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Don’t let fear or distractions keep you from walking with Jesus! Matthew 14:22-33 (NLT)*

Divine Note #34 – August 24, 2009
Don’t let fear or distractions keep you from walking with Jesus! Matthew 14:22-33 (NLT)*

Jesus Walks on Water

22 Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. 23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning[a] Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here![b]” 28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong[c] wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.Dear Divine Notes Readers,
I will never get over how God inspires these messages! I attended a Celebration leadership meeting on Saturday and was blown away by the people who are put in my path and who also share my same passion about Jesus Christ and His church! I’ve previously addressed the topic of fear in these notes and we also talked about the topic at our Captive No More conference in May. Lately the topic has been mentioned by the various preachers that I follow and I heard this message at a service at a church in my neighborhood on Sunday. The speaker shared a powerful message with the church. I share this with you hoping that you will take action if you suffer from fear in any area of your life. I also believe that fear is the reason that many churches are struggling today because staff and members will not step out in faith to do what God put them on earth to do.Walk with Jesus don’t just keep trying to go toward Him!In the story, Peter cries out to Jesus to allow him to walk on water. The Good Lord tells Peter to not be afraid and to take courage. Well, Peter walked on the water headed toward Jesus but when he saw the wind and waves, he basically freaked and started to drown. How many of us doubt what we are called to do or get into full-fear-mode in our daily lives? Instead of actively partnering with Jesus Christ to fulfill our potential, we decide that we need more self-help, additional studies, more therapy, more pep talks (sermons) before we can leave the comfort our homes and pews to serve as the hands and heart of Jesus Christ. We keep running to Him and asking for more, more, more – without ever doing anything to serve the hurting people of the world by representing Him! He needs worker bees not managers or supervisors!

How many of us are like Peter and get easily distracted?
Jesus told Peter to walk across the water. Instead of keeping his eyes on Jesus, Peter checked out the nasty waves and freaked out! He focused on what could go wrong! How many of us focus on fear, which results in: 1. Chronic procrastination 2. And not being able to finish anything!

If you start doubting the job GOD has in store for you each time, you won’t go help out in a ministry where you are needed. If you get hung up doing busy work, this also puts your personal ministry in peril. Yikes! I’m guilty on this one! How are you spending your life? Are you achieving the things that God has planned for you? I’ll admit that before I saw the hand of Jesus, I wasted valuable time focused on the things that were wrong in my life and being paralyzed with unforgiveness. Please allow this message to help you stop living in the past and instead focus on what you can control.

How many of us don’t want to rock the boat?
Many people know the saving grace of Jesus Christ yet they are like the 11 disciples who stayed in a sinking boat even when Jesus was nearby and willing to save them – like He saved Peter!? I love this quote from the preacher, “Don’t get distracted when you are water-walking with Jesus or you will sink!” When He calls you, answer Him! Don’t respond when you are ready, when it’s convenient or when you have more money!
If Jesus says you can walk on water, you CAN WALK ON WATER! Believe Him!Most folks wait around to see what others are doing so they can follow! Some people keep doing the same things they’ve always done because it’s comfortable. They don’t want to step out of the comfort zone! Jump in – don’t wait! Your ministry needs you! Don’t stop and wait! Don’t panic if you don’t get it right the first time! You will not find Jesus in the comfort zone!

Will you answer the Lord’s call?
You were made in God’s image and you are a precious child! If you are not fulfilling your potential because you are paralyzed with fear, it’s time to take action! Get help; get real or stop being lazy – it really is that simple! Working God’s will means sacrifice, but the earthly peace that passes understanding is worth rocking your boat! Sail with me on our journey of a lifetime! Step out and say, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8
Don’t hold back! Give out Big God Hugs this week!

*Variations of the same story about Jesus walking on water are found in Mark 6:45-52 and John 6:16-21.

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