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Come Walk on the Water

  • Peter answered him and said, 'Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.' He said, 'Come!' Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, 'You of little faith, why did you doubt?' Matthew 14:28 WEB

    Every Christian knows that Jesus walked on the water, but someone else did as well, Peter. Jesus and Peter walked on the water together, while the other eleven disciples stayed safely in the boat.

    Even though Peter was willing to risk it all, when he started stretching his faith and stepped out on the water to come to Jesus, doubt and fear came strongly against him, and caused him to start sinking. Peter later had to face that fear again when he denied Jesus three times on the night of the crucifixion. Still, when Peter cried 'Lord save me!', Jesus immediately took hold of him.

    Peter had faults, doubts, and fears, but he got out of the boat and walked on the water, while eleven others thought he was crazy. Peter was still useable by God even though he had these problems, as long he did not let the problems hold him back. As soon as he started listening to the wrong voices in his head, he began to sink.

    God will use you right now, just as you are. Yes, He loves you too much to leave you that way, and He will change your life and desires, but that is a good thing. In my life, there is usually one thing at a time that God is dealing with me on.

    We all know what that one thing is when it repeatedly comes to our mind, and every sermon that we hear touches on it. Each time you open the Bible, there is a scripture on it. Work with Him, and like a splinter in your finger, let Him get it out and you will feel better.

    Most of my life I have felt unqualified for God intentionally pushes me into deeper and deeper things. Each time that I catch up and start to feel confident, He just smiles and pushes me into deeper water, and I have to depend on His help again.

    I was just a simple farm boy with no education, but I soon found myself building things like load balancing Linux mail clusters in data centers, and other technicians calling me for advice, while there was no one for me to call but the Holy Spirit.

    All this was to prepare me for the work that He has in store today, but even now He continues to push me into deeper things. I am always on the edge, rarely confident or competent in what I am doing, and after decades, that has become the normal.

    The only thing that I am confident of anymore is this: If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. It really does not matter what it is that you are facing, He will equip you on the fly and make you shine as long as you do not let fear and doubt hold you back. If you step out on the water, He will put a rock there. Too many stay in the boat so they do not have to risk looking like a fool.

    The Lord still calls those who are willing to leave the safety of the boat and take a risk. But when you step out in faith, doubt and fear are going to attack your mind. Expect this. And if you start sinking, don't panic, just cry out to the Lord Jesus. He is not going to let you drown. If you begin to say that you cannot do this, then you are defeating your own self and will sink just like Peter did. Hold onto God, you can do this because God is with you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I am holding on to You! Please help me stay the course for I put my trust in You. Lead me into all that You have for me. Take me into deeper water, in the name of Jesus Christ.

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen
December 15, 2018
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy)edited: December 15, 2018

 Jonah's prayer! <3

December 15, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I am holding on to You! Please help me stay the course for I put my trust in You. Lead me into all that You have for me. Take me into deeper water, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

December 15, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

December 15, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

God we turn all our problems,issues and lives over to you.We love and worship you. Amen 

December 15, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

December 15, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

AMEN PRAISE GOD  

December 15, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! This is a very good teaching, but always remember; Peter asked Jesus and He said yes. That is very important! 

December 15, 2018
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

December 15, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Get us through it dear God. In Jesus name. Amen. 

December 15, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, You know I have doubts and fears that are holding me back. Help me to understand that You are there for me and will hold my hand to lead me when I fail.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.  Praise be to God almighty. 

Thank you Pastor, we should never forget the power of the Lord.  God bless.

December 15, 2018
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

Truth Amen!❤

December 15, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Pastor Dion, I needed to hear this today. I trust God's will for my life. When I am weak, then He is strong.

December 15, 2018
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Karen Robertson
Karen Robertson

Good message, Pastor Dion!!!  

December 15, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

December 15, 2018
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Rhonda Jones
Rhonda Jones

PTL.  Wonderful message.  

December 15, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 15, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen! Thank you for this message, Pastor Dion! 

December 15, 2018