You Were Not Created to Fail

Posted by: Pastor Clint Reiff 2 years, 7 months ago

Anybody that God choses to use to carry out His miraculous mission must take risks and act out of the voice of the Spirit that calls from within the soul. This is the reason that Peter could step out of the boat that was battling fierce winds and waves. The other disciples were terrified to see Jesus walking on the water toward them. The disciples failed to remember that Jesus is never distant and removed from our lives.

Peter stood up in the boat, a risky thing to do in a storm, and walked on water toward Jesus because his faith told him to do so. "But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?'" - Matthew 14:30-31  

Peter was the only one that would take the risk and shut out the sight and sound of the storm and focus on the word of Christ “come”. Peter was able to do the impossible because he was fixed on the word of God and not on his own fears and doubts nor the word of man. Peter only began to experience trouble when his physical eyes overtook his spiritual eyes and then and only then did he panic.

I remember both of my daughters learning to walk and they did great as long as their eyes were on me or my wife, they would manage to walk with arms outstretched to us. We too can reach out to the Father and look into His eyes and walk into the safety of His arms if we will not focus on the storms around us, but on the one who controls the storms. Peter was not the one who failed in the story. It was the others that stayed in the boat waiting to see what happened to Peter before they would take action.

I am sure that we all want to step out of the boat, but many of us hesitate. Remember that you never step out of the boat alone. Peter was not really alone. Christ was with him. Christ warned the disciples after the resurrection not to go out alone. He told them to wait for the Holy Spirit.

"On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: 'Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'" - Acts 1:4-5

Jesus is telling the disciples and you and me that information and imitation is simply not enough. He is telling His followers that they cannot do the things that He promised or live the life that He promised until they have truly encountered the power of the living God through the resurrection in their lives. Otherwise, they will be living based on the information about God and not based on a relationship with God. When that happens, your life is powerless and dry.

It is not enough to know about Christ or even to try and imitate Him in our actions. Our lives after an encounter with the Christ should change our priorities, our values, and our relationships. God says to us in Galatians 2:19-20, "For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

God has chosen you, called you, gifted you, and promised a fulfillment of your life mission. God created you to succeed through Him. He would not create you for failure. But your success is predicated on your willingness to risk stepping out and to obediently follow God. All of us experience times of doubt, anxiety, depression and frustration, but that does not excuse us from stepping out of the boat. That may be just what we need to combat those terrible times in life. "Then he said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.'" - Luke 9:23-24

We are new creatures who are to be about the new thing that God is doing. "See, I am doing a new thing! "Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." – Isaiah 43:19

-- Pastor Clint

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