You see, we are all called to run a race for Jesus, and repentance is the starting line of that race. It’s futile to try to run the race if you never made it to the starting line to begin with! This is the problem with many believers today. They are trying to follow the Lord, but they have never truly repented and surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. The result of the false gospel so prevalent today can be seen in churches full of half-hearted Christians whose lives are still centered on selfishness and the principles of the world. Jesus came to bring the kingdom of God to the earth. He came to completely transform individuals, families and nations from the inside out – a radical revolution that would change the world through obedient, blood-bought servants who are willing to bow their knee and say, “Lord, after all You have done for me, what would You have me do for You?” – WRITTEN BY BROTHER YUN

Friday, May 16, 2014


"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. - Matthew 14:29

So what happens when someday you stand face to face with reality, when the pressures of your life are just waiting for you to open the doors to your mind so that they can just squeeze into the meager space that you’ve left for yourself, or when the truth, the questions that you’ve been trying to evade confront you, when you feel that life’s just giving you a hard time? You might have had a smooth sail till now, but just when you begin to think that nothing can go wrong in your life anymore, your whole world comes crashing down in front of you? Would you still be able to lift up your hands and praise His name? Would you be able to stop yourself from questioning God?

When Jesus called Peter to walk on water, He wanted Peter to trust Him completely. As long as Peter had his eyes fixed on Jesus and not on the raging seas and the storm around him, he could walk towards Jesus, and he could claim the miracle for himself; but when he realized that he was walking on water, and saw the waters that were overwhelming, he started drowning. It was a test of faith in which Peter failed. At times God asks us to do the impossible; to forget everything, and to trust Him completely. He asks us to believe, and claim our miracle, but because of our little faith, we fail. We fail to realize that our Father is the maker of heaven and earth and that even the very hairs of our head are all numbered (Matthew 10:30). He is the Lord of all creation; there is nothing too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:17). He knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13), He knew us even before we were formed in her womb (Jeremiah 1:5). He has given us so many promises, but still sometimes we fail to trust in Him. Ever wondered why?

I’m sure most of us would’ve praised God when we come out of a difficult situation, or when every problem in our life seems to have a solution, but what happens when we don’t have a solution? What happens when we’re on the verge of losing everything? Most of us give up, others hold on just ‘coz they have no other option, and a very few trust in the Father. 

Hasn’t the Lord promised us that those who wait upon the Lord will soar with wings like eagles, that they shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). The reason why most of us lose hope and give up is because we look at the storms in our life and don’t fix our eyes on Jesus. The reason why we drown ourselves in a sea of self pity at times of these trials is because we do not believe in miracles. We do not believe that the God who can raise a dead man to life, is able to heal the cancer, we do not believe that the God who made the lame to walk, and the blind to see is capable of curing the tumor or the headache, we fail to believe that the God who ate with tax collectors and forgave the adulteress woman, could forgive our sins. He can do anything for us. 

All He wants us to do is turn to Him and ask. Weep before Him, cry out to Him and tell Him that we’re hurt. We might feel that this hurt is beyond repair, but Jesus is the one who took the form of man, lived among us, and suffered, just so that all our sins might be forgiven, so that every sickness can be healed, and every sinner be saved (John 3:16).

Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." (Matthew 14:28).

Peter had asked Jesus to command him to walk towards Him. Our lives as believers begin when we allow Jesus to enter into our hearts, when we allow Him to test us, break us and mould us. Our lives become better and we see God working. Invite Him to come and take away everything in your life that has been keeping you away from Him. Allow Him to take His rightful place in your heart, and make your body His temple. Trust Him, and He will make a way for all your problems. The trials of today will be the reason for your joy tomorrow (John 16:20). Ask Him to call you out on the water, and walk with your eyes fixed on your creator lest you may fall. He is able.

Sometimes these words may seem to be just empty promises, but as you get to know Jesus, as you understand the depth of His love, you’ll know that there is no greater love that His and that even if He has allowed these testing times in your life, it’s because He loves you. He will make sure that you feel loved and blessed even when you’re drowning. He will lift you up, set you on a solid ground. He is like a potter, making you into His perfect masterpiece. Allow Him to break you and strengthen you, so that you’ll be able to stand and testify, so that you’ll be able to smile through your bad times and praise Him in every storm. Look around and you’ll know that you have a million reasons to bless His name.

(Note: This article was written by Ms. Agnes Poulose. She is an engineer. GHG team thank Ms. Agnes Poulose for the article. May God bless her abundantly. If you wish to send your own article, kindly mail it to goldenhandsofgrace@gmail.com)

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