"But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. . . . Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do." (James 1:6, 8 NLT)
After God gives you a dream, you always have a decision to make. Are you going to do something about the dream he has given you? Nothing is going to happen to that dream until you wake up and put it into action.
James 1 teaches us that faith is a verb. It's active and not passive. It's something you do. Decision-making is a faith-building activity. You use your muscles of faith.
A great illustration of God's plan is trapeze artists. They swing out holding onto a trapeze bar, and then they let go in order to grab hold of another trapeze bar that swings them to the other side. But, at one point, they're not holding onto any bar. They're suspended in air for a split second.
Have you ever been in a place where you're leaving one job for another and nothing's in between? You're 180 feet above the ground with no net below and holding onto nothing.
But if you don't let go and grab onto the vision God wants you to have, you swing back. But this time you swing back lower and lower until you've finally stopped, hanging there in the air. And there's only one way out: down!
God brings your dream to a point of decision so your faith will build as you swing toward God's dream for you.
Talk About It
When has God brought you to a decision point in the past?
What decision point are you coming to now?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.