I got this! God

  • The history of mankind has largely centered around a battle for the mind.
    What a person thinks is of utmost importance: “He who rules his spirit [is
    better] than he who takes a city” (Proverbs 16:32). “As he thinks in his
    heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Words or phrases relating to the mind, such
    as mind, thoughts, the understanding, or the heart occur frequently in Scripture.
    God wants to control our minds; so does Satan.
    The Bible describes the unbelieving mind as “hostile to God” (Romans 8:7,
    NIV), blinded because of sin (2 Corinthians 4:4), and morally defiled (Mark
    7:20–22). Even Christians should guard against developing “an evil heart of
    unbelief” (Hebrews 3:12). The Bible also mentions the “carnal” or worldly
    mind (Romans 8:6), which can characterize even Christians.
    We had a guest speaker in church this past Sunday and, in part, he talked about when Jesus and then Peter walked on the water:
    Matthew 14:23-31 – … later that night, he (Jesus) was there alone,
    24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
    25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
    26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
    27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
    28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
    29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
    30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
    31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
    Why didn’t they recognize Jesus? It was dark? The wind was “buffeting”? They believed then, as many do now, that the “spirits” of the ancestors visited the living. They were exhausted? How many times do we not recognize Christ working in our lives? Jesus obviously knowing their fear “immediately” calls out to them! Even if they couldn’t recognize Him physically … they would know His voice! How did they know His voice? They spent time with Him. Even without caller ID we typically know who is calling us once we hear their voice. The only way to know His voice is to spend time with Him through prayer and His word. What really caught my attention was how we act very much like Peter when Christ calls us to do
    something! Each of us my respond differently at different times or may act in all of these ways at some point during our walk of faith. How many times have we said, “God, if you will only (insert whatever thing you want God to do) then I will …? I love how Jesus didn’t rebuke Peter or call him out for asking, but simply
    said “Come!”
    I often think about how ridiculous my request/prayers must sound to God, but then He reminds me to just “Come!” After Jesus calls him to come out of the boat, I wonder how long it took Peter to actually go? I am absolutely the WORST at procrastinating … not in the “just to procrastinate” way, but in what my cousin calls “Paralysis of analysis”! I analyze EVERYTHING to death! I miss really great deals because I am researching every store in the world who might have the item and save me pennies!!! I get the what ifs. What if it doesn’t work? What if I am no good at this? Jesus says, “What if you are?” or better yet “follow My lead and I will equip you with everything you need!” Jesus doesn’t call the equipped … he equips the called!
    I wonder when Jesus said, “Come” if Peter already had one foot out of the boat as Jesus finished his word? Many people jump at every opportunity that comes their way without regard for the consequences. Or, they do their due diligence, step out and THEN start to get the “what ifs”! Peter asked Jesus to let him walk to Him and Jesus did. Peter was STANDING ON THE WATER just like he asked! Where did the fear or doubt come from? He saw the wind … but it already had been windy? What causes us to doubt? Past experience? Words from others? I can think of
    so many times when God has placed people or situations directly in front of me and I didn’t “see” them until sometime later!
    There are so many analogies and parallels that can be made here and I am obviously no theologian, but I can look back in my life and see how I responded many times in each of these ways. If we read a little further, in the next verse it says, “32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33
    Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are
    the Son of God.”
    Through the chaos and the storms when you feel like you can’t even look up (or recognize Christ in your midst) … listen for His voice! Get to KNOW His loving, kind and strong voice by spending time in his word and being fed in your local church body!
    As I was finishing this up and praying, God reminded me of this billboard I saw:
    I got this

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