Walking on Gods word
Updated: Nov 18, 2017
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was blowing hard, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Matthew 14:29 Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Is it not amazing that Peter asks Jesus if he can come out to Him on the water? And even more, that Jesus honours Peter’s question by inviting him to come! Jesus does not see this question for the impossible as unnecessarily, rude or proud, but answers Peter in a positive way, saying: COME.
It made me think if this attitude of Peter for the impossible to happen is telling us something. If Peter wanted to know if it was Jesus approaching them, and not a ghost (as the other thought), he could have waited for Him to come closer. Instead Peter is testing the realness of Jesus based on the impossible to happen. Amazing! For Peter, the best way to find out if it really was Jesus coming to them, was to ask for something impossible to happen. Could it be that this is telling us something about the way we should approach the impossible? That part of us seeing the miracles happening has to do with us asking the Lord for it?
‘’For what is impossible with men is possible with God’’
Maybe you are ‘in the boat’ just as Peter and the disciples where. It might be that you are going through some hard circumstances or a storm. Be encouraged, for Jesus is close! The bible says He is a very present help in time of need. In the midst of the storm, ask Him for the impossible, and it might be that Jesus will turn the very storm you are in into a supernatural experience you will never forget.
So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
I always wonder if it was the water Peter walked on, or if it was the words: COME, that Jesus spoke. When God speaks His words become a reality. In the case of Peter, the words ‘come’ became the invitation to walk on the water. Jesus His words hoovered over the water and made it possible for Peter to walk on it.
I started to think what it is God is calling us into. Are there any words for us we can walk on, any invitations to ‘Come’?
The more I thought about it, the more words came to my mind Let’s look at some of these words God calls us into, words that can become a reality and invitation for us to walk on:
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do..
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen
These are only a few of the wonders God has opened up for those who believe in Him. If you have not been asking God if you can walk on these promises, I hope you are encouraged by this story about Peter to start doing so! And if you are already doing it, let us take the risk and start stepping out on the water in faith.
And what a faith Peter had! What a risk he took to step out on the waves in the midst of a storm! But his faith was rewarded, as faith always is. It attracts the supernatural unlike anything else. And for as long as Peter kept his faith he was fine.
But when he saw that the wind was blowing hard] he was afraid; and beginning to sink..
The moment Peter loses focus and starts to fear, he loses faith and starts to sink. I started to think about the body of Christ in Sweden (including myself of course) compared to the words in the bible I just wrote. Could it be that we have started to ‘ ‘sink’ under the words God calls us to walk on? Have circumstances caused us to lose focus and sink under the standard of God’s calling?
and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him..
But Peter does the only right thing and calls out to Jesus. Jesus does not pause for a moment to teach Peter a lesson, or punishes him for losing faith, no, the bible says that IMMEDIATELY he stretched out his hand to catch him.
If you are like me, and you think that the body of Christ in general has started to sink beneath the words of God’s calling, than I want to encourage you to join us in our call the Jesus to save us. To pull us up as He pulled Peter up, so that we can walk on His words again and do the impossible!
Light The Fire want to serve as a platform for all who are hungry after more of God. Together we want to pray day and night for a revival in Sweden. We believe that as we call out to God, that He will send His Spirit to baptise us again and pull us up to His standard.