Day 1, The parachute doesn’t open until you jump

You cannot please God without faith; and real faith, absolute confidence that God will do what He says, comes at a price; the greater the faith the heavier the price.

Here’s another way to look at it…
The parachute doesn’t open until you jump. Pull the cord if you like or unpack it and fiddle with it, but it will not fully deploy until you’re outside the airplane, in the air. It requires the force generated by actually falling to push open the canopy. It takes a literal fall (the death plunge) to transform the chute into a life-saving plane of resistance.
Through faith that death plunge becomes a controlled fall, slow and easy, to be enjoyed (if you like that kind of thing). Bottom line, you have to believe before you jump, but you have to jump to get the result of what you believed.

Okay I get it, I have to jump first, but how do I get the BELIEF so that I CAN jump? Exactly! Trusting your life to a piece of nylon two thousand feet up requires some front end work. Gaining enough confidence that your chute will open and prevent you from dying begins with a commitment of your time. The time spent with an instructor learning the truth about what works, how it works, and for whom it works. Without experience you’d never go to the airport, hop a twin engine, throw on a random chute and just see what happens.

Likewise spiritual faith requires spending time with the instructor learning the truth about what works, how it works, and for whom it works. God is our instructor and His word is the testimony of truth. In order to believe it you must first hear it, choose to believe it, step an inch, hear it again, believe, then step a foot, and so on. The ability to Jump is just a matter of time. Believing builds on upon itself but it begins by hearing the truth. The front end work is your commitment to spending time hearing the truth.

This could be the part where you’re thinking “I already know this, it’s just too hard to understand” or “I know, but I just don’t have the time” or even this one “I know, but it’s just so boring”. If your faith is at this level then you are certainly not ready to jump, but you are ready to begin. I’m not going to try and convince you, if you are His you already know where the truth resides. If you are only capable of stepping an inch, then step that inch toward the place that will eventually teach you how to jump. Begin today by meditating on Matthew 6:33 for ten minutes. Be encouraged that God will finish what he started in you.

Please alert me if I can be of some encouragement to you.
Kevin Adams contact: wakeupmyfaith@att.net

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About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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9 Responses to Day 1, The parachute doesn’t open until you jump

  1. Julie Poteet says:

    Kevin:
    This is wonderful!! I subscribed because I want to read ALL of your entries. You are such a gifted writer and it is such a blessing to read what you write. Hope you are having a blessed day.

  2. Kevin Adams says:

    Thanks Julie for your heart for God and taking the time to send encouragement this way! Blessings!

  3. Sam Peebles says:

    I just want to say that I have been studying God’s word for years on my own and with my Brother in Christ. If we want to be able to jump, we should remember that God has given us brothers or sisters to jump with us, and I for one have been deeply encouraged to do things for God by the encouragement of other children of God. We should never try to go on this journey alone, please find someone who you know loves the Lord and join with them on this journey of waking up your faith. It is much easier for the enemy to pick us off when we are alone, so thank you to all my brother’s who have stepped up in the name of Christ and encouraged me to jump. Once you jump, you will see the parachute of the Lord take you to the ground safely and lovingly.

  4. Laura says:

    With tears in my eyes, I would like to write (yes, another) response to your writing. I would like to point out that tears do not always reveal a weakness, so much as the spark of something very real being done in one’s heart. That is where I stand today. I have been moved (working back from day five yesterday to day one today…yes, it’s all in timeing) in ways hard to explain. I am truly grateful that you have chosen to follow His calling, and to place your faith and trust in Him. The source of your strength is shining brightly – and I will look forward to future thoughts and writing from you. Thank you again.

  5. Jeanie Rose says:

    Stunningly simple! Kevin you so clearly and understandably lay out the path: how to there, how to stay on it. I haven’t come across such an apt description for the growing of faith before. And, this is a pursuit for me of a number of decades. However, what is so compelling here is your naked honesty in describing life for you in the last couple of years. You have high earned authority to be leading this charge. Go, dear brother, go! We have great need of leaders to follow.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Jeanie, though it has been nearly two weeks since i posted this one, i’m just now getting to read those encouraging comments of yours and others. All I can say is wow! You are so kind and uplifting. Please come back and hold my feet to the fire. I took some time away to be able to hear from God so i knew it was Him and not me trying to clever. I cant tell you how much the things you’ve said mean – they clarify and push this blog forward in God’s Spirit. Bless you my sister! Please come back and share you wisdom for the sake of others!

  6. Leah Gillen says:

    Kevin,

    I’m just beginning to journey through your blog, but I’ve already shared it with another friend going through a similar journey. Your writing is incredible, and your heart for God’s truth is evident! I can’t wait to keep reading…

    Leah Gillen

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Leah thank you so much! I’m encouraged by your words most sincerely! I believe that God has called me out of business into ministry – we’ll see where he leads. I’m so blessed to know that it is helpful to some. I truly appreciate you taking time. Blessings

  7. verawrites says:

    Hi Kevin, I’m just starting to read about your journey (having found you on Twitter). Life changed for many folks at the end of 2008. I’m eager to walk along after you, maybe to kick up the dust of inspiration and encouragement. For me, believing is easy, it’s living by faith that is challenging…

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