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. (Matt 14:28-29)
While meditating and studying scriptures, the Lord had me focused on the word "Come". A simple word, easy to spell. A word that became powerful when Peter acted on that command. Peter acted upon the word but then focused on the weather and circumstances. So, the more he focused on those events, the less faith he had. The word says that he began to sink. It just did not happened all of a sudden.
Then, the Lord spoke to my heart. "I am telling my people to come. To come out from their comfort zone. To put on Christ and learn to be identified with me. To give more of their finances and substance. To get out of debt and financial oppression. To appropriate healing for their bodies To learn to trust in me. So, my people, I tell you---Come! Come and experience the blessing of walking in an open heaven!"
I want to challenge you to make 2015 the year in which you put on Christ. The year in which you get your mind renewed. To learn to think like he does. To love righteousness and hate iniquity. (Heb 1:9) Do you want God's best? Then read the fine print of your covenant with God. (II Peter 1:4) God is not a Santa Claus nor a Genie in which your wish is his command. God is a God with purpose. God wants to glorify himself on the earth.
Yes, he loves us and wants to give us all things to enjoy in this life but it comes with a catch. You have to be a partaker of his nature. The true of the matter is that he, already, has given us all things to that you will ever have in this life. (II Peter 1:4) In other words, when he died on the cross, he provided the answer to all your problems that you will ever have in life. Why? Because Christ is made unto us wisdom. Ask yourself, when have you ever been burdened for souls? I am, not just, talking about your neighbor. Yes, we need to be concerned for our neighborhood but for those who are wicked? God's word says that he has no delight in the death of the wicked. (Eze 33: 11) When was the last time you prayed for that murderer or terrorist that did that horrible thing? Sometimes, in our minds, we want to see them suffer but you know what? God wants to reach out to them too. He loves the wicked.
Friend, Hell is a terrible place and many are headed there. The tragic thing is that Christ has, already, paid the penalty. All a sinner has to do is to receive his precious gift. Let's learn to think like God does. Let's learn to put our priorities in place. Let's us learn of him because he says...Come!
When people see God work through signs and wonders, they, too, will come. Witnessing is good but when you go out to share Christ, don't do it with any power. Learn to release the gifts of the spirit.
Talk is good but when you learn to release the gifts of God, you will have them coming to your church. That will open a thirst and hunger for more of God. When you provide wisdom for people's problems, the world will beat a path to your door. Yes, persecution will come but if you learn to release God's power, they will, in the end, respect you. The word says that when a man(woman) pleases God, his enemies will be at peace with him. Jesus ministered to a multitude of people. Why? He showed proof of God with signs and wonders following. The disciples had a church just about overnight in the book of Acts. Why? Signs and wonders! Beloved, this does not come instantly. There has to be a time of prayer and preparation. Jesus took some time to pray and fast 40 days. That is why he was so successful. Am I telling you to fast and
pray for 40 days? No, because maybe you may not be, medically, fit to do so but you can fast your time
for him. Let's prepare ourselves in this year.
Let's allow ourselves to let God change us. His word can change us but only when we use it in prayer and preparation for his purposes. Want to start a New Year on the right foot? Then.,..Come!