Recovering In The WaterWritten by Michelle Jacobson
It was in middle of night and boat was being tossed in wind. The crew was stressed...
As if that wasn't enough, they were shocked to see someone actually walking on water through wind, rain, and waves. In Matthew 14 we're told of how crew was panicking. At first they thought that man was a spirit and they cried out in fear.
The man walking through storm told them to cheer up and have courage. He told them that "it is I" and not to be afraid.
Some of them had to have known His voice.
Peter answered man walking on water. He said, "If that is you, tell me to come out to you."
Jesus did. He said, "Come".
Peter got down out of boat to go to Jesus as he was told.
Really look at this. We are told in verse twenty-nine that "…And when Peter was come down out of ship…"
Preparing For Miracle
Evidently it took some time for that to happen. The testimony doesn't say how long it took or how Peter got down, but it does say that before he could walk on water to Jesus he had to do it
After time spent getting ready for miracle, Peter began to walk on water to Jesus!
But there was even some more time spent getting to goal. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus. Peter saw how windy it was. He was afraid.
The fear he felt was hook that made him start to sink.
Fear is opposite faith. No one pleases God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).
As Peter found out, fear is of enemy. He went from walking on water to a man starting to sink.
We're told that he began to cry and said, "Lord, save me" to Jesus.
Watching Physical Realm
How often do you and I see what's around us in physical realm, get afraid, and start to sink?
It's good news for us is in Matthew 14:31 that immediately upon Peter asking for help Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him. He commented on doubt and little amount of faith that Peter had at time.
HITLER’S POSITIVE CHRISTIANITY… Written by Doug Krieger
HITLER’S POSITIVE CHRISTIANITY… Unleashing Patriotic Church By Douglas William Krieger NEVER IN AMERICA? This article was written by one of German ancestry whose forebears on his mother’s side can be traced to Martin Luther himself; thence, incessant interest in rise of Adolf Hitler and, in particular (through years of research) under girding support he derived in his ascendancy from Christian religion in heart of Europe. How could this possibly happen? Alas! Could we in America be as deceitfully predisposed to such a malevolent curse—driven by same demons? Do we today witness camouflaged strategies designed to accomplish a greater horror of unimaginable consequence and upon Christendom of like vulnerability? The remotest thought of such an evil plot akin to what seduced German people could somehow be foisted upon our beloved America boggles senses . . . yet, each day, each month, same cultural polarization eerily divides; similitude of its military-industrial complex mirrors that of Rome’s expansions; its cries for greater and more restrictive security for its citizenry clamors; its tenuous economic factors now threatening globalism it created as a result of insatiable consumption of all things luxurious persist—all this while within walls of our crystal city, party is oblivious to multitude of wretched outside who admire and distain its opulence. Are there comparisons? Be not quick in your rejection that alleged “systems” now in place—with histories of wide disparity—insure Americans absolute relief from extremities of Nazi Germany . . . look again, look carefully, very carefully . . . history’s mercurial habit at repetition seeks to warn us all . . . “broad is way that leadeth to destruction and many there be that go in thereat.” THE INTOXICATING APPEAL To understand appeal, absolute, mesmerizing, and intoxicating drive behind Hitler's success, one must go beyond inequities of Versailles Treaty and delve into mysterious association that Herr Hitler placed upon Christian religion. Don't think that Adolf was way off into some cultic, overtly demonic world of fantasy and influence. True, occult most assuredly was deeply engaged in his thinking and outlook—but use of legitimate Christian imagery was his forte. He both understood need to mobilize masses and religion that alone could sway their fidelity to his cause. Furthermore, throughout his declarations and apparent pontifications, is a unique ability to uplift and galvanize German people—to so highly esteem them, and to generate within them self-esteem that would produce a people whose image reflected one who had so unalterably changed and transformed them into awesome enunciation of der Fuhrer himself. They became transfixed and transported into another state of mind and being—from despair and rejection, to an exhilarating euphoria and total acceptance. They could BE ALL THAT THEY COULD BE and then some. Here is no buffoon strutting upon stage of German dejection cavalierly riveting German mind and will upon himself—no, no, no! Here is uniqueness of Adolf Hitler—one who could so verbalize with utter clarity what German soul could be in its fullness and creative genius. Neither did his spoken word proclaim his own commitment and genius—it climaxed within Germany he envisioned in such a rapturous expression and discovery of who they were, and what they could become, with God Almighty vindicating every breath they would take! Hitler injected into nearly every German heart a DIVINE SPARK, which regrettably morphed into an inferno of destruction and death unforeseen in human history—but its initial dissension upon its benefactors was replete with a baptism of power and light utterly transcendent that it captured an entire nation in heart of Christian Europe. Its pristine message created IMAGE of DAS VOLK, a people who were destined by very triumph of their corporate will to be consummation and commencement of Kingdom of God—DAS THOUSANDE JAHRE REICH! (The promised millennial reign—one thousand year kingdom)! But, firstly, Weimar Republic's failure was predictable. Its liberalism was far too watered down, far too immersed in its diversity and acceptance to galvanize enthusiasm and concerted consecration of common folk, who longed for a winner, a leader, a "national champion." Democracy, gone awry, alone can produce dictatorship—de facto, or elected! Ultimately, Left (Weimar or Hollywood)—again by its very nature—simply cannot SUSTAIN caliber of commitment and vision that can be produced by absolutism and rigid conservatism to which we allude here. Today a growing number of truly evangelical faithful observe Christian Right in America, assisted by its current allies among so-called neocons (i.e., neoconservatives—pragmatic politicos), forging a formidable alliance of convenience that wholly supports rise of New American World Order System. Its striking resemblance to Hitler's appeals is frightful! Liberalism may rant and rave about societal freedoms and renounce governmental restrictions—but their voices and challenges are hollow sounding and even adjudged fallacious, when triumph of his armies have so prevailed upon Plains of Shinar! Libertarians and Constitutionalists—you do well to listen to this diatribe. ADOLF HITLER—THE GERMAN SOLUTION IS A CHRISTIAN ONE The tone and substance coming from mouth of Herr Hitler, although context is, of course, unique to European Christianity, is eerily compatible to what we are increasingly hearing today from certain political leaders within American New World Order System. What you are about to read will shock many of you—will utterly cause you to have a spiritual seizure; a revulsion akin to a full-blown, stomach-bending, vomit—but you must come to terms with why this is happening and how religion—the Christian religion—is most powerful tool that can be utilized in order to capture "believing" masses and to promote, through "moral covering" and political dedication, an agenda that resounds within heart of common man in context of Western Civilization. Hitler, like today's champions of Americana, knew that "believing masses" had been beaten down; had suffered their World War (Viet Nam), had their beloved Germany (America) battered about with moral decline and "radical secularism" that caused "moral fiber" of nation to collapse—something had (has) to be done—someone with guts and glory had (has) to arise to capture imagination of nation to arise from its depravity and crimes, from its vulnerability (be it from "them socialists" or "terrorists"), from its self-inflicted and debilitating social ills . . . someone is needed to alter our self-perceptions!