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Stepping Stones: Which Category Are You?

Stepping Stones: Which Category Are You?
July 21, 2010 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip

I love sports and realized athletes fall into 2 categories. Every athlete makes mistakes regularly, so the categories are, 1. Make a mistake, get down on yourself, follow it up with another mistake, and then don’t learn from either mistake, or 2. Make a mistake, follow it with corrective or atoning action, and then learn from your mistake to improve and grow yourself.

Even the most mature Christian’s faith falters at times…we all make mistakes. But this must not be thought of as failure. None of us are perfect…we don’t 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 and acting on the truths we intellectually know are true.

Peter’s faith faltered when he was walking on water even in the presence of the Lord. When your faith does falter, do as Peter did, reach for Your Lord’s 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 mistakenly putting his trust in instead of God’s teachings, promises, and character.

So to, when you put your faith or confidence in something other than God…like others’ opinions or approval…your finances or possessions….skills or intellect…looks or status…you will falter. Confess your sin…another false god.

Today, receive God’s forgiveness and instruction. Examine how life would be if you put your confidence and faith in God instead of ourselves or the things of this world. 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 to transform your life. When your faith falters, don’t follow it up with another mistake. Instead, confess your mistake and learn why your faith was in yourself or this world. Your choice, so why choose more struggle.

Prayer
Father God, my Lord, when my faith falters, remind me that I have not totally 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 this in the name of my safety net when I stumble, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – 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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