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You CAN Walk on Water

You CAN Walk on Water

©copyright 2006 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.  

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As a free Christian psychotherapist, many problems are encountered and dealt with by a variety of fitting responses, or answers as it were, that the seeker either can use to his or her advantage or disregard to his or her disadvantage. No one can make another person accept and utilize what is best for that person; after all, each of us have been endowed with the power of free-will choice, of which even God does not intervene: although, He does inform us of the consequences associated with our choices, good or bad.

For Christians aspiring to follow in Christ’s footsteps, the biggest issue with which most are confronted is the fear of stepping outside comfort zones: that with which they are familiar and have been comfortable with all their lives. Walking the walk and talking the talk of Christ is not easy, not always comfortable, sometimes even hazardous, but He warned us of these facts. He also informed that the consequence to walking in His footsteps is internal peace in the here and now and, in the end, everlasting life; but, the consequence to not walking in His footsteps will result in our utter destruction. God’s premise is that in being well advised, we can make informed choices.

Recently, the story in Matthew 14:22-32, of Jesus walking on the sea to reach the Apostles in their fishing boat during a storm, was used as the perfect metaphor representing each person’s comfort zone and what initially happens when we first step outside that area we have determined to be our safety zone.

Peter had asked the Lord if he also could walk on water, and Jesus beckoned him to come. Peter stepped out of the comforting safety of his boat and literally began to walk on water; then, he realized the waves were tumultuous and, in that instant, must have thought safety was the boat. It was then he began to sink and cried out to Christ. We all know Jesus lifted him up and said, “Oh, ye of little faith. Why did you doubt?”

In this case, Jesus was not saving Peter from having committed a sin knowingly. He was saving Peter from his own little faith, a faith that would grow by using it daily. The same applies to us; yes, if a little faith causes one to fail in areas requiring trust in God and he or she calls out to Jesus, He will rescue him or her. But, He will NOT save us from committing a sin when we already know it is a sin.

Most Christians stay in their boats, afraid they will sink if they step out onto water; the finite mind dictating it impossible to walk on liquid: we must have solid ground beneath our feet or run the risk of drowning. Solid ground represents the world and what man’s majority says can and cannot be. Obviously, it is far more comfortable to walk with the majority, despite the fact one might know it means certain destruction in the end.

Jesus also offered the mustard seed metaphor in Matthew 17:20— just a small amount of faith can move mountains. Many times that mountain is a combination of our self and the world. In order to walk in Christ’s footsteps, we must move self and the world out of our way by trusting that what God requires of us always is best. Even persecutions and afflictions are in our best interest, because it’s not about what happens to us or about whom it is persecuting and afflicting us, whether it be mankind or Satan or both. Rather, it’s all about what we do with each occurrence. Will we trust God or give in to the world?

About four weeks ago, a friend called seeking professional advice. Her 45th class reunion was coming up and a number of former classmates had called to urge her attendance. She had never attended prior reunions due to various self-esteem issues. On one hand, she wanted to go, yet those issues kept plaguing her: she had gained weight since high school, she was now disabled therefore unemployed, she was driving a 30-year old car— in her mind, these were signs of failure to succeed and everyone would notice and be talking about it behind her back.

She was told Peter’s story and that she needed to get out of her boat to walk on water, but she first needed to move that self/world-mountain out of her way; and, she was told what people would remember most about any person: a big genuine smile, laughter and good humor. If she would employ those, no one would recall that she was 20-pounds overweight or that she drove an ancient vehicle. She stepped out of her boat and attended the reunion, reporting later about how much fun it had been and how welcome everyone had made her feel, many even making arrangements to stay in contact.

Walking on water for Christ, however, is a different experience altogether because, despite a smile, laughter and good humor, we will be persecuted by what appear to be Christians and Satan will afflict our bodies in myriad ways. However, our smile and laughter and good humor will get us through those times of persecution and afflictions of these flesh bodies. But, what is this different experience?

To walk on water for Christ means to do as He did: love God and neighbor as well as obey God’s Law: the two keys to salvation and redemption mentioned three times in Revelation12:17; 14:12; and 22:14; “only they who are written in the Lamb’s book of Life.” We also are informed in Revelation 9:20-21; 13:9-10; and 21:8,10,27 exactly who will not enter the gates of heaven.

The obedient Christian will get many arguments against Gods Law: 1) we are human and cannot be perfect; and, 2) Jesus came to die for our sins because God knew we could not be perfect; so we are saved by grace and don’t have to worry about the Law. Their first argument, of course, defies Christ’s own words in Matthew 5:48— “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Jesus likened perfect behaviour to His own in Luke 6:40— “The disciple is not above his master [Christ]; but every one that is perfect shall be as [like] his master [Christ].” Therefore, if it were not possible to become perfect, then Christ was a liar and could not have been God’s Son. It’s all about choice: we choose to obey or we choose to be disobedient. Nothing we do is by accident, rather each behaviour is done by choice.

As for the second argument, preachers and parishioners alike completely disregard the Romans 3:23-25 statement that “Christ died for our PAST sins.” The John 5:14 and 8:11 directive thereafter is to “go and sin no more or worse things will happen.” I John 3:4-6 defines sin as the violation of God’s Law and no one continuing in sin will ever enter the gates of heaven. So, yes, Christ did die for our sins, our sins prior to being saved and baptized; but, He also came to give us a living, breathing, walking, talking example of HOW to obey God’s Law. Hebrews 10:26-27 goes even further by stating, “If one knowingly sins thereafter, there is no further atonement; only a fearful awaiting of judgment.” This is to say, their spiritual being knows they are now deemed twice dead.

Notice that it says knowingly. A Christian might know the specific Ten Commandments as set out in Exodus c.20 and repeated in Deuteronomy c.5, but not know the weightier matters of the Law to which Christ referred. To violate a weightier matter of the Law out of ignorance will not condemn us, UNTIL we learn the weightier matter; at which time, if we confess and ask for, God will forgive with the directive that we not do it again. As far as God is concerned, the moment we, we whose past sins have been forgiven, hear or read of a weightier matter, we then are expected to comply immediately. Failure to do so will, ultimately, result in one’s utter destruction.

To walk on water for Christ means total obedience, the consequences of which bring internal happiness and blessings and freedom from a second death. Proverbs 29:18 states clearly, “Happy is he who obeys God’s Law,” and Psalm 119:1-3 “Blessed is he who obeys God’s Law.” On the other hand, Deuteronomy 11:27-28 advises, “Cursed is he who disobeys God’s Law.” To violate even one of God’s Laws knowingly is to willingly accept the curse of twice dead. As illogical as it might seem, the vast majority of Christians are willingly accepting the curse of death on one or more points of God’s Law: for all the world has heard and/or read God’s Truth.

To walk on water for Christ also means obeying God’s seventh day Sabbath, the fourth Precept; for which the true Christian will receive the greatest rebuke by the world: 1) the day no longer matters; 2) Jesus did away with that on the cross; 3) the calendar has been changed many times, so no one knows which is the seventh day; 4) the Apostles worshipped on the first day, Sunday; 5) Saturday is just for the Jews; 6) anyone observing Saturday belongs to a devilish cult; and on and on.

Genesis 2:2-3 and Exodus 20:8-11 cite the day as specifically the seventh day and it does matter; Jesus even stated Himself as Lord of the Sabbath and added in Matthew 5:17-20 that He did not come to change or do away with His Father’s Law, He himself replacing only the ordinances of sacrifice and oblation, according to Daniel 9:27, which ordinances are in no way connected to the Ten Statutes of Life.

Historically, the calendar has been changed many times, but NEVER the line up of days in a week: Sunday always has been the first day and Saturday the seventh day, God declaring a day as being from evening to evening. The Apostles did not worship on the first day of the week; Sunday was the day the Apostles collected tithes, conducted church business and financial affairs as well as visited and dined together: for none of these things were ever done on God’s Holy Sabbath day.

If Saturday is just for the Jews, why was it established in Genesis c.2, hundreds of years before God chose the Jews as His people? Because it was established, as noted in Ezekiel 20:20, that WE ALL might know the God whom we serve and it proves we serve the One True God thus bear His fourth precept Seal. Furthermore, why would any logically sound person condemn any other person for obeying ALL of God’s Law? For that matter, why would any logically sound person reject blessings in favor of curses? Anger, pure and simple; an emotion straight out of the pits of hell: anger that Christ’s sheep dare to threaten their comfort in this world by even living muchless speaking God’s Truth.

To admit that they, too, must obey both God’s Law and His Sabbath would mean having to step out of their boat to walk on water. They’d rather stand unnoticed amidst the grains of sand, to be just another goat prepared for destruction, rather than be the object of Satan’s rage directed at the obedient: rather than to suffer in the here and now in exchange for eternal life. They willingly choose to be rendered twice dead in order to be comfortable in this temporary world.

The consequences of obeying God’s Sabbath, according to Isaiah 56:2,5-7, also bring blessings. It goes without saying that to disobey His Sabbath results in the consequence of curses. As illogical as it might seem, the vast majority of professing Christians willing accept the curse of death by failing to enter into God’s rest; as noted in Hebrews c.4, they exhibit an example of unbelief. Unbelievers will not be redeemed. They will perish.

No, it is not comfortable to walk in Christ’s footsteps; but, if our love for God and Christ is genuine, then love compels our total obedience and we will move aside the self/world-mountain, step out of our boat and walk on water: trusting that everything God requires of us IS in our best interest. FAITH. The rewards far exceed anything this world can offer in exchange for disobedience; for what the world offers is temporary. What God offers in exchange for compliance is everlasting life in an Eden paradise, forever in the presence of our Lord and Saviour.

You CAN walk on water! But, what is your particular sea that prevents you from stepping out of your personal boat? Is it the tumultuous waves of the Law of Love and the Ten Statutes that depend on Love; or is it the Sabbath issue; or is it feeding the hungry and housing the homeless and clothing the naked when, perhaps, you have little of your own; or is it struggling with personal finances; or a negative event currently happening in your life and/or the lives of loved ones? To walk on Christ’s body of water is to TRUST that God has everything under control and TRUST that He always keeps His promises to protect and care for you in all of life’s circumstances: IF you do the very few things He requires of you.

You CAN walk on water! You’ve only to choose to do so, then reap blessings now and eternal life later.

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10 September 2006 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Christ, Christianity, Church, Diety, Divinity, Faith, God, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Religion, Remnant, Sabbath, Salvation, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Testimonies, Theology, Truth

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  2. Dearest Sandy, I am so sorry for your recent loss of a son as well as your sister. I, too, have lost 2 children, many years ago though, but my brother just a few years ago; so I do understand how you are feeling. Grief is a process we have to work through.

    Nevertheless and in answer to your questions, no one goes to heaven until Christ comes in the clouds to take up all of His sheep. Until that time, when we die the first death, Christ assures us that we “sleep.” Other scriptures enlighten that we “know nothing, see nothing, hear nothing.” The good news is that when Christ calls our name, we will rise up and feel as though we only slept over night.

    One scripture that always helps me with losing loved ones is found in Isaiah and it directly relates to both loss and these end days in which we live: “Do you not know that I have spared your beloved dead from the terrors of these end days?” This end days are increasingly dark with wickedness and the horrors will continue only to worsen. So, it comforts me to know that my loved ones have been spared the nightmare of these days.

    The main thing we need to concentrate on is making sure that we have our life right with God; for then we will be reunited with our departed loved ones in heaven.

    It has been such a short time since the loss of your son, so right now your pain is very acute. Have faith in our Lord and, I assure you, the pain will become less; though we never stop missing our loved ones, we just finally come to a place where we can miss them without that raw pain.

    You might want to read my current Bible lesson, “Looking Back ~~ as Jesus Defines.” You might find it helpful at this time.

    I do so hope I’ve helped in some way. Please know that my prayers are with you, Sandy.

    Much love in Christ,
    BonnieQ 🙂

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  3. My son passed away on Feb 24th and I am hurting and confused and have some questions first i miss him so much and is he happy in heaven? Does he walk around and talk in heaven i am having a hard time getting someone to answer these questions and my sister passed away 7 months ago so this is very hard on me but my son i am really hurting and would like some answeres to these questions can he hear me talking to him? please answer
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  6. Steve, I will be posting an article this evening regarding God’s Sabbath, which will include a number of scripture references; albeit, not nearly 15 pages worth. You might want to read it, “Seal of The Living God.”

    Man can come up with 3, perhaps 4, scriptures that supposedly support keeping Sunday: God offers 15 pages, size 8-1/2 x 11 inches, in support of Saturday. You really might want your own copy of the exhaustive AKJV Topical Bible, “Truth Gathering.”

    The Apostles did not change the Sabbath to Sunday. It was a matter of doctrine to never collect tithes or conduct church business on God’s Holy Sabbath; thus, it always was done on Sunday, the first day of the week, at which time they also would dine together. In the book of Acts, there are at least 84 references to the Apostles obeying the Sabbath, entering the synagogues to teach, and even Gentiles asking them to teach them on the next Sabbath.

    As for Genesis not “naming” the Seventh day, it obviously was named but not cited until the Jews; who always have observed the Seventh day, sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Even theologians admit that there is NO scriptural support for keeping Sunday, just as they also know the exact month in which Christ was born: and it isn’t December, according to scripture. We’ve also been taught that there is no physical description of Jesus in the Bible, yet there is. Forgive me, I digress. 🙂

    The day was actually established by civil law as a mandatory Sabbath by the Roman Papacy 348 years after Christ died and after all living witness to Him had died. They began the deceitful change during the Apostles’ time and had the first civil law passed in 200 AD. The Roman Papacy clearly stated many years ago, “If protestants believe only the Bible, as they claim, then they should observe Saturday; but, they pay homage to the Papacy by observing Sunday: the MARK of our ecclesiastical authority to command them under sin.”

    Thus, Hebrews c.4 makes it clear that to observe any other day is an example of unbelief. Therefore, when Romans 14:5 is rightly divided and place with ALL scripture from throughout the Bible relative to the fourth precept, it in no way supports keeping just any day.

    Much love in Christ,
    BonnieQ
    https://bonnieq.wordpress.com

    Comment by bonnieq | 13 September 2006 | Reply

  7. Very interesting article.

    Since Genesis 2 numbers days (seventh day) rather than naming them, then any 7th day, whether it be every tuesday or every saturday, can qualify as a day of rest. As long as 6 days divide every day of rest, then that 7th day qualifies as a day of rest, regardless of the name we humans have given that day.

    Take a look at Romans 14:5. “One man judges one day above another, while another man judges all days alike. Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind.”

    Any day of the week can qualify for the sabbath. Though some say Saturday, and some say Sunday, we shouldn’t think one to be more right than the other. Instead, we should be fully convinced in our minds that the day we choose as our day of rest is indeed a day of rest and we should approach it accordingly. It is not the name of the day itself that seems to be important, but only that this day occurs every 7 days and that it be centered around God.

    Christians chose Sunday as their day of rest ever since the time of the apostles (see ACTS 20:7, 1 COR 16:2). The reason being is that the Lord of the Sabbath rose from the dead on the first day of the week (Sunday).

    Whatever you choose your day of rest to be, let it be a day of devotion that gives God the glory!

    Take care,

    Steve from Poetic Pilgrimage.

    Comment by Steve | 12 September 2006 | Reply


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