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I obeyed Jesus!…Why am I in a storm?! Why did God let this happen?…. Did I do something to deserve this! Is God mad at me? …Psst! Hey God IS NOT creator of confusion!… So read what Peter did!

Why am I in a storm?…. I was doing what Jesus said to do…right?? Why did God let this happen?? Is God doing this to me? What did I do to deserve this?  I bet Peter thought all that too, as he was bailing water out of the boat he had been told to get into! I bet Peter was little “confused” as Peter and his friends had obeyed Jesus right?, and left without Jesus as told!… And  Jesus had only told them go to the other side in the boat! Read this story told in Matthew 14:22-34;

Jesus did not EVER send them to the storm but “to go the other side” … The devil brought the storm to hinder, and detour their “intended” path that “he could see” they were on. And Peter knew how to navigate a boat over this lake very well as a fisherman, and had dealt with storms his whole life as a fisherman… So he would usually feel safe in a boat..and “self confident” on the water.

And Jesus had never told Peter before, to go do anything in a boat that did not happen for his good before… So what happen this time…what was different ?

I’ll tell you…. This time it was not about Peter…it was about who was on the other side! And so that we who can now read this story, can learn that without Jesus “we” can do no thing! (John 15:5)

The really cool thing I notice is Jesus was “already” walking out to them …He was not on shore waiting until they called for Him. He was there right on time to do what was needed!

And when the question arose from Peter.. Lord if it be you? Then bid me come ( Mat 14:28 )… Peter the only fully humane known to ever walk on water, got out “on” the promise of the voice “he recognized”!…BUT notice… He did not “ask” Jesus come get in MY boat! Think on that! And He was a fisherman! He trusted boats of His choosing! …But this was a crazy storm!

But Peter was only one who recognized that if Jesus said it …then it was always possible, and more importantly …. “It was ALWAYS better to be in the presence of Jesus than be in “any” place of security of His own choosing! ”  Think about that… Even if that is OUT on the water, without a boat in the midst of a storm!

So here is Peter the only known human to defy law of gravity and walk on water…and it says he only “started to sink” and could still utter the words help me without gurgling water! And Jesus who,was ” incarnate presence of God” as Word was God and Word became flesh! (John 1:1, vs:14)…and so Jesus fulfilled the words that NEVER change! …

Isa59:1Kjv-“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” Then Jesus placed Peter in the boat, and THEN got in with him… “for the others he had also sent”…..Bringing “His faith” to “their assistance”! To fulfil the words spoken! … “Go to the other side” as God intended them!

Jesus does NOT speak to send you…and then see if He can “tempt” you to stop…. because the word always sent is fulfilled!

Isa 55:11Amp-“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”… Peter was learning to trust…That If Jesus said it…it will be!

And it is against God’s nature to tempt you! James 1:13Amp- “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.”….You must know that about God YOUR Father!

And settle it now in your mind and heart! Do not forget it!  Because you never know who may be waiting for YOU to arrive on the other side of the storm “sent” by the devil!… As the wind was “against” them (Mat14:24) Why? To keep “them” , or you from God’s intended plan for you to “walk” in!! (Eph 2:10.)

God never changes! Mal 3:6, And Jesus never changes Heb13;8… And Holy Spirit is “sent” to be WITH you always “forever”! (John 14:16 ) He is already SENT to be “near you” … in you! (Gal 4:6)…to be your deliverance “over.”.. EVERY weapon formed.. “against” you! (Isa 54:17) The devil “formed waves” by a contrary wind “against” them…. And Jesus kept the enemy “under” His feet! Hallelujah!

And Jesus “helped imperfect Peter” do the same! Teaching Peter only rely on Jesus, and what a “little” faith could do, and also Jesus go in boat…So “they” could “ALL” get to the other side, just as He told them ALL to do! Thank you Jesus! You never change!

Lord help me get to the other side so I can “introduce” someone else “who is waiting” to know the “presence” of the “peace” of Jesus, that is always there WITH you in YOUR storm..Why? To “KEEP you” (John 17:11-12 red ink) walking out His “intended” plan you read in Eph 2:10! And WITH all power OVER the enemy! (Luke 10:19).

Don’t let the devil “convince” you, (or confuse you) ..that your “under” the circumstances, or that God did it to you!…With Christ in YOU…You are a Child of God, and that makes you an OVER come’er!
Seek to stay in the presence and you can always walk over those weapons formed against you!
Jesus will always be there to hold your hand to fulfil His plan for you (Isa 41:13)…..

Stand on ALL the promises that are yes and amen! (2Cor 1:20) And then notice that God “His nature, the essence of who He is, and how He “ALWAYS ” acts” for His chosen and never changes!  Like His word He never changes…God, Jesus, Holy Spirit does not change! … Like Peter you can hear and, recognize the voice… Jesus knows you!! (John 10:27 )

Therefore you can walk it out!..Just follow His directions given you! … Go the way He says…But remember He said this too!… in THIS world you will have trouble…But be of good cheer!!  Why? LOOK!  ….

John 16:33Amp-“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” …

And we are reminded again in 1John5:18 Amp! Says.. Shall not harm you!  Amen!  And God is never the creator of confusion but of Peace! He said so! For us too!(1Cor 14:33)

So You CAN always keep walking confidently …. even in a storm! Just…

“Walk” clearly on the narrow road…. And stay in the light!  Pastor Ernie

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I’m thinking on Jesus with woman at well…teaching His disciples NOT to be consumers!… A Divine appointment.

Uummm a good sister made me think about Jesus today… Now please think on this regarding Jesus “with” that woman at the well. (John4:1-43) …The disciples went to get food for themselves. But notice did not go to tell the people about Jesus! They were even surprised He would actually talk to her, let alone speak so straight forward and honestly! (John 4: 25-27)…

In this story Jesus went through the “short cut” (Samaria) headed “down” to Galilee through hilly terrain to eventual destination, through a tough place no self respecting Hebrew would ever be found dead, as would really mess up your “reputation” and be “shamed”.

Jesus did not need to hurry along (It was a short cut) one that those who considered themselves “true” Jews would never take…But Jesus even chose to stop at the well and rest. And the Father let Him know who He would meet there, and told Him all about her! …Because the Father loved her, saw her need, and had a plan to set her free!… He wanted her to get “her” drink of truth, and receive freedom from shame and pain of her past. …from the one “well” that never runs dry, right from Jesus “the well” Himself! (John 4:14) ….Jesus who ONLY did what the Father told Him, OR only did what the Father showed Him! (John 12:49, John 5:19);

Jesus was sent there to her, and her city!…A divine appointment on way to Galilee.

And she was freed that day…. I know because she no longer avoided the people who might try to shame her, which is why she was going to the well at the Hottest part of the day to avoid “shame”;

In Mideast the well was the place to visit and exchange news and gossip, a communication center in the area…… But after Jesus spoke she went to find those people right away, even dropping her bucket, to GO to the people who knew her, and said you gotta come see a man, who knew about me, but told me truth, and you can  get your “own” drink of Freedom! Come see Him! He could be YOUR Saviour! ( The “lady” was the first evangelist …Lol )

People who ARE free, who have overcome…. They gotta a “testimony” about the the saviour Jesus Christ!

When “you” die to self …you let go of shame and except NO condemnation because you know in whom YOU believe!
Rev 12:11Nasb- “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Therefore we should not worry over numbers of people , counting the people or those who got saved last year…looking at just a number…. but seek to add to the number daily!

But really I say sadly, there are to many alters in America this past Sunday that had no invitation made, no salvations added, no sorrow over sin, and tears of repentance, and no one set free in deed. Because “we” do not walk in tough place’s to take the short cut’s through those rough places by speaking straight Truth… to the ones in need of being set free… those who will “freely receive” ….IF presented the opportunity for a drink…. But today the church is more like the disciples on that day with Jesus who only displayed a desire for consuming.

So “The church” does not really speak (straight) Truth as Jesus does here at the well, and of a need to “change”;… In church today I see mostly that grace accepts you. Because “we”… want “them”…. to want to give to us! To hang out with us!  And count them??  (No wonder God did not like numbering the soldiers. ) Yes there is love and grace and acceptance, Just as we are… to come to Jesus…and change! True freedom requires change… Turning from sin toward Jesus is a change in direction of our life! That is repentance…. (Oops I said that out loud. Well Jesus said it a lot too. Mat 4:17);

And THEN “discipleship” keeps them moving the right direction “following” Him, and by that be seen daily reflecting more of Jesus, less of them. But that’s a different subject.(sanctification by the word, through discipleship “teaching the word” to them!)

We “all” need to speak of our testimony…About a man named Jesus! Who knew everything about you and STILL offered to SET YOU FREE! And I then can hear and see you really have accepted Him too…. I am reading your fruit. And by the fruit, I can tell “now” your a good tree…Now….because your grafted in to the true vine. Because a bad tree can not bear good fruit (Mat 7:18 )… Look at the lady at the well;

This lady, she went out immediately and produced good fruit right.  And faced those who really needed to hear her testimony of how Jesus changed her “life”. She desired to “Give” …not get.. “Not consume”… And she actually changed the “disciples plans” for their journey by a couple more days… But not the Father’s plan… He wanted to deliver “all” who would “accept” what Jesus had to tell them and show them. To set them free to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth right there in there own city! With Him in their midst! (John 4:23-24)

We are the church… We need to go add to the church “here” to today, so we can then worship with them too!…But notice says in Spirit AND in “Truth”…… Like the woman at the well set free by remaining in Truth…she did not avoid it or hide her past now !
If “we” start acting like the Church; Then church leadership is free to disciple them…They should NOT be expected to do ALL the work of adding to the church too! Even though I feel there should “almost” always be “alter call” opportunities at Sunday church.

But God says the Pastors (Like the Apostles who finally grew up!) ARE to equip the saints for the work of the ministry! (Eph 4:11-12)… So “we” the saints can add to the church daily! …. to “Go” to all !…And Jesus said that to us too! (Mat 28:19-20) …

But you make disciples “from” baby Christians, and “we” the church are to help birth them! To help them become born again!…The Lord adding to the church daily, not consuming people, like gaining from other churches, but saving the lost,! Helping the blind to see truth (2Cor 4:4 Amplified!), to see Jesus who is Truth and yes equally full of grace (John 1:14Nasb ); Setting people free from yoke of bondage! (John8:31-32Amp)  Like the church in Acts chap 2 was taught, is still to be God’s design today!

In (2:47)..It was His Spirit working thru them all adding to their numbers! God’s design for the church “us” in the pews too! …And let the ‘leadership”  appointed by God,…be correctly allowed to focus on teaching the word, and “making disciples” that… Clearly walk in the narrow road, and stay in the light! 😉  Pastor Ernie

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Single again Christians…Truly adultery Can hurt real deep…It’s destructive….But so is Unforgiveness.

Hey Singles… and Single again Christians… Adultery hurts deep, and it destroys relationships….And sadly this type of destruction of a relationship happens to often these days, (worse it even happens at times among church leadership) and forgiveness is a hard thing to “give” others at times… But learn this: When I forgive others; Forgiveness ONLY frees “me”…not them.

If I forgive them, it allows me to move forward and be truly free and not grow bitter! If I allow root of bitterness grow, it causes other fruit to hang around I don’t want too! (See Eph 4:31-32) When I’m walking in “forgiveness” toward them that harmed me, now their sin that caused me pain, has no more place in my emotions, or mind.

In cancelling the debt we felt was owed us, we let them go, and now they can be dealt with by God…not by me or others trying to make them accountable.( Only Holy Spirit convicts of sin)  But I can NOW go freely and get what ever I need from God, and that past thing with them is over.. I forget it, Like God…not forgotten, but meaning that I just don’t need to ever bring it up again.

Unless of course they accept the forgiveness and also seek the same “from” me.
Then I “could” have restoration of fellowship;  But forgiveness, although always required by God, does not necessitate, never “requires fellowship” to be restored with them as well. ( Sometimes we can not. )  Giving forgiveness only makes me healthier, and in fellowship “with” God….always my primary relationship concern as a Christian. And always God’s main concern  with us!

And maybe my “action” of “giving” them forgiveness, (even if they never ask me too ) may allow them to see their “sin” and repent, and recognize their need for God’s love …which is the only love that never leaves you or forsakes you. And He is the only one that fills the void in the heart which drives people to seek love in all the wrong places, from all the wrong people…. Hell sadly, will be full of these people…unless they can see Jesus (in us) and also turn to Him to receive forgiveness of their sins from Him!

UNforgiveness is the ONE thing “we” can control and hold on too, that can “keep us”  from holding “everything”, that God wants to give us, …”when” we let God be in control. (Mat 6:15);

ALL love is of God and when your in relationship with Him…He is faithful forever, He will always love you, always accept you, and always forgive you. When you do things His way, He takes care of you completely and protects you… and He is your integrity… and protector of it that too. (Psalm 25:20-21; Psalm 37:7-9)

I would personally blame a husband more, who allows himself to take advantage of a temptation that avails it’s self to him, which brings harm to his bride and his family….And definitely himself! As God says He is being led to destruction, which any man with a wife, already KNOWS he will be in mega trouble if caught! He was not ignorant of the potential cost, he can see it coming, and so he tries to hide it, or cast blame on everyone else when found out…Besides God said your sins will always find you out … But the husband ( or the spouse allowing this) realizes and sees what is coming…
Prov5:4-6Nasb- “For the lips of an adulteress drip honey
And smoother than oil is her speech;
4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol.
6 She does not ponder the path of life;
Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.”…..

But notice God says the adulteress woman walking her way and leading the man to destruction is deceived, it says she really “does not know it.” …He only “acted” ignorant…she was truly blind. But I must forgive them both to receive everything I need from the Father and then decide if I can, or should restore the fellowship, or just move on to receive the best God has planned for me.(Eph 2:10) apart from them… (It is always our choice to walk in God’s plan…or take a detour!)

And I should really feel great sorrow for both participants in adultery; Because Hell is: “Eternal” place of complete separation from God, in a suffocating, burning blackness forever. I would not wish it on even my enemies no matter what’s been done to me.

The reason the disciples were able to take the punishment they “all” did, and in the end be killed for teaching about Jesus even to “their enemies”, was because they had personally known Jesus, and they saw Him ascend to heaven…and therefore knew Hell was also a certainty. Except for Paul who met Jesus personally, seeing Him as light and hearing Him. And received His Holy Spirit sent from Father.  And so they all gave their lives to help people avoid hell… Meaning they also had to forgive a whole lot of hurtful things done to them. (Mat 5:44-45)..Says bless your enemies, do good to those who persecute you. …So that you act like children of God.

Forgiveness allows you to say good things, and do good things toward your enemies… to “bless them”…even those who harmed you deeply and personally. Allowing them to see God’s work is real. And hopefully stopping their feet from taking hold of Hell. “Sheol”. …A very real place.

Because I know hell is very real, I can forgive them and move forward…. “forgetting” what lies behind, and looking at what lies ahead”. ( Philip 3:13) Paul wrote that, the Apostle who  “Jewish historians” believe might have been divorced as well;
“But Paul himself never mentions it in the bible.”… Maybe it’s because he understood forgiveness and learned how to love his enemies….Uummm

It’s like the old saying goes …If you cannot think of something good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.

So make sure you have really let go of what you “feel” was “owed you”,.. You know you have forgiven when you don’t think of being somehow repaid; Then you can use both hands, and ALL your heart to chose to receive everything that God wants you to walk in!… What’s that?

Gal5:22-23Amp- “But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].” …That’s a lot of good stuff from God! And go read (Deut 28:1-14) bunch more good stuff!….ALL that along with eternal life in Christ, and heaven as our kingdom home with OUR Father God!

I “see” that as, Waaaay better than hell! And why can I talk about this?…I think, cuz I am divorced (2008), a single parent; And because God did not ever leave me in the pain, but helped me forgive. Then He went and made me a teaching pastor,… seems like mostly to single adults. God still takes evil and turns it to good when we let Him…Like Joseph…Now there is a lesson on giving forgiveness, letting go, and receiving blessings from God! Gen40-Gen50:26..Uumm. “For the saving of many people” …Joseph said that (Gen50:20 Kjv )

Joseph was a “single” young man threatened with death, tossed in a pit, sold into slavery, almost raped, then falsely accused of trying to make a woman commit adultery, and then cast wrongly into prison, but he learned to forgive and trust God always,… finally promoted to place of great blessing that included a wife and family. But first he had to “learn” that forgiveness kept him free in spite of his environment,, and that it can help save others.

Be Blessed; Stay clearly on the narrow road and remain in the light! Pastor Ernie Harpster

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