FEBRUARY 2013 NUGGETS OF TRUTH
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ROWING, TOWING, OR FULL SPEED AHEAD!

 

I was raised in Bremerton, Washington on the Puget Sound.  I never tired of seeing the ferry boats from Seattle coming into the dock. Bremerton is the home of a naval base as well.  In my childhood days, I well remember the thrill of seeing an aircraft carrier, destroyer and, once-in-awhile, the top of a submarine glide into port.

 

I developed a love for boats, any size or shape. (I must say, being a pampered guest on a cruise ship is a wonderful experience!)

 

There is something special about being in a row boat, in the middle of a lake or bay, on a beautiful, fluffy cloud day.  The air is calm and there is such a sense of peace as you gaze at the lovely scenery surrounding you.

 

Occasionally, you could see a tug boat, pulling its cargo, chugging through the waters.  On the other hand, there is nothing like riding, full-speed ahead in one of those sleek, outdoor motors.

 

Reflecting on this, I felt assured there was a biblical application lingering somewhere for a Nuggets of Truth. 

 

Lessons of Life from the boats:

 

The Church Boat: Many attend a church regularly, but the question is, ‘How many have had a real encounter with the living Savior as to represent a changed heart and life that reflects the love of Christ within?  We are not saved by our effort or works, but only by placing our trust in Jesus.  Please read the Barna Survey from January Nuggets.

 

The Tug Boat: In listening to others, as well as teaching the Word, I learn that many are carrying around a ‘cargo’ of fear, grief, shame, guilt, depression and unbelief plus a host of other constant negative emotions.  These emotions load a person down in such a way that they cannot lift up their eyes and see that Jesus took it all on the cross, once for all.  To enjoy peace and joy in this present world, we are going to have to “let go” of all that unwanted cargo we are carrying around.  Surrender it to all to the Lord, and let Him be our peace. 

 

The Speed Boat: Outboards can give us an exhilarating ride, but it is always very temporary.  We get back to shore and the exhilaration quickly vanishes.  Like the boat ride, one day we wake up and realize that we have been so busy living life in accordance with our own mind, will and emotions, not taking God into consideration on a daily basis.  We pause and wonder, how did we get into such a mess?

 

The Battle Ship: There is a time and place to be on one of these ships.  Our battle is the Lord’s and He has given us all the battle gear (especially in Ephesians 6:10-20).  The Word of God is our Operating Manual.  In the Christian realm, we should be like the dedicated Navy Seals who are trained and disciplined; ready, daily, for any assignment to go against the enemy who seeks to kill, steal, and destroy.

 

The Row Boat: It represents that peace that only Jesus can bring.  When the storm clouds come, the wise one rows back to shore to a safe Haven of Rest, knowing, with full assurance, his Master is in control of every storm we will encounter and He will lead us through.

 

The Ship Zion: (Sounds like a hymn.)  One day we will have a permanent home in a New Jerusalem.  Now we will call this ship the place where God lives and is worshiped.  He is the perfect, powerful and Holy Captain.  He is the Master Builder of the ship as well as of all life and everything beautiful.  He will never, never get us off-course as we follow Him wherever He takes us.  He knows the safe harbors from the storms of life.  The fellowship aboard this vessel is wonderful and sweet. It is a taste of what Heaven will be.

 

The Ship of New Life: This is our personal ship that sails with the Ship of Zion. The best voyage is on this ship where we know how much God loves us and understand that we are on His mind. In this ship the atmosphere is filled with love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, faith, and self-control.  What a wonderful way to live. Why did Jesus pay such a supreme sacrifice to give us everything?  It was because of His love.  Do you know the Lord wants to have fellowship with you?  What a thought! (Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11). The Almighty Creator of the Universe desires to commune with us and bless us.  He is also a perfect Abba Father (Romans 8:15) who delights in us.  When we receive salvation through Jesus, we have been given deliverance, healing and the hope of all His promises.  Trust Him with your life. Surrender your all and see how well you sail through this life. Worship God and give praise with thankfulness.  A thankful heart settles the storm.  God knows the waters we pass through. He is the one who said “peace be still in the midst of the storm.” This the is ship where we belong. Here we will be safe and secure no matter what comes our way.

 

I want you blessed. As Christians, we must be in the Word of God daily.  Otherwise, we do not know how to chart our course.  Seek the power of the precious Holy Spirit who dwells within. Depending on our own mind, will and emotions gains no merit. Our own efforts and self-will will constantly lead us into choppy waters where the sailing is rough, insecure and the future most obscure.

 

In the troubling waters of today’s society, we should choose our boats very carefully. 

 

My dear friend, on which ship do you travel?  Do you have full assurance that you have been born-again? Perhaps it is time to disembark from one and embark on another. 

 

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” Romans 15:13.

With love and blessings,

 

Jan

 


Ephesians 3:20