Month: May 2016

The Right Hand

Matthew 14:28-31 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

When I used to read this, for some reason, I always pictured Jesus coming alongside Peter and kinda dragging him out of the water as if he were pulling Peter behind Him. Perhaps like a parent drags a child behind him scolding him for doing something wrong. However, in 2012, the Father, knowing my thoughts, gave me a change of perspective.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

On this particular day, God directed my attention to the “right hand.” Notice His right hand is holding our right hand. All of a sudden I got a new vision of just how Jesus picked Peter out of the water. Jesus is facing Peter. His right arm grabs Peter’s right arm. It’s similar to the firm clasp of a handshake, but more so the firm grasp of a man saving another. And I could hear Jesus as He looked into the eyes of Peter say, “I’ve got you, Peter, I’ve got you and I won’t let go.” This was so drastically different than what I had previously envisioned.

I mentioned this revelation was from 2012. I had been so excited about this revelation that I shared it with my husband. I grasped his arm trying to show him what I had seen and I looked into his eyes and said those words I heard Jesus speak. That was the night He came home from the Far Country. He came home to stay. He told me later, that on that night He felt Jesus was using me to speak to him, that Jesus had him and would save him from sinking if he would just let Him pull him out.

I had been so excited that day about the revelation from the Lord, never knowing it would change our lives forever. Share what Jesus is speaking to your heart. More than likely, it’s not just for you. 😉

The double-mindedness of a prodigal…

Someone asked my husband about the double mindedness of a prodigal. Here’s his response:
James 1:8 says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways, and unstable is exactly where your spouse is. I wanted desperately to come home in one sense, because it was the only peace I could truly find. Yet at the same time, I thought I had “done too much” or “wandered too far,” and I couldn’t forgive myself. I didn’t feel like I deserved to come home or to be received by my wife. I thought I had to continue on the path that I started because in my mind nothing would ever be the same again. I also never thought that the change that I was seeing in my wife was permanent. It wasn’t logical nor was it the woman that I had been married to the previous 10 years. Consistently being received with love, consistently seeing Christ in my wife, consistently finding an attitude of unconditional forgiveness and compassion is what won the battle. And those things came by the Holy Spirit working in my wife’s life. Just as Jesus is faithful to forgive us, and He is full of mercy, grace and love, so a stander must be immersed in Him, put away their own flesh, and show those same things to the prodigal spouse. How many times have we returned with our head hung to our Lord, full of shame, yet found Him with open arms ready to separate our sin from us as far as the East is from the West if we only repent? Keep standing and following His example.