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Let the Wind Blow

  • Let the Wind Blow from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Jesus had thousands of followers. Some were with Him occasionally, while others almost constantly. In Matthew 14:13, Jesus miraculously multiplied food and fed over 5,000 people who had been listening to Him teach. Out of all those followers, Jesus chose twelve, and He named them Apostles.

    Then there was an inner three, Peter, James, and John. These three were almost always with Jesus. They were with Him on the Mount of Transfiguration, the resurrection of Jairus' daughter, and while He was praying in the garden of Gethsemane. There were levels of knowing Jesus, and though they were all saved, some of His followers were closer to Him than others.

    Peter, James, and John were not better, more sanctified, or holier than the other Apostles. They were simple fishermen.

    Peter himself said in Luke 5:8 that he was "a sinful man." We know that the Apostle Peter was married because Jesus healed his mother-in-law of a fever (Luke 4:38). According to Acts 4:13, Peter and John were "uneducated and untrained men."

    Like me, sometimes Peter walked in the flesh and spoke words that were inspired by satan. Matthew 16:23 reveals that at least once, Jesus rebuked Peter and told him: "Get thee behind Me satan" after Peter gave one of his speeches. Can you imagine Jesus telling you this?

    My point is that Peter was not a priest, nor a saint, at least not then. He was a common, sinful, married, uneducated fisherman. Peter was not much different than a construction worker today. I say that because I "are" one, and I can relate. I grew up on a farm and dropped out of school as soon as possible. Just as my dad and brothers had done before me. Then I worked in construction as a common laborer digging foundations and pushing wheelbarrows full of concrete. I am not bashing the common man. I am the definition of it. I am saying that being a person of low social status won't stop God from powerfully using you, as we will see.

    (Matthew 14:25–27 NKJV)  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."

    (Matthew 14:28–29 NKJV)  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.

    (Matthew 14:30–32 NKJV)  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.

    There were twelve of Jesus' closest disciples in the boat that night. Yet, only one of them got out and walked on water with Jesus.

    That is 1/12th or 8.3% of the group. That means that about 92% of the innermost twelve Apostles stayed in the safety of the boat. Now that's ok. They were saved and turned out fine anyway. Well, except for Judas. Walking on water was a golden opportunity, but not a requirement.

    Then there is the question of why Peter was chosen to walk on water with Jesus? Well, he didn't. Peter asked Jesus for the opportunity. Peter said: "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water!" Then Jesus simply said: "Come." So why did Peter get to walk on water? Because He asked to.

    All twelve of the Apostles could have walked on water with Jesus that night. Yet, they didn't seem to want it badly enough to ask for it. Perhaps they were afraid, too sleepy, or too "spiritual" to trouble the Lord with "trivial" things. James 4:2 tells us that "We have not, because we ask not." Peter asked Jesus.

    Another thing was that Peter was excited about God. He wanted to be doing what Jesus was doing. Peter wanted to be where Jesus was. Are we excited about God? Do we crave to be where He is? Are we hungry for His presence?

    The Lord will provide great opportunities to those who are zealous enough to ask Him. Those who will believe Him and are willing to leave the safety of the boat. Those who will risk looking like a fool if they can be closer to Him.

    There is so much we can learn from the twelve short verses of Matthew 14:22-33. It is a summary of walking with the Lord Jesus. For anytime we are given a great opportunity, the wind and waves come to discourage us. Doubt and fear will cause us to take our eyes off of Jesus, and then we sink.

    When the Apostle Peter began to doubt, he sank like a rock. Yet, Jesus reached out and caught him. When they got to the boat, Jesus asked Peter a single question: "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

    Why do we doubt that the Lord will help us? Here is a word for you today:

    "You can do this. Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. What I have spoken to your heart will come to pass. Only believe. Shake off the doubt, and look past the fear. Focus on the Lord Jesus Christ, and let the wind blow."

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me get in tune with what You are doing today. Let me see through Your eyes things that I can change. I am Yours, Lord. Forgive me for ever doubting You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah!!! Thank you for all you do for us all…….we are nothing without you Jehovah! We need you! ❤️
Jul 5
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".   Amen

Jul 5
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 5
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Amen

Jul 5
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jul 5
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father thank You for being my Rock

Jul 5
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jul 5
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dearest God help me to have strong faith in you always. Don't let me sink. Amen

Jul 5
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus, please help us to be strong.We love and worship you. Amen 

Jul 5
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen!

Jul 5
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen and Amen!

Jul 5
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Patsy  Jerry
Patsy Jerry

Praise the Lord 

Jul 5
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You for being so good to me, help I need to have the courage to follow Your designs and be as closer to You as You wants me to be. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Thank You Father. 

Pastor and Sylvia God bless you both, great devotional reminder..Amen. 

Jul 5
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Praise the Lord,  Hallelujah!! Help me to see through your eyes Lord Jesus,  Amen 

Jul 5
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for continuing to call us to action! Lord, let me see through Your eyes things that I can change. AMEN

Jul 5
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Lord with tears in my eyes I ask you to take my hand and lead me where you want me to be

Jul 5
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! And Lord, let me cast all of my fears and doubts and anxieties at Your feet, turn over all the problems and difficulties, all the things that I cannot change unto You, because I trust You and only You, Amen! 

Jul 5
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Great service thank you everyone

Jul 5
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jul 5
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jul 5
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 5
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Jul 5
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Thank you for this word today! It is powerful! If we will only keep our eyes on Jesus and not doubt that He will take care of us and get us through any situation in our life when we need help. Jesus will never fail us!! We just have to believe and not doubt. Jesus loves us so much! He died and gave His life for us on the cross at Calvary! We owe Him our whole life. Thank you Father for sending your one and only son, Jesus Christ, to die for me in my place and to raise again to be my Lord and Savior!!

 

Jul 5
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Yes, AMEN, Help me Stay Focused on You Lord. Thank You for Taking Care of me...Just Love You Lord.Jesus...

 

Jul 5
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David Krull
David Krull

Yes Lord. Come Lord Jesus. Strengthen my faith to overcome my weaknesses.. by Your Spirt. In Jesus Name.

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

Jul 9