THE GREATEST LOVE STORY

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. – George Sand

The quest to love and be loved is inherent in humans, because love is great; it is endearing; it brings harmony, peace and stability to one’s very soul. Love covers many a fault, love indeed is divine.   William Shakespeare once said, love is blind because it does not look with the eyes but with the mind. The story of love is often told in books, movies and folklore. There are indeed great love stories that have been told over the course of history. But what is the greatest love story ever told? You may be thinking of one you have read in a romance novel or the one you have seen in a movie or that of the family or may be that of a friend who abandons everything else to care for a friend in need. One may even think of the love shown by humanitarians who risk their lives to bring relief to innocent people in war and disaster stricken areas. These stories are great; they define and indeed portray love adequately as unselfish or selfless, sacrificial, endearing and indeed profound. It stands in stark contrast to some modern understanding of love of which desire for personal gratification and gain is the driving force and the love story ends when those needs can no longer be met. Ties as strong as marriages are ended because one partner could no longer make the other happy. The fun had stopped, so the ties are broken; true love however goes beyond fun and personal happiness, it prioritises the other person’s happiness. True love is about you, before me.

Which then is the greatest love story? It is the story of love as portrayed by someone who had everything in abundance yet left his abundance to meet with his friends who constantly wronged him. People who turned their backs on him, hurting him and making a mockery of his very being, some even denying he ever existed or exists. It is the story of one who bore the burdens of all his friends, one who underwent great suffering to bring reconciliation to his friends who were in the wrong. One who made himself a victim so that his erring friends may become victors. One who suffered so that his friends will never have to suffer, bearing the shame just to take it away from his friends.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away.  Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. –Isa 53:7-10

This is the story of love shaped by selflessness, coated in compassion and capped in ultimate sacrifice. Scarcely can a man die for a righteous or innocent man talk less of sinners but this love is manifested in the fact that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; (Rom 5:7-8) because “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). This love story is portrayed in sacrificial giving. It is the love that no mere mortal can give. God so loved the world that he gave his only son to die for the forgiveness of all sins (Jn 3:16). It is the greatest love story. It has been told so that you may understand that God loves you so much, irrespective of your circumstances or preconceptions. God’s love cleanses from all sins, when we choose to accept his sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. So, whatever situation you may be facing or have faced, whatever wrong you may have done, God is calling you to come as you are; believe in him and Jesus Christ whom he sent, repent of your sins and be baptized into Christ. Then all your sins will be forgiven and you will become part of the greatest love story. You will have another chance at beginning life anew.

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Your past does not determine how far you can go!

We have a choice of living within the confines or limitations of our past or even present.
We also have a choice to leap past those past histories or negative environmental influences that so easily beset us.

The first murderer that ever lived was Cain. He did not show remorse and even asked if he was his brother’s keeper. He was cursed for his actions, and he thought his punishment was greater than he could bear, he was wrong (Gen 4:13)
He got married and had sons (Gen 4:17 ).
At this time, people did not call on the name of the Lord as it is mentioned in verses 25 and 26 of the same chapter that the birth of Seth brought about this. Another son of Cain, Lamech followed after his father’s path and killed someone but then pronounced a greater curse on himself (vs 23-24 ) saying his punishment will multiply.
Fast foward a little to talk about a man named Jabez and notice the difference.(1 Chron 4:9-10 ) Jabez pleaded with God to change his situation. Jabez was so named because his mother bore him out of pain. When he prayed for a change in his situation, God answered. David sinned against God by taking a man’s wife and killing the husband in battle. God pronounced judgement but David showed remorse and in the end, he wrote so many of the pslams and God even used the same woman, Bathsheba to bring forth the next generation of kings – from Solomon until Jesus the Christ who is our eternal king and a fulfilment of the promise of God to David.

So, anyone who asks for mercy receives it from God and anyone who ever set his heart to seek God found him (Jer 29:13). Jabez prayed for changes and experienced it. And with Jesus, success is guaranteed, salvation is sure and peace is one that surpasses understanding. Because Jesus continuously intercedes for us. Past sins does not limit us if we confess them and seek for forgiveness. God can make something good out of every difficult situation or past if we surrender it to him. When we surrender completely to God, he makes all things new and old things pass away.
Therefore, people from broken homes, poor countries, dysfunctional families, or people who have suffered childhood difficulties or abuse or any form of hurt ought not live in those past experiences or commit crimes because of these experiences. We ought to seek God wholeheartedly through Jesus. We ought not pronounce curses upon ourselves like Lamech did but we ought to walk with God and ask for mercy and blessings like Jabez did.
God can make life out of our awful past, he can transform us into veritable tools for his purpose. Paul was transformed from Saul into that awesome apostle who carried God’s message into Gentile nations, Peter denied Christ but he became the mouthpiece of the Apostles and proclaimed the first salvation message when the first church was established.
So, do not let your past or present situation limit you, God can and will make something good out of your situation.

It is not to say that it is necessarily easy by human strength to be lifted above these circumstances. It is not to say that these situations don’t impact on people because they do, they may make the ride of life bumpy but then, Jesus had overcome the world and anyone who ever brought any situation to him never went back the same. Because he came that we may have life more abundantly. He has given everything we need for life and Godliness through the KNOWLEDGE of him who called us. Through the knowledge of God and a renewed mind, people can overcome their history and live the life God created them to live.

You are a Blessing!

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.” – Gen 12:1-2

God said that he will bless Abraham and make him a blessing. To do so, he instructed Abraham to leave his present country into the land for which he, God was going to show him. Now, this instruction or commandment came with promises.  It is quite significant to notice that whenever God calls his people, he instructs them on what to do and gives them a promise. A similar thing is noticed throughout the scripture.

For Abraham, he promised a great nation and numerous blessings. For Moses and the Israelites he promised a land flowing with milk and honey. And for Christians today, he made a number of promises, and one significant promise is:

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” – Matt 19:29

Being a Christian may require you to make sacrifices; sometimes you may be a loggerheads with family members when you choose to become a Christian, sometimes you may be picked on by work colleagues, you may be called a weirdo. And permit me to say that if the world does not question some of our resolves and believes then it may be worth having an introspection to see if we are really living for God, because Christians ought to be transformed and not conform to the world. So, the question is, has God called you out of the world into his marvelous kingdom of light? Then you can be rest assured that he will take care of you, he will bless you in ways you can never imagine. And most importantly, he will make you a blessing to your generation.

See, God makes us instruments for which his blessings flow to other people. Therefore, we are conduits or instruments or vessels. We are stewards of his blessings, so whatever he gives us, he expects us to use it to our benefit as well as to other people’s benefit. Notice also that when God blesses, he uses people to do so, hence he wants to make use of every one of his child to bless the world.

Worthy of note also is that Abraham’s blessings lay in the land for which God had sent him. If he did not go where God was leading him, the promises of course would not have been fulfilled. So, he had to leave his comfortable home and go into his land of promise. In his land of promise were several challenges. So the story of Abraham also teaches a significant lesson about perseverance. Abraham had to go through a lot, he went through childlessness until his adult life. But God came through for him. It shows that even when we are where God wants us to be, sometimes we may have tribulations, but we need to be of good cheer because Jesus Christ rightly said that he has overcome the world (John 16:33).

Today, we are all Abraham’s descendants because he obeyed God and went to his promised land. Imagine what will happen if we just let go, follow God and let him lead us to our promised land. The promised land could be a job/career, school, location, marriage, friendship. It could well be giving up bad habits, trusting God more, worshipping him in spirit and in truth, fellowshipping with one another or praying more. Or it could be starting up a business or charity organization, or even witnessing to more people about God. Whatever it is, be encouraged and walk into your land of promise this new year 2019 you will be filled with his blessings, hence you will become a blessing to others.

GOD-RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR?

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. – Isa 43:19

As the new year approaches, people make resolutions as to what to do and what not to do. People take stock of their lives and see what went well and what did not go so well. This self-examination should be worth the while. However, sometimes people make resolutions and keep them for a few days or months and then revert to the usual. But should that discourage anyone from making new year resolutions? Well, some people also stick to their resolutions and turn their lives around. So perhaps it’s a question of while power and desire. Or is it? As much debate goes around the idea of new year resolutions and how to keep it, one thing is certain, the beginning of something great usually starts with a plan. Hence, if you come up with a plan to turn your live around in the new year, to be more productive or to be a blessing to your generation, then you would have begun the process towards meaningful change. But how do you stick to it? I tell you what: by strength shall no man prevail. It is worth giving such plans over to the master planner who says,

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;  whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. – James 4:13-16

Also there is need to:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. – Prov 3:5-6

Now let me tell you something about another type of resolution. The God-resolution which is in his promises. I believe you need to know this because, knowledge they say is power. And the bible says hearing brings faith. So, God made a promise to his people that he will do a new thing for them and THEY SHALL KNOW IT. And that he will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Now, those are very strong claims, talking about making the impossible possible. That’s the God we serve. He makes promises that he fulfills, so the question is that of trust on our part. For the God-resolution to be come to pass, we ought to believe.

You see, Abraham believed and saw God make the impossible possible in the birth of Isaac when Sarah had passed childbearing age. Jacob believed and was made a great nation. Joseph believed and went from being a prisoner to a prime minister in a foreign land. Daniel believed and saw the future that we live in today. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego believed and survived a furnace. Mary and Joseph believed and saw God live in their midst. They saw water turned to wine. Larazus was brought back to live. A woman plagued with the issue of blood for 12 years believed and was healed. Five thousand were fed with five loaves and two fishes. Peter walked on water. The lame walked, the blind received their sight.

You see, Jesus came so that we may have live in abundance. God never makes empty promises. So I am encouraging you today to have hope for a better year. I am encouraging you to trust the promises of God. Believe that he will do a new thing, that he will make a way in your wilderness because he is the way maker. Believe that he will establish rivers of living water in your wilderness because he is the water of life.

Therefore, if you are going to make new year resolutions for the new year 2019, the most important of those resolutions is to trust him more. It should be to put God first in all things; to pursue after righteousness. He said, seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and EVERY OTHER THING shall be added to you. – Matt 6:33. Oh, what a promise. It is in giving over ourselves to him that we truly find ourselves. It is in losing ourselves that we find ourselves in him. It is in rejecting the world that we truly reach out for abundant spiritual blessings and peace that surpasses all understanding. And if you are struggling with anything today, I encourage you to dare to believe the one who promised that your live is not over because of your difficult situation. You see, Job said, though he slay me, yet will I trust him (Job 13:15). And can I remind you of Job’s end – it was better than his beginning. In your difficulty resolve to trust him, because his promise is independent of circumstances.

Get into 2019 with renewed hope in God’s promises; with renewed strength and resolve to trust him more; with renewed determination to follow righteousness and the new year will be one of the best you have ever seen.

I wish you a happy new year!

Take that step of faith (2)

Faith is Personal

Taking the step of faith can be a personal thing and if someone else knows what that entails, they’ll think you are crazy. Because everyone may not always understand your journey. Remember Job and his wife? His wife asked him to curse God and die out of his misery; of course, she did not understand for a moment the implication therein. Jesus Christ’s earthly siblings did understood his ways (John 7:5). Peter did not know of the cup that Jesus was to bear, that’s why he tried to stop him (Matt 16:23). Miriam did not understand God’s work with Moses and hence she led a rebellion (Num 12:1-2). Isaac did not know that he was Abraham’s sacrificial lamb hence he wondered where the lamb of sacrifice was when every other thing was present (Gen 22:7-8). Abraham’s response to that question is the crux of his faith – God will provide a lamb of sacrifice. And God did. Did Abraham know of the lamb that God was to provide? No. Abraham only believed that Isaac was that lamb. And when God saw that he was willing to sacrifice his only son in obedience, then the provision of the lamb was made.

But did God wait for Abraham to make that statement before he made the provision? No. God had made the provision of the lamb long before he asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, but Abraham could only see the lamb when he obeyed and took the step.  You may never see your lamb of sacrifice if you do not take the step of faith, believing God and making the required move. You see, sometimes having faith will require us to lay down what we adore, what we love, our lovely job or career, sometimes our families or loved ones in pursuit of the will of God.

This means, that faith can be costly, but the result is priceless. Job’s faith in God caused a misunderstanding between himself and his wife and friends. Faith in God and obedience to his word may cause us to be ostracised. Remember Jephthah, his trust and faith in God cost him his daughter (Judges 11:30-40). Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were prepared to die for their faith. Daniel was prepared to disobey government orders in obedience to God.

So, dear friend sometimes the decisions you make out of your obedience and trust in God’s word and leading may not always resonate well with your family and friends but it should not stop you. Your faith may cause you to disobey government rules or legislation that are against the word of God. When it does, rejoice and stand firm because you will only join a myriad of those who trusted in God and risked everything for that sake. And that will never be in vain, there are promises attached to it:

 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for My sake and for the gospel will fail to receive a hundredfold in the present age— houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields, along with persecutions— and to receive eternal life in the age to come. – Mark 10:29-30

May God grant us the strength to take the steps of faith he requires us to take in obedience to his word.

Take that step of faith

I love stories, because they are very powerful. They convey powerful messages that shapes human thinking. Interestingly stories are often not of the present, although stories of present happenings in other locations can be told and there are often seen as news because there are current. So stories are ideally historical events. Where can we find stories that are over two millennium old yet conveys great messages relevant for today’s world? The bible, you guessed right. Old they say is Gold!

Now taking the step of faith is tantamount to taking risks many a times. Because faith is said to be the evidence of things not seen. It differs from risk in the sense that it is certain of the outcome despite the prevailing circumstance. Whereas risk, for example investing in the stock market is about prediction or forecast and the results or return on investments does not always happen as predicted because it is heavily dependent on market forces – which is a variable entity. It is a hit or miss case based on the prediction algorithm. But with faith, it is a win-win case. Faith always wins, it deals with an evidence, though not seen yet certain. Evidence sometimes intangible but powerful, sometimes shadowy but produces meaningful results. That evidence is the word of God and the word of God has creative power; it is life. And so, faith is believing the one who had promised, the one who can never fail. It is believing something that you have not seen but trusting the one who told you so.  A child will believe a father’s promise of a gift on his return from shopping. The certainty in that child’s mind is tremendous because such child has seen the father do it repeatedly. And the child may only have doubts in mind if the father has developed a pattern of a hit and miss over time. Isn’t it interesting to note that we have a father who comes through all the time and can never fail? Isn’t it powerful to know that our father did swear by himself to keep his promises. So powerful is the promise that instead of a failure of that promise occurring, the world would rather pass away. Oh Lord, help us when we waiver.

Now, that being said, faith may sometimes demand giving up the known for the unknown and that is not always easy. Faith may demand moving to somewhere new, it may demand giving up comfort for a moment of discomfort. It may demand starting a new business for which we have little experience. It may sometimes demand the willingness to accept whatever outcome. The willingness to accept the unknown or the worse case scenario in adherence to the word of God is seen in the story of Shedrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Dan 3).

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” – Dan 3:16-18

Their statement of faith was that God is able to deliver and will deliver. That showed their confidence in God’s ability and willingness to intervene on their behalf. But the most powerful point in that story, must be when they said, “even if he [God] does not deliver us, we will not serve your gods”. I have goosebumps each time I meditate on that passage and get to that phrase. It also reminds me of what queen Esther said, “I will go and speak to the king, if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). You see, faith believes but it does not stop there, faith leaves everything open to God’s able hands. Faith causes men to stand their grounds or take a step when there are no guarantees of success.

That being said, it so happens that when men believe God to the point of desiring the good or bad from the prevailing situation, God always shows up. He showed up for Joseph in prison, he showed up for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, he showed up for Daniel in the lion’s den, he showed up for Jesus Christ and never abandoned him in the grave and that’s why he will show up for you today.  So, take that step of faith today. Do that which you know the Lord wants you to do. Start that business, make that reconciliation with that friend or family member, forgive that person, help that person, make that move, go where he wants you to go in faith that he will show up for you.

Laying down your plans

One of the most fascinating things about the bible is the powerful stories it contains. It is fascinating because the stories are that of real people who once walked this planet. The bible tells us of the history of the world that existed before us. And saying that the historical events written therein are meant for our learning (Rom 15:4) sums up the importance of historical events.  Lord Byron once said that “the best prophet of the future is the past”.  History indeed leaves a trail, or pattern from where we can learn lifelong lessons and make progress. A 20th century financial journalist, Bertie Forbes once said that:

history has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”

So, what can we learn from biblical history? A lot. Perhaps the most important aspect of history that we can draw from is about the struggle for control. By struggle for control, I mean the struggle to control our destinies or shape our futures with our own hands. Often, we plan to do a number of things; and these are usually strategic, to be rich, to have a great family, go to the best schools, marry the best spouse, live in a dream home, have our dream job or drive our dream car. Now, these things are all good, everyone wants the best and there is no sin in trying to look out for what we feel is best for us. But the question is? Do we really know what is best for us? I guess you may say that a typical adult should know what they want and what is best for them. But then, have you thought about how often our desires and wants and even needs change with each changing season and years?

Sometimes, we want something because “everybody else have them”; or sometimes because we want to rob it in on others who thought we would never have such. Yes, we can be that petty, I mean anyone can be. And sometimes our plans get in the way of God’s plans for us. I mean, we do know that God has our best interest at heart (Jer 29:11), but why is it that we often stick to what we want rather than accept what he wants for us? Why do we cringe and strive for the things we think will make us happy even if it goes against God’s will and plan. Oh, if I only had my dream house or my dream car or dream job, I will be happy. Ever heard that before or have you said it yourself? I guess we all find ourselves in that position more often than we may be willing to admit.

So, going back to that story of biblical history, a story is told of a man named Elkanah who had two wives, Peninnah who had children, and Hannah who had none. And every year this man went to worship God in Shiloh. However, the child bearing wife used to taunt the barren wife, Hannah. And Hannah’s reaction was natural, she lost appetite and cried a lot.

I reckon that in this state, all she wanted was to ALSO have a son of her own, to at least alleviate or take away her pain and shame. She craved for a child of her own so that she could also show that she has been blessed. So that the taunting would go away. Isn’t it the way we tend to think sometimes, if I can have this or that, so that I can be seen to belong to a class of society.  Or if I had so and so, my friends or peers will accept me. Or, if only my nose, belly, cheek etc looked a certain way, I would be more beautiful or handsome.

It is interesting to note that Hannah never had what she wanted until she changed her mentality. The reason for which she desired a child later changed from having a child ALSO, to GIVING the child over to God. You see, the first born of the family belonged to God – (Exo 13:2). And that is when God showed up for her. I guess God must have been waiting for her to change her thinking. God must have been waiting to hear her say “I do not want this child as a show off, I want a child that I can hand back to your service.” And as soon as she did that, God answered her prayers and gave her Samuel who became one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament – it was said of Samuel that not a word he spoke fell to the ground, that is, every word or prophecy of Samuel’s came to pass (1 Sam 3:19).

So, what is it that you want so badly, what is causing you so much pain or lack of joy? I tell you today, it might be that what you need to do is to surrender that desire to God and desire his will and plan for your live more than you desire your need or want.

You see, John the Baptist who was the fore-runner of Jesus had this to say, “let him (Jesus) increase while I decrease”(John 3:30). And Jesus the master himself said this when he prayed to be spared crucifixion “…nevertheless, not my will but your will be done” (Luke 22:42). He was willing to let go of his desire so that the will of God may be done.

So, the question is: are you willing to let go and let God? Are you willing to lay down your plans and let his plans for your life take root and engulf your life? I tell you what! It is not easy, but if you are willing, a simple prayer like Jesus prayed may be enough. Dear God, help us lay down our own plans and surrender to you, let us decrease while you and your will increase in our lives. Please give us the grace to live according to you will and to be obedient children of yours through Christ our Lord. Amen

Why Doubt?

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”Matt 14:29-30

As mortals, we do not know what the future holds, but how nice would it be to know what the future holds for us? And if we knew, could we stop worrying because we know what is going to happen anyway? Would that solve the problem of doubt and worry. Some may say, if only I knew tomorrow, then I would stop worrying. But hang on, what if what you were to know about tomorrow was to cause you grief. One author said, “if I knew the future, I would change it, but then it wouldn’t be the future anymore.” What if you knew and can’t do anything about it? You see, the difference between what we know today, and the future is time. And another writer said that time is perhaps the greatest mystery.

As an example, Jesus knew what would happen to him on the cross. What did he do about that knowledge? He sought to avoid it because of the grief he was to bear, but glory be to God he sought the will of God to hold sway for our sake. The physical body does not like pain or sorrow. So, if we knew our future, am sure we would seek to avoid the pain, suffering and sorrow that may be there at some point in our lives as part of the refining process.

The lack of knowledge or certainty about the future creates doubts but a knowledge of what the future holds will equally create doubt and fear. Could I bear what will happen to me in the future if I knew it? Will I walk down that road, if I knew I were to die there even though I know I would die anyway? We do know that we are all going to die and some still worry about it. Tough one, isn’t it?

You see, a future hidden from us is a blessing. It is a blessing because the future is kept secure by one who is certain, one who promised a good future – Jer 29:11.  The future is secure anyway, so why doubt? Why fear? Why not just believe the infallible promise?

Well, I suppose it is because we like the feeling of being in control of the situation or being safe and taking as little risk as possible. Risks involve going into unfamiliar territory.  Believing what is not seen is taking a risk. Faith in God and his promises is a risk. And I dare to say it is a risk worth taking.

Peter found himself in a dire situation and decided to take a risk – he requested to walk on water with Jesus. How interesting it was to do what the master did. Am sure he was excited to be able to walk on water, a feat no mere human can achieve. In the middle of the excitement he looked around his environment, and must have thought for a second, “how is it that I am able to walk on water!”. The environment scared him. He must have started thinking, what if I drown, of course having been a fisherman, he knew what such wind could do. He probably had seen the aftermath of shipwrecks caused by such boisterous winds. And that got to him, for a moment he took his eyes off his source, Jesus. He forgot the one who instructed him to join in on the “water walking quest”. Just a moment’s slip was all it took for him to sink.

Sometimes, we find ourselves walking in faith and looking onto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith only to consider the winds around us. We all go through these moments, don’t we? Moments when we rely on God’s promises and rejoice in his goodness. You see, Peter believed and achieved one of the greatest feats in human history – apart from Jesus, he was the only other known human to have walked on water.

Imagine the impossible feats that we could achieve without doubt and fear. Peter only began to sink the moment that doubt crept in. We sometimes look at our accomplishments, and we are amazed like Peter’s amazement at his water-walking feat. It was amazing and God does great things through us in many ways and is ever willing to use us to his glory.

So, if only we can think of what God can do through us, if only we could ask Jesus to bid us walk on water with him, if only we could believe his promises enough to lunch out and take that risk, we would accomplish great things to the glory of God.

The question that Jesus asked Peter was, why doubt? So, why doubt when you know the one who promised is all-powerful and all-knowing. Why doubt when you know he is unwavering? Why doubt when you can rely on his promises? Why doubt when you know he can never let a single promise of his go unfulfilled?

Why doubt when you can believe for the seemingly impossible. Why doubt when you can pray? Why doubt when you can believe God for your healing? Why doubt when you can believe God for your financial needs or any need whatsoever? Has he not promised? Will he not fulfil it?