Walking on Water, our hand in His Hand

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. 23 After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. Later that night, He was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a  considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were  terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

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. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”               (Matthew 14:22-33)

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Walking on water. Have we tried it?

“I can do this alone!” boasts self,

Boldly venturing out in defiance

Against depression, loneliness, fear.

 

Seeing only the murky depth below,

Our belief in self reveals false hope;

Sinking into the sea of doubt, failing

To look up at His outreached Hand.

 

Lord, save me!” is the utterance

We should speak first in humility,

Acknowledging Jesus gives courage,

Offering His firm Hand, a sure hope.

 

Come,” He speaks with gentle voice,

Leading us through our fear and doubt;

We hold onto His Hand without release,

Walking on water, our hand in His Hand.

 

Thank You, Lord, for waiting with outstretched Hand.

We need You to hold our hand through troubled waters.

“Truly You are the Son of God.”

 

(Sharon G. Tate blog 07/29/18) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

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HOPE, JOY, FAITH, PEACE vs A Meaningless Life

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

What do people gain from all their labors
    at which they toil under the sun?

(Ecclesiastes 1:2-3)

Homeward

Objective

Perpetual

Emancipation.

8All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.

(Ecclesiastes 1: 8-9)

Jubilant

Onward

Yearning. 

15 Then I said to myself,

“The fate of the fool will overtake me also.
    What then do I gain by being wise?”
I said to myself,
    “This too is meaningless.”
16 For the wise, like the fool, will not be long remembered;
    the days have already come when both have been forgotten.
Like the fool, the wise too must die!

(Ecclesiastes 2:15-16)

Firmly

Anchored-

Internal

Thinking

Heavenward.

22 What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? 23 All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 2:22)

Perfect

Eternal

Abba

Centered

Existence.

Which daily mindset will you choose?

 (Sharon G. Tate blog 02/25/18 ) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

Holding Steadfast to Faith


58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

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Relationship with God       —Comparison—        Societal, Cultural Relationships

S—Stay————————————————————- F—Fluctuating

T—True————————————————————-O–Objection

E—Evermore——————————————————R–Rarely

A—Always———————————————————-M–Maybe

D—Dedicated——————————————————E—Erratic

F —Faithful———————————————————T–Temporary

A—Ardent———————————————————–I–Indifferent

S —Steady———————————————————–M-Makeshift

T—Trustworthy—————————————————-E—Errant

God’s Steadfast Relationship with Us:

 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in Him.(Psalm 32:10)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)

 In a “for-me-time” society and culture, relationships are not steadfast. The only relationship that is enduring and faithful is the one with God.

 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

 Doing good for others as onto Christ.

 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’” (Matthew 25:34-40)

Our connection with God is the sole true relationship that will never fail us, never disappoint us, never leave us, NEVER.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/01/17) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word