And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me to come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
This is a familiar passage to us all, as we have heard it preached and taught. I happen to love it myself. 🙂 Jesus spoke one word, and Peter was able to walk on the water! And Peter didn’t sink as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus. Hallelujah!
When I woke up late morning (I was able to sleep in Glory to God), in my coffee and scriptures moment with the Lord, the Holy Spirit placed this scripture on my heart, and said that after we say Yes to what God calls us to do, storms come and seemingly upset the plans, and come to shake our outlook and trust. God speaks to us, and affirms us along the way, yet we do have moments of being shaken. He said to notice that Peter experienced fear and what Peter did in his moments of fear: Fear that he couldn’t do it. fear that it wouldn’t happen for him, fear of failure: He cried to the Lord for help!
Choose your approach
We all face moments of fear, although we may not all admit it, and the Lord shows us these examples in the Word of God to help us understand that the people He used were human like us, flawed like us. Ultimately, we must rely on Him. They weren’t super humans who had it all figured out. No, they messed up as we do in thought, word, and action. Life happened to them as it, likewise, does to us.
In fact, many times all you have is a Lord help! Lord save me! Lord show me! Lord how can I do this? Whatever it is, you lead with going to the Lord first. Don’t lean on your own understanding. The enemy wants you to be in your own head trying to figure out the why’s and how’s, yet God says you don’t have to. (You can’t anyway-it will only have your head spinning)
As we go…
Jesus wants us to stay resting in Him, and He will direct our steps. The directing part isn’t up to us. However, we must walk. He doesn’t make us walk- we walk, and He directs, as we go…
When we say, “Yes we will follow God,” that Yes comes with testings of our faith.
You will not escape that, nor do you know how it’s going to show up. My yes has come with marriage issues, children tripping, finances out of whack, deadly disease, major loss of people I love, and more. Yet, I keep looking at God – sometimes, screaming out, “Lord strengthen me, cause if you won’t take me out of it, help me to be strong and endure it.”
As God continues to mold and shape us on the Potter’s wheel, we are becoming what He called us to be – A workman unashamed, full of power in His Spirit! Miracle, signs and wonders following us to the glory of God, producing good fruit, and making disciples.
The making process comes in many ways as a renewal of our mind and a change of our ideas, of what we should be or where we should go. I didn’t think I would be a housewife, and writer. But God had other ideas to get me prepared to walk in purpose. There was some molding that could only be done with me at home – molding in myself, husband and children. I had to let go of the rat race and my plans, relinquish that independent spirit I carried, and learn to depend on God. My story is not yours. Yours is unique to you – but what we have in common, is that God has a purpose and plan for you as well. How will that manifest in your life? I do not know.
To put it another way, don’t focus on what you don’t have or how things are not happening the way you wish. Focus on the fact that we belong to the King and Creator of Heavens and Earth, and although it seems like all hell is breaking loose, and may very well be, WE WIN. Never lose sight of that. This is a spiritual war of good and evil. See the devil wants you to lose sight of the fact that you are a winner. This story has been written, the end from the beginning. Stay the course, my brother and sister in Christ. The journey has it’s bumps in the road, but God will always keep us. He gives us joy and peace in a world where that does not come naturally. We are safe in His arms. Will we experience hurt and pain? Absolutely, we live with a fallen nature in a fallen world. Read the bible, and you will see that the only difference between them and us is the the period they lived in. There is nothing new under the sun.
There is hope in Jesus, not ourselves.
The Lord has an uncanny way of using every experience. It’s important to realize that nothing is wasted. Romans 8:28 says, And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Were you called?
OK, so understand that ALL things, yes even that, will work together for your good. How? I have no clue. That’s not my lane. I do know that in my own life, things that I never thought would be fixed, were. Also, I had to just go forward not knowing the outcome. Pain I never thought would go away, did. Relationships were mended, my body was healed, peace came and rested upon me dealing with the death of loved ones, favor was given in the area of finances, doors were open and shut, among other things, Jesus has taught me to endure.
We learn endurance through our various trials, and hopefully to look to Jesus who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
There is a constant battle of wills. Yours vs His. Daily this battle happens, and we see the fruits daily of that battle as well.
Be patient with yourself and others. The Word says to let patience have its perfect work, that we may be perfect (mature-of full age) and entire(whole-complete), wanting nothing. (James 1:4)
This battle is NOT yours. It’s the Lords.
Blessings and I leave this with you:
Colossians 1:9-29 English Standard Version (ESV)
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;12 giving thanks[a] to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[c] himall things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church.He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation[d] under heaven, and of which I, Paul,became a minister.
Paul’s Ministry to the Church
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, tomake the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 Tothem God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.