God Desires Relationship

woman looking at the crossThe book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament was written in the years leading up to the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians. Throughout this book, God shows his people he desires relationship with them. Yet, the people refused to humble themselves in the Lord’s sight, get rid of their idols, and worship God alone.

God gave the people plenty of time, plenty of warnings, and plenty of opportunities to turn from their wicked ways, repent, and be restored. But they wouldn’t listen.

The people exchanged the glory of being in God’s presence for worthless idols made by their own hands. They abandoned the Lord and embraced idols. God pointed out to the people they were the ones who turned their backs on him, yet, in times of trouble, he was the one they cried out to.

At one point, God told the people to cry out to the idols they made if they were so great. Let them save you. Which, of course, the idols were impotent to do.
The destruction that fell on Jerusalem was the people’s own doing. God is a just God. Not a capricious god. His prophets warned the people over and over and over. The people’s stubborn hearts refused to listen. Their destruction was because of their own choices.

As the Babylonians tightened the net around Judah, the people asked Jeremiah to pray to his God on their behalf. It’s interesting they didn’t say pray to our God. They stated they would do whatever the Lord said. Jeremiah knew better.

Jeremiah told the people they weren’t being honest. They would do whatever they wanted to do, just like always. They didn’t obey before. They wouldn’t obey now.

Just as God was patient with the Israelites, he is patient with us. God desires relationship. He desires we repent and turn from the things we’ve placed before him. God’s goal is restoration. Us to him. Him to us.

God wants us to come to him as our God. Because of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice we can. Even though our sins are as scarlet, just like those of the Israelite’s, God desires relationship with us.

We may not think we are worshiping any idols like the Israelites did, but is there anything we think about more than we think about God? Do we filter his words through our will instead of God’s, and distort his words to suit ourselves?

If so, it’s possible we might have an idol in our heart that needs removed. Then we can have a new heart that connects us with God’s heart.

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For you were not being honest when you sent me to pray to the Lord your God for you. You said, ‘Just tell us what the Lord our God says, and we will do it!’ And today I have told you exactly what he said, but you will not obey the Lord your God any better now than you have in the past. Jeremiah 42:20-21 (NLT)

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Where’s Your Ninevah?

statue of a man“Where’s your Nineveh? Where’s the place you never want to go?”

These are questions Priscilla Shirer asks in her book, Awaken.

We’ve heard the story of Jonah and his outright refusal to take God’s message of repentance to the barbaric Assyrians in the terrifying capital city of Nineveh. Who could blame him? Jonah knew what the Assyrians did to people they didn’t like. Especially people who were Israelites and followed the One True God. And it wasn’t pleasant or pretty.

We know Jonah ran away, boarded a ship, was tossed overboard, swallowed by a large fish, and spit out on dry land before he proceeded to Nineveh like God originally told him.

We know the Ninevites repented and Jonah pouted.

In Priscilla’s devotion she asks us to look at the places or people where God is calling us to go. Those Ninevites, if you will, who we don’t really feel comfortable around. Those people with a reputation for being pretty rough. The ones who are nothing like us at all.

She says if we want to see God’s harvest, then we need to say yes to his call. We need to go to our Nineveh. Priscilla says to say no “is to invite the chaotic distress and confusion that put Jonah in the belly of a great fish.”

It is to say, “Where you lead me, God, I will follow. Where you send me I will go.” However, putting feet to those words, requires something more than words. It requires action.

Where’s your Nineveh? Who are your Assyrians? Where do you feel God is calling you to go?

After you answer those questions, are you willing to go? Or like Jonah, will you run?

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But the very first day when Jonah entered the city and began to preach, the people repented. Jonah shouted to the crowds that gathered around him, “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” And they believed him and declared a fast; from the king on down, everyone put on sackcloth—the rough, coarse garments worn at times of mourning. Jonah 3:4-5 (TLB)

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Gratitude Finds a Way to Give Thanks

autumn leavesGratitude finds a way to give thanks. Do you believe it? That’s what the minister said this past Sunday leading up to Thanksgiving. He also mentioned the familiar verse of Paul’s; give thanks in all circumstances.

Well, moments earlier, as I prepared to leave the Sunday school classroom where I meet with the ladies in my class, something happened which, depending on your perspective, could be viewed as funny, humorous, crazy, embarrassing, or mortifying. However you might view it, the incident proved gratitude finds a way to give thanks.

Let me explain.

Our ladies’ class recently moved to a new classroom. In doing so, we gave up the closet where our curriculum and other belongings are kept. It’s a long story. At the end of our time together, I left the ladies and went to our previous room to retrieve our study guides for the upcoming quarter.

I returned to our room, passed out the books, and sat down for the closing prayer. When I stood to leave, I felt a very weird sensation on my legs.

When I looked down, I needed a minute to figure out what was on the floor. Encircling my feet was my half-slip. It had slid off my body when I stood. It really was funny, actually. I stepped out of the slip, picked it up, and somehow managed to cram it into my very small purse.

So, here’s where the minister’s message on gratitude finds a way to give thanks makes its way into this post and into my life.

·         My slip stayed put in our opening session of men and women before we dismissed to individual classrooms.  

·         When I went into our old classroom for the books, a man was already seated in the room waiting for his class to begin. My slip stayed where it was supposed to while I gathered our books and left that room.

·         My slip did not fall off while I was in the hall between the two classrooms.

·         My slip did not fall off as I walked between our classroom and the sanctuary to begin service. Besides being embarrassed if it had, I probably would have tripped with the thing around my ankles, and who can say how that would have ended? But from past experiences, I’m thinking a trip to the emergency room may have been in the mix.

·         My slip did not fall off in the service, nor did it fall off as I left the church building.

Instead of any of those less-than-optimal scenarios, God kept my slip in place until I stood up in a room among female friends. He provided enough space in my small purse for me to stuff the unmentionable. You need to understand, when I say small, I mean small. And most importantly, it was my slip which fell off, not my skirt.

As I think about what happened, I look beyond a fallen half-slip, and consider all the many reasons I have in my life for gratitude to find a way to give thanks.

What about you? How have you experienced ways for gratitude to find a way to give thanks in your life?

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I bless the holy name of God with all my heart. Yes, I will bless the Lord and not forget the glorious things he does for me.

He forgives all my sins. He heals me. He ransoms me from hell. He surrounds me with loving-kindness and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things! My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! He gives justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his will and nature to Moses and the people of Israel.

He is merciful and tender toward those who don’t deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever. He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for his mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him. For he knows we are but dust and that our days are few and brief, like grass, like flowers, blown by the wind and gone forever.

But the loving-kindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting to those who reverence him; his salvation is to children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant and remember to obey him!

The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything there is. Bless the Lord, you mighty angels of his who carry out his orders, listening for each of his commands. Yes, bless the Lord, you armies of his angels who serve him constantly.

Let everything everywhere bless the Lord. And how I bless him too! Psalm 103 (TLB)

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Is What I’m Hearing From God?

BibleIn her book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, Lysa Terkeurst suggests there are five key questions we should ask our self when we wonder, Is what I’m hearing from God?

  1. Does what I’m hearing line up with Scripture?
  2. Is it consistent with God’s character?
  3. Is it being confirmed through messages I’m hearing at church or studying in my quiet time?
  4. Is it beyond me?
  5. Would it please God?

Does what I’m hearing line up with Scripture? God will not tell us to do something that contradicts his Word. That sounds easy enough, but if we aren’t spending time reading and studying God’s Word, how will we be able to discern if what we’re hearing lines up with what God said? We have to know what the Scriptures say. Knowing the Scriptures doesn’t necessarily mean memorizing chapter and verse, it means reading the Bible for our self. As we read, ask what it says to us. Ask what it says about God.

Is it consistent with God’s character? God won’t tell us to do anything that doesn’t line up with who he is. A good starting point into God’s character is the list of the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Is it being confirmed? My cousin William always told me to look for three confirmations whenever I wonder how to proceed in something I feel God is saying to me. Yesterday, a verse of Scripture I read in my Sunday school lesson earlier that week popped up in four separate unconnected things I read. You think God’s trying to tell me something? I sure do. Now I need to figure out exactly what.

Is it beyond me? Do we sense God is calling us to do something beyond our ability? Something we can only accomplish through his strength? If so, this is an opportunity to watch him work through us. Think Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. That was way beyond Moses’ ability to be sure.

Would it please God? For this final question, I like how Lysa puts it. You see, if what you are doing pleases God, then even if what you thought you heard from him wasn’t his voice, you still please him. Pause and read that sentence again. As long as what we do pleases God, it’s all good, right?

In conclusion to Lysa’s list she adds, These five questions are your starting place. The more you practice listening for God’s voice, the more it becomes a natural part of your daily life. God wants you to hear from him.

How marvelous is that? The Creator God who spoke the world into being and knit us together in our mother’s womb wants a personal relationship with us. He wants us to hear when he speaks to us. He wants us to know we are loved, and know that his perfect love casts out all fear. Even the fear of stepping out in faith to do what he calls us to do.

Are there any of Lysa’s key questions you go to first when deciding if what you’re hearing is from God?

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But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless. Galatians 5:22-23 (TPT)

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Prime the Pump

hand water pumpAlthough my grandparents in Georgia had indoor plumbing, they also had an outdoor hand pump on the back porch. As someone who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D. C., that pump fascinated me. If you are unfamiliar with the way a hand pump works, you have to prime the pump first.

To do that, you pour a glassful of water into the pump. If not, it won’t matter how much you pump the handle, you won’t produce a drop of water from the well. Once the water starts to flow, you need to keep pumping the pump handle until you have all the water you want.

But one thing to remember, make sure you fill a glass with water for the next time before you quit pumping. That is extremely important. You can’t pump water if you don’t have that water to get it started.

By now you may be wondering where I’m going with this, so I’ll tell you.

Love.

In 1 John, John goes a little bit around in a circle to tell us as children of God, we must love one another, because God is love, and love comes from God. Sort of like the water in a hand pump. We can ask God to help us love others, but it isn’t until we make the effort to love that it will be accomplished. We have to use our glass of love that came from God’s well and prime the pump with it, so God’s love will flow through us to others.

God takes that little glass of love we reserved from the love he gives, and brings up love from his never-ending well for us to give to others. Before you know it, the love is pouring freely.

We could stand at that pump all day long, pumping our little hearts out, but unless we prime the pump first, experience the love of the Father, we won’t draw anything from our well.

If we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is made complete in us. That’s what John tells us.

As a child on my grandparent’s back porch, to my small arms, getting that water started was quite the chore. Sometimes, an older relative stepped in to help get the water flowing.

Sometimes, as a child of God, it is difficult to prime the pump to get the flow of love started. Especially when God calls us to love those who have hurt us, those co-workers or neighbors who drive us absolutely crazy, those who don’t share our religious belief, those who don’t share our values-political or otherwise. It can be difficult.

That’s when we call on the God who is love. The God who loved us first. The God who demonstrated his love for us the day he allowed his precious son to die in our place.

So, my friends, we may never have the opportunity to prime a hand pump to draw water, but since God so loved us, we do have the opportunity to prime the pump of his love and draw from his deep well. But when we do, it’s important to remember, you can’t pump water, or love, if you don’t have a glassful in the first place.

It’s a circle. God is love. Love comes from God. Since God loved us, we are to love others. If we love others, God lives in us, and his love is brought to fullness in us.

Have you ever primed a pump to draw water? If so, did you do it because you wanted to, or because you had to?

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Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven. 1 John 4:7-10 (GNT)

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Sandy

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Envy and Comparison

statues at palace

Envy and comparison are not new.

The writer of Psalm 73 dealt with envy and comparison. He began his psalm stating God is good to those whose hearts are pure. Then the psalmist admits his envy took him close to the edge of the cliff.

But as for me, I came so close to the edge of the cliff. My feet were slipping and I was almost gone. For I was envious of the prosperity of the proud and wicked. Yes, all through life their road is smooth. (2-4)

When the psalmist looked at the prosperous people around him, he couldn’t understand. Their lives looked trouble-free. Why did God allow the wicked to prosper? The psalmist wanted a life like that.

They aren’t always in trouble and plagued with problems like everyone else. It is so hard to explain it–this prosperity of those who hate the Lord. (5, 14)

As the psalmist struggled with his feelings, he went into the LORD’s sanctuary to meditate. There, he thought about the future of these evil people. While in God’s presence, the psalmist realized all wasn’t as it seemed.

Then one day I went into God’s sanctuary to meditate, and thought about the future of these evil men. What a slippery path they are on. Their present life is only a dream. They will awaken to the truth as one awakens from a dream. (17-18, 20)

With this realization, the psalmist saw himself as a stupid animal. He’d been envious and jealous, when all that matter was his relationship with the Father. God held the psalmist right hand. God would keep right on guiding him all his life. When the psalmist life on earth ended, God would receive him into the glories of heaven.

Whom have I in heaven but you? My health fails, my spirits droop, yet God remains. He is the strength of my heart. He is mine forever. (25)

God remains. He is our strength. He is ours forever. (26)

But those refusing to worship God will perish, for he destroys those serving other gods. (27)

But as for me, I get as close to him as I can! I have chosen him and I will tell everyone about the wonderful ways he rescues me. (28)

The writer of Psalm 73 figured out the cure for envy and comparison. Spend time with God. Realize the stupidity of envy. Acknowledge the faithfulness of God. Get as close to God as possible. And tell everyone about the wonderful ways God rescues.

What worked for the psalmist in combating envy and comparison centuries before Christ was born, works for us.

Whenever the twinge of envy raises its head, we should do what this psalmist did. Seek out God in his sanctuary. Draw close to the One who will never leave; the One whose opinion matters most.

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But as for me, I get as close to him as I can. I have chosen him and I will tell everyone about the wonderful ways he rescues me. Psalm 73:28 (TLB)

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Thwart the Enemy

Currently, I am reading a novel about World War II. Although the story has nothing to do with the resistance fighters of the war who often gave their lives to thwart the enemy, that’s what I’m thinking about today.

World War II freedom fighters did everything they could to defeat the enemy and stop the forces of evil. As I ponder those brave men and women, I wonder, to what lengths do we, as Christ followers, go to thwart the enemy, Satan, and stop his forces of evil?

The freedom fighters blew up bridges to keep the enemy from crossing and gaining ground. What are we willing to blew up to keep the enemy from gaining ground? Are we willing to remove the things in our lives which easily hand ground over to the enemy? Are we willing to get rid of the things in our lives which are contrary to God’s Word?

Resistance fighters flattened tires to slow down the enemy, and perhaps, gain time to warn those in harm’s way. Are we willing to do whatever it takes to slow down the enemy’s attempts to destroy others? Are we willing to warn others about Satan’s attempts on their life?

Those working in enemy factories often threw scraps of metal into the machinery to stop the assembly line production. Although the Bible can in no way be compared to scraps of metal, how often do we explain the Scripture to others to thwart the enemy, and slow down his attempts to create more chaos and condemnation?

Gasoline was siphoned from enemy vehicles. Gun powder was drained from explosives. Railways the enemy used were blown up. Telegram wires were cut. Weapons the enemy of God uses to advance his agenda of world domination need to have the power siphoned, drained, blown up, and cut to render them powerless.

To do that, we must put on the whole armor of God to withstand the enemy’s attacks. We must fill our lives with what is good, honorable, true, pure, and holy, and think on those things.

All of this, and much more, was done during World War II by resistance fighters to make sure the enemy was stopped.

Just like the brave men and women of the resistance groups of World War II, we face a powerful enemy, but not one who is invincible. We face an enemy who has already been defeated by the power of our Resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Victor of the Battle.

Jesus defeated hell, sin, Satan and death. The enemy has no power except what God grants.

To be sure, a war is being fought. The stakes are high. Everyday the enemy tries to advance and gain more ground. He is relentless in his pursuit of sowing evil. He will use any and all methods he feels necessary to meet his goal.

And as those whose Commander is the God of Heaven’s Army, we must use any and all methods necessary through the power of the Holy Spirit in us to make sure Satan fails.

What tactics do you use to thwart the enemy?

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Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. 1 Peter 5:8 (TLB)

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When God Provides

motel no vacancy signThere are dramatic stories of how God provided for someone’s needs when the situation seemed hopeless. 

No food in the cupboard and a bag of groceries appear on the doorstep.

The need for a transplant donor and one becomes available just in time.

Someone knows someone who knows someone and a job is secured before the last penny from the last paycheck has been spent.

While you may have never participanted in anything you’d call dramatic, I’m sure if you look back, you’ll see God’s hand always present, large or small, providing in ways only he can.

A time I feel for certain God provided for my parents, brother, and me was when we traveled back to the States from Panama after visiting Sissy and Chief in the Canal Zone.

The Miami, Florida hotel clerk informed my dad there were no available rooms. It was late, Dad, and the rest of us, were tired after our flight. This wasn’t the first hotel we’d tried to find a room at and the prospects for finding a room for the night did not look good.

As my dad turned away, the hotel clerk called him back. Seems he just so happened to have a room left after all.

Now, I know finding a hotel room does not rank up there with receiving a transplant donor, but the point I’d like to make is this. We need to keep our eyes open to see God’s hand at work in our lives.

There’s also been the time I thought I lost my wallet. Pilot and I looked all over and couldn’t find it. Until…I looked one more time in my purse, of all places, and there it was.

God doesn’t always work in dramatic ways, but he is always at work.

And don’t you think he’d appreciate it if we thanked him for the things we consider small, just as much as we thank him for the things we consider big?

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And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NLT)

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It Is Never Too Late To Do God’s Will

older man with sonHave you ever felt like perhaps it’s too late to do God’s will?

In Christine Caine’s book, Unexpected, she relates the story of Caleb, showing it is never too late to do God’s will.

Right now, in this season of my life, I’ve questioned whether it’s time to move on past certain dreams I’ve long held or keep pressing on. Christine’s recounting of Caleb pressing on even into his eighties, proves it’s never too late to pursue the call God has on our life.

We remember Caleb as one of two spies who, along with Joshua, entered the Promised Land, saw the giants, and announced, “No problem. With God on our side, we can take them. Those giants are gonna fall.”

Unfortunately, the people believed the fearful accounts of the other ten spies, refused to take the land, and wandered for another forty years in the wilderness.

Christine says:

During all those wilderness years, he kept believing. And he kept himself vitally alive — spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally — eager to possess what God had promised him. Over the course of four decades, he never let go of the promise that Hebron was his. His attitude was all in — he looked to the future with nothing but hope and courage.

Caleb never quit. He refused to allow himself to stop believing he’d reach the Promised Land, even after four decades of trying. He refused to sit back and rest on previous victories. He held firm to the belief it was never too late to see God’s promise fulfilled.

When Caleb was eighty-five years of age, Joshua gave him the land of Hebron as the Lord commanded. But first, Caleb had to drive out three clans of the descendants of Anak. That fierce giant who stopped the Israelites from entering forty years earlier.

Caleb was prepared to take his rightful place in the Promised Land.

He put in the hard work to reach it.

He didn’t give up when opposition pressed against him.

He could have retired and let others fight the battles, but he didn’t.

He fought for his Promised Land.

How willing are we to keep fighting, and truly believe it’s never too late to do God’s will?

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Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” Numbers 13:30

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Walk on Water

row boat on waterAndrew Peterson wrote a song which said, “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.” Shortly after, books popped up with the same title, based on the Bible story of Peter walking to Jesus on water.

How many of us would love to have the faith to walk on water? But there’s a catch. In order to walk on water, we’ve got to haul our self out of the safety of the boat. We have to take that first scary step into liquid.

We remember the story of Jesus walking on the water to the disciples’ boat during a storm. At first glance, the disciples believed he was a ghost. When Peter realized it was the Lord, he decided to get out of the boat and walk across the water to him.

All went well until the waves began to lap around Peter’s knees, and he took his eyes off Jesus.

Jesus asked Peter, “Oh, ye of little faith. Why did you doubt?”

Why did he doubt? Why do we doubt? Why was his faith small? Why is our faith small?

In Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker, he says, The key to getting out of the boat is hearing the voice of God. If you’re going to get out of the boat in the middle of a lake in the middle of the night, you better make sure that Jesus said, “Come.” But if Jesus says, “Come,” you better not stay in the boat.

I used to be rather fearless, but I’m not so inclined these days. Decades ago a friend and I climbed up an open look-out tower on a small Native American mound on an island in the middle of the St. John’s River in Florida.

As we approached the top, I stopped and latched onto the metal rail like my life depended on it, bent forward, and waited for the earth to stop shaking. Vertigo, compliments of an inner ear nerve imbalance, gripped my body and I knew for sure I was going to careen to the ground in a broken heap.

My friend looked at me, asked if I was okay, then said, “I’ve never known you to wimp out of anything before.”

Just as my vertigo prevented me from going any further up that ladder to see the view only possible from way above the ground, our fear oftentimes stops us from climbing to the heights Jesus wants us to reach. It freezes us, and keeps us from putting one leg after the other over the side of the boat, and stepping on top of the water.

We wimp out.

Jesus wants us to experience a life of faith in him. He wants us to achieve more than we could ever imagine. He wants us to remember he is right here with us, holding our hand when the waves threaten to pull us under. He wants us to get out of the boat when he says, “Come.”

If we allow fear to keep us in our personal safe boat, we’ll never walk on water.

Are there times you’ve stepped out of the boat in faith, even when you were frightened?

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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?” Matthew 14:27-31 (NIV)

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