"If you have faith the size of a grain of a mustard seed, mountains will be removed out of their place and cast into the sea. amen.
If so, then what would happen if you had "UTMOST" faith?"
And the Lord asked again, "And how many do you actually know today that has faith EVEN the size of a grain of a mustard seed?"
"Honestly, Lord" I said in my own humble, small voice, "No, not one. Not even myself"
And again the Lord spoke, in his still small voice, in the most loving, yet authoritative way, "O ye of little faith"
Therefore, I call him also, "The Master, and our teacher." I found that he doesn't criticize us in any way that would harm our relationship with him. First, he lets us see where we truly are, and then teaches us how to get where we should be.
Similar to Peter, who attempted to walk on water. Many of us start out this way. We believe at the very beginning, that we can do miracles, accomplishing really big things. We're so gung-ho for Jesus. Until our faith is tried, often put to the test and God tries the reigns of our hearts.
Suddenly, the waves start crashing in, and the troubled sea starts bearing down on us. We begin to see ourselves as a sinking vessel. We may feel a certain "let down" effect on our spirituality. It's as though lead has been poured in our feet. Seemingly, get anxious for nothing. We may even have our regrets for jumping out there to begin with.
So happy we should be. Those that have made that commitment. Once we begin walking by faith, even by such very little faith, should we see ourselves sinking deep into a sea of dispair, realize the Lord Jesus was wonderful cause of our faith. My friends, Jesus is the only answer. He is there all the time, on time, never leaving us nor forsaking us.
We saw Jesus walking towards us, drawing us. He called us to be in a place where we have no where else to turn, and no one else to rely on.
We can't go back, we can't go forward, and we certainly can't get back on top of it all (the water) without Jesus.
Peter learned this lesson that day:
I Peter 5:6-7 KJV Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
casting ALL your cares on him: for he cares for you.
exalt: to lift up, raise up
James 4:10 KJV Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
and Jesus taught us:
Matthew 23:12 KJV And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
What Jesus did for Peter, he will do for me, you and a multitude of others. I am so thankful that Jesus Christ is the cause of our faith. Therefore, he won't let us sink back down into the depths, nor will he let us drift too far from him. He's always before us, in our present situation and within our sight. He will RAISE US UP in due time.
He teaches us how we can rely on him by faith, humbling and submitting ourselves under his mighty hand and calling on the name of the Lord.
In Christ we certainly have the ability to walk on the water, with him holding onto our hand. Leading and guiding us into all righteousness. A lesson for us all.
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Quite to the point... loved it. It seems we all follow peter's example in a way, as the wave become troublesome we tend to over look themost important thing. In the power of the Lord we were walking on that water... May God's blessing be with you always. .....JESUSPUPPY
After writing "Prayer by the Sea" and receiving your encouraging response, I found this one in your archives. I say a hearty AMEN! to everything you're said here! Our God certainly does empower us to 'walk on the water'! Blessings, Linda O.