroundings, changing my circumstances, and re-defining my world.”