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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Growth in Faith

There is a scene from the movie The Dark Knight Rises - the Prison Escape. The place they call "Hell on Earth".  It is a place where prisoners learn about despair.  Everyone that has ventured there over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom.  So easy ... So simple, but like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died.

The escape requires a prisoner to make a significant leap across rocks to get out. Long story short, Wayne does endless push-ups, squats, and stretches. Let me take you through the dialogue

BLIND PRISONER: He says the leap to freedom is not about strength.
WAYNE: My body makes the jump. 
BLIND PRISONER: Survival is the spirit. The soul. 
WAYNE: My soul's as ready to escape as my body. 
BLIND PRISONER: Fear is why you fail.  How can you move faster than possible? Fight longer than possible? If not from the most powerful impulse of the spirit. The will to survive.

Wayne believes he has what it takes to survive the jump, but the truth is, what is needed is not conditioning or muscles, but faith..  See there was a little girl that made it out of the prison well, she did it unconventionally. She took the rope off risking all she had to get out.  We need to do the same as well. There is no time for contentment.. God wants us to grow. So there will be many seasons where God has required us to leap into our faith with no rope, simply because our faith needs growth. If God is always coddling us, then we would never learn how to grow in faith.  

What prison do you need to climb out of to grow in faith?