IT’S NOT THE STORM THAT DROWNS. 2
The way we see Jesus express dominion over the adverse conditions of nature, we are left in awe of God. To think the Same anointing upon Jesus, same Spirit Indwell us as the believer is too glorious to think upon.
But can a GLORIOUS MAN SINK IN THE STORMS OF THIS LIFE?!
Let’s consider Apostle Peter, though, at this time, He didn’t have the Indwelling of God’s Spirit, however, FOCUSING ON THE ANOINTED ONE, HE WALKED ON WATER ALSO, IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM.
Matthew 14:24-32 (KJV) But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
This again was a BOISTEROUS WIND. A STORM.
Again, the disciples were in Danger of the Storm.
The were in the middle of the sea, yet in a BOAT.
Thus, they had a bit of safety in the boat.
However, they found Jesus WALKING ON WATER.
Peter took a leap of faith and STEPS OUT IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM TO MEET JESUS.
Why step out?!
Jesus was coming to meet them anyways?!
There was no point stepping out, the anointed one was coming into the boat already, I would have waited for Jesus to step into the boat and calm the storm as usual.
But you see, when it comes to EXERCISING OUR FAITH, WE OFTEN HAVE TO CEASE THE OPPORTUNITY!!
Peter CEASED THIS OPPORTUNITY TO EXERCISE DOMINION OVER THE FALLEN NATURE.
EVERY OTHER DISCIPLE LOOKED ON AS HE DID THIS.
PETER ACTUALLY WALKED ON WATER.
THE STORM WAS NOT OVER.
THE WATER WAS STILL LIQUID.
BUT A MAN HAD CHANGED HIS MIND ABOUT HIS REACTION TO THE STORM, TO BE DOMINATED BY FEAR OF THE STORM OR DOMINATE THE STORM BY THE FAITH OF JESUS!.
PETER WALKED ON WATER!!
IN THE MIDST OF BOISTEROUS WIND!!
HE WALKED ON UNTIL HIS FOCUS CHANGED!!
JESUS REVEALS THAT THE DOUBT THAT CRUMBLED PETER WAS NOT IN THE POWER OF THE STORM, IT WAS THE FACT THAT PETER TOOK HIS EYES OFF JESUS!!
A MAN MAY STAND ON SAME WATER WITH THE LORD AND SINK.
THIS IS NOT BECAUSE THE LORD IS NOT PRESENT BUT BECAUSE DOUBT IS PRESENT IN THE MAN.
It’s not the sickness that’s so great.
It’s our focus on the sickness that is.
It’s not the poverty that is too much.
It’s our considerations of the lack that is deep.
Look at Abraham’s CONSIDERATION.
Romans 4:19 (KJV) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
What’s OUR CONSIDERATION TODAY?!
How great HIV is, or how great the Power of God’s Spirit in us is?!
How great the scarcity is, or how great the MIRACULOUS WORKING POWER OF GOD IS?!
IT’S NOT THE STORM THAT DROWNS.
IT’S OUR CONSIDERATIONS.
Many of us have STEPPED OUT IN FAITH.
HAVING BEGAN IN FAITH, WILL WE BE MADE PERFECT BY OUR CIRCUMSTANCES?!
Let’s assume Jesus didn’t hold Peter up as he drowned, it would have been more TERRIBLE FOR PETER THAN FOR THOSE IN THE SHIP.
THE ONES IN THE SHIP HAVE A SAFETY NET, THE ONE ON THE WATER IS LEFT WITH JESUS!!
Many of us have stepped out in Faith, keep on, says God. Keep on, says God. Don’t look away from the faith.
Keep your consideration on Jesus, keep on, says God.
Stop considering those who didn’t take your step, those who have it easier because they didn’t step out, stop the considerations, consider Jesus today, it’s not the storm that drowns, it’s our DOUBT THAT DOES.
I repent today of all doubt.
I continue to focus on Jesus.
I keep on. I keep on. I keep on.
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