Friday, April 25, 2008

Walking on Word

Matthew 14:25-32
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

Peter was a man of great faith. While the other disciples were caught up in a state of fear he dared to step out on faith. But like so many of us he paid too much attention to what he saw and not enough to what he heard. He saw the rough waters and he was afraid. He forgot that the son of God had said come.

Matt 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink,

I think the bulk of Christianity has forgotten the call of God. We as a church must not be persuaded by what it looks like. If we are to win a lost and dying world we must have the faith of Peter and step out on the word. When the Lord says come it shouldn’t matter if the day is stormy or calm. We must walk on our faith in his word alone.

As long as Peter was focused on that word he walked upon the water. But like all of us he lost his focus and began to sink. There will be days when we will sink. But the good news is that when we loose our focus we can call on Jesus and he will stretch forth his hand and bring us to safety.

Matt 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Jesus is there to guide us through these troubled times and he is there to guide us through every trial. We have his word to walk on and even if we loose our focus we have the name of Jesus to keep us. Not only will he hold us up above today’s troubled waters he will see us safely to the storms end.

Matt 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

Its not what you see its what you heard. It may look like the storm is going to overtake you. It may look like the world is going to pull you down in the midst of your Christian walk.

But keep walking

Stay focused

2 Sam 7:28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: 29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

Its not what it looks like its what God says it is