Sharing What I’ve Learned From Today’s Devotional

  Matthew 14:22-33 (NIV)

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the 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 toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said,“why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 Main Thing That Stood Out to Me

All was going well until Peter took his eyes off of Christ and placed them on the things around him. He had enough faith to step out as long as his eyes were fixed upon Christ.

 Personal Assessment

  Aren’t I like that too? I ask God can I make a move, and He surprisingly responds with a yes. Half of me is surprised that He approved and the other half is hopeful. With anticipation I take the first step, then eagerly I take the next. Then out of the blue doubt enters my mind because the impossible is happening for me. Now the next step is an anxious one which leads to a fearful next few. Now I am looking around fully realizing how impossible this is. My focus has suddenly shifted, no longer upon God, but on the circumstance. I am no longer making progress but I’m quickly sinking. What happened was I lost faith in myself but I still have enough sense to believe God can save me so I cry out for help.

Lessons learned:

1. If God says you can make a move know that it isn’t a trick.

2. In order to succeed in your journey you must keep your focus (eyes and thoughts) on God.

3. If you find that you have lost faith in yourself don’t worry you were only able to begin, in the first place, because God allowed it.

4. if you panic and begin to sink just cry out to God for help, and He will reach out and save you.

Stay encouraged everyone.

(originally posted: 1/11/14)

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