Is it possible?

Is it possible?







With man it may not be. But with God, all things are possible. If you’re reading this post it’s probably because you don’t have the foundation of faith, have little faith, or you’re doubting. I am not saying this to condemn you, but to show compassion. I know what it’s like to live with fear, worry, anxiety and doubt, so much so, that I couldn’t sleep at night. I know what it’s like to be sick, and not know if I would live. I know what it’s like to be broke, so broke, I didn’t have food to eat. I know what it’s like to live in sin, and wonder if I could ever be righteous. I also know what it’s like to think I have faith, walk out in faith, and I didn’t have enough faith to carry me through.

Before continuing to read this post, I encourage you to read the post I wrote called The Foundation of Faith [http://www.thegraceandfaithpodcast.com/2018/12/why-it-is-not-working.html].

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible, that the Holy Spirit used to teach me why things don’t work out as God plan it to, is when Peter walked on water. Before I dissect Matthew 14:24-28, please read it OUT LOUD.

“But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.”

Now that you read those verses, I am going to dissect it. My comments are bolded.

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. [Have you ever been in a situation, and you feel/think everything is going against you? Nothing seems to be working out? You feel like God doesn’t hear you?  That is what the waves and wind represent. If you’re focused on the wind and waves, that should be your signal to STOP, and seek God. It means that something is wrong with your foundation of faith]

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. [Have you ever seen something or heard something? But wasn’t sure if it’s God giving you a sign? Or if it’s the enemy trying to trick you? If you’re not sure it means that something is wrong with your foundation of faith. STOP, and seek God]

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. [So let’s say, you hauled and checked your foundation and faith and Jesus said, fear not son/daughter for it is I. I am calling you to leave your job; I am calling you into ministry; I am calling you to move to another state. In order to get you where I want you to go, do not fear!!!]

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. [So you received the confirmation from Jesus, and Jesus gave you the forewarning DO NOT FEAR, because he knows that only he can get you to where he wants you to be. So, you step out in faith (e.g. you quit your job without having another, you move to a country to start a church without knowing anyone), and the first step is super easy, but then...]

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, [But then, Satan throws a stumbling block your way to get you to doubt. "But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord." Maybe, after you quit your job, you had a interview at a great company and you didn’t get the new job, maybe you moved across the country to start a church, and it’s been 3 months of silence from God. You started to fear, because instead of casting your cares on the Lord, you carried the cares by looking at the problem instead of the possibilities of God. What do you do?]

he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? [STOP, and seek God. Something is wrong with your foundation of faith. When Peter feared, Jesus caught him, after Peter cried out. Likewise, you need to stop and cry out to God and he will catch you and give you direction. Let’s say you’ve quit your job because Jesus called you to, and you didn’t get the job at the new and better company. Knowing that Jesus told you to leave your job, if you go back to that job that you left out of fear, you will no longer be in God’s plan; you’ll be miserable and wonder why God is not blessing you. Let’s say instead of going back to your other job, out of fear you doubt the word of God, and you react to the stumbling blocks that Satan threw your way, so you accept whatever comes your way, a new job that pays well but it will take you away from time with God. You may not find one and not be able to pay your bills, and if you do find a new job, if it’s not where God called you, you’ll keep repeating this same cycle. In this example, you would have started out in God plan, but not have finished in Gods plan. Then you may wonder why the things of God doesn’t work for you. It’s because when things got tough, you walked by what you saw, heard, thought, and felt instead of walking by faith.]

And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.” [After Jesus caught Peter, Peter believed that Jesus would not allow his problems (the wind and the waves) to overcome him. When you truly trust God, you will cast your cares on the Lord, despite what’s going on around you, you will be peaceful because you are no longer carrying your cares. If you are still worrying, stressed, anxious, it is because you are allowing the spirit of FEAR to overcome you and the plans God have for you.]

I believe that the wilderness is a time of testing. Some wilderness experiences can last a day, some can last 40 days, and others years. It depends on your faith!!!! These wilderness experiences are needed, as it helps to produce perseverance and increases our faith in Jesus (Romans 5:4). Jesus had a wilderness experience (Matthew 4:1-11). The Israelite's had a wilderness experience (Joshua 5:6). We will all have wilderness experiences. For years I prayed to have peace despite the situations/and circumstances that are going on around me. The bible let’s us know that just because we will be tested, doesn’t mean that we cannot have perfect peace. When you praise God during a trial is when you have faith, when you thank God for the trial before you see the manifestation of the promise, you have faith.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. James 1:2-5

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:6-7

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