October 2, 2022
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And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.
And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Is there something that you want to do or achieve. Perhaps it’s one thing or many. Perhaps it’s something that just came up or something you’ve wanted to do for a long time. Maybe you’re already on that path. But you have fear. You have fear of not being good enough, not having enough, not knowing enough, not being capable enough. Or you just have fear and may not even know why.
When the disciples were in the ship and saw Jesus, walking on the sea, in the midst of the storm, they were afraid because they thought He was a spirit, basically a ghost. But Jesus reassured them it was Him and to not be afraid. However, Peter wanted to make sure it was Jesus. Peter said Lord if it’s You, command me come to You. In other words, have me walk on water too.
There are probably many reasons why Peter asked Jesus to bid him to come to Him on the water. But the most important, is that Peter knew that the only way that he himself, a mere man, could walk on water was if Jesus commanded it. He knew a spirit did not have the power, the command, the authority to make another person walk on water. Peter recognized Jesus’ divine ability to do what no one else could do.
Next when Jesus told Peter to Come- Peter got out the ship. Peter was willing to do what no other man could do, at the command of the only other person to do what no other man had done. That took trust in Jesus. Just as Peter recognized Jesus’ divine ability to do what no one else could do or had ever done, Peter also trusted Jesus just the same. And something miraculous happened! Peter walked on water!
Peter walked on water until he took his focus off Jesus and put it back on the boisterous wind. That’s when Peter became afraid and began to sink. Peter wasn’t facing something that was unconquerable. His walking on water had really nothing to do with his circumstances, and instead everything to do with keeping his focus on Jesus.
When we take our focus off Jesus, that’s what makes us afraid, not the thing we’re trying to accomplish. But when we keep our focus on Him, we stay confident and strong, knowing that we can accomplish anything. When we keep our focus on Jesus, we walk on water. We walk on that thing that seems impossible. We do that thing that seems unimaginable, and we conquer the unconquerable. When we keep our focus on Jesus, we walk in the confidence of the Lord. And if we do this, no matter what’s happening in our lives or around us, we keep on stepping until we reach our goal, our destiny.
So, as you go through this week, put your goal before the Lord. Recognize Jesus’ matchless ability to help you achieve what you could otherwise not do without Him. Trust Him. And then get out the ship. Peter would have never walked on water had he not taken the first physical step to get out of the ship. And when you start stepping, keep your focus on Jesus all the way. Repeat to yourself, I do not walk in fear, I walk in the confidence of the Lord as you successfully achieve your goal.
Dear Father God,
Thank You Lord for being the Lord of the unimaginable, the unconquerable, the impossible. Lord, because of You, there is absolutely nothing that we individually and collectively cannot achieve. We ask that You increase our recognition of this fact and increase our trust in You. Lord, we ask that You give us Holy Ghost power to get out of our ships. And Lord as we are stepping toward our goals in line with Your will for our lives, we rebuke the spirit of fear in Jesus’ name. Help us to claim and own that no matter what it is, we do not walk in fear. We walk in the complete confidence of You Lord. We give You all the glory.
In Jesus name we pray,
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