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I just got this great email from Floyd McClung. “God space” is real to me, and it was genuine for the man who first introduced me to the term. Dr. Bob, as he was called, was dying of leukemia. He was on his last missionary journey, just a few weeks away from death. D…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

I just got this great email from Floyd McClung.

“God space” is real to me, and it was genuine for
the man who first introduced me to the term. Dr. Bob, as he was called, was dying
of leukemia. He was on his last missionary journey, just a few weeks away from
death.

Dr Bob checked himself out of Cedar-Sinai
Hospital in Los
Angeles, bought an around-the-world ticket, and was saying goodbye
as he made it from one mission-post to another in Asia, India, the Middle East and Europe.
We were one of his last stops on the last lap of his life’s journey.

Dr Bob sat in a wheel chair, depleted of energy, as he
challenged us to live in God Space. “When you get to the end of yourself,
the end of your resources and your abilities, then you enter God Space,”
he said to Sally and me. He was frail, but he was still feisty. He was at the
end, but death did not impress him and fear did not hold him.

“Faith doesn’t begin until you have to have God come
through for you, Floyd.” His gaze was steady. He then turned to Sally.
“You don’t need faith for what you can do, Sally, you need faith for what
you cannot do. Then you are living in God Space.”

He explained the term further. “God space is living
between the end of your resources and abilities and what God wants you to do
for Him. That’s God space.”

At the time we were trusting God to buy the former Salvation
Army headquarters in the heart of Amsterdam
for an outreach and training center. We were entering God space big time and
needed those words of encouragement. A few months later, a friend of Dr Bob’s
sent a large gift to encourage us. It was the down payment we needed to buy the
building. It was sent in memory of Dr Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision and
Samaritan’s Purse. More importantly to us, our friend. And mentor.

What challenge are you facing? There is a space, a dimension
of life, where you have to have God come through for you to make it, to
experience God’s grace. I encourage you go there voluntarily. Live there. Rest
there. Wait there.

God space is where God loves to come through for us, to meet
us in very personal and life-altering ways. It may be in the valley of the
shadow, and it may be on a spiritual high… God space does not mean we always
get what we want, but it does mean God will be with us.

Dr Bob died of leukemia
– but he did so in the presence of the Lord, living in that realm of life that
meant trusting God for grace to live victoriously. Dr Bob was not perfect, but
he lived with passion and zest for the purposes of God. You can as well – if
you live in God Space.

Comments (7)

  • Thank you!
    I’m in Florida for my grandfather’s funeral. When I heard the news on Tuesday I first wept for the loss then I wept for my unsaved family and the people I’d be seeing over the week. I prayed that I may be His light and that He may be glorified and lifted up in this time. In a couple hours I’ll be infront of many. All the Lord has given me to say is John 10:10. I’m out of myself and in a huge state of faith praying and waiting to be used as a vessel.

  • It is interesting that you posted this. I just got done reading a book that I borrowed from Collin in Swazi. It was Floyd McClung’s book “Living On The Devil’s Doorstep”. I found out that they are in CapeTown, and was hoping to get a chance to go down there and meet them. It’s a little out of the way from Refilwe though. I gave Amy his info incase she wanted to try to get in touch while she is there.

    I was really impressed by their commitment to living by faith. That is how I want to live, trusting God to provide day by day and acting on faith that He will make it work.

    I was going to get in touch with them via their web page, but ran into technical difficulties. This is a good reminder for me to try again to make that connection.

  • What encouragement!! What assurance!! What hope!! What rich lessons from these words…”There is a space, a dimension of life, where you have to have God come through for you to make it, to experience God’s grace. I encourage you go there voluntarily. Live there. Rest there. Wait there.”

    Now the waiting end of it is the most challenging. This article is no accident for many of us it seems.

    Thanx again Seth for sharing…what blessing!!

  • Seth-

    Ericka here- from the Auburn team (or Grace Campus Ministries as many of you knew us)- the one who was healed to help you better put a face with a name!

    Rusty said Casey announced that I was still doing well well be encouraged- it’s been almost 3 weeks with no medicine (from 4 prescriptions – 4 pills everyday and an inhaler twice a day) and I’m feeling GREAT! To say “God is good” is such a ridiculous understatement… there are no words for how great He is!

    Just wanted to touch base with you and share that- and to say thank you for this last blog. I’m back home, just graduated and in that horror that is “job searching” ugh- needless to say it’s not fun to be back right now! I definitely needed all you shared in this blog. Thank you!

    You all remain in my prayers. As I juggle life, job searching, and long “to do” lists, I haven’t forgotten about Goo Goo’s story. It, and several other stories, I hope to have in the coming weeks! We’ll definitely be in touch.

    Blessings to you brother, and thanks again for sharing!
    Salagahle!
    In HIS hands,
    Ericka <><

  • Good words! God space gives us hope in death and great power while we are in the land of the living. Silence helps us remember how to find God space. Friends help us to grow in God space. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit meet us there.

    Calvin Wulf
    http://blog.livingforgod.net

  • Wow,I didn’t know there was an articulated address for where I am currently residing in life. Actually, this confirms that it’s okay to go here with God. Thank you for sharing. VERY comforting.
    Blessings for your ministry…

  • This is David,

    I am part of the Body of Christ. We are Christians looking to follow the Lord for His many atypical avenues. Most of us have previous experience meeting in organized
    religion and Lord took us away from that system. Jesus is showing more
    and more His person, who is very different than the one religious
    systems are selling. The Holy Spirit is who teaches us and we became the
    field of action of His teaching. We understand the difference between a
    preacher and a witness. What do you think about this video?

    Thanks!

    David

    MARRYING AND DISMARRYING in the life of the Church

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDq75PcWX8o

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