Are you having an on again off again relationship with Jesus? Since you are somewhat uncertain because you are overwrought by fear; instead of overtaking fear with faith? Fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real—an apparition designed as a preventative measure.
How does one defy Newton’s law of universal gravitation? By walking on water! And this is accomplished through walking on the word to the Word.
As our story opens. Jesus sends the twelve, by ship, to Capernaum. While he sends away the multitudes he so miraculously fed. Then went into a mountain and prayed alone until evening. (Matthew 14:22-23) Prayer is our communication with God. And where we are also consecrated; by the Holy Spirit into the revelation and obedience of His word.
The disciples were on the ship being bombarded by the wind and waves of the sea. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a spirit”; and they cried out for fear. (Matthew 14:24-26) There are many facets of God we are yet to understand; until He gives us the revelation of it.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” (Matt 14:27) Many of us have a tendency of walking with Wisdom, but not discerning the Wisdom with which we are walking. Thus, we become nearsighted and Wisdom appears foggy and unclear until she makes herself known to us. (Proverbs 8)
And Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” (Matt 14:28) You think he might be the Son of God because of the parables he teaches. Or because you saw him heal a man’s withered hand, or because you just saw him feed a great multitude of thousands; with five loaves of bread and two fish. You think he might be the Son of God, but life’s trials have made His reality blurry to you. You have seen displays of His power as it attributes to others. But now you want to leave the naysayers behind and see the power of God as it applies to you. Your desire is to have an intimate relationship with the Son of God. Yet you are a skeptic still full of faith and fear.
How long has it been since you really spent time with Jesus? This time encompasses prayer, fasting, and studying the Word—Not just scripturally, but spiritually as it pertains to the profundity of His being I AM. Are you having an on again off again relationship with Jesus? Since you are somewhat uncertain because you are overwrought by fear; instead of overtaking fear with faith? Fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real—an apparition designed as a preventative measure. To keep you from walking circumspectly in the authority God has already given you. (John 1:12)
And he said, ‘Come.” And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. (Matt 14:29) Has Jesus called you out of your boat of religious comfort to walk in righteousness over your sea of troubles?
What Peter did was the impossible. He was in a boat that appeared to be a safe haven from the elements—thunder and lightning, boisterous winds, crashing waves; storm tossed seas. But that boat could have been destroyed at any moment! Yet when he steps out of the boat, he exposes himself to those very elements.
Do you trust God enough to brave unknown forces of which He is the Master—just to walk with Him? Not realizing He is calling you to a higher place in the Spirit where very few venture to go. Peter was one of those very few. And in so doing, God will give you the authority, by putting a super on your natural strength, to accomplish what is before you. This is all set into motion before you take that very first step!
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me!” (Matt 14:30) When getting out of the boat you may only walk on the water for a little while, as you meditate on the word. Although you are seeking greater faith, humanism is continually at your feet. And now you are afraid your sea of troubles just might swallow you up! So in a panic, you try to figure out other alternatives. Which are merely diversions, causing you to sink more and more into your troubles; instead of walking over them!
Do not lose heart. Just keep applying the word over those circumstances that distract your focus. Keep Jesus in your line of vision. Guilt and inadequacy are two of the enemy’s most subtle distractions. If he can make you feel like you have failed God and cannot measure up. He has attained his goal. Discouragement will set in and cause you to sink instead of walk. Discouragement slowly kills your faith by replacing it with increments of doubt. You must trust God by quieting the depths of your soul and give no place to confusion or chaos. By so doing you make room for the Word in your spirit.
Here you need spiritual stability. As this is your place of transition. From where you once were to a more comprehensive display of who you really are. You must stay the course, according to God’s will for your life. In all humility our prayer should be as Jeremiah’s. “Lord please remember me and care for me.” (Jeremiah 15:21)
You see, we do not fail when we try—we fail when we stop trying. It is critical for us to exercise our faith in order for it to increase. Therefore, we must reach out to the realization of our need for the Word. To bring us into the safe haven of His power. As we continue moving forward in the revelations of God. Right here your faith brings God into focus.
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt 14:31) And even now, that same Jesus will stretch forth his hand and catch you before you drown in life’s troubles.
Right now you may think you don’t have a lot of faith. But according to Jesus, it doesn’t take that much! (Matthew 17:20) You may feel yourself sinking into your issues, but it is not yet over. “The Lord your God in your midst,The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love,He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
For some odd reason, it is much easier for us to believe for others than for ourselves. As some of us have allowed bondage through time. By the syndrome unfruitful religious experiences have wrought. But, like Peter, we now recognize the necessity for something far greater to destroy this syndrome. That we might walk freely into deeper depths of spiritual understanding concerning Christ. Thereby increasing our faith exponentially. And changing our perception of who God is in relationship to us, and who we are to Him.
“Truly You are the Son of God.”
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (Matt 14:32-33) Here a higher level of faith speaks after a battle with fear and gains countless degrees of strength. Now they know it ‘of a truth’. No mere mortal could have transformed as Jesus did. The disciples praised and worshiped Him. They received the revelation of His deity as was also seen on the Mount of Transfiguration. (Matthew 17:1-2)
Peter’s leap of faith was not in stepping out of the boat—no his leap of faith was trusting in the power of God before he took that step. Anything manmade fails. But that which proceeds out of the mouth of God never will. He was going to a place where no compass, instruction manual, or map had ever written. The only example before him was Jesus, the Word. There could have been no greater example.
Where Jesus walked—God reconfigured the elements, as perceived by man, to the boundless elements of His eternal majesty. Here you must step out of yourself to walk with God. You cannot allow the walls of flesh to hold you captive. In this place, it is vital that you uphold faithfulness to God despite your environmental factors. With the understanding; the greater your faith the more doubt is vanquished.
Peter desired more than just a casual religious relationship with Jesus. He wanted to be devoted to the will of God for purpose. While the others stayed in the boat. Peter ventured to ask Jesus if he could come out of that boat. How many of us would dare to ask Jesus if we could come out of our boat of false securities. To step towards Him into a multi-dimension of the miraculous while walking on the impossible? Many of us have not because we believe not. Since we would rather stay with the crowd than walk with the King. The place of blessing is usually the place of revelation.
To walk with the Anointed One your heart cannot be satisfied with the status quo. Nor tainted with selfishness or prideful ambition—these are not part of a child of God’s spiritual DNA. As we walk on situations that have the ability to make us sink in life; we need to have faith in the Word and a pure heart to maintain our buoyancy.
Remember. When walking on your seas of trouble never lose focus of the Word. Keep your eyes on what God is doing, and your mind on what He has already done. When you stand on the waves of life. Where feet may fail and feel you are about to sink. Just call upon His name. And He will lift you up, keeping your eyes above the waves. “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
You see, it is here in the deep recesses of your spirit you will hear the resounding voice of God. A voice beckoning you to come out of your comfort zone, to see His power in a different facet. And in the process meet the real you for the very first time!
From my upcoming book Faithwalkers: How to Survive in the Desert of Hopelessness.
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