Eight years ago Pastor Miles flew up to a small town in Canada to preach at a youth conference. Upon his arrival he saw skydivers, and decided he would go skydiving.
He had to go with a guy strapped to his back with the parachute. Once the plane ascended to 12,000 feet the skydivers could jump. So when it came time for Pastor Miles to jump, he was instructed to sit by the door where they would jump from and hold onto a bar until he was instructed to jump. At this point as you cannot see the ground below you clearly, it would be easy to chicken out. However, once you let go and jump, you're in for the rush of a lifetime, and that is what he did.
When you let go of all that holds you back from completely surrendering to the Lord, you will experience amazing supernatural things as you surrender control to Him. God didn't call you to walk with Him to do only what you can do by yourself. He calls you to walk with Him, to see Him do supernatural miracles in and through your life.
There are three specific ways to surrender control to God. Pastor Miles clearly outlined these three ways through Mark 6. In this chapter of Mark we witness the amazing miracle of when Jesus walks on water. Before jumping in we must remember the basics regarding miracles.
- God sets up the miracle and He sets you up for it as well.
- Miracles meet human needs.
- God does the miracle, not you. Therefore, the glory goes to Him!
Get in and Go
When God tells you to do something go and do it. There should be no question. Don't let the paralysis of analysis stop you. Sometimes when situations arise that seem beyond us, we hesitate, or avoid the situation because of fear or over-thinking it. Sometimes our overanalyzing is what keeps us from taking that step of faith.
Mark 6:45-46 states, immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
Ride the Waves
Sometimes we see our situation through a very temporal viewpoint. We may see the water rising all around us and think God doesn't know what He is doing. However, what we tend to forget that no matter what discouragements or disappointments come our way, nothing is a surprise to God.
Mark 6:47-50 states, now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled.
In Matthew 14 we see a more detailed description of this account. Matthew 14:25-32 states, now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid."
And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
We can see that God puts us in challenging situations to see something that otherwise we never could have seen or learned from. Whether it is fully committing your life to Christ for the first time, or making a career commitment, or whatever it may be, it's time to boldly step out in faith, trusting God for every need and fear.
Don't let fear inhibit you, take the step of faith today. Anything and everything else that put your trust in that isn't the Lord will sink. We can know that when we step out in faith, Jesus is there to walk along side us through all of it, so we have no reason to fear.