GET OUT OF THE BOAT!
“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:22-32
I love this powerful story of Peter getting out of the boat in Matthew 14.
It’s a two step process to the many flawed, yet fearless and faithful steps we must take.
1) Jesus said “get out of the boat.”
2) Peter got out.
I think most of our discouragement happens when we begin taking the steps.
AFTER BEING SUMMONED;
PROPHESIED OVER…we sink in.
Jesus is there and we still sink in.
I think it’s mainly that our perspective often shifts to the wrong things just like Peter’s did.
He kept looking at the waves and seeing himself sink and totally forgot the victory of at least GETTING OUT OF THE BOAT.
HE WAS WILLING TO DO SOMETHING THAT NONE OF THE OTHER 11 did.
He got out.
And that is what matters. Not how many steps you take. Or if you sink or fall but that YOU DID SOMETHING THIS TIME AROUND.
YOU GOT OUT.
YOU TOOK A STEP OF FAITH,
EVEN IF IT MEANT SINKING.
EVEN IF YOU KNEW WERE GONNA FALL.
You did something powerful that the enemy is after….YOUR WILLINGNESS RESPONSE TO HIS VOICE. He hates your relationship with Jesus and is always trying to distract you from hearing God.
BUT YOU KNOW YOU HEAR HIM.
YOU DID THE RIGHT THING.
YOU RESPONDED TO THE CALL WHERE MOST PEOPLE FALL BEFORE EVEN GETTING THERE.
Listen, we are NOT GOD ….
And as much as we think we can WALK ON WATER…. JESUS IS THE WATER WALKER.
We can attempt,try, imitate … but at the end of the day only Jesus is the one to pick you up.
IT IS INEVITABLE.
WE FALL; SINK; FAIL.
Why would Jesus call him then… if he knew he would sink?
Because He is a rescuer. And that is what He does. He saves us; rescues us; redeems us and fixes us because we are flawed vessels. He places his perfection OVER our imperfections!!!!
He said STAY MARRIED.
STAY IN CHURCH.
WE DID ALL THAT AND WE SANK.
And we kept on sinking because we didn’t reach out fast enough knowing He is the ultimate saver.
We thought we could really walk on water.
I have an announcement to make!
WE CAN’T WALK ON WATER!
HE CAN! HE CAN ONLY CARRY US WITH HIM. We have to reach out to Him!!!! Not the problems, people, or even our own source of power we think we have. Admitting we are powerless gives us access to experience His power and His might. We are not perfect and we shall never be. But with Jesus HE IS THE PERFECT FOR US!!!!!
EVERY TIME I think I am strong or have obtained… I sink. I fall. I fail. And I lose horribly. I only win when I let HIM be everything for me.
Don’t forget the boat load of a mess where you came from.
You got out. And into a whole new set of stuff that only He will demonstrate his MIRACLE working power through.
It may look worse at times, but it’s really not. It is where He demonstrates His ultimate love and power over us consistently. His love never fails us.
You got out!!!!!
You are the MIRACLE!