Tuesday, August 30, 2011

He said what?

OK I just have to start off with my favorite quote from this chapter, because it gives me hope. See what you think:
"Audacious faith is not...entering a gifted and talented 
program for the spiritually elite." 

That gives me hope. It also takes away all of my excuses. Yours too!

Chapter two briefly recounts the story of Joshua with some amazing insights into his situation that we tend to skim over without absorbing the full impact of them. It also has THE PRAYER, which is found in Joshua 10:12 -

"O sun, stand still at Gibeon,
and O moon in the valley of Aijalon."

Not only did he tell it to stand still, he told it where to stand still! 

This chapter is short but very powerful. How many times have you heard this story? If you've been in church all your life, then you've heard it from the time you were very young. Is it like the story of Jonah and the whale? We 'believe' it happened because stuff like that was always happening - back then -to other people...

If we're honest with ourselves, do we really believe those stories? What do we think about the faith of Joshua? Do we put him on a pedestal with the "spiritual elite" from those other stories in the Bible, admiring his faith at the same time we're glad we weren't the ones swallowed by the whale or marching around Jericho or telling the sun to stand still?


Do we realize that now as then it was never about the people - it was about their God. Our God. The same God of the miracles of the Bible.

Chapter two is about audacity - audacious prayers and audacious faith. Chapter three continues the story with "Page 23 Vision".  Keep reading in Joshua and praying for God to make this story come alive for you.

It's your turn:  What do you think about Joshua's story and his faith? Do you think that God wants audacious prayers from his people? What audacious prayer have you prayed lately?

The book is: SUN STAND STILL: What Happens When You Dare to ask God for the Impossible, by Steven Furtick. Check out his website: www.SUNSTANDSTILL.ORG 

See you tomorrow for more audacious thoughts on prayer and faith. 

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