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WALK on Water

WALK on Water

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Ever think about what it means to walk on Water with Jesus? Consider How you are being stretched to move beyond Your comfort zone. Have You Given Permission to God to Call you out on things? Has God called your bluff Yet? What will you do when He does?
Ever think about what it means to walk on Water with Jesus? Consider How you are being stretched to move beyond Your comfort zone. Have You Given Permission to God to Call you out on things? Has God called your bluff Yet? What will you do when He does?

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Published by: Joanna Fruhauf of Gracious Vine Ministry on Feb 08, 2013
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Jesus Called Peter's Bluff....
One hot day at a Sunday BBQ, decked out in church clothes I sat on the edgeof the host's beautiful pool, secretly wishing I brought my bathing suit, but toembarrassed and prideful to wear it in mixed company....The kids had been inand out for hours, other adults not having the same sense of horror withthemselves were ready with towels and floats while others like me just got our feet wet. After several hours in the scorching heat, I said to one of the other women in ahalf hearted dare, 'I'll go in if you do' and before I knew it she was walkingdeeper and deeper, in HER Sunday best...WELL NOW WHAT! - - - "I guess I'm going in!"I am a woman of my word, but the half hearted dare that came out of me,didn't expect her to take me up on it! - - - She called my Bluff! - - - So in Iwent... Once I was in, I was sooooooooo glad!Before we knew it another beautifully dressed and manicured woman joined usas did one of the pastors and my husband...IT WAS AMAZING - It washysterical and Everyone was Shocked, we were all laughing so hard, and thepastor did a cannon ball in the deep end!!!FREEEEEEEDOMMMMM!!!! It was liberating!I always loved the story of Jesus calling Peter to walk on the water. When youread the story it's almost as Peter Dared Jesus at one point (well I'm stretchingit a little here)...
Matthew 14:22-33
 Jesus & Peter Walk on Water 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples getinto the boat and go on ahead of him to theother side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23After he had dismissed them, he went up ona mountainside by himself to pray. Later thatnight, he was there alone, 24 and the boatwas already a considerable distance fromland, buffeted by the waves because thewind was against it.25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out tothem, walking on the lake. 26 When thedisciples saw him walking on the lake, theywere terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, andcried out in fear.27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Takecourage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell meto come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walkedon the water and came toward Jesus. 30Butwhen he saw the wind, he was afraid and,beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, saveme!31 Immediately Jesus reached out his handand caught him. “You of little faith,” hesaid,“why did you doubt?”32 And when they climbed into the boat, thewind died down. 33 Then those who were inthe boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly, youare the Son of God.”
The Challenge:
Regardless of Fear,regardless of those voices around us,whether friend or foe, we are called to Trust Jesus more fully, to take a step of Faith inour walk with Him, to trust Him as Heupholds us by the miraculous word of HisPower, enabling us to stand where we havenever stood before!
www.GraciousVine.com 
written by 
 Joanna Fruhau
 
God has the ability to speak and create something out of Nothing -ExNihlio -He Upholds all things by the POWER of His WORD.There are countless personal testimonies of the equipping power of theHoly Spirit with a focus on His ability to make something out of nothing...And that Power is at work in us IF we will permit it. I am someone whowears many hats. I’ve Been involved in ministry for more than 25years....Whether teaching bible studies, leading prayer groups, homegroups, God has always, continually put me in shoes bigger than myfeet....Whether on the Board of International Cops for Christ, a chapter Director of Concerned Women for America, as founder of Women &Adolescents Against Abortion or Mother’s Helper, as a Grant writer of LHM, Authoring Books, Recording CD’s or Starting a Speaking & MusicMinistry that travels. Each Endeavor the Lord has equipped me beyondmyself, and in the midst of it...I learned as I went. It was a step by stepprocess. And each step required FAITH...Let me tell you there have beensome scary moments, some sinking moments, and certainly through it all, Ihave felt the hand of the Lord rescue me, and His voice call me forward.I have been able to walk on water in areas I had previously never beentrained for, never had a clue about, no inside info, no talent for....WHY? Because I faithfully answered & executed the calls when they came.Not that I don’t fall, or sink, BUT I GOT OUT of the Boat - Out of mycomfort zone, sacrificed for others at my expense or was faithful to a taskto my own inconvenience......I have permitted God to call me out of theboat. If HE Calls, I want to respond: willingly. enthusiastically. respectfully.confidently...Even if I am terrified and unsure it’s God.Our responsibility &/or obedience to Christ as faithful servants of HisKingdom is vital to the growth and maturity of our walk, our fruit and our gifts.IT Starts with LITTLE things...The Bible plainly declares, if you are faithfulwith little, you will be faithful with much, but if you are unfaithful with thelittle you have, even that will be removed from you, and who then woulddare to entrust you with true riches...?I’ve been in leadership in a variety of positions, I’ve seen people get allexcited and volunteer up and down the lists, and yet barely fulfill half their commitments for one reason or another. Plenty of excuses, some evenjustifiable, but a habit of excuses, proves nothing more than unfaithfulness.
www.GRACIOUSVINE.com
 
 You have a responsibility to the Body of Believers to bring What God hasentrusted you, to serve the Fellowship with it....If you don’t YOU WONT GROWin you walk, maturity, faith, influence or any other area of your spirit man...Eph 4:7-16 - Grace is given to each for the EQUIPPING of the Body of ChristFor the Building of Body to FULL STATURE - Maturity - with EACH part workingproperly, BY WHat EVERY JOINT SUPPLIES...DO YOU KNOW YOU SUPPLY Something to your local Body?That’s why you are there! Not just to get...but to get GROWING - We are notjust to be takers - SHAME on us! That mentality breeds jealousies, andenvies...and then we can’t be ENCOURAGERS and EQUIPPERS of others, nor are we ENGAGED in Gods Kingdom.1 Peter 4:10 AS EACH has RECEIVED the gift, even so minister (SERVE it) oneto another, as good stewards of the MANIFOLD grace of God.Many folds, Multi - faceted - Many aspects, Many Intricacies, Abundant Angles,Did you know the more FACETS a DIAMOND Has, the MORE BRILLIANT itreflects and refracts LIGHT!1 Tim 4:14 Paul Tells Young Timothy, not to neglect the gift of God imparted2 Tim 1:6 AGAIN Paul says, Fan into flame the gift which is in you,COME ON, STIR IT UP -don’t allow the flickering embers to go cold and die out never to be used or seen again by others. ITS NEEDED in the body -I Love the fact that Jesus was also very quick to save Peter when he wasovercome by the situation and the elements that surrounded him. JesusGrabbed hold of Peter’s and and immediately they were back in the boat!How Gracious God is.He calls us to come to Him, He supports us inthe most uncertain of situations,and when we mess up, He is not going to let us sink and drown - HOWAWESOME is that...We can trust Him! We can step out into the unknownbecause we KNOW HIM.
Have you ever given Christ permission to call you out?
www.GRACIOUSVINE.com

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