3 Tips for Walking on Water

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What should you do when you feel God is calling you to do something? It might have to do with work or family. Perhaps it has to do with a relationship. Maybe your finances are involved. He might be calling you to make a big change in your life. What do you do? Especially when it is not something clearly outlined in Scripture for all believers, but rather something very specific to you?

Maybe, like me in these situations, you worry…(cough, cough)…I mean begin making plans. You don’t see how it could possibly all work out. It doesn’t make any sense to you or to those sitting in the boat with you. No one is going to call you a sinner for just staying comfortable. They won’t even know. What do you do?

The good news is the Bible gives us some insight into how to follow God even during these precarious situations. The following story is found in Matthew 14:22-36.

     Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him                  to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them,                      he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there                alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by                  the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out                to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake,                    they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus                          immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s                    you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said.                          Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward                        Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out,              “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You                  of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat,            the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying,                    “Truly you are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they landed at                         Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to               all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him               to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.             (Matthew 14:22-36 NIV) 

A friend of mine was sharing some wisdom with me on this passage recently. I thought I would pass it onto you. Of course it is easy to criticize Peter for doubting Jesus, but we do need to realize one thing. However short it may have been, Peter walked on water! There is one key to him walking on water…my 3 tips below.

  1. Get Out of the Boat – My friend was sharing a realization she had in regards to Peter walking on water. She said, (not a direct quote) “Once you say “no” to getting out of the boat and walking on the water, the next time it is easier to stay in the boat and not obey.” I think this is so true. Crazy how it works, but if I choose not to follow Jesus in a particular area of my life, it becomes easier to not obey him next time as well. Comfort is the enemy of obedience. Comfort steals our opportunity to experience trusting God.
  2. Get Out of the Boat – Yes, Peter asked to walk on water first. Don’t we all? We want God to call us to amazing things. Then when he calls our bluff :), we are faced with the decision to actually get out of the boat or not. The fact is, whether you are new to this God thing or have been tracking with Jesus a long time, He is going to call you to take steps of faith. You will need to decide two things 1) Is Jesus trustworthy? 2) Will you take the next step he has asked of you?
  3. Get Out of the Boat – Another friend of mine is always encouraging people to “Listen to Jesus and do what He says.” When Jesus says, “Come, get out of the comfort of your boat, trust me, and walk on the water,” there is really only one right response. You won’t regret getting out of the boat, but you will regret missing an opportunity to walk on water. Trust Jesus.

How is God calling you to walk on water? What is stopping you from getting out of the boat? 

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Monday Prayer

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O Lord, in Whom is our hope, remove far from us, we pray Thee, empty hopes and presumptuous confidence.

Make our hearts so right with Thy most holy and loving heart, that hoping in Thee we may do good;

Until that day when faith and hope shall be abolished by sight and possession, and love shall be all in all.

~ Prayer of hope

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Waterfall – Story Behind The Song

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Through Me

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Through Me let there be kind words, a warm smile, and a caring heart.

Through me let there be a willingness to listen and a readiness to understand.

Through me let there be dependability, steadfastness, trust and loyalty.

Through me let there be compassion, forgiveness, mercy and love.

Through me let there be every quality I find O Lord, in Thee.

~ UnknownThrough Me

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You Are An Online Minister

If you are a Jesus follower, then congratulations, you are a minister. God wants to use you to lead others to know Jesus. It is not really an option for you.

Hopefully this reality is not a surprise to you. What you may not have thought of is the opportunity you have to minister to people online. Yes, you can touch lives via social media and the internet, that previously you would never have even known.

Think about it. If someone wanted to go to church, they would have to wait till Sunday morning or maybe a Wednesday night. And you would have to wait on them. With social media, though, you have the ability to love on people and serve them nearly every waking hour of the day!

Spiritual growth happens through consistent community and discipleship. In our fast paced world where people travel regularly, move every few years and pack their schedules to capacity, online ministry has the potential to make a lasting impact on people.

Do you take advantage of online tools to serve, love on, and bless people online? Why or why not? Tell me in the comments section.

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Monday Prayer

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God, be my resting place and my protection in hours of trouble, defeat, and dejection –

May I never give way to self-pity and sorrow, May I always be sure of a better tomorrow,

May I stand undaunted, come what may, Secure in the knowledge I have only to pray

And ask my Creator and Father above to keep me serene in His grace and His love.

~ My Daily Prayer, Helen Steiner Rice, on the wings of a Prayer

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Live Like That – Sidewalk Prophets

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