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by esther robinson
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A daughter and her father kept watching a documentary. A scene appeared wherein a young man was found with his head on the railway track. Siren of an approaching train in the background made the father anxious. In curiosity, pointing to the player he shouted. “Get up young man. The train is coming on that track. Get up!” His daughter peeked into his eyes and said, “Daddy be cool.” “Oh my God! Hey! You fellow get up. It is coming very fast. Look! He is still on the track.” He kept yelling in anxiety. “Papa! I told you not to worry. He is the hero and would not get killed.” “How did you know that?” “I have already seen the end at grandma’s home.” This incident may be insignificant but it conveys a profound truth. It reminds us that God has our physical frame inscribed in His palm.

Second Step in Spiritual Life

Life is not always smooth sailing. Darkness appears whether liked or disliked. You are aware of the fact that if light exists then darkness does coexist. Likewise if heaven is there then earth is also found and for that matter if Jesus is there, Satan is also active around. On a certain day, as dawn disappeared dusk smiled. Jesus spoke to His disciples. “Let us cross over to the other side.” It is absolutely true that all of us are called for crossing over from this temporary tent to the Beulah land that is on the other side of the sea of life. None is spared from this voyage. However, one has to lose sight of this shore to enter into the next step of the spiritual realm. One can expect nothing from a boat or ship that is anchored. Only a sailing ship brings delight. Therefore, aspire in faith and launch out into the second step of your spiritual life.

Leave little boats.

What should one do in order to advance in spiritual growth? Disciples of Jesus had to leave the multitude and smaller boats to take the journey along with their Master. Today, we are called to be on board in that ship where Christ is the captain. Leaving smaller boats is not that easy. By smaller boats I mean, ‘temporary desire to see a filthy movie, temptation to hold the first cigarette in hand yielding to peer pressure’ and various other acts such as these that offer transient pleasure. Leaving little boats behind is very difficult but you are expected to do that to travel with the Creator.

Problems being constant, decisions differ.

One has the choice of going in a boat all alone or along with Christ. Going alone means depending on one’s own strength. Prophet Jonah fled from the presence of God knowing His awesome power. However, the disciples of Jesus chose to be with their Master. Both Jonah and the disciples faced a storm. Problems befall everyone immaterial of whether you undertake the voyage with or without Jesus Christ. On the contrary, the fact remains that you can take these problems in a much better stride with Jesus Christ on your boat than while depending on your might. “Not by might, nor by power but by My Sprit” says the Lord. With problems being a constant, your decision in boarding that boat where Christ is the Captain makes all the difference in life. Facing problems for Christ’s sake alone is life while enduring without Christ is emptiness all by itself.

Severe Storm

A certain young violinist dreamt of becoming a music director in the film industry. He never left any stone unturned to make his dream come true. However, all his efforts were like a wild goose chase. Finally one day Jesus Christ drew him to his side. “Would you use the talents that I gave you for My glory?” This question put an end to his dreams, He gave his heart to Jesus Christ and started walking in His ways. That is when the storm started in his life. Even without his knowledge his father with the help of influential people got a full-time lucrative job as a violinist in one of the leading channels of repute. The young man had to take a stand between following Christ-the heavenly Father and obeying his earthly father. Looking at this from view point sound s something but we know from the Bible, “for with God nothing is impossible.” Taking stand for Christ during severe storms strengthens a soul for the next step of the journey. Today, he is an instrument of glory in God’s hand.

Wrong address

On a busy road, towards month end policemen were found checking the vehicles. Having left other vehicles, he stopped a particular car driven by a certain servant of God. With authority he asked, “License.” The man handed it to him politely. He thoroughly examined the book expecting to find some flaw but could find nothing. He then saluted and let go the car muttering “wrong person”. Satan may send severe storms to attack or even capsize your boat. However, on knowing that Christ is the Captain of your boat he would leave in dismay muttering “wrong address”. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)

Creator converses with creation

At times Satan does the good job of making believers who grow cold in Christ by throwing problems into their lives. When arrows of affliction attack they cry out to Christ for shelter. Through problems one understands the power of Christ who although is in the same boat remain unrecognized until affliction reach the summit. When one recognizes the awesome power of someone supernatural in them that is what causes the Creator to converse with creation. Jesus arose, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace ,be still!” Wind ceased and there was a great calm. Here we see Christ commanding and speaking with the sea. The sea also obeys the Master’s instruction immediately. What prayer cannot bring about is possible with implicit obedience. Bible says, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”

Today, no matter what you are faced with cheer up for Christ is in your boat. He will manifest His power when you take a stand for Him, stepping out in faith to venture into the next step of your spiritual life, making the choice of being in the boat wherein Christ is, aware of the fact that storms would arise but being equipped to put to shame the devil and make him utter “wrong address.” Rejoice remember that Christ has the power of declaring the end from the beginning.

Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying , "My counsel shall, And I will do all My pleasure, Isaiah 46:10

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