Friday, May 16, 2008

Are You Afraid To Get Out Of Your Boat

Today in my devotional was the story of Peter getting out of the boat to walk on water to Jesus. But we know the story, how when Peter took his eyes off the Lord, and looked at his circumstances he got afraid and started to sink. But don't let the story stop there. Jesus pulled Peter up and brought him safely back to the boat. He said why do you have so little faith Peter? Why did you take your eyes off of Me? In other words if you would have stayed focused on Me and not on the wind, you would have been fine.

We so many times when we are facing a crisis, first call out on Jesus. But then when things seem like nothing is changing, we get afraid and start looking to the world for answers. We start talking to our friends and family members about our problem sometimes just to whomever will listen. That is the worse thing we could do. You see then you are putting all your focus on the problem and not on God and what His word says about your situation.

Another scripture that brings to mind is Heb. 11 v 1....Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen....

You see when we stay focused on something, when we continue to speak about something, we are giving substance and bringing into being whatever it is we are focused on. We are creating this substance. Whether it be faith or the problem. If we stayed focused on our faith and God's word, we would be building our faith into a mighty substance that nothing can shake. But if we stay focused on the problem then we are creating, giving substance, bringing to life the problem, and it has now become bigger than our faith. WOW!
Be real careful walking on that sea. Because depending on what your problem is, you could very easily drown in it. (Hence the saying drowning in our sorrows.) I would rather be drowning in the word of God and speaking His authority over my problem, so when I have a problem, I go to the word and stay in the word, and seek God and what He has to say. I might still slip and fall but I am quick to reach for Jesus' hand when I slip and put my eyes back on Him and rebuke that problem. And when we get back to the boat, the hole in the boat is fixed and the problem is dissolved. HALLELUJAH!

You see our God is still bigger than any problem, He is still seated on the throne, no one has ever or will ever overthrow His throne. He can just pufffff out a breath of air at your problem and it dissipates just like vapor. AMEN!

Matthew 14 v 28-30...And Peter answered Him and said, "LORD if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, "COME" And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "LORD, save me!"......

Matthew 14 v 31-32....And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat the wind ceased....

Prov. 4 v 20-23...My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life....

Don't stay in your boat with your problems, focus on Jesus and keep your eyes on His word and get out of that sinking boat while you still can and let Jesus give you a new and better boat. AMEN


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