I once was blind and then I saw but then I got bland in the journey…here is a full disclosure and I hope it exhorts you. It is one thing to know the truth of Gods word exists and it’s another to live it, practice it, and see it’s evidence…
So the bland happened through going to church on Sunday’s because it was cultural. Sitting in the pews some days excited at Gods word and most times ready to just check off the religious activities cards, some days I actually slept, yes I did! Then later blowing dust off my Bible on these special days – oh what years of a cycle that was. And the world changed in 2020 and I looked out to find answers from those I believed “hear from God” and there was no “intel”, then I saw them in the same “boat” with me aghast at the winds just as I was!
Then innately I looked for hope and because Jesus has a tag on me. However, I was always seeing him like the disciples saw him from the boat in Matthew 14 and they were frightened but he revealed himself and told them to not be afraid…So here is a 3am storm that’s got everyone in the boat terrified and audacious Jesus comes walking on water and bids Peter to come and Peter walks for a bit and then he begins to sink, but Jesus immediately saves him and note that through the rest of the storm they both walk to the boat and it’s then the wind ceased…
“And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.”
Matthew 14:28-32 ESV
I see Jesus inviting Peter into a storm, to walk with him. Grace and truth himself invited Peter into the winds and the waves because a way was already made to see victory; and this is the imagery inference I see with our lives today in the here and in the now. Jesus could have stopped the storm immediately he saw it because he was praying prior to this but he came walking on the sea. After the storm he did this “faith review” with his inner circle (disciples) and Peter got the bonus that season. LOL. So you and I are either bold like Peters or one of the jaw dropping, reserved disciples in the boat too terrified to trust in the supernatural and the ability in Christ within us
So the church thing made me lazy, because during lockdown I realized I had an “emaciated spirit” that could easily be tossed about by every wind of life and submerged into various winds of doctrines…I said “hold up, this is not happening”… So now I live to know him through reading and abiding in his word daily, that I may encounter him myself! Hallelujah! To grow in faith daily and find the depths of his love, I believe is an undeniable encounter with my brother Jesus; the Lord of my Life. To be clear; I received eternal life guaranteed set with a seal many years ago but say Jesus just came before 2020, I think I would have been ashamed…I would just be wearing the believers T-shirt, living with a hardened heart, full of unbelief, waiting to go to heaven! But that’s not going to happen but for the amazing grace of God! Hallelujah!
I can’t think on anything greater that to Know Jesus intimately and by grace attain the stature of the fullness of Christ! Hallelujah. He invites us to abide in his word, he is the truth and not the stats you are cumulating to make sense of life. Jesus is the life itself. All treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him. Can you step out of the wind tossed boat; your familiar; your comfortably uncomfortable life and yield to Jesus full on; sold out; All in? Because all other alternatives are counted as loses; stuff with a very very short “shelf life”. I see his hand stretched out saying “Come”. The supernatural is yours!
“Yes, certainly, I count everything as loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have forfeited the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God on the basis of faith, to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,”
Philippians 3:8-10 MEV