Walking on Water…
As I was seeking God this week for the partner letter, the same scripture came to mind over and over again. It is found in Ecclesiastes 11:4. Allow me to share it with you from the Amplified Bible: He who observes the wind and waits for all conditions to be favorable will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
For many people, times are getting more difficult. These are people who love God, serve God and give to God as the Bible instructs us to. Often times when things become difficult we stop giving and tithing…this is not the time to do that, actually, this is the time to seek God about what He would have us to give. He can show us, and wants to show us, how to come out of a place of lack.
God’s word plainly tells us that we are not to look at what we see to determine what we sow. We sow according to what is in the word of God and what is in our heart. This scripture says when we observe the wind, we will not sow. In other words if we look at what is going on around us or even in our own situation, we will not sow, and often it is out of fear. I am reminded of an instance in the New Testament where Jesus was walking on water and Peter said ‘Lord, if that is You, bid me come.’ Of course, Jesus said ‘come.’ And Peter walked on water, other than Jesus no man has ever walked on water besides Peter before or since. But the Bible says when Peter looked at the wind and the waves, he became afraid and he began to sink.
This is the same principle. If in our giving, we begin to look at the wind – we begin to look at our circumstances – we begin to look at our bank account, we become afraid and we begin to sink. The only way we can sink in our reaping is if we sink in our sowing or stop giving. The Bible says we will definitely REAP if we faint not.
We are a people who walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t walk by what we see – we walk by what we know. And what we know is what the Word of God declares. Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.
You see, only fear would cause you to back up on what God has said to do – and how God has said we prosper. I once heard a powerful statement: Feelings are fleeting, they come and then they are gone but it is my will that determines my outcome and my choices in life. You see, these feelings of fear, I refuse to let them determine what I will do. Nothing will determine my choices but God’s way of doing things. I will obey His word.
Once we make that determination, we stop looking at the wind, we stop speaking based on what we see with our natural eyes and we begin to respond based on what the word of God says. We stop saying ‘I can’t’ and realize ‘I can.’ Then, like Peter, we begin to walk on water.
The remainder of this scripture says ‘he who regards the clouds, will not reap.’ One thing determines whether we reap or not – that’s our obedience to sow, regardless of what it looks like, regardless of the circumstances. You must stop looking with your natural eyes and begin to see with your spiritual eyes. God sees things different than man does. Man may say it is one way but God says it is another way and it always turns out to be God’s way.
Man may call you poor but God calls you rich and He will bring forth the fruit to prove it if you will do things His way. Man may say you have lack, but God says you have abundance for every good work. Man may say you can’t tithe and give, you don’t have enough but God says when you give, I will cause men and women to give back to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. The only question is: who do you believe? I believe the word of the Lord, in abundance and in lack.
Last night I was talking to the Lord about this and He said something to me, He said tell them…I have a PLAN for their prosperity, pray and ask Me to show them that plan, pray in the Spirit until you get that plan from Me and then implement that plan.
God’s plan for you may be different from His plan for me. However, I know His plan includes the law of sowing and reaping. Seek God and get YOUR plan.
Jesus became poor so that YOU through His poverty might be made rich. You have a covenant right to abundance in your finances, but you will have to press in to have it. You will have to do things Gods way and not look at things in the natural. Ask Him to show you His plan for you today.
We have a promise…we will REAP if we faint not. However, as we know, God is not mocked, what we SOW and in what manner we sow, that is how we will reap. Don’t look at the winds or the clouds, look at the word of God and seek His face, ask Him what to sow this month. Ask Him to show you the plan He has for you to prosper and then follow that plan…I know that is what I am going to do.
This month, as you sow, remember, look only to God and His word, seek His face and sow, knowing you will REAP if you faint not. It is our time to reap, let’s don’t quit now. It is time to walk on water in our finances – to look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith and walk on water….AMEN!
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