The Seasick Church
By: Anna M. Aquino
That’s it! I will confess it! I as a Christian have suffered from seasickness for too long! I suspect the church as a whole has too! We believe we stand in faith over a situation: maybe God speaks to us through the word, or we get a prophetic word that confirms what we already know He has said. We feel as if we are on top of the world, but what happens a week later? What happens a month later? What happens a year later? It’s amazing to me that so many great men and woman of faith went so long on one word from God. They stood on the promises of God for years and decades: Noah, Moses, Esther, or Joseph all knew what it was to stand in faith (Hebrews 11). Yet if God takes longer than a week in today’s culture we start to waver, question his Word, and doubt His promise.
This problem among the modern people of God is like seasickness within the church. It’s like being on a boat that keeps rocking back and forth. James 1:8 (NKJV) “he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Many of us have become a people that have become unstable, yet wonder why our faith doesn’t seem to be working. The problem is not God here. The problem is us.
Matthew 7:24-26 (NKJV) “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 2 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
Perhaps we need to stop blaming God for these promises that don’t seem to be coming to pass and start looking at ourselves. If we really and truly believed that God was going to do all the things we believe He will, then why should the circumstances really bother us?
As many of you read this you think, she doesn’t know what I’ve been through? She doesn’t know how long it’s been? You are right I don’t. But I know my story. I know that God saved me from a car accident when I was 2 that I should have never survived. I know that God called me into ministry at 12 and to write my first book at 16. I know that I found myself married, in debt, pregnant, depressed, and feeling like God abandoned me years later. I know that I spent years while no one would let me preach, and no one in the publishing industry would give me the time of day. Did I waver in what God told me? Absolutely! I cried. I threw the equivalent of adult temper tantrums towards God, and I was miserable. For truly God did not bring me through all of that to just let me waste away into oblivion. But one day I woke up from all of that. I was tired of being miserable. I was tired of being unhappy. I was tired of suffering from spiritual seasickness. My family deserved to have me present in their lives. Finally the day came where I decided that quitting the journey God had placed me on, could no longer be an option. I had to move forward and fulfill what God had purposed for my life.
Isaiah 33:6a (NKJV) “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times,”
Like my old pastor in Florida used to always say, “Faith is stable like a table.” Real faith is not causing you to be seasick. Real faith is not moved when the circumstance dictate to you what appears to be opposite of what God says. Real faith stands. Real faith is consistent. That doesn’t mean one never gets discouraged but that’s all the more reason to get back up and declare and decree what God has spoken.
I write this today, to tell you that there is life on the other side of the spiritual seasickness funk that seems to dog so many in the Body of Christ. There is hope. Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) “ being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” You need to renew your mind to what God has spoken to you. What does the Word of God say about your situation. Tape scriptures up where you’ll see them to remind you of His promises! Get a vision board and those things that you know that God has said, but seem audacious to you, post picture up so that you have to look at them. Don’t let your mind go into the pit of despair. Let the Wisdom and Knowledge of God keep your stable. It’s time to stop wobbling, and it’s time to stand firm on the Word of God! God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!
Anna M. Aquino is a published author, guest minister, and the online show host of ‘Real Solutions with Anna Aquino.’ Her books ‘Cursing the church or Helping it?’ , ‘Confessions of a Ninja Mom’ and ‘An Ember In Time’ are available wherever books are sold. Please feel free to check out her website at www.annamaquino.com