Our destinies, as Christians, does not reside in safe harbors…


Our destinies, as Christians, does not

reside in safe harbors, but out in the open sea!

Once again our attention is drawn to the purposes of God, verses our wants and desires.

For as long as I can remember, from the time I was a wee young lad, I have always enjoyed the times my dad would take me to visit the docks, and I had an opportunity to see some Naval vessel, some battle frigate, some destroyer, submarine, or whatever.

That’s just the way I’m wired… I love these things!

So large, so powerful, and so majestic they are; and though I am always thrilled to have the opportunity, even today, to tour these sort of vessels, to go aboard them, which is just so very exciting to me, I become as a kid again; I nevertheless realize that these vessels are not made for the safe harbors, to be moored at the docks.

No, they are meant to sail the high seas, and do battle when necessary, and to always be available and on call for the one who created them… and so it is with you and I!

We too are not intended to be moored in safe harbors either, attached to the docks of our life; and as it is with the battle frigates, we too are meant for the high seas.

Not only that, but our God ordained purpose and destiny for our life can never be obtained, as long as we are only willing to remain inside the safety of the harbor. Our lives will never be fulfilled there, as God intends for them to be; not until we are willing to cut our moorings, and launch out into the deep, where our faith can have a chance to be tested, and to grow!

So as this message below states, God in His love often is forced to allow the storms of life to loosen us from our moorings, and force us to launch our faith out into the deep.

You see we weren’t just intended to read of the exploits and experiences of others who have done this before us, many of whom were even once as we are today; but our destiny awaits us out in the open sea, where our own story still remains to be written.

However, before that can happen we must not allow fear to keep us from what we perceive as the dangers of life, and cause us to accept what we think is safe and secure… we must realize that the safety and security that we have, as Christians, can only be found in Christ, as we launch our faith out into the deep, where Christ is, and follow Him, as we are about doing our father’s business! Selah

Let us follow Christ’s example in these areas, and let go and do likewise!

Have a wonderful day!

Skip Barland


—–Original Message—–

Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 1:30 AM
Subject: My Utmost for His Highest: “What Next?”


What’s Next To Do?

June 08, 2010

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them —John 13:17

Be determined to know more than others. If you yourself do not cut the mooring lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea.

Put everything in your life afloat upon God, going out to sea on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and your eyes will be opened.

If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the calm waters just inside the harbor, full of joy, but always tied to the dock.

You have to get out past the harbor into the great depths of God, and begin to know things for yourself— begin to have spiritual discernment.

When you know that you should do something and you do it, immediately you know more.

Examine where you have become sluggish, where you began losing interest spiritually, and you will find that it goes back to a point where you did not do something you knew you should do.

You did not do it because there seemed to be no immediate call to do it. But now you have no insight or discernment, and at a time of crisis you are spiritually distracted instead of spiritually self-controlled.

It is a dangerous thing to refuse to continue learning and knowing more.

The counterfeit of obedience is a state of mind in which you create your own opportunities to sacrifice yourself, and your zeal and enthusiasm are mistaken for discernment.

It is easier to sacrifice yourself than to fulfill your spiritual destiny, which is stated in Romans 12:1-2.

It is much better to fulfill the purpose of God in your life by discerning His will than it is to perform great acts of self-sacrifice.

“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice . . .” (1 Samuel 15:22).

Beware of paying attention or going back to what you once were, when God wants you to be something that you have never been.

“If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know . . .” (John 7:17)

Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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