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Sailing closer to the wind
by kevin hussey
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From One Boat to Another

All journey’s need to be worked out before you start out. Just imagine what it would be like if you just followed each moment as it occurred. The chances are that you would never arrive at any destination. That is why it is important to map out a course and plan for your life. If you plan you will at least accomplish something. Many people just go along the lines of it will happen if it is meant to be. But is that what God wanted for us, or is there more to life. This series of studies are designed to find out if there is more to this subject.

It starts with a choice, which boat are you in? In the New Testament there is a scene that not only shows this choice, but I believe hits the point on the head, about not only lives choices, but ultimately the eternal destiny of all man kind. The question that needs to be answered is where are you and I, in this plan, and most of all, can I get back on course with the divine plan for my life.

So lets get started with this study. Imagine your life so far as if it was a boat or a ship, no matter how old or young you are, life has already started, so the journey has begun. The world is as if an ocean, vast and full of opportunities. ( in the eyes of some) or it may be a place of great fear and tread. It may even be a place that makes you feel uncomfortable. No matter what your outlook is, it is there. And there is no avoiding it. What I want you to see in this study is that you have already labeled yourself. The kind of Boat (person) you have decided the limitation on what you can do, to the capabilities of that type of boat. The question is, is there more than that?


When you look around a harbor you see many types of boats and ships. I would like to use this scene to describe the many different types of people that we see in the world. There are those who see themselves as yachts, liners or as a dingy. Which one are you? Do you feel that you want adventure or do you feel safe within the harbor arms.

God sees people as they are meant to be, but we see ourselves by what we see. None of these are wrong or right, but I believe God will use each one to accomplish His will. The thing that needs to be answered is are you portraying yourself as the right kind of boat. Or has circumstances and people’s opinion labeled you that? Maybe God see you different? you just need to spend time to get closer to him, to get an understanding of how he sees you. Let’s see the passage that was mentioned earlier and see how two set’s of brothers where changed forever, but not only their lives but the lives of millions since.

Matthew 4:17-22

Then Jesus started preaching, “Turn back to God! The kingdom of heaven will soon be here.” While Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers. One was Simon, also known as Peter, and the other was Andrew. They were fishermen, and they were casting their net into the lake. Jesus said to them, “Come with me! I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish.” Right then the two brothers dropped their nets and went with him Jesus walked on until he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father, mending their nets. Jesus asked them to come with him too. Right away they left the boat and their father and went with Jesus.

Jesus, proclaimed Turn back to God! The kingdom of heaven will soon be here. There is a time coming, a time of change. You need to change your focus. Jesus said this because He was about to change the whole of history, this was the start of His ministry. What He said was A statement that things were never going to be the same. So where did He start? With a walk. It takes action to make things happen, that is why there has to be a plan, there has to be a destination. The word in the Greek for walk is peripateo { per-ee-pat-eh’-o} which means to make one’s way, progress, or to make due use of opportunities. That is why Jesus began to walk He was making the most of the opportunities in His life on earth. It takes a lot of courage to declare the truth that God has put into your life. But then to be obedient and step out to make it happen, that is another story. But if you want to see the fruit, of what God has for your life, then you need to start to walk.

Let’s see what happen when Jesus started to walk. He walked along the shore of Galilee. And came across two brothers, Fishing. Now what kind of boat where they in? It was one of work of achieving the needs of life. It was a boat of inheritance, their family inheritance. It was a boat that looked upon a life of work. It had no time for other visions. It was inward looking, it had no concern for others outside of family and their needs. Jesus looked out across the sea and He saw the two brothers and they were throwing their nets into the sea.

The word for throwing in the Greek is ballo { bal’-lo}. Which means to give over one’s care’s, to be uncertain about the results. Not caring where it falls. That was what the two brothers had done all their lives. They had got by, with a lot of hard work they achieved what the family and circumstances of life had expected from them. But that was about to change forever. Maybe at this time you are in a similar position you feel trapped by the circumstances and you are getting by.

But has God got something else in mind for your life? Have you heard from Him, yet you have not walked in obedience. Then it is never to late to get back on course. Listen again, to His voice and respond. That is what the brothers did. Jesus called out, “Come, follow Me”.

It was a command. It was Come here now. It was directly pointed, it had a destination. A new life, not to be fishermen catching fish, to keep the family fed. But a much vaster vision to feed thousand upon thousands of people. Maybe you have been called to fed more than what you see and experience at this moment in your life.

So how can we change the view that we have of ourselves and the view that other people have. There is only one way and that is to go back to the creator and see it from His perspective. The need to do this is the key to your success, in being who God wanted you to be. Looking at the scriptures it is evident from the very beginning, that he has a purpose for you.

Let’s look at it from Genesis onward. 1:26-28

God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures.” So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women. God gave them his blessing and said: Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth.

The reason that God created us was to be like Him, and that means that we are to be creative in our being. It says that we are to rule, the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures. Now you can see that the fishermen were not ruling the situation but where being conditioned by them. That is the very first thing that God said about man before creating him. It was before we were even created he purposed us to be successful.

Jeremiah 1:5

“Jeremiah, I am your Creator, and before you were born, I chose you to speak for me to the nations.”

God chose to create us to be successful, He chose us to have authority over the creation that He created. He wanted us to be a voice to the whole of creation. It was a wonderful thing that day when He created man. But as you and I know the devil took that away from us by deceit. But we do not have to be under that subjection anymore. Jesus claimed that all back at Calvary, on the cross. He has handed us our inheritance back. So the time has come to be what God wants you to be. Bold and courageous in all that we do. He wants us to take control of our environment's. To re-establish the creation, back to what it was designed to do and that is to magnify the Glory of our God. Not to be ruled by it’s conditions, but to release that awesome power of God that rests in the inside of each believer. It was there from the beginning and thanks to what Jesus did on the cross, it is available now. Acts 1:8-9

But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.”

This is what happens when you take back the authority in your situation, you claim back what Jesus died to release you for, to be the witness that God intended you to be from the very beginning. To tell everyone in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria and every where in the world. The illustration below is the meaning of this, and is the way that we are to claim our inheritance back.

Here are four area’s that we need to put back to it’s original state in the eyes of God. And I believe if we start to claim them back then we will be heading in the right direction, but most of all we will be placing ourselves into the right boat, with the proper equipment to get to our destination and that is with God, sharing in His riches and love.

JERUSALEM = In our homes, with those that we live with. The start of all change must begin with us, and those that we are closest to.

JUDEA = To those that are family outside of those that we live with. E.g. parents, grandparents, uncle’s and aunts.

SAMARIA = Those that live in the neighborhoods that we dwell in. The communities that we live in.

THE WORLD = To all those on the planet that we live on.

So if we go through this process of change, just imagine the difference that this will have , not only on our families but also on the entire earth. This I believe is where we need to look, if there is going to be any change in our time. The boat that you have chosen , or the one that others have labeled you as, condition’s your thinking and ultimately limits your success to be who God wants you to be. Why let the devil stop you. Start today to claim back what is rightfully yours.

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