Keep Recognizing Jesus

June 18th, 2013 by Dave Leave a reply »

. . . Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . . . —Matthew 14:29-30

The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and “walked on the water.” Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. Why couldn’t our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the waves, as well as on top of them? He could have, yet neither could be done without Peter’s continuing recognition of the Lord Jesus.

We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then comes His rebuke, “. . . why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but keep recognizing Jesus, maintaining complete reliance upon Him.

If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is all over for you. Never start to say, “Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?” Be reckless immediately— totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything— by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness— being willing to risk your all.

Journal DJR
Good Morning Lord,
This message is just what I was needing today. How do you do that? Deadlines and logistics are piling up and could add up to me stressing out. But with this reminder and my partner’s agreement that you are saying the same thing to him … I’m encouraged to stay “connected, curious and confident” and watch you work out details and get me thru in peace.
You ask how I do those things. Realize that some truths are universal and human nature is too. When you forget those two facts and start thinking that you have special problems or special abilities to cope with them on your own …. you are headed for a stressful time and somebody usually gets hurt. On the other hand if you do as you say and stay connected, curious and confident, you can ride out the roughest storms and arrive at my chosen destination with a smile on your face.

Isaiah 54:17 …No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.


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