Matthew 14:22-33 (NIV)
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
It has been over a month since the Prayer Works Evangelism Outreach Street Ministry has been launched. Watching God move has been an eye-opening and humbling experience for me.
The peace that comes with doing the will of God is another experience that words cannot explain. All I know is that there is an inner peace that takes over your and if I should be honest “that peace” sometimes evades us.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you are too busy to think of anything else but you, and what concerns you? Or have you ever told yourself “That’s not for me, I cannot do that!”
God has a way to shift us from that place of comfort that we sometimes find ourselves “ok” with.
Being involved in this Ministry has enabled me to step out of that place I called “Normal”. The reality of what is involved in ministering to the needy is such that while in the moment there is no room to zone in on “My Issues”. They become obsolete.
Before a breakthrough there is always struggles and if you are not Spiritually equipped you will quit before you begin. Every Sunday when it’s time to step out into the outreach arm of the ministry, the fight that comes and the pressure that builds up is one that would have you giving up.
We literally have to push past this feeling.
Today we packed the car, as usual, we pulled up and it was time to do what we set out to do. We prayed again and stepped out. The minute we stepped out of the car you could feel God’s hand on what was about to take place.
First, it was one person and within five minutes or less it was a line as far as we could see. The look on the faces of the people we saw, was one of complete happiness and hope, even if it was for just a time, THAT TIME, the joy of being ministered unto was something you could actually touch.
Not for a minute did I remember that this was not my “comfort zone” anymore, he had taken me to a new “normal”.
In closing let me ask you this. What is God asking you to do that you have questioned HIM so many times over if he is sure he got the right person?
Try this, step out of that comfort zone. Let go and let GOD!
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