Walking On Water: The Effect of Risk!
Matthew 14:24-33 (The Message)
24-26 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.
27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”
28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”
29-30 He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”
32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”
Are you miserable where you are right now in life? Have you been repeating the same cycles for the last 5-10 years? Are you internally tired of watching others succeed, while it seems like you fall behind? Have you wondered what separates you from them? Why some people seem to succeed more than others?
If you've recently asked those questions, this blog is for you. You see, we all see and experience Gods blessings in one way or another, but then there are some people that seem to experience his prosperity (love, health, joy, peace, multiple advancement opportunities) in its fullness.
I've lived long enough to know that God is always blessing us. Sometimes in ways unexpected or even unnoticed, but his blessings are always available. Sometimes the issue is not that God isn't doing what we've asked or desired, sometimes the issue is we aren't taking the risk to receive what we've asked or desired.
Recently, I've reached a place in my life where enough is enough. I've declared that I will not live this life just to pay bills and have sporadic successes every now and then, but I want to experience the fullness of God's glory, blessings, and promises for my life. I hunger for signs, miracles, and wonders. I want to see people healed, transformed, renewed, reestablished, healthy, and whole. Are you like me? If you are, then this blog is (still) for you!
I started pondering and praying God's will for my life and as always, God provides answers to all of our questions. So, I heard him clearly say, "Alicia, I need you to trust me!"
Immediately, I thought to myself, God I do trust you! Of course, you know I trust you! But, as I pondered some more, the Holy Spirit began to show me areas in my life that I depend on myself more than I depend on him. And, just like that, my thinking was exposed and transformed!
I began to look and assess how many risks I have taken in life. How many times in my life I've said, "God I don't have a plan, you are my plan," and how many times I'd measured God's goodness based on my work ethic. As I began to self-assess, I realized I've taken very few risks in life. I have placed most of my trust in people, in my job, in my education, and not enough in Jesus. The ironic thing is that I pray for Gods will to be done in my life, and in this moment, I realized that I was asking for something that I wasn't willing to take a risk for.
When Peter asked Jesus could he come to him on the water, he realized he had to take a risk. He had to walk on water, something that had never been done, until Jesus. I can imagine all the fear and thoughts that went through his mind, as he took his first steps. The mere fact that what he was doing was impossible in the natural, but as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was able to operate in the natural, supernaturally. Peter took a risk. There was a risk that he would drown. There was a risk that the storm could come back and be violent with the waves that he now, stood on. There was risk in his faith. And today I realized that true faith, takes risk.
So, just like that, I've decided to walk on the water. See, I want to die knowing that I have fulfilled every purpose I was created for in this world. I want to experience the fullness of God's love and promises in my life. In order to see supernatural events, I have to walk in the supernatural, which requires extreme faith. Extreme faith is where I let go completely, and I let God lead, knowing that wherever I end up is his best for me. I have been completely stripped of who I thought I was, what I thought I was, and all these plans I thought I was going to do. But, I now remain in a place of "Lord, I don't know, but I trust you know, and that's enough for me".
See, the world would tell me to come up with a 5 year, 10 year, 20 year life plan, but at this moment I don't have a plan. My plan is God. My plan is Jesus. My confession is "I trust God!" So, today, I encourage you to walk on water. If you want true change, you must align your thinking with Gods word, and then take the risk. Commit to his works, his plan, and your life will be more fulfilled than every before.
Bethany Hamilton was the young lady that lost her arm to a shark. Just a month before, she and her mother prayed to God about her life calling. She was seeking her purpose. When a month later, she was surfing in the water and a shark came out of nowhere and bit off her left arm and a piece of her surfboard (from the movie Soul Surfer). Although, this tragic event happened to her, she survived, she used the fame from that event to glorify and magnify God. And, today, she's happily married, expecting a child, still with no left arm. I share this story to say we never know how God can miraculously end our lives with a great ending. No matter how much we've lost, endured, hurt, cried, or died on the inside, God can use any and everything for his glory. When Hamilton represented Christ, she took a risk.
We as children of God have to be in love with risk. How will we ever know the true greatness on the inside of us, if we never test the limits. So, in conclusion, walk on water (whatever your water may be) and take a risk. Jesus will be there to catch you if you fall, just like he caught Peter.
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