Having faith that walks on water


Matthew 14:22-36 says, "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."

What does it take to have faith that will allow you to walk on the waters of this world?

First, you must realize Who it is that's calling you to do it. John 10:27-28 says, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand." When Jesus came to the disciples on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. It was early in the morning and the wind was blowing the boat around. I would imagine they were all very tired and really weren't expecting Jesus to come walking to them on the water. After Jesus spoke to them and told them not to be afraid, Peter realized it was Jesus; and, when Jesus called, he stepped out of the boat. We must realize that when Jesus calls us to do something, then we have been given everything it takes to be successful.

The next thing is we must get out of our comfort zones. Peter actually stepped out of the boat onto the water. So often we get comfortable in our lives and we just go about the same old daily routines. The problem with that is, we don't leave room for Jesus to use us in people's lives. We must be willing to step out in faith like Peter did in any situation. There is nothing we can't do when Jesus is the One equipping us.

The third thing we must do is keep our focus. Peter took His eyes off Jesus and he began to sink into the water. When he saw the waves and the wind he lost focus on the One who could sustain him and he began to experience trouble. We, too, must keep our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-3 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Jesus is the One who saved us and He is the one who will continue to support us when we are out on the waters of life. There is no circumstance too tough to walk through with Jesus as your guide.

Finally, we must realize where our life preserver is when we need it. When Peter realized he was sinking he called out to the one person who could save him. Jesus heard his cry and reached down with a kind, gentle hand and pulled him up. When we are in the trials and tribulations of life and we begin to experience doubts and fears we must remember that Christ himself is waiting on us to call out His name. Jesus wants to be your Master each and every day and he should be. But, when you fall and lose focus, He will also be your life preserver if you call on Him.

I know this life can be tough and the things we go through are very real. But remember, Jesus is there calling your name, and He will help you walk through those troubles one step at a time.

Fellow Christian, step out of the boat and walk on the troubles of life with Jesus holding your hand.

God bless and have a great week in the Lord.

Wade Phillips is a pastor and evangelist with 3in1 Ministries.