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Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)
TITLE: The Deep-end of Faith
By Richard Hicks
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Over the years I have learned to face my fears in many ways and once I got past the fearful stage I experienced the exuberance of water-waking-victory! Getting remarried was a big step for me. Moving from my home state was another giant step. Then there was the hassle of finding a new doctor and mental-health support group, but I slowly began coming out of my comfort zone. I opened up about my past, my paranoia, and depression, sharing how it had almost destroyed my life; soon I started experiencing an awesome peace like I had never before. Today I can say that I feel freedom for the first time in life.
Whatever we are called to do, God is simply asking us to get out of our boat, begin to walk, and He will do the rest.
I am sure Peter struggled within himself when God asked him to step out into the deep that day. While in the boat, I am also sure the disciples asked him what he was doing, but God had spoken, so he was going to look toward the prize. Later Peter preached to thousands leading them to salvation and those would then take the life-saving message for themselves and likewise share it with others. Acts 2:14-41 (NKJV)
Will there be times when we lose our focus and sink? Yes, I’m afraid that we are human beings and do err. We lose our perspective and have to refocus on Jesus Christ. He will always reach out and lift us up when it looks like we are drowning. There will be times when the wind blows us off course, but when we make the decision to obey God, nothing stands in the way but our fears. God gives us the strength for what He has called us to do.
Peter went on to do great things and so will I in God's great timing. There is so much I desire to do with my life. Just because I have been labeled with a disability and don't work doesn't mean that I am a couch potato watching TV all day long. God is raising me up as I let Him lead me into totally different situations that I have never been in before.
My story is not easy to tell. Sometimes I go into places where a stranger I come into contact with will ask me who I am, and where I work. Not only am I in a minority because I am a Christian, but I have a mental-health challenge as well. My whole life is really a lot about living outside of my comfort zone; therefore it is tough to always know how much to say when someone asks me questions. It is not always easy to know where to draw the line.
“Got an hour or two and I will tell you all about it, I think to myself."
Another area that God is pulling me out of my comfort zone is my writing. It was not easy re-living my testimony and typing it, but I did it. This whole ' fishy' subject makes me a bit squeamish, but I am here to say, 'When I step out in faith, even when it is scary; it is growing me and glorifying Jesus.'
One steps out and reaches into the very Zone of God when they step out into this kind of faith. Yes, God has a Zone; I really believe it. When you get there you will know. When we FEEL like fish out of water then we know we are going in the right direction.
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