Keep Recognizing Jesus !!!!!!

18 Jun

. . . Peter . . . walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid . . . —Matthew 14:29-30

The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him, and “walked on the water.” Then he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. Why couldn’t our Lord have enabled him to walk at the bottom of the waves, as well as on top of them? He could have, yet neither could be done without Peter’s continuing recognition of the Lord Jesus.

We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then comes His rebuke, “. . . why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31). Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but keep recognizing Jesus, maintaining complete reliance upon Him.

If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is all over for you. Never start to say, “Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?” Be reckless immediately— totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything— by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness— being willing to risk your all.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest


Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion


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28 responses to “Keep Recognizing Jesus !!!!!!

  1. atimetoshare

    June 18, 2014 at 6:42 am

    It becomes a daily battle at times. We always think we can handle things on our own, but that’s precisely when we fall. Have a good day, Levi. Thanks again for your uplifting words.


  2. JennG

    June 18, 2014 at 9:24 am

    After the last couple of days, I needed this reminder. Thank you! Have a blessed Wednesday 😀


    • Levi Thetford

      June 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

      I’m glad it helped Jenn. Always glad to hear. Have a great day!!! 😀


  3. Farhad

    June 18, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for this reminder! I find peace deep inside me when I remember he is Lord over everything.


    • Levi Thetford

      June 18, 2014 at 10:11 am

      He is indeed Lord over all. I’m glad you have this wonderful peace inside. Thanks for the comment. Have a great day my friend!!!


  4. Stacy Tolbert

    June 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Brother Levi I wrote a piece a while ago titled “Common sence or Faith”. This piece was basically saying that there is nothing wrong with common sense, until God wants to move in a supernatural way through us. This takes faith, and all that sence which is common to us is thrown out the window. I do believe that I used that same verse of scripture, Peter walking on water. I’m gonna have to find this piece and post it here on WordPress. Thank you for this post.


    • Levi Thetford

      June 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

      What you wrote is correct. That’s why it’s hard to determine what the will of God is at times. Let me know the post after you find it, Stacy. Have a great day my brother!!!


  5. tonyroberts64

    June 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I appreciate Chambers’ interpretation of this passage and urging to obey when God speaks. Those of us with mental illnesses who hear false voices that pretend to be God, however, must be careful not to be misled. I find confirming God’s directions with a trusted Christian leader to be very wise.


    • Levi Thetford

      June 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      I totally agree with you Tony. It is easy for anybody to be misled in God’s name. Scripture can be our only true guide. Great comment. I hope you’re doing better.


  6. "light and salt"

    June 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Sometimes we can’t see the entire staircase, but we must trust to take the first step anyway…

    Good post, Levi! (as always)…

    Steve Pejay


    • Levi Thetford

      June 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      We must keep our eyes of faith open Steve.
      Have a great rest of the day!!!


      • "light and salt"

        June 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

        “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” (Heb. 11:1)

        Take care, my friend. I’ll look for your newest posts later today or tomorrow…



        • Levi Thetford

          June 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

          Have a great day Steve!!!!


          • "light and salt"

            June 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

            Enjoy the day too, Levi!



  7. vwoods1212

    June 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Oh gosh, this is more than timely. Thank God. vw


  8. Moore to ponder

    June 19, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging post!



  9. Moore to ponder

    June 19, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Our situation is about the same I think. The Lord is good. It helps to focus on that.


    • Levi Thetford

      June 19, 2014 at 5:23 am

      Is your husbands health still poor?


      • Moore to ponder

        June 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

        Yes. He ended up having to retire. It is complicated. There has been this ripple effect. I really appreciate your prayers.


  10. Moore to ponder

    June 19, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Thank you so much!



    June 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    May we consider Him before we consider self


  12. bill cote

    June 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Reblogged this on theunfetteredpreacher and commented:
    Good word, good advice



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