Barnacle Faith

Barnacle Faith

This picture is a great illustration of something that clings with refusal to let go.  This little barnacle is part of the rock it clings to.  What a picture for us.  As we cling to the Lord we become one with Him.

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That is what 2 Peter 1:4 is talking about.  It says, “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

We partake of His nature through our thoughts.  The Lord is all powerful.  That means that no one nor any thing has even a fragment of His power.  Let’s look at some verses that speak of His steadfastness.

He is our Steadfast Rock.  Psalm 62:6-7 says, “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”

Psalm 112:6-7 says, “Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.  He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

When we think of God’s nature as steadfast, we see Him as immoveable, impenetrable, sure, solid, and our Anchor in the storms of life.  The barnacle is not affected by a raging sea.  Neither will we be negatively affected when our thoughts are focused on His steadfastness.

John 15:4 Amplified says, “Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you.  (Live in Me, and I will live in you.)  Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.”

We abide in Him when our thoughts are occupied with His word.  Verse 7 says, “If you live in Me (abide vitally united to Me) and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”

Clinging with refusal to let go is the same concept as His word remaining in our heart.  When we fall into a new trial, it will be His hidden word that causes us to cling to Him in hope and steadfastly endure.

The Lord is steadfast in His thoughts.  He does not waver or vacillate.  When we dwell in His nature through our thoughts it will stabilize us.  For years Abraham remained clinging to God’s promise for a son.  He did not consider his age nor the deadness of Sarah’s womb.  Romans 4:20-21 says, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”

No matter what your circumstances are, the Lord is present to walk with you through them.  I want to encourage you to lay hold of a verse, hide it in your heart and cling to it with refusal to let go.

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