Here are five way to “walk on water” towards Jesus in faith today
Focus on Jesus
The Apostle Peter actually walked on water. Imagine that for a moment. What boldness and assurance Peter showed when he said, “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 came to Jesus” (Matt 14:28-29). Peter’s problem began when he took his eyes off of Jesus and started looking at the wind (Matt 14:30). We have to wonder, if Peter hadn’t taken his eyes off of Jesus, would he have walked on water for a little longer? Probably.
Trust in His Power
When Peter began to sink, “Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt” (Matt 14:31). Peter knew that once Jesus took his hand, he was going to be alright. At that moment, he trusted Jesus’ power and knew that his sinking days were over…so to speak. If we remember that we’re continually walking toward Jesus in faith, we can reach out and take His hand too…and He’ll keep us from sinking or getting in over our heads.
Keep on Going
What if Peter had hesitated? What if Peter hadn’t asked Jesus to command him “to come to” Jesus “on the water?” Naturally, Peter would have either not gotten out of the boat in the first place or he’d have sank in the water trying to go it alone and dropped to the bottom of the sea like a lead weight. Either way, we know that Peter kept on going and took Jesus’ hand. We must keep going…ever pressing on toward Jesus in faith. He is the God of the storm; thereby he is sovereign over the storm.
Reaching toward the Goal
The Apostle Paul once wrote, “I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14). One thing to note is that Paul admitted that he did not make it on his own and neither can we. All he knew to do was to keep on pressing ahead…moving forward, and “straining forward to what lies ahead” and what lied ahead of him was Jesus.
Taking His Hand
Why don’t you keep your eyes on Jesus by taking His hand today? You must focus on Christ and not the problem. Don’t look at the water or the wind…be “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2). You can’t take someone’s hand if you’re not focusing on them. We need a hand from Jesus because we can’t walk in this life very well at all in our own strength…we must take the hand of the God-Man because He won’t take our hands for us. We must reach out to Him and hold onto Him and keep on walking toward Jesus in faith.
To keep walking toward Jesus in faith we must focus on Him and Him alone; we must trust in His divine power; we must keep moving forward; we must be reaching for that soon-coming kingdom; and we must take hold of His hand and never let go.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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