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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Why Getting out of the boat is so important as a believer...

Stumbled upon these ramblings of mine in my notes on my phone from around two years ago.  Looks like I was coming to grips with why God doesn't seem to move or react to issues in our world.  Since this time, getting out of the boat has become somewhat of a theme in my life.  Again no grammar police! I'm sure theirs plenty of mistakes ;)

If God is a good God then what holds back his hand from giving good things.  In Matthew 7:11 its says, If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So why does it seem there is so much need and Gods hand so slow to respond.  The bible clearly teaches we are His hands and we the church are the body of Christ.  There is unmet needs not because Gods is slow to respond but because we His hands are slow to respond.   Romans 12:5,6 So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us....It goes on to say that what ever gift has been given to each of us, use it!  I believe that God puts in us each of us a special calling or gift that is unique to us that he desires us to fulfill in this life.  But it requires us to reach out in faith and action to accomplish it.  Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  What is God calling you to do?  What is His purpose for you in this life?   I think that He gives us a glimpse of that mission and then waits for us to take a step out in faith.  Matthew 14:26-33  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."     We like the disciples and peter must each catch a glimps of Jesus in our lives and stop fearing  what we are seeing.  What is it that we fear?  Isn't it the unknowns?  What is it going to take to  get us out of the comfortably known boat of our life's and do the extraordinary!  Did anyone notice that God didnt stop the storm?  It would appear that God wasn't going to make it easier for them.   We know that he calmed the seas before but why not this time?   I believe that Jesus was trying to have them exercise their faith.  Maybe Peter was tired of His present struggles and desired to hang out with Jesus.  Isn't that the best place to be while in difficult circumstances?!!  So many of us are quick to judge Peter because of his lack of faith but did anyone else get out of the boat?  Did Peter walk with Jesus on the water?  Wasn't that his intention.  I say,  so what if he began to get scared I am pretty sure I would too.  The point to me is he got out of his circumstance to attempt the impossible and when he began to sink he cried out to God first and He rescued him.  He succeeded in what he set out to do!  I would only imagine that Peters faith grew rapidly after that walk of faith.    If we are to be his hands and feet in this life we must be willing to risk it all.  1 Corinthians 2:9  However, as it is written: "No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him"   Do we believe this?  If so then we must do our part to obtain it.  What do you mean we need to do something?  It says God has prepared this for us.  Prepared, Yes but we must choose to partake of it.  James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.   For us to be used we must choose to believe and step out in faith.

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