The Ripple EffectDecember 16, 2016
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9a
1. STEP OUT. Your life can precipitate all kinds of repercussive effects. We can be inspired by people who have gone before us and changed the limits of what was possible—Chuck Yeager, who broke the sound barrier; Roger Bannister, who ran a mile in just under four minutes though experts thought it couldn’t be done; Abraham and Sarah who were called by God to bear a baby in their old age (Hebrews 11:12); the Apostle Paul, who was assigned to take the Gospel to the Gentile world. God has called us both as a church and as individuals to set precedents, to pioneer new things that will have ripple effects into eternity.
2. LET GOD TURN IT AROUND. God doesn’t expect you to have arrived in life, but let the process begin. Life is not ideal, but God is so powerful, so amazing. He takes a bad thing—even your hurts and your disappointments—and turns it around for good (Romans 8:28).
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
3. TAKE ACTION. Faith without corresponding action is dead (James 2:17). We need the daily application of God’s Word—to take what He says and act on it. When we see people struggling under harsh economic issues, we take action and give. When we see people sick, we believe God for their healing. As we establish a daily rhythm of being led by the Holy Spirit and stepping forward in obedience, we are going to enter a season with many opportunities. The pebble in the pond is just the beginning—the ripple effect goes on.
God bless you!
rip·ple ef·fect, noun
The continuing and spreading results of an event or action.
“WHAT WE DO IN LIFE ECHOES IN ETERNITY.” ~ GLADIATOR
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