Thursday Sep 15, 2022
Thursday Sep 15, 2022
WANT TO GO HIGHER, CHANGE FLIGHT RULES
It was 1974, and Southern California was ablaze with the fresh wind of the charismatic movement blowing through its churches. By an act of the Holy Ghost, I was on pastoral staff with eight other young zealots, anxious to be involved in what God was doing.
Arlis and I were experiencing things we had never seen before in church life. Every day seems to be new and full of adventures. It was a major pivotal point in our progress following the father into the supernatural.
Just after we arrived, we heard that our senior pastor was taking flying lessons and was going to buy a church airplane. About that time, we were invited into Baja California, that strip of Mexico south of the border.
Our team piled into about half a dozen small airplanes to get there, and off we went ministering in the great Catholic cathedral in Hermosillo.
Well, that trip sealed it for us young guys; we were determined to become pilots so we could fly our own planes. So off to flight school we went.
Two or three nights a week, we poured over the books and listened to the lectures until that day of graduation. Then it was time to climb into the airplane with an instructor and practice our skills.
I learned a lot in those days about flying an airplane, but the most important thing I learned was that everything has a rule. If you break the rule, you get in trouble quickly.
I learned right away that I was flying VFR; to my disappointment, it would be some time with more practice and training before I could fly IFR.
VFR means visual flight rules.
IFR means instrument flight rules.
I was bound to visible flight rules, which meant I had to be able to see the ground at all times. That meant I could never fly above the clouds and was limited in where I could go.
By now, you probably see the point that I'm coming to. If you're ever going to fly higher with God, you have to graduate from what you see to what you believe.
When flying by instrument flight rules, you must trust your instruments to be accurate and that they will take you through the dark of night to your destinations.
So it is with our walk with the father; trust in the lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding in all of your ways, acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.
Now that's flying by heaven's instrument flight rules.
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