No Doubting!

I wrote this back in November 2014 in my journal. I thought I shared it before but I can’t find it so I’m going to share it now.

Matthew 14:28-30, And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he PERCEIVED and FELT the strong wind, he was FRIGHTENED and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me! Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him saying, to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

Peter wanted proof that it was Jesus on the water so Jesus called him out. Can you think of a time Jesus has called you out? Asked you to do something that was uncomfortable? Peter believed until he FELT and was made AWARE of the storm, then he doubted. I know from a recent circumstance in my own life where I was in a storm one day and I failed just as Peter did. I saw the storm over seeing Jesus. I plan on the next time I am in a storm of life to focus on Jesus no matter how hard it is. Peter yelled for help and Jesus gave it but He pointed out where Peter went wrong. Peter doubted. Where is your faith in the storm? When you need it most?

We should all learn from Peter that it is the storms of life that we need our faith in God the most. But when we begin to see things start going downhill (sinking) we get scared and start doubting. Don’t doubt God’s power, don’t be afraid, He is there holding out His hand saying, Come! Come to Jesus when your afraid. When your in doubt. When you feel like you are sinking.

When we go to Jesus and dwell in His presence and meditate on the Word we begin to feel joy, peace and hope, these are the things that keep us from sinking! Your faith will get stronger as you meditate on what God is saying. You will trust Him as He brings to pass in your life what he promises in the Bible. He WILL do it for you.

Remember times past He came through, He is still the same, He never changes. If we stay true to our relationship with Him, He will stay true to us. He doesn’t forget His covenant. When we find ourselves in a storm, turn to Jesus in prayer, worship and praise and He will save us!

Practice the Word so when storms come I will stand firm in my faith!


Christian Imposter

Lately this is what I have felt like.  I had a day that I was tired and evil made me think thoughts and do things I wouldn’t normally do. But God over night turned me back around and saved me once again. The problem with sin is regret, unforgiveness toward yourself and feeling distant from God. I had to work through all these things recently and I have been able to move forward, forgive myself and feel God’s forgiveness and presence. What I have learned is, is no matter how good you think you are, you still aren’t good enough and you need Jesus more than anything else. I have learned to see myself through God’s eyes and He sees me innocent as a child. Nothing I do surprises Him and He already made my way of escape as the Bible says and it’s Jesus. Jesus paid the price for my sins.

I was drawn to watch Miracle On 34th Street. I watched the old one but God lead me through my mom and sister to watch the new one. This movie opened my eyes to something. Because of my recent let down about myself I haven’t felt Christmas this year until this movie. There were men dressed like Santa drinking in a bar. What I saw in my heart was people, including myself, dressed like christians but really not. We say we are christian but we really don’t express what is inside of us, what a follower of Jesus is. I know I am saved but I find it hard to express it and live it out. In the movie Kris Kringle says He is the human representation, the proof that we really can be what Jesus is and deny our human evil tendencies. He said we have to have faith. That is something I have been learning also that a life without faith is dead. Kris said a life without faith is doomed with doubt. If we don’t allow God to be present in our lives we won’t see Him work and then we begin to doubt. I saw a youtube video called Doubt your doubts, it helped me along the path I’m on right now of allowing God to be present.

When I was saved I resented Santa Claus. I was made to think he was evil because he was taking Jesus’ place but I have a different perspective now after seeing this movie and reading about the real St. Nick.  Santa represents the goodness, love, compassion, givingness of God. Santa may be the closest thing to God some people see. I used to get mad when people would say Santa was real but now I see that in Santa is Jesus. The real St. Nick was inspired by Jesus. He wanted to be like Jesus. I believe in the spirit of Santa because it’s the Holy Spirit in disguise. If we can believe in ourselves that we truly are a follower of Jesus then we will show the world around us there is a God. When we show characteristics of God, even through Santa, people begin to believe.