Archive for July, 2012

In Whom Do You Trust?

Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” (John 6:5-7 NLT)
Jesus tested Philip’s faith and then responded to his doubt by performing a miracle of multiplication to provide food for 5000 people without the use of money. Jesus also tests our belief in His power over our own self sufficient ability to earn money. God can perform miracles independent of our current finances earned through our own efforts. Philip the Apostle was never mentioned again in the Bible after Jesus ascended to heaven. The Lord cannot use people who doubt His power. It is impossible to please God without faith. (Hebrews 11:6 NLT) Trust in God’s power in times of limited resources and He will supernaturally intervene on our behalf for His glory.


Step Out

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Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
(Matthew 14:28-31 NLT)
The Lord tests our faith by calling us to take a step in the direction of the impossible which will defy the laws set in the natural realm. The waves of doubt and the winds of fear represent obstacles for the power of God working in unbelievable ways in our lives. Faith is a step towards our uncertainty. In the natural realm Peter as a fisherman was familiar being within the safety of his boat. In the spiritual realm of faith Peter stepped out of what was normal and natural by the world’s standards. We like to live in the comfort and security of the intellect letting human reasoning or logic govern our every decision but faith gives freedom to the spirit of man to step out into the supernatural depending 100% on the power of God.


Speak To Your Storm

The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
(Mark 4:37-40 NLT)
The disciples doubted their ability to arrive safely to their destination on the other side of the lake even with the very presence of the Lord Jesus with them. Jesus responded to their doubt by speaking to the storm to take authority over it. Jesus arose from deep within the boat and calmed the storm. Jesus resides deep within our spirit and when we awaken Him with prayer He rises to the level of our conscience intellect to calm the storms of anxious thoughts. The Lord has a specific destiny planned for every one of our lives. We use our physical bodies as vessels to cross over to the other side of life’s lake into eternity. To arrive safely we must activate our faith by taking authority of the fierce storms of our situations and speak the promises of God’s word without doubting.


This Lake Called Life

But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
Mark 4:37-38
Our physical bodies are like boats transporting our souls to the other side of this lake called life. Always remember that Jesus is in the back of our vessels steering us towards our destiny. Jesus already new the storm was coming and the boat was going to take on a little water so he raised His head on a cushion to comfortably rest and not get wet. The cushion would also protect His head from the fierce rocking of the boat. We are all going to pass through a few storms in this lake called life. Let us position our heads on the cushion of the promises of God’s Word to protect us from the waves of doubt and comfortably rest in His presence casting all of our cares on Him along the journey.


The Immovable Rock

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:6-8 NIV)
Blown and tossed by the waves of the sea on a stormy day makes us sea sick and ruins our day. Blown and tossed by the waves of fear or doubt makes our faith sick lacking power in our prayers which ruins our lives. We pray in faith by putting our trust in the immovable rock of God’s Word.


The First Step

“if sinners entice you, Do not consent. do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path”
(Proverbs 1:10, 15 NKJV)
We decide where we step and in which direction to walk along life’s path. Following the wrong people ruins the destiny that God has chosen for us to reach. We walk in destiny’s blessings by choosing the first step in faith towards the Lord Jesus and then in every other step we follow Him.


The Best Question

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. (Jeremiah 33:3 NLT)
The best form of learning is through experience. A lesson becomes alive when we live it ourselves. We experience all the thoughts and emotions that are generated by actively making decisions to solve problems that arise. The Lord Jesus is the best teacher in the universe. Sometimes the Lord permits situations to occur in our personal lives to provide a learning opportunity in order to demonstrate the application of God’s Word in managing the dilemma. Rather than complaining and asking God why a problem has come or immediately asking Him to remove it the best question to ask is; “Lord what can I learn from Your Word to overcome this?” We learn to be like Christ in the understanding and application of His Word through real life experiences.


Need to Know?

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
(Romans 8:5, 6 NIV)
Many people look for answers to life’s difficult decisions gathering information from the natural realm as they experience daily circumstances. These simple physical confirmations are often accepted in accordance to the impulses, desires and wishes of the flesh. Making important decisions using this carnal strategy fails as we walk out of God’s perfect plan for our lives choosing instead to follow our own selfish instincts. True discernment of God’s will is revealed through His Word by His Spirit. So if we need to know, to God’s Word we shall go!


The Secret Place

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
(Psalm 91:1 NKJV)
Dwelling in the secret place of the Most High is living submerged in uninterrupted prayer and worship of the Living God. This communion protects us from all enemies and shelters us in times of trouble. Residing in the intimate fellowship with our Creator becomes a refuge to deliver us in victory from every evil scheme. Here in this place the truth of God’s Word is revealed giving us courage without fear. A long and satisfying life with honor and promotion comes from abiding in Him. It is in the secret place we find our resting place of salvation in Jesus Christ for eternal life.


Passing Through

Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.
(Psalm 90:12 NLT)
The days quickly turn into years as time stops for no one. The Bible says people sweep away like dreams that disappear.They are like grass that springs up in the morning. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered. (Psalm 90:5, 6,NLT) Every minute that we have is a blessing from the Lord. When we realize how fast life goes by we would not want to waste even one thought worrying or one breath complaining. It is wiser to invest in our eternal life with the Lord in which we will no longer be subject to time then striving for a day that passes away.


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