Stepping off Into the Unknown Part 1

Picture your life as a boat, and at times it gets a little shaky, un-easy. You don’t know where to go, it’s dark at times. You hear nothing, all is quiet except the wind and waves that are crashing up against you. You have been struggling for some time now and all you want to see is dry land.

We are all on a journey known as life. Some use road maps to tell them where to go, other words their instinct, feelings might tell them that they need to lean on their own understanding. But we choose for the ones who have been enlightened by the Word of God and having Him as our lighthouse to look to Him for guidance, and strength. We walk by faith and not by sight, rather than walking by sight and not by faith. But is it this easy?

Let’s take a look at Matthew 14:22

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him,“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying,“Truly you are the Son of God.” (ESV)

 

The first question I have is that why did Jesus, “immediately” “made” the disciples get into the boat in such a hurry.

1. The excitement of the disciples and the of the crowd could have spurred into the initiation of the Messiah, but yet it was not that time yet

2. He wanted to pray – after a miracle of feeding the multitude who wouldn’t want to come before the father and thank him?

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Jesus told them that He would meet them on the other side…

The disciples were thinking, “where are you going,” “why are you leaving us here all alone”. Same thought comes to mind that whenever a trial or situation arises, the boat starts shaking, the wind tossing our life around we start asking God where are you?

– I can imagine the thoughts of what happened to them last time while they were in the lake (Luke 8) But Jesus was with them asleep, so why did it matter this time?

Luke 8:22 ” Let us cross over to the other side of the lake, He wasn’t saying “Let us perish”

Jesus keeps His word, all of His words are promises but we have to activate those promises by walking in faith even when the worst of the worst becomes visible.

Your life is in His hands, you are not the captain, He is the captain. He will show you the way through this journey called life.

What happens when you become captain?

– Self fails
– Lost direction
– follow feelings
– exhausted

It is like the disciples had forgot about the words before they left shore ” I will go before you and meet you on the other side” 

It’s during these times that our faith becomes strengthened if we let him…

James 1

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

It would have been more beneficial for the disciples to cry out to Jesus instead of rowing against the waves.

How many times have you tried to fix the problem rather than asking Jesus for help?

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What faith is: A Resource of Power

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  A Resource of Power

Noah’s power to live triumphantly among his unbelieving contemporaries was a triumph of grace and faith. No man could be expected to find in himself the resources to live as he lived. He had the power to take decisive action as his society drifted toward self – destruction. He exhibited the power to make incisive declarations to those who did not heed what he was saying. He kept on saying it nevertheless. He had the power to show an alternative attitude to that which prevailed among the people of his day. He walked a lonely road. Many years ago I saw a magnificent tapestry in a home for recovering alcoholics in Germany. It was a picture of a stream with a shoal of fish heading one way and a solitary fish swimming in the opposite direction. Underneath were the words: “Any dead fish can float downstream – it takes a live one to swim against it.” Noah through his faith had resources of strength to be a live one!

The Only Resource

It amazes me how Noah did not get distracted during his time of building the ark, 120 days of doing repetitive work would be insane, being mocked at everyday by the people would be enough for anyone to become unglued but Noah kept on, not letting anything or anyone get in his way, how, why? It was the will of God for Noah and His resource was God not within his own abilities. We may think sometimes that our lives of broadcasting Christ is repetitive, but that’s the way its supposed to be. When we get distracted by the cares of this world and ______________ (insert your distraction’s) can lead us into a place of solitary confinement within ourselves that blocks out the will of God. When we depend on our resource we become stagnated and brittle, breaking apart at every little distraction that comes our way unless we rely on His resource the Holy Spirit to keep us full of His power, His strength, in order to do the impossibilities.

 
 
In the beauty of His majesty,
 Who reminds me of His grace,
Has rescued me beyond my own capabilities.
My strength failed & so did my pride.
My ambitions, my views on life were crushed
My dignity & selfish ways were exposed for me to proclaim Him
As the only resource of my life. – Gary F.
 
 
“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:8 ESV
 
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