Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15, 16 NLT)
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“And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright. But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid! And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightned, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14: 26-31, Amplified)
Good morning everyone. I just wanted to take a moment and speak concerning this scripture reading today. As I was listening to the word as I drove this morning…when this particular passage came up, I could just hear the Holy Spirit begin to speak. If you will read this passage again, I want you to see how FEAR, (or becoming frightened) can hinder you from getting to where God has planned for you to go. Yes, I’m speaking about your God ordained destiny. The disciples were in route to the OTHER SIDE as they were directed by Jesus to go before Him (as He went up into the hills to pray alone). Now understand, Christ gave them a distinct command…”get into the boat and go before Him to the other side…Matthew 14: 22). First off, we all should know and understand that when Christ gives us an instruction..He has already prepared the way and He has taken care of everything that would come against you on the way. The disciples ran into some “troubled winds” along the way..and it caused FEAR to begin to “control” their soul (mind, will, & emotions). How many of us, have gotten a command from God to go down a certain path, but just when the “smooth sailing” stops and the water get’s rough, we forget all about the command and begin to focus on the obstacle before us?
Then there is Peter! I can only imagine what he was thinking when He looked and seen Jesus: WALKING ON THE WATER! Well he had enough faith to at least start the “journey” or “get out of the boat”..which was more than the others, but what happened…HE PERCEIVED (became aware of, identify by means of the senses) and FELT “trouble or fear” and he lost FAITH. See when the Holy Spirit gives us a word from heaven…we receive that word, and we are on fire to get it done, yet at the first (flesh moment..meaning we step out of faith in God, and begin to look at the limits of man) we quickly begin to sink (to death)…because to me…to live this life (according to your own intelligence & abilities) is ignorance..and is the equivalent of SETTLING. When we all know that the plan that God has for our lives is the most satisfying that we could ever enjoy! Jesus wanted them to understand that there is nothing greater than I AM! The fact that He was there…meant FEAR was not…so He told them DON’T DOUBT (FEAR)! CAUSE YES YOU TOO CAN WALK ON WATER IF CHRIST BID YOU TO COME, IF YOU FEAR NOT!
The moral of this story is: FEAR IS ONLY REAL WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT GOD SAYS! REMEMBER IT WOULD BE A TRAVESTY FOR YOU TO HAVE LIVED YOUR LIFE AND NEVER BECAME WHO GOD DESTINED YOU TO BE.-MARGO
And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39 AMP)