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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Forward in Faith

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. 
—Psalm 42:7 (NIV)

The depth of the Holy Spirit calls to the depth of the spirit in man and bids him come. Do we long for the waves and breakers of His Spirit to sweep away the dust and carry us to new heights? Are we tired of just observing the power that the wind of His Spirit brings to another life—of being someone who watches instead of one who partakes? If we yearn for these depths, we will let go of all that we have allowed to define us. We will believe in what He has for us instead of staying in the security of our boat. 

There is no security in life when you’ve constructed it. There are only false hopes and dreams that offer nothing in the end. Your life is subject to the waves and storms of life. Your life—just like a boat—can sink. But you discover that when you let go of your self-constructed identity and step out into the depths with Jesus, you are at last standing strong upon faith in Him and not sinking into questioning doubt. The life you have built is not your identity. He is your identity and all His resources are yours by faith.

Don't allow who you were before you found Christ to hold you back. Your failures—your sins—your old nature died at the Cross. And now He invites you to let go of old attitudes which have defined you. Jesus calls you to let go of what you believe is safe and walk on water with Him.

When you step out of that boat into what is uncertain, you are no longer the person who cannot get things together or who has been crushed by circumstance. You are no longer someone who lets feelings of rejection determine your life. No longer a failure or ruled by fear, you know your worth in Christ. You believe He has made you worthy—a new person in Him.

In Matthew 14, Jesus addresses Peter’s fear when faced with the uncertainty of the unknown: 
“But Jesus spoke to them at once. 'Don't be afraid,’ he said. 'Take courage. I am here!’ Then Peter called to him, 'Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water. 'Yes, come,’ Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. 'Save me, Lord!’ he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. 'You have so little faith,’ Jesus said. 'Why did you doubt me?’  "(Matthew 14:27–31 NLT) 

Jesus calls us to walk on water and step into what our natural mind cannot see. We must not be afraid to move forward into the depths of the Holy Spirit. There is freedom from all that has defined us when we leave our doubts and fears behind and step out in faith. When we take that first step on water, keeping our eyes upon Him, He empowers us to take another step and then another and another. We begin to see and understand what the natural mind cannot fathom—the absolute reality of His promises. The impossible becomes possible; failure becomes a success and defeat yields to victory. 

Are you hungry for these depths? Each day, step out of false security of your life and discover His truth that fosters greater faith. If you sow what faith you have in Him, you will reap greater confidence as a result. If you stay safe in the cocoon of your self-built life, you will never discover your identity in Jesus. Launch into His depths—into what has been your uncertainty. You will find it the most certain thing you have ever done.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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