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Stepping Stones: Faltering Faith Is Not Failure

Stepping Stones: Faltering Faith Is Not Failure
June 2, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
Even the most evolved Christian’s faith falters at times; this must not be thought of as failure. None of us are perfect…have the total mind of Christ. We will be fully sanctified when we are with Him in heaven. Until then, we will stumble at times…not always believing the truths we intellectually know are true. Peter’s faith faltered even in the presence of the Lord. When your faith does falter, do as Peter did, reach for Your Lords hand. Peter was able to use these situations as opportunities to draw closer to God…to use God’s lenses to examine His heart….to see what he was believing in instead of God’s teachings, promises, and character.
So to, when you put your faith or confidence in something other than God…others’ opinions…your finances or possessions….skills or intellect…looks or status…you will falter. Confess your sin…another false god. Receive God’s forgiveness and instruction. Examine how life would be if you put your confidence/faith in God instead. Growth, peace, and awesome worship of God will be your reward when you seize this opportunity instead of wallowing in shame, self-pity, and wasting God’s power.

Prayer

Father, teach me how to pray.
God my Lord, when my faith falters, remind me that I have not failed. When Peter’s faith faltered he reached out to You Lord, the only one who could save him. When I am afraid I look to You my Savior. I take Your hand as You reach to save me. Thank You Jesus. Help me remember each second that You are the only one who can really help. I pray that You reach and touch me with Your healing power. Help me Lord maintain my faith when situations are difficult. Help me keep my eyes on Your healing power rather than on my inadequacies or Satan’s masquerading idols. I pray in Jesus’ faithful name – AMEN

The Truth
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt”
Matthew 14:30-31
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
Hebrews 12:2-3

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