Stepping out of the boat
The greatest challenge of faith comes when your eyes speak contrary to your heart. In those instances you have choices to make:
1. Will you choose to remain in fear?
Mt 14:26-32 “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.”
2. Will you go join Him regardless of where he is or what he is doing?
“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.”
3. Will you allow circumstances to derail you from God’s plan?
“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink,”
4. When you begin to fail (and you will), will you cry out to God for help or allow your pride to lead to destruction?
“he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him,”
5. Will you spend the time necessary studying God’s word to increase your faith for the trials ahead (Rom 10:17)?
“and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.”
LESSON - Remember our pastor’s definition of faith. Faith is hearing God’s word, believing God’s word, acting on God’s word, and leaving the rest up to God. If you spend enough time arming yourself with God’s word, you will have the faith and courage to go where your eyes cannot see.