Tuesday, May 3, 2016

To God Be The Glory 5

"God isn’t going to calls you to something and then leave you unprotected.  He will protect you. 

It’s not that you don’t have to go through the storms or turmoil of life, God allows that.  But in it He is with us to carry you through, talking you through.  By faith you hear the voice of God telling you it is going to be all right.  “Be of good cheer, it is I; be not afraid.”

Now this concept of having and exercising your faith in times of turmoil is much easier said than done.  You are supposed to trust God through it, but it requires more than a little faith.  You are supposed to take God at His Word and trust Him, but you might be a lot like Peter.

V28 “And peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”

If it be thou?  Lord, if you are in it, prove it.  This kind of doubt is all too frequent.  I call it the ‘If thou be of God, prove it syndrome’.

Who is supposed to be testing who here?  It seems that despite all that God does and has done in your life, there is always still a little room for doubt. 

Jesus sends His disciples out into the sea.
They are caught up in the storms of life.
He speaks the Word of comfort/blessings/prophesy to them, and they still doubt.

Jesus calls you to a mission or goal or purpose for your life.  He speaks into it comfort/blessings/prophesy and you still doubt.

Is there any cure for us, who know Jesus Christ personally, we love Him and worship Him and follow Him and doubt Him.
This ought not to be.  You must not let doubt win.  Wait, I hear the voices of those who blame satan for their doubt.  It is easy to blame satan for stealing your joy and your peace, for confusing you and distracting you.
It is easier to blame satan than to stand strong in the face of all odds and holding fast to your faith.

I believe that most of our doubt is because we really aren’t that loyal or obedient to God to hang in there for the long haul and fight the good fight of faith.

When Peter said, “If it be Thou”, he was not exercising faith, he was exercising doubt.

V29 “And he said, Come.

Before we go any further, I want to plant a seed of faith.  The moment that Jesus says, “come” or “give ye them to eat”, from that very moment Jesus
Makes it possible
He gives you the provision
He protects you  
He gives you power – supernatural intervention
To accomplish what He called you to do.
Whatever it is that God is calling you to do – you will accomplish it, 
If you accept, by faith, the invitation
Stay loyal and committed to it
You will accomplish it
It will come to pass
You will finish the race"

  Excerpt from To God Be The Glory by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2016

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