IMMEDIATELY…

Matthew 14:28-33  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.  “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.”  (my emphasis).

Peter did something the other eleven did not do, he got out of the boat.  I wonder if you or I were there – would we have had the courage to ask Jesus the question Peter did and then do what Jesus said.  I like to hope I would but can’t really say for sure.

The problem for Peter began when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the wind and waves around him.  And if we would admit it – we sometimes do the exact same thing.

Yet, when Peter cried out to the Lord – IMMEDIATELY –  He reached out and took hold of Peter and kept Him from going under.  Thank you Jesus, that you still do that today for us.

Many times I have focused on the issues or problems I have encountered rather than the One who can help me get through.  I have tried to ‘fix’ things myself, figuring that if I could just control things a little they would straighten out.  But like Peter, I have then had to cry out to Jesus to save me.

Immediately, Jesus has been there to help.  It has not always been the way I expected or maybe even the way I wanted but He was there.  He has never let me go under.

If you have a relationship with Him – He won’t let you go under either!  He hears your cries – IMMEDIATELY and reaches out to catch you.  That’s a promise!

 

 

 

Lonely is Raw…

I was 33 years old when I began attending the University of Arizona.  Older than most.  Married with 2 children.  Not your typical University student.

lonely

I can honestly say in all my years, this was the loneliest place I had ever been.  Surrounded by hundreds of people but not fitting in.  Listening to snippets of conversation but never talking.  Understanding the reasons I wasn’t ‘included’ but still feeling left out.

Have you ever been in that place?  Does it ring a bell?

Now, I’m not talking about being alone.  Sometimes I just really love to be by myself.  But did you realize you can feel lonely even if you’re around people you know?  Even if you’re laughing, talking, having a good time?  You can be lonely when all the world around you think you have it all together.  It’s an internal emotion ~ a feeling and can be one of the most terrifying, oppressive feelings you can have.

Here’s the point I am getting to – if you start to feel all of these ‘yucky’ feelings.  If the ‘inside’ of you begins to feel lonely, depressed, oppressed, or terrified just remember ~ if you are a child of God, you really are never alone.

Paul said it best:  “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”  2 Corinthians 4:8-10.

I know…sometimes you just want some ‘skin’ on Jesus.  You would really like to see Him with your eyes.  You just want to be able to reach out and touch Him.  How do I know this?  Because I have felt the same way.

Well right now, His skin is the Bible.  If negative emotions begin to creep into your life, get in His word.  Let Jesus comfort you in that way.  Listen to what He has to say.  Surround yourself with people who believe they way you do.  Find at lease one person you can trust to tell what you’re feeling, what you’re going through.  Don’t let your emotions, your feelings keep you isolated.

And if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, ask Him into your heart.  Ask Him to forgive your sins and dwell in you and keep you.  He will replace the ‘lonely’ feeling with His love and peace.  There is nothing in this world better than that!

One of my favorite verses is found in Joshua 1:9 and I think it fits rather well in this little piece.

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

He is with us no matter what.  He loves us.  He gives us comfort and peace.  He takes the loneliness away ~ if we let Him.

Relief for loneliness is spelled ~ JESUS!

Power Shortage???

Jeremiah 32:17 (AMP) 17 Alas, Lord God!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You–

 Acts 1:8 (NIV8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…

Have you ever been at work and your electricity shuts off?  What about at home when you’re cleaning, cooking – has it happened there.  It has to me.  Power would blink on and off…or stay on for a short time before going out again.  You can’t get anything accomplished because you don’t know when or if the electricity is going to be restored.  You need electricity to run office machines, computers, household items – just about everything.

God’s power is not like that!  It never shorts out…it never cuts off…it is always running through the circuits.  Jeremiah talks of the power that was used to create our universe and how nothing is too hard for our God.  And then in Acts 1:8; Jesus Himself, tells the disciples that this same power will be sent down to us in the person of the Holy Spirit.

If we believe this then…why do we doubt…why do we fear…why do we want to ‘throw in the towel’ when the road gets rough.  As sons and daughters of the living God…as brothers and sisters of Christ, this power is also available to us.  There is nothing we can’t accomplish.  The victory is already ours through the power of our Father in Heaven.

My prayer is that I never forget that as God’s child I have available to me His power…that with that power I become more and more bold for my Savior…that any doubts or fears I have become less and less with the power of the Holy Spirit in me.  How about you?

 I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.