“Pack up your family and move to the Soviet Union, Rick!”

 

With that one word from God, every deficiency in my spiritual life came rushing to the forefront! But when I began to release all I had into the hands of Jesus — when I chose to stand and face the dream thieves until all of them were defeated — that deficiency was swallowed up by the miracle power of God.

 

Yes, we could have had kept our “crackers and minnows.” We could have stayed in the United States and enjoyed a good life and a growing stateside ministry. But if we had chosen that course, we would have missed the miracle of the ministry God had for our family in the former Soviet Union.   

 

Denise and I couldn’t live the rest of our lives wondering what would have been accomplished if we had obeyed God — wondering how much richer and more intimate our relationship with God would have been had we walked in His perfect will.    

 

Denise and I knew we could not miss the miracle God had in store for our lives! We simply couldn’t live the rest of our lives wondering what would have been accomplished if we had obeyed God — wondering how much richer and more intimate our relationship with God would have been had we walked in His perfect will. The very idea of standing one day before the Judgment Seat of Christ and having Jesus show us a full-length movie of everything we missed by choosing to go our own way was, and always will be, a devastating and grievous thought to our hearts.

 

To me, there is no greater tragedy than missing the miracle, and I’ll tell you why. If you refuse the miracle and choose what seems to be the “safe” road, you will still be God’s child, and He will still bless you as much as He can. You can still believe in Him, pray to Him, and even endeavor to please Him in all that you do. But you will never really come to know Jesus the way you could have if you had dared to believe and obey.

 

Here is the most incredible and remarkable part of this process: As you obey Jesus’ voice and follow His plan, giving all that you are into His hands, you are changed into His image. Step by step, you get to know Him more intimately than ever before as you grow more and more like the One you are following. So I ask you:

 

Are you holding back some part of your life that you know God is asking you to relinquish to Him?

Are you going through the motions in your Christian experience, but falling short in developing an intimate relationship with the Father?

What is the Master asking of you today?

Is He asking you to “launch out into the deep”?

Or is He asking you to embrace your dream with renewed faith and patience as you wait upon Him? 

 

Don’t ignore any crossroads, great or small, for these are the pathways God is clearing for you to step into your dream!     

 

Don’t ignore any crossroads, great or small, for these are the pathways God is clearing for you to step into your dream!    

 

God’s ultimate purpose was not just to get an ark built or to deliver Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Ultimately, He didn’t just want the ark; He wanted Noah’s heart and soul. In the same way, God just didn’t just want to free a few million Israelites so He could call them His own personal nation. He wanted an intimate relationship with a people whose hearts and souls were freely and gratefully given to Him.

 

Likewise, when God reveals to you His plan and purpose for your life, His ultimate purpose is that, through obeying Him and walking in His Word, you will enter Word, you will enter into holy communion with Him. This is the greatest miracle of all and one that I personally couldn’t live without.

 

You could say that I am totally, unalterably, and irreversibly addicted to the presence of God! Every pore of my being cries out for more knowledge of God and of His ways, His thoughts, and His feelings. There is nothing more sacred to me and nothing I covet more than my personal relationship with Him.

 

At times I’ve considered the irony of what we often say when we see a believer choosing to go his own way instead of God’s way: “Well, he missed God on that one!” But there’s more truth to that statement than meets the eye! When we decide to go our own way, we forfeit an intimate knowledge of and relationship with our Heavenly Father. We truly do miss God and His will for our lives.

 

It is the most profoundly astonishing fact that, as we tenaciously and passionately hold fast to, cling to, and stand by all the dreams Jesus has placed in our hearts, we find ourselves face to face with Him — His majesty, His magnificent power, and His unfathomable love. When we come to each crossroad in our lives, Jesus is reason enough to declare to ourselves and to every dream thief that would keep His light from dispelling our darkness: “With all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, I choose the miracle!”

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