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Surfing With The Lord

Surfing With The Lord
Facing Big Waves With Confidence

...till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, Ephesians 4:13-14 (NKJV)

As a child I grew up down at the beaches of Southern California.  It was there in the waves of Huntington Beach where I fell in love with the ocean.  I remember learning to body surf in the beginning.  It was the best.  It was new, exciting and sometimes dangerous.  At first I would ride the waves close to the shoreline, as I felt safe there.  

Soon, I was moving further out - this was the toughest part.  It was like being in no man's land neither close, nor far.  The problem was the bigger waves would come crashing down on top of you in this area.  And if you tried to swim back to shore to avoid them, the current would suck you back out to the sea right about the time the wave would be crashing.  If you ever have been pounded and pinned down under a wave, then you know why this is a bad place to hang out.  

The more time I spent in the water, the more my faith would grow in my abilities.  So I would venture outside as the surfers call it.  This could sometimes be intimidating as I could no longer touch the ground out here and sometimes I would feel a little anxious tempted to return to what I believed to be safe.  At first I would give into these thoughts and head for shore, but soon I realized the shallow water wasn't where I longed to be.  I needed the more challenging stuff because I knew it was much more rewarding.  

As I look back on this progression, it made me think about how our Christian walk is. Let me explain.  

When we walked without Jesus in our life it was like being on the dry shore.  We felt confident because we believed we were on a solid foundation, but this was not the case.

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 (NKJV)

God has a plan for us to be reunited with Him and this means we needed to get wet in our walk of faith, so we accepted Jesus and were baptized outwardly to proclaim to the world we are a follower of Him and to tell them what had transpired in our heart.

When we first make our profession of faith in Jesus, it is just like the waves closer to the shore we feel like we have made the transition from dry land to water and we can feel safe but we are still dangerously close to the dry land of our old lifestyles.

As we start to venture out in our Christian faith it can be like making our way from the smaller, safer waves out to the challenging bigger waves.  We can begin to lose faith when we get in over our head as we face these huge waves of problems. When this happens we can try to swim back to the old life, or we can be caught in between in no man's land again, very dangerous as we can be tossed to and fro with every type of doctrine because we failed to get deep into God's Word.

Hey Christian, we have but one choice, and it is to get out into the deep waters.  These deep waters represent our walk with the Lord - our spending time in prayer; having proper true knowledge, reading of His entire Word, and our faith being strengthened as we face every wave of fear tempting us, as we believe God is fully in control.   

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ephesians 4:13-14, why are we not to remain children in our faith and our knowledge of God's Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  How far out are you into the waves of your Christian walk? Are you going out into the deep waters of faith and allowing God to transform you from the old person into a person more like Christ?

APPLICATION:  Start paddling, go deep, trust God and exercise your faith.  Let Him lead you to His deeper waters.

Father, help me to get past the shore-breakers today.  Help me to get out with You and to experience what it is You have intended for my life in the way of my Christian walk.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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