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Then Peter got...out of the boat, walked on the water...toward Jesus
Peter proved that as long as you keep your eyes on Jesus and stick to the plan, you won't go under. Notice:
(1) Before you get into something, make sure it's God's will for you! Peter said, 'Lord, if it's you, bid me to come to you on the water' and Jesus said, 'Come.' Before you take on something like water-walking, pray and be sure God's in it. In other words, get God's plan and stick to it.
(2) Don't expect everybody in the boat to go with you. Water-walking is a lonely
calling; it sets you apart from those who are timid and security-minded. It also
tends to bring criticism from those who think you're making them look bad by
(3) If you wait for good weather you'll miss your moment. When Jesus said,
'Come,' they were in the middle of a storm. Face it; we'd all like the stars to
line up, or some big donor to underwrite the whole project before we make a
move. But how often does that happen? Peter wasn't walking on the water; he was
walking on the Word! What has God told you to do? Stop waiting for ideal
conditions and start doing it!
(4) Don't expect a mistake-free performance. Nobody walks without fluctuation. The Bible describes its heroes in one sentence: 'Whose weakness was turned to strength' (Hebrews 11:34 NIV). All the great men and women of God you admire, go through sinking spells when they cry out, 'Lord, save me.' And do you know what? He does! And He'll do the same for you.