WOW Faith OLS — Week Four #2

Where is your focus — day by day, moment by moment?

Are you looking at beauty and blessings? Or do you dwell on the battles and bumps in the road?

I’m reminded of the title of one of my very favorite books by Warren Wiersbe — The Bumps Are What You Climb On. That title makes me smile. When we know the Lord, we can experience the overcoming power of the Lord Jesus Christ, and discover that nothing is too great for Him. No obstacle stands in the way of God’s plan. As His children, following Him becomes an adventure. With our eyes fixed on Him, troubles can become triumphs. And rather than focusing on the trial, we can see the beauty the Lord shows us, and experience His blessings in the midst of the battle.

This week in our study of Walk On Water Faith, I read this phrase that resonated with my heart in a powerful way —

To please God and be His friend is great reward in itself and enough blessing to last a lifetime.
Week Four, Day 5 Walk On Water Faith

I have been thinking about these words all week. I would encourage any who are experiencing a disappointment or death of a dream to turn your focus away from those losses and fix your spiritual eyes and ears on the Lord. The words of that beautiful hymn by Helen Lemmel hold true even today.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

Oh friend, this is one of the secrets to great faith. What are you looking at and what are you thinking about? You will discover that God uses His promises to strengthen your heart and empower your faith. And then you will will soar above and through the difficulties, on wings like eagles, flying with a heart set free from the chains of discouragement and despair.

Abraham shows us how to handle the promises of God and emerge victorious when our faith is tested —

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping — believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.
Romans 4:18-21

I wonder if you have surrendered your desire to see an earthly, visible reason for hope to embrace a hope completely based on God’s promises in His Word? Not only is He able to provide for you, He will provide for you. He may work in an unexpected way, but mark this, my friend. He is at work, carrying out His plans and purposes. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said that “behind the clouds is the sun still shining.” Just because we cannot see all God is working together does not mean He is not present and active in your life. And that is where you see the effective work of His promises, to remind you of all that is true, opening your spiritual eyes so you can truly see, and empowering you to live by His promises instead of living by your own earthly limited sight.

Remember always, “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

So, be encouraged today, my dear friend, to run your race with endurance, fixing your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith.

Dear friend, I love studying God’s Word together with you.

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Your assignment this next week is to read and study Week 5, Days 1-3 The Faith of Moses — The Man Of God, from Walk On Water Faith — Discovering Power In The Promises of God. You may want to come back here throughout the week to read comments and respond. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

I invite you to share your most important insights from Week 4, Days 4-7 and your favorite promise from God’s Word in your study so far. You can write your thoughts in the Comments section of this post.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

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How has your faith been tested? What promise helps you in your test of faith? What is one blessing from the Lord that encourages you today? What was your favorite promise from the study? And what was your favorite quote from the devotional reading? And finally, share the most important truth that God has taught you this week in your study?
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Luke 5:16 NASB — But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
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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 14:28-31 NASB

Biblical faith is a gift of God. God has given us a measure of faith, according to Romans 12:3. And it is not humanly manufactured but God-given and God-enabled through the power of His Spirit (Galatians 2:20, 5:22). … When Peter realized the Lord was out there walking on the water, he expressed boldness in his faith by asking the Lord to bring him out on the water. How many of us actually dare to dream such majestic feats of faith as Peter did that early morning in the stormy waters?

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