Faith: Seeing What Can't Be Seen

Hebrews 11:27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king's anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. (NLT)

A little girl, the 20th of 22 children, was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever that left her with a paralyzed left leg.

By age 9, she told her family “I see myself walking.” So one day she decided to remove the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it.

By 13 she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last.

For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered.

Eventually this little girl, Wilma Rudolph, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.

As Moses left Egypt, Wilma left the land of the cripples, not fearing whether she would fall, and later, whether or not she would win. Before she won the race, however, she had to leave Crippleville.

Faith leaves and doesn’t look back. By faith we leave addictions, sinful behavior, negative mindsets, and even toxic people. By faith I leave depression, pain, crippling attitudes, and pessimistic thinking. By faith…I can leave. Why? Because I see the invisible, or at least what’s invisible to everyone else.

Wilma saw it. She saw herself walking, then running, then winning. She did it by faith. But first, she had to drop the crutches and leave, then walk toward what was invisible to everyone else but her.

When you find out what pleases God you need to do it. Scripture says, “It is impossible to please God without faith” (Heb. 11:6). Further, it’s impossible to accomplish our purpose in life without faith. Think of it, Wilma Rudolph’s purpose was to be an Olympic champion. In the beginning, however, she was a cripple. But Wilma saw something that was invisible to other people in her life. She saw herself walking…by faith. After she walked, she saw herself running…by faith. Then winning…by faith. What was invisible to other people in her life was real to Wilma.

What do you see today?

Debt? Bad relationships? A failing business? Poor grades in school? Depression? Joblessness? Sickness? Loneliness?

Maybe you need to leave where you are, get alone with God and ask Him to show you HIS plan. It might look outlandish to some people, but not to Him. And if you’ll believe, not to you either.

Today I’m choosing to go with what God has shown me. I’ve seen it for years. I’m leaving Egypt and I’m going to keep right on going until I see with my eyes what I’ve seen in my spirit all along.

Faith worked for Moses and Wilma. Faith will work for you, too. That is, if you’ll just leave where you’ve been stuck and move toward what you see.

Stay tuned for more on faith…

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