Step Out of the Boat


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Step Out of the Boat
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....
– Matthew 14:28-29

It’s easy to be so afraid of making a mistake that you never get around to stepping out on faith. You can spend all your time wondering, Is this faith? Or is it presumption? What if I exercise my faith for something and find out later I’ve missed God’s will?

Don’t worry. God can handle any mistake you can make. I know because I’ve made plenty of them. When I did, I’d just go to the Lord and He’d tell me, Stay on the Word, son. Together we’ll overcome this thing. And we always did.

If you act on the Word out of the sincerity of your heart and you steadfastly stay with the Word, Jesus will never let you matter how many dumb mistakes you make. He proved that the night Peter jumped out of the boat in the middle of the lake.

Have you ever stopped to think about that incident? Peter hadn’t been praying or seeking God’s will before he did that. On impulse he just blurted out, “Lord, if it’s You, bid me come.”

What was Jesus supposed to say? He couldn’t very well say, “It’s not Me.” I suppose He could have said, “Wait a minute now. You don’t have the faith to get out here. You’d better stay in that boat or you’re going to drown for sure.”

But He didn’t say that to Peter—and He won’t say it to you. If you want to get out and walk by faith, He’ll get out there with you and pick you up when you start sinking. He’ll walk you back to the boat if He has to.

It’s better to risk being presumptuous than to waste your life in the boat of unbelief! If you have to, just dive into the water and say, “God, help me!”

Don’t let fear keep you from taking that step of faith. Come on, get out of the boat today!

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
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Lol Peter was funny. One time Peter even tried to tell Jesus what to do.

Anyway Jesus said when he was rescuing is I, why did you doubt ye of little faith.

If Peter had known for certain it was Jesus, he would have patiently waited in the boat for Jesus to come near, as he was going that way anyway. But sometimes, cos we can doubt, we dont really wait or trust for Him to come for us.

Like Moses hit the rock instead of speaking to the rock. He didnt need to hit the rock for the water to gush out. GOd still made the water gush out, but Moses showed doubt that it would happen so he kind of nudged God in a way by being presumptuous.

What this shows is yes God will cover us and rescue us in spite of our mistakes but we need to learn to trust Him completely.