Casting our faith out into the deep…
In our fast pace, ever changing world that we live in today, it would seem that things are changing faster today than ever before; and as it were, most people and I think this is especially true of most Christians, we don’t particularly care for change.
It would seem that the older we get, the more true it becomes that we feel more comfortable and secure in maintaining the status quo.
That being said, there are certain things in life that are not meant to change.
In Proverbs 22:28, we’re told to, “Pass not beyond the ancient bounds which our forefathers have set;” and I would include that to encompass the cultural standards and boundaries of right and wrong that GOD has set forth in His Word.
Other than violating God’s commandments, found in His Word, change ultimately is a part of life.
As Born-again Christians, we’re not designed for safe harbors, rather we have been ordained of God to follow Christ.
1 John 2:6
Whoever says he abides in Him (in Christ) ought to walk in the same way in which He (Jesus) walked.
When Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus the absolute necessity that every man must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God, He gave us some important insight on this subject of change.
In John chapter 3:5-8, Jesus tells us,
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You MUST be born again.’
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is EVERYONE who is born of the Spirit.”
The Wind of the Spirit is controlled by God and it’s ALWAYS changing.
That’s why in order for us to follow God and be guided by the Holy Spirit, we must learn to live by faith and not by sight.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is found in Psalms 37:4, where GOD promises to give us the desires of our heart if we delight in Him.
If you look up the word “delight,” in Hebrew, you’ll find that it means to be soft and pliable; in other words to be teachable like clay, in the hands of the Master Potter.
And so if we’re going to follow Jesus eventually we’re going to have to learn to cast our faith out into the deep, where Jesus is, beyond the safe harbors of life!
Listen to these words of Jesus:
Jesus speaking: “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Let us take the time daily to know Him to be still and listen to His voice (See Psalms 46:10), and then do what He tells us to do.
Be still and know God:
Joy in the Silence
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my hope is from him.”
— Psalm 62:5
In our hectic, noisy world, the spiritual discipline of silence is becoming more and more difficult to exercise.
To do so you would have to intentionally put yourself in a quiet place to focus on God and His presence, no speaking, no technology, no entertainment, no listening to voices of other people.
That would be pretty hard to accomplish these days, wouldn’t it?
Even in the early mornings when I sit in the dark sipping my coffee, I am aware of noise: the clock ticking, the computer humming, the birds beginning to chirp, a cell phone letting me know a text has arrived.
Times of daily silence and stillness before the Lord are essential if I am going to hear Him speak.
God is present and speaking in the midst of our turbulent world.
Listen to Him. He is saying, “I am in control, child. I am here for your every care and every need.
You are mine, and you are my beloved.”
The enemy would love to fill your life with noise and distraction. But you can wait silently for God alone, the One in whom all your true hope rests.
It takes time and quietness to listen to God.
“The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him”
[from Anchor devotion – Haven ministries]
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