There are moments when God has us walk on the waters with Him, but there are also times when He will pull us under into the deep. I’ll never forget the first time I saw myself (in a vision) out in the water and God was beckoning me deeper and deeper and suddenly I realized that I could no longer touch the bottom and I felt pulled under. At first, I struggled and then I realized it was God Who was pulling me past where I could reach, and He was inviting me to trust Him at a deeper level.
You see, all these analogies about the water and going deeper have a double meaning, what God was showing me in that moment years ago, was that He wanted me to give up my control. I was to let go. I don’t know about you, but for me giving up control can sometimes feel like drowning and it can seem so scary. When I talk about going deeper with God, I’m talking about seeking deeper places within His heart, but also deeper areas for me to surrender….to give up control….to admit that because God is God there are parts of Him and ways He moves that I have not yet seen. There are parts of His presence that can make me feel very uncomfortable, but His peace is always a guide for my life. He will keep in perfect peace, those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in Him.
When I seek out the Lord in new ways, I don’t use my discomfort as a gauge, rather, I use His peace to protect me. His Spirit will always bear witness to the things that are truly of Him. I don’t have to fear being mislead if I remain open to His direction and correction. For years because of some faulty teaching, I was bound by a religious spirit. That spirit made me immobile. I was so afraid of being wrong or doing wrong that I was stuck. Then as God began to unravel my wrong thinking, He asked me to simply trust Him with childlike faith. Part of that trusting meant I would trust Him to correct me if I needed it. So now, all these years later, I am constantly aware and open to His correction. It’s a much freer and safer way to live.
Spend a moment today and ask God to show you any places in your heart and mind that have embraced a faulty concept of belief. Any places where you believe something about God that is simply untrue. Allow His Spirit to wash over even the most deeply seated false truths and half truths that have hidden themselves in your heart. He desires for us to see Him as He truly is, not how others have told us He is. He can speak to you Himself. You can hear His voice. The Voice of Truth.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. Romans 8:13-17