The Phenomenon

 

. . .  of Receiving God’s Power into Our Lives

. . . battered by the waves . . .  in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. . .  Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:24-32

This eyewitness account presents us with a vein of gold begging to be mined.  It tells us that there was an instant in time when Peter walked on water, superseding the physical laws that would cause him to sink.

For one incandescent moment a mortal man walked free from the life-long downward pull exerting itself upon the leaden weight of his body — and human eyes beheld the phenomenon of an ordinary man walking in extraordinary power.

As awesome as it would be to replicate what Peter did physically, how much better to replicate it spiritually . . . to look back upon incandescent moments when we walked gloriously free from the life-long, gut-churning tumult of our vulnerability exerting its downward pull upon the leaden weight of our souls — those who know and love us beholding us walking in the exquisite power in which sin no longer affected us?

For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on not talk but power (moral power and excellence of soul).

1 Cor 4:20, The Amplified Bible

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I am fed up with my woundedness, my failures, my unending vulnerability and the shame of sinking beneath the waves time and time again — when life’s storms hit.

And this sentiment seems to be shared by most of those whom I know best.  We crave that power we’ve yet to fully claim. The season has come, and God is at work to bring us from where we are to where we are meant-to-be.

In the yearning of our own hearts we hear His summons across the dark torpid sea, calling us to walk in a new sphere of experience, where He infuses our lives with His power.

Now is the time. This is the place. We are the people . . . [1]

in whom the phenomenon of His exquisite power is meant-to-be seen.

 


[1] Wording borrowed from Mike Evans in one of his monthly journals published by The Jerusalem Prayer Team

 

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