We’re Just Growing Up… That’s All!

Don’t forget the contest… deadline is THIS friday at 5pm!

growing-tallHappy Tuesday Everyone!

When Jesus was physically in the earth… he asked his disciples, “Where is YOUR faith?” He spent so much time mentoring them and utilizing every coachable moment to help prepare them for his physical departure. Jesus didn’t plan to stay in the earth hand feeding these guys forever… he wanted his disciples to learn how to CALM their own storms… he wanted them to use their own faith and MOVE their own mountains… he wanted them to HEAL the sick people in their own world long after he would return to heaven!

Let’s face the truth… it’s never easy keeping our eyes on Jesus, especially when we’re walking on water with the adventurous tasks he’s called us to embark upon. I believe this is one of the tests of spiritual maturity… for each of us to master the art of KEEPING OUR EYES ON JESUS, even in the stormiest of circumstances.

Only in recent years, has this been an issue for me. When I was young in the Lord, everything was fine. In fact, when I look back to those early days, I seemed so much stronger than I am today!

Even with a beautiful prayer life, and a DAILY commitment to consume the pages of my bible… even with that, I am left with a LESS than manifest awareness of Jesus than his 12 disciples had. Believe me, I know VERY well the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit and I am not under estimating the awesomeness of the way he COMFORTS us. I’m just stating the reality of this challenge we all face… STAYING IN THE AWARENESS OF GODS COVERING over us as we mature.

When I was a little kid in the Lord, I had a child-like faith that carried me through to victory after victory. Maybe my trials were much smaller back then, even though they were GIGANTIC at the moment. Maybe those kindergarten trials, mixed with my toddler depiction of Daddy God made me feel like NOTHING COULD EVER TAKE ME DOWN… so it never did!

What if my trials weren’t really all that tiny back then? What if God works with us is the same way he worked with his 12 disciples. What if… in our early days, he calms the storms FOR us. And what if, eventually we are supposed to LEARN how to take our delegated authority and CALM OUR OWN STORMS! This is where we stumble isn’t it? We want to be kids forever… and we want Jesus to do everything FOR us. And all along, he is trying to RAISE UP MEN and WOMEN OF GOD.

The goal of a maturing Christian is the same goal that Jesus had for his 12 disciples.

  • As babies, Jesus does everything FOR us.
  • As toddlers, Jesus does everything WITH us.
  • As mature adults, we do what Jesus has trained us to do, the way he has trained us to do, with the power and authority he has given us to do it with…everything under his direction, everything for his glory!

So, you see… God is not abandoning us these days as it may seem. He is teaching us to spread our wings and fly like the eagles! Maybe this trial you’re facing today is just not going away until YOU rise and DO WHAT JESUS HAS BEEN TRAINING YOU TO DO! You’re not alone… you are well covered… and well able to do this… so rise and be mighty, for the LORD IS WITH YOU and he has promised that he will NEVER LEAVE YOU or forsake you! We’re just growing up… that’s all!!!

Hope this adds great value to your lives… have a super day! Chat with everyone later…

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10 thoughts on “We’re Just Growing Up… That’s All!

  1. That was awesome!!! If we could just remember to keep our eyes on Jesus in all circumstances we would always have the victory He promises.

  2. Thanks you guys… or should I say GALS! Yeah… its already helped me with a few of todays obstacles… it really works! I pray that God blesses you both for taking the time to say hello! 🙂

  3. THIS IS SOOO AWESOME AND SO REAL I WILL USE THIS IN ALL THINGS THAT ARE TO COME TO PASS.CHALLENGES,OBSTACLES CAN BE HIDDEN BENEATH THE BARRIERS BUT FOR SO LONG UNTIL THEY SURFACE,WHY NOT STRIKE THEM DOWN AS THEY COME…BY FAITH– RIGHT NOW THEY CAN BE ANSWERED WITH IN HIS PROMISES..YEAH FOR GRACE AND VICTORY TO HIS GLORY–PAM MYERS

  4. That is so true!!! I feel sometimes that I do not have the strength and I know God has taught me and given me the power to have what I need . But what you said today is true I need to dig deep and remember what God has taught me and use those skills to find that strength that he has given me. Thank you Pastor Chuck and also for the wonderful prayers you all have given for my son , me , and my family.

    • Trudy… I have been praying for you and Jeremy since Pam informed me of whats on the schedule for this Friday. God is WITH you… so I pray for PEACE to flood your soul! Keep on smiling… you are GOING TO have the strength now and every day! I'm praying for your entire family and the other family… and all of Friday belongs to the Lord! God bless you all!

  5. Powerful. I wish I would have been able to read this on Monday. I blew my cool on Monday afternoon and I failed my test with keeping my eyes on Jesus. Thanks for this reminder. Jesus is who I must focus on daily and not the stress of paperwork.