Matthew 14

Mar. 2nd, 2013 05:34 pm
chiefofsinners: (autumn)
I find it interesting that we have the feeding of the 5,000 juxtaposed with Jesus walking on the water. Jesus performs a miracle during the day, and that night the disciples don't even recognise Him, but are overtaken by fear. Even Peter, who's pretty gutsy, freaked out even while walking on water.
How often do we do this in our lives? We see God perform a great miracle for us or someone else, but then not too long after, the winds and storms of the world overtake us, and our doubt threatens to sink us beneath the waves. But Jesus doesn't reproach us. He doesn't disapprove of us. He simply reminds us of His presence, that He's not going to let us sink. And He gives us the strength to carry on, to keep going, even when it feels like our world's going to end. Because He's with us, and the storm isn't going to last forever. The break in the clouds is on the horizon.
 

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

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!”

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

 

My Love

Nov. 22nd, 2012 01:56 am
chiefofsinners: (roses)
My One True Love is called Faithful and True.
He loves me with an Everlasting Love, one so great that He would do anything to save me. Even die.
And He did. He died a horrific death, after hours of torture and ridicule. And even though I am a harlot, flirting with disaster and falling into the same traps over and over again, He still cherishes me.

I want to be worth that kind of Love.
I don't want to be a harlot any longer.


Lord Jesus, cleanse my heart and mind. I want to be as head over heels for You as You are for me.

Light a fire in my heart.
chiefofsinners: (hands)

Nothing of eternal value whatsoever.

Oh my Love.
I'm so sorry...
 


chiefofsinners: (woman)
I've become so self-centred that I've viewed salvation as a bare minimum to be maintained. How far can I go without crossing the line? Obedience should be my focus, not whether i'm going to "make it" or not.
I need to stop seeing my time with God as a time-clock to be punched. Oh, I've filled my quota for the day. I won't do any more of that until tomorrow. NO. My relationship with Him is important and needs to gain priority.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, because He gave nothing less than that for you. He deserves every ounce of your focus, just from being God Himself. What he's done for you is secondary in that you should not focus on what He can do for you, but the fact that He's ALMIGHTY GOD. It's what we've been made for, to worship Him. To acknowledge who He is. What could possibly be more important? NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Our hearts should be so brim-full of gratitude and love. But what do we do? We focus on everything but Him. How that must hurt. I know how much it hurts to give my all to someone and have it be utterly rejected. How much greater His hurt must be... =(

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