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4.28.16 – Acts 8:4

In the 1982 movie First Blood, Sylvester Stallone’s character is being hunted down by the local police for crimes he didn’t commit. He finds himself at the edge of a cliff with really no place to go, so in desperation he jumps off the cliff hoping a tree limb will help break his fall. In any other circumstance he most certainly wouldn’t make that decision, but in situations like these people often take a radical path.
God used a time of desperation to help establish the church. Following Stephen’s death Saul led the charge to persecute all who spoke and believed in Jesus. The situation became so dire that most of the church scattered through out the land to avoid punishment and/or death. There was no plan, they just ran! In doing so Phillip ended up in Samaria where he began to speak of Jesus. In a short time, he along with those who believed, established the church in that land. A radical response to a dire situation proved to be the catalyst for spreading the message of Jesus. God had a plan!
If you’re in a season of desperation prayerfully consider the possibility that God might be leading you in a way you might not have previously entertained. There’s no question that his ways are better than ours and you can rest in the comfort that he always has our best interest at heart. A radical leap of faith might be just the answer! Acts 8:4 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.