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Good Morning! - Don't Look Down

Hi my beautiful ladies... as you can see it's 3:49am. By now you all know the drill. LOL

Today's devotion is entitle "Don't Look Down." My girlfriend emailed me yesterday and asked if I'd go ziplining for her birthday and it brought back memories of this experience. Be Blessed.


(Note: In this picture I'm terrified and hanging on for dear life)

 Sound familiar?Good morning. Last year I went zip lining in Honduras (see above photo). As a matter of a fact, it was called “Xtreme Zip lining.”  The experience was amazing but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified when it finally came time to jump. The way zip lining works is you travel up a steep mountain via jeep or van and once at the top you are hooked onto a “line” and forced to jump off of the side of the same mountain you traveled up via automobile. Your only choices are to a) jump or b) stay in the same place. There is no going backwards; the only way to safety is to jump. In order to jump you must put your faith in the line (which you can’t see for the most part). Hearing and seeing all of this made me ask, “How safe is this?” Our intructor’s answer would always be, “ziplining is extremely safe…except in cases of operator error. You’ll be fine… just don’t look down!” In other words, as long as we did what was instructed of us and held on to the faith in the “line” we’d make it to the other side. Our experience included 8 jumps and by the end of our endeavor I wanted to do it over and over again! After I recognized that jumping was the best way to the other side, I didn’t hesitate again!Life is a lot like zip lining. You know your purpose. You know your blessing is on the other side of the “line” but you are too afraid to jump. You can’t see the rope directly in front of you and have to rely on the testimony of the instructor to get you through. You’ve heard stories about how great it is to be able to “jump” without fear but you can’t see how faithful your line really is. You are often stuck at the jumping spot looking at others walk in their destiny. What do you do? Speaking from experience jumping can prove fruitful in many ways. God did not give you a spirit of fear (1 Timothy 1:7)… so what are you waiting on? JUMP!

(After holding on to faith... I acutally began to enjoy myself. It was actually a peaceful experience) 
Zip lining truly changed my life. It put faith in an entirely new perspective. While I was
sure I’d die and the cable would somehow fail me if I jumped I listened to what
my instructor was telling me. The funny part is, half the time I couldn’t understand
what he was saying. (lol) Some of you may be frustrated with “church” and “preachers”
because there is a language barrier. It takes a lot of intense listening and
patience to hear from God. He likes to use those things (and people) that you
wouldn’t ordinarily listen to speak to you. Who would have thought I’d learn a
lifelong lesson from zip lining after all? Today as you go throughout your day
stop and listen to the unconventional and small things… you just may learn
something that will change your life. I’m praying for you…

Scripture To Remember:

“Xtreme Faith”
Matthew 8: 5-6 
As Jesus entered the
village of Capernaum, a Roman captain came up in a panic and said,
“Master, my servant is sick. He can’t walk. He’s in terrible pain.” 
 7 Jesus said, “I’ll come and heal him.” 
 8-9 “Oh,
no,” said the captain. “I don’t want to put you to all that trouble.
Just give the order and my servant will be fine. I’m a man who takes
orders and gives orders. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes; to
another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

 10-12 Taken aback,
Jesus said, “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust in
Israel, the very people who are supposed to know all about God and how
he works. This man is the vanguard of many outsiders who will soon be
coming from all directions-streaming in from the east, pouring in from
the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob. Then those who grew up ‘in the faith’ but had no
faith will find themselves out in the cold, outsiders to grace and
wondering what happened.” 
 13 Then
Jesus turned to the captain and said, “Go. What you believed could
happen has happened.” At that moment his servant became well. 
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