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Cry Out, Step Out, Reach Out!

March 20, 2013

The Christian walk is a process and being the sinful soul I am with distractions in every direction falling is easy. I believe the most important thing to remember for me is I don’t have to have it all together. I simply need to realize without God’s help I can’t achieve anything for Him. Psalm 107 shows in verses 6, 13, 19 and 28 the same thing over and over again after God’s chosen people wandered away. “Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.” (KJV) The same exact thing four times in one chapter. Seems to me it’s pretty important.

When you look at the miracles Jesus performed it was the same thing. People would call out to Him and He would heal them. Many reached out to Him as well to touch just the hem of His garment. “And as many as touched Him were made well.” (Mark 6:56b) Why do I forget to call out to Him when I’ve messed up? He know it. I can’t hide from Him. He simply wants me to own up to it.

Once He’s healed us we need to step out in faith and show the world how good He’s been to us. In Matthew 9:1-8 Jesus heals a paralytic and tells him to “Arise, take up your bed and walk.” Granted, the healing had taken place, but how many of us have the faith after not being able to do anything to believe we could pick up our bed and walk? My inability to demonstrate what He’s done in me and through me discourages me often. Why don’t I take up my bed and walk?

Matthew 14:22-33 shows all three steps from the title beautifully. The disciples had been rowing for hours and Jesus is walking past them on the water! Verse 26 says they cried out for fear, “Is it a ghost?” Just crying out in desperation honestly is enough for God. Jesus answered them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Peter then asks Jesus to command him to come to Him and Jesus responds “Come.” Peter steps out in faith and walks on the water. The next part is when he gets distracted by the wind much like so many things distract me. Peter begins to sink and cries out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out and caught Him.

I believe the biggest key to my walk with God is knowing I will mess up, but it’s okay. It doesn’t mean I want to mess up, but when I do, if I’ll cry out to Him, He’ll save me. When I’m walking strong in faith and get distracted, as soon as I realize I’m going down I just need to call to Him, or reach for Him, and He’s there! There are ups and downs, bumps in the road, etc., but when we call to our Savior He’s there to rescue us!

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