Matthew 14:25-29 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, WALKING ON the lake. When th disciples saw him WALKING ON the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them. “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” ‘Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.” ‘COME,” he said. Then Peter got DOWN OUT of the boat, WALKED ON the water and came towards Jesus.
WALK OUT…means: to leave suddenly without explanation, flounce out, get up and go, storm out; abandon; go on strike etc.
WALK ON...means: move forward, pace up; move your feet along on a solid base etc.
We might be all familiar with the story of Peter walking on the water. But…let us look again from a different perspective. Jesus has just appeared to his disciples in the middle of the night. And oh no…its not what you might want to hear. How I wish…it was in the middle of a good dream to reassure them that he is there for them. But no…it wasn’t. In fact, it was DARK; and yes, it was ALL WATER around; and what more; the WAVES were high and the WIND was against them. Talk about a grim scenario… and you have it right here.
Is Jesus aware of where you are at the moment? My friend…I bet He does!!!
Is Jesus aware of the dangers that surround you at every turn? My friend…I am persuaded He does!!!
Is Jesus indifferent to your journey of life? My friend…I ask you, please read again Matthew 14:25.
…Jesus went out to them….is self-explanatory. Jesus is coming out to you today!
But when he arrives be sure he will ask this of you and me. Just as he asked Peter, he will call you to WALK OUT…of your bruised life and wounded past. He will call you to WALK OUT of your bad habits, addictions and confusions. He will call you to WALK OUT and leave your fears, limitations and inadequacies behind. He will call you to WALK ON...towards him in spite of the storms and the turbulent waters beneath your feet. He will call you to WALK ON…towards him…despite your past failures, disappointments and under achievements. He will call you to WALK ON…towards him…in faith and stay fully focused on his ability to calm the storms and command the wind against you.
Jesus is saying to you and me today…get down OUT OF THE BOAT, and WALK ON the water and come to me! Why? Because:
His eyes….are FOREVER SEEING!
His ears …are FOREVER ATTENTIVE!
His hands…are FOREVER WIDE OPEN!
His heart…is FOREVER LOVING!
<Dear beloved children….Come!WALK OUT….WALK ON!
HI Gladwell, thank you for your prayers and your patience with me. I was in a tough season and now I am back stronger than before with a quiet resolve. What a word God has given you! THank you I receive it! I’ve got a lot of catching up to do with all of your writings. There is a lot of inspiration here that I need.
I look forward to many days of writing on and off line for the work of the ministry…as my life goes into new seasons…and my prayer is for the Blessings to overtake you and your family as you WALK ON!!! Love E
Much love and blessings. I am well…and my family too. We are on our last leg…packing and preparing ourselves for the WALKING ON…towards JESUS and His plan for our future. We have hope…and I pray that you will be encouraged….no matter what season you might be in. God has given us grace for victory and to overcome. You have been a blessing to me….and I thank God for you. I do hope…we will get to meet on the other side…someday!!! I will email you soon.
Much love, hugs and blessings your way. GOD LOVES YOU BIG!!!
Gladwell, Just last night something happened that threatened to change my focus to things of the past. This morning I prayed for wisdom in what to do, and you provided the answer. “Just as he asked Peter, he will call you to WALK OUT…of your bruised life and wounded past.” I just need to keep my eyes on Jesus and move forward, not back. Peace, Linda
I am grateful to God that for His ministry of encouragement through this word He gave me. The truth is…this post was for me….as well as for many others out there. Be blessed….and WALK ON…away from the past and move forward into what God has in store for you!!!!
Love and bear huggies!!!
this post remains me of this song.
Thank you so much. I just listened to the song this morning…and I am truly blessed! We WALK ON….till that day!!!!
Baraka za Bwana!!!!
We all want to walk by faith, but not if it requires us to step out of the boat. You know, there’s waves and sharks and what if’s out there.
Its true…the ‘what if….’ question is the one which keeps most of us from taking that first step of faith out of the boat. But….faith is SURE!
Thanks and God bless.
This post is so timely. You are such a blessing to the body of Christ!
I’m out of the boat; choosing faith without natural support.
Just keeping my focus on Jesus!
You are truly an exhorter.
Thank you my sister,
I rejoice with you and for you…as you heed the call to step out of the boat…and walk on towards our Saviour. It will be WELL!!! Keep you focus by faith on Him.
Love and blessings,
You are Daniel to me because of how you read my dream and spoke it for me. I just pray I am not Nebuchednazzer in my response. This morning, while I was praying, I remembered Peter’s walk on water and prayed the same prayer as what you encouraged us today. God certainly has a habit of reiterating things and in it, we hear him more clearly and appreciate His persistence. Thank you for this reminder!
I thank God for you…and for using me to ‘interpret’ your dream. Now…it remains for you to be faithful and finish the mission the Lord has put into your heart!!! God knows you are well enable. So…be strong and courage and walk out….and walk on. Thank you, my brother.
God bless you and your family!!!
It is such a great reminder that He knows exactly where I am! So easy to lose sight of. Thank you 🙂
That is true…the eyes are most easily distracted members of our body. But Jesus what our focus to be on Him…in spite! Your article blessed me heart as well!!!!
God bless and keep you!!!
This is a true call to exercise ones faith, be bold and walk out for Him and walk on for Him. The time to fear is gone, Thanks for this message
God Bless, Jim
Its true…faith is two fold. There is a part for us and for him to do. He comes out to us…and he calls us to come out to him. Its a relationship as always! So…my brother…walk out…and walk on!
God bless you.
Thank you so much for teaching us about walking out and walking on! That was just excellent! It has me thinking about walking out of the darkness into His marvelous light! 🙂 God bless you and your love for Him! deb
I guess I was just as much preaching and encouraging myself with this one. Jesus said…he is waiting…so, of I go. I will meet you there!
Blessings and hugs,
Can I add this to my site today as a great post. I have been reading your blog for about 6 months and I have been so blessed, encouraged, and lifted up by your writings.
I have linked a post already, buy would love to post this one on my home page.
Let me know, i’d be honored to share your post and blog with others.
Oh…I feel humbled to hear that! Its indeed God’s doing. I just write what He has put into my heart…to bless, encourage and admonish the body of Christ unto good works. You are most welcomed to post this article on your blog…and any other that you might wish to in the future. Its all for His greater glory.
Blessings and peace,
Thank you so much for this beautiful post…How many times have we read about this…yet its so fresh and new when Holy spirit unfolds it to us..I know that He is calling me to walk out…WALK OUT of my insecurities..my fears..my inabilities..my comfort zones..I do not have to look at the waves..He is watching me and I just have to look at Him..and Walk On…no matter how foolish it may seem to others…
Thank you sis…and God Bless,
Go ahead… do the right thing…because Jesus is waiting for you and me to take the first step of faith!
Have a blessed and fulfilled weekend!