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Last week we learned:
- Prayer is our communication with God where we are also consecrated; by the Holy Spirit into the revelation and obedience of His word.
- There are many facets of God we are yet to understand; until He gives us the revelation of it.
- Peter was one of the very few who took Jesus for His word and began walking on the water to meet Him….
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me!” (Matt 14:30) When getting out of the boat you may only walk on the water for a little while, as you meditate on the word. Although you are seeking greater faith, humanism is continually at your feet. And now you are afraid your sea of troubles just might swallow you up! So in a panic, you try to figure out other alternatives. Which are merely diversions, causing you to sink more and more into your troubles; instead of walking over them!
Do not lose heart. Just keep applying the word over those circumstances that distract your focus. Keep Jesus in your line of vision. Guilt and inadequacy are two of the enemy’s most subtle distractions. If he can make you feel like you have failed God and cannot measure up. He has attained his goal. Discouragement will set in and cause you to sink instead of walk. Discouragement slowly kills your faith by replacing it with increments of doubt. You must trust God by quieting the depths of your soul and give no place to confusion or chaos. By so doing you make room for the Word in your spirit.
Here you need spiritual stability. As this is your place of transition. From where you once were to a more comprehensive display of who you really are. You must stay the course, according to God’s will for your life. In all humility our prayer should be as Jeremiah’s. “Lord please remember me and care for me.” (Jeremiah 15:21)
You see, we do not fail when we try—we fail when we stop trying. It is critical for us to exercise our faith in order for it to increase. Therefore, we must reach out to the realization of our need for the Word. To bring us into the safe haven of His power. As we continue moving forward in the revelations of God. Right here your faith brings God into focus.
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt 14:31) And even now, that same Jesus will stretch forth his hand and catch you before you drown in life’s troubles.
Right now you may think you don’t have a lot of faith. But according to Jesus, it doesn’t take that much! (Matthew 17:20) You may feel yourself sinking into your issues, but it is not yet over. “The Lord your God is in the midst of your situation, The Mighty One, will save you; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
For some odd reason, it is much easier for us to believe for others than for ourselves. As some of us have allowed bondage through time. By the syndrome unfruitful religious experiences have wrought. But, like Peter, we now recognize the necessity for something far greater to destroy this syndrome. That we might walk freely into deeper depths of spiritual understanding concerning Christ. Thereby increasing our faith exponentially. And changing our perception of who God is in relationship to us, and who we are to Him.
“Truly You are the Son of God.”
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (Matt 14:32-33) Here a higher level of faith speaks after a battle with fear and gains countless degrees of strength. Now they know it ‘of a truth’. No mere mortal could have transformed as Jesus did. The disciples praised and worshiped Him. They received the revelation of His deity as was also seen on the Mount of Transfiguration. (Matthew 17:1-2)
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Stay tuned for the conclusion next week. Until then…. Blessings and Peace!
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