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February 20, 2007

Chapter-a-Day Genesis 12

"God told Abram: 'Leave your country, your family, and your father's home for a land that I will show you.'" Genesis 12:1 (TM)

I was at a conference a few years back and Gordon McDonald was the speaker. He made one statement that has stuck with me the rest of my life: "Faith requires leaving". If you are really going to let God lead you to a land He has to show you - you must leave your own country behind. In New Testament terms: If you want to walk on the water with Jesus, you have to leave the boat.

Many people never experience the fullness of God's promise, because they can't bring themselves to leave.

When I'm standing at the threshold ready to take that first step I remember an old Eastern proverb: "Leap and the net will appear".

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