WHY WE NEED TO GET IN THE BOAT WITH JESUS

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Because I live in Arizona, I am around an amazing amount of water.  Quite a few people I know and those I dog sit for, have pools.  There is water, water everywhere! When we have had a good rainfall here, our retention ponds fill up to capacity.  I love being blessed by a full or half day of rain.  When that happens, it’s hard for me to believe I am living in the desert!

Arizona is also blessed with beautiful lakes and canyons………the beauty is beyond compare.

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I know people that own boats that are out on the lakes every single weekend.  What amazes me is the beautiful desert living, but yet we are not without vast bodies of water to see and enjoy right in our own backyard………

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When JESUS came to HIS disciples over the sea toward Capernaum at first they were afraid and HE said to them: “It is I; do not be afraid. And then they willingly received HIM into the boat…….” JOHN 6: 20-21.  They willingly received HIM.  Did you get that?  And how about you……….are you willingly………. in the boat with HIM?

IF I GET IN THE BOAT WITH HIM, I AM SURRENDERING MY LIFE TO A JOURNEY WITH JESUS.

If JESUS personally invites you into HIS boat, will you surrender and go with HIM?

HIS LOVING HAND IS REACHING OUT RIGHT NOW FOR YOU……….

TAKE IT!

Once you take JESUS hand, the journey begins.  Stops along the way have meaning, and depth and worth.  The view is priceless………and so is HIS guidance and wisdom!  HE won’t steer you wrong, instead HE will become the anchor of your soul!

Getting in the boat with JESUS means you will go through storms, because you know HE can calm them with a wave of HIS hand.  HIS ability to calm will leave you at peace.  Ultimately, peace is what we all seem to search for………when our souls are in turmoil, we cannot function well and in the book of PSALMS David said it best……..

PSALM 42: 5 “WHY ARE YOU CAST DOWN, O MY SOUL?  AND WHY ARE YOU DISQUIETED WITHIN ME?

When you are in the boat with JESUS your life will be headed in the right direction and you won’t feel as if your soul is lost……..because HE loves you with a love that is beyond compare and HIS wisdom is truth.  HIS love for you is unshakable and never ending!  The love we receive here on earth is nothing like the love of our SAVIOR.

In HIS boat there is peace, love and mercy.  But you have to be 100% willing to sail with HIM.  You need to allow JESUS to steer the boat, otherwise you are likely to sink due to your own attempts.  HE becomes your Captain of all things in your life and you will look to HIM to keep you safe even in stormy seas, because you know that the calm will come after the storm. Your Captain knows what HE is doing!  

TRUST YOUR CAPTAIN WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL, AND MIND. WHEN YOU DO, THERE IS COMPLETE PEACE TO BE FOUND BY YOU.

JESUS had a lesson for HIS disciples in the boat and HE has a lesson for us………HE wants us all to trust HIM, and to realize that HE has all of our well being in mind. JESUS knows each and every one of our stories.  HE wants us to not be afraid anymore……..

JOHN 6: 19-20; “THEY SAW JESUS WALKING ON THE SEA AND DRAWING NEAR THE BOAT; AND THEY WERE AFRAID.”

“BUT HE SAID TO THEM, “IT IS I, DO NOT BE AFRAID.”

If you could give up one emotion to not feel so deeply wouldn’t it be fear?  I know for me that is my choice……..being fearful paralyzes me!  But if I put that fear into JESUS arms and let go, I become fearless!  With HIM by my side, I have nothing to fear……..

ROMANS 8:31: “IF GOD IS FOR US, WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?”

Right now…….today……. choose JESUS……..choose HIM before it’s too late.  HE is waiting for you with open arms! All you need to do is swim as fast as you can towards HIM.  Leave every care behind and look ahead for HIS boat.  Look for HIS bright beacon of hope upon the crystal blue water.  Let HIM rescue you from those deep waters.  HE is your safe place, HE is your SAVIOR and REDEEMER……. trust that HE is your all and all.

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PSALM 89: 9 “YOU RULE THE RAGING OF THE SEA; WHEN IT’S WAVES RISE, YOU STILL THEM.”

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