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Uprising Insights: Taking a step and a crisis of faith
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon on Jan 20, 2004, 16:36

Uprising Insights: Taking a step and a crisis of faith

                       

These are some insights based upon the Celebration Worship series…UPRISING, a revolution of the soul…

 

In week four we explored the topic: Revolution Realities, based on Matthew 14

 

Matthew 14:22-36 (NIV) 

    [27] But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

    [28] "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

    [29] "Come," he said.

    Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

 

This is such a great passage, but there is something that you need to see to get the full impact of what is happening here….. Peter wants to know if he can come out on the water…Jesus says, Come on…Peter takes the first step and it works….now of course later he will sink and Jesus lets him know that the faith gave out mid-walk…..

 

Have you ever felt like you faith gave out?

 

What do you do when that happens?

 

When people wrestle with doubt and lack of faith, they may tell themselves that they will try harder to have more faith. But faith is not the sort of thing that you acquire by trying harder.

 

Imagine if someone were to say to you, “I find myself doubting Old Faithful. Im just not sure that it can be trusted.” What would your advice be?

 

I can assure you that you would not say, “Well, just try harder to believe!” Honestly, what good would that kind of advice do? And if someone gave it to you….well, you would laugh at them. You just can’t manufacture faith when your faith is running low.

 

The best advice for the Old Faithful doubter would be, “Just go and hang around Old Faithful. Watch Old Faithful. Get to know Old Faithful better and before long you will discover that the geyser is faithful. And them before too much longer you will start to trust that Old Faithful will remain faithful.”

 

It is the same with God.

 

Never try to have more faith-

just get to know God better!

 

 

And because God is faithful, the better you know him, the more you will trust him.

 

The way we get to know his trustworthiness is to risk obeying him.

 

Do you remember in Scripture the man who comes to Jesus and asks Jesus to help him, “if you can…”

 

“If?” Jesus says, “All things are possible to him who believes..”

“I do believe,” the man says, “Help my unbelief.”

 

Like most of us the man was knotted up in his belief. He was a mixture of doubt and trust. What the man does though is important. He did not let the crisis of his lack of faith and trust to immobilize him, what he did was to go to Jesus.

 

How much faith did the man really have?

Enough to come to Jesus…and that my friends was all he needed.

He came and got close to Jesus and found that Jesus is faithful.

 

How much faith do you need? Just enough to take one step and that step might just get you out of the boat!






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