Be the first to Step out of the Boat
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Behold! I AM Doing a New Thing
The Time is NOW
This is an exciting era in the Christian Faith. God’s complete nature is being discussed and acknowledged by God's secure, faithful, strong, and loving children.
Genesis 1:26-27 God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. …So human beings were created in God’s own image. In the image of God, God created them; male and female, God created them.”
God used plural pronouns, us and our, when creating human beings. This means a God with a dual nature--both male and female, made human beings. There is only one God, but Almighty God created both males and females in God's own image, and thus, God's complete nature according to the Bible, is both male and female. Yes, ladies and gentlemen you are both made in the image of God! God wants us to experience and know the love of a father and the love of a mother through God, because our earthly parents are not perfect, but God is. (Most of our mothers even the best of the best are not Mother Mary). There are countless motherless and fatherless people in the world and God knows exactly what each person needs.
Psssst....lean in close, let me tell you a secret, God thinks women are just as amazing and valuable as men and isn't offended if you need God to be your mother too. We are all equal in God's eyes. In the Bible there are numerous verses and imagery that describe God as a woman and as our mother.
If your mother abused you, or wasn't there for you, Almighty God will be your mother. If your father abused you, abandoned you, or didn't approve of you, God, your father in heaven, will adopt you, give you the blessing of the father, and approve you! Remember we did not come from our parents; we came here to earth through our parents from God, for God's plan and purpose for our lives.
Let go of your preconceived notions of God and just allow God to meet you right where you are, and love you how you need to be loved. God sees you, hears you, knows everything about you, and still loves you unconditionally! <3
Psalm 27:10 "Even if my father and mother abandon me, God will take care of me."
Isaiah 66:13 God as a comforting mother God: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
1John 3:1 God as a loving father “See what kind of love the father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
Isaiah 49:15 God compared to a nursing mother God: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
Psalm 68:5-6 God as a father who defends those without a family “A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in God's holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, and leads forth the prisoners with singing.”
Deuteronomy 32:18 God as the mother who gives birth to us “You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.”
Hosea 11:3-4 God described as a mother raising her children God: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.”
Almighty God I honor you in ALL your ways, and in ALL your glory by honoring your complete nature and all of your beloved children equally, just as you do. I profess what is biblically accurate about your complete nature without fear of people. It is more important to please you God than to please people. I will speak the truth in love without fear, and the truth will set us ALL free from the divisions Jesus tore down in Galatians 3:28.--"For there is neither male nor female, nor Jew nor Greek, nor slave, nor free, but all are one in Christ Jesus." This leveling statement from Jesus Christ Himself is the final word on the issue of social and gender equality in the Christian religion. This verse confirms that all people are equal in the eyes of God and in the Body of Christ.
Galatians 3:28 is a verse directly from Jesus therefore, it supersedes other verses in the Bible that may contradict it.
THE WORD OF GOD IS MADE VOID BY HUMAN TRADITIONS
Mark 7:13--"And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition".
Isaiah 29:13 God says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught."
Don’t miss the new thing God is doing because it’s not exactly what you expected….
Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way that seems right to people, but this way is actually the way of death (misery)."
Jesus broke from the traditions of the era into which he came, to insist women and all different types of people be included and treated with respect and honor. He chose the least likely to be the heroes of the Bible in amazing ways!
Let’s truly be followers of Jesus and model His wise, powerful, and beautiful example of how we should include, respect, honor, and love each other.
Mary the Preacher
Mary Magdalene became the first preacher of the good news that Jesus had rose from the dead, when Jesus chose her to go and tell the disciples he was alive. Jesus did everything with intention, as a message to future generations, and with direction from God. Jesus intentionally chose Mary at this critical moment in time to set a new standard of inclusion for women in the Body of Christ.
The Woman at the Well
There are very few times in the Bible when Jesus hurried to meet someone. However, he did so in order to go out of his way to go through Samaria to meet one woman. Jesus had a divine appointment with a woman-a woman with a past, and a Samaritan woman nonetheless. (Jews like Jesus didn't usually associate with Samaritans). It was this foreign woman who Jesus had the longest private conversation with, of anyone in the New Testament, and it was this woman, a woman with a past, that he first revealed himself to as the Messiah. In choosing her, Jesus intentionally defied the social taboos of this era to set an example of how we should value and include all types of people. This woman then became an advocate for Jesus in her community, creating many new believers.
Mary the Mother of Jesus
God intentionally chose Mary, a human woman, to give birth to the Messiah.
God is God, and didn't have to use Mary to bring Jesus to this earth and yet, she was chosen. Without Mary, there would be no Jesus. She played a lead role in the drama of our salvation when she said yes, to God.
Respect and honor the women in your life. They are God's chosen instruments in equal measure to men. Remember, God has critical plans that must be birthed through the daughters of the Most High.
Show respect for all people [treat them honorably], love all in the Body of Christ, and fear and honor Almighty God. (1Peter 2:17)
Do you not know that you (all of us) are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? (Corinthians 3:16)
"And you shall love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandments greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)