Matthew 14:29 NKJV
“So He (Jesus) said, Come. And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, Lord, save me!”
“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost! And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid. And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. So He said, Come. And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, Lord, save me! And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God” (Matthew 14:22-33 NKJV).
As a Christian, it is very easy to lose focus. After the anointing of the Holy Spirit, you as a believer should be eager to maintain your anointing, focus on Jesus, and Jesus alone. In the mist of the storm, Jesus showed up. Even with the storm still roaring, He comforted them. As a sign of the Lord’s presence, He performed a miracle by allowing Peter to come to Him, on water! But the moment Peter took his eyes off Jesus to focus on the storm, he began to sink. How often do we get carried away by things, trials, our own personal storms…do you remain focused on Jesus in the midst?
Two things here are informative to re-enforce any believer’s faith today;
1. Remember that the storm was there before Jesus call on Peter to come to Him. We are told that you should “Let your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1 NKJV). Peter lost faith in the one that called him. How many times have you told yourself that prayer alone will not solve your problems, or even staying focused on the living word of the Bible? After many days and nights of worries, what finally solved it? Jesus of course!
As Christ’s ambassadors, we are constantly the target of all arrows, spiritual and physical. Do not ever forget that God “…prepare a table before me (you) in the presence of my (your) enemies; You(God) anoint my (your) head with oil; My (your) cup runs over” (Psalm 23:5 NKJV). Going through you struggles with Jesus, makes the journey better.
2. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NKJV). Peter lost faith in Christ and focused on the storm. Does this sound familiar? Do you focus on your problems, needs, etc., instead of calling or focusing on the promises of God, the solution to all problems? Peter began to sink! And so you shall sink…!
There are many things that can make any believer lose focus on God. The worst is the storm within us. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Eat and drink! he says to you, But his heart is not with you” (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV). What you think is what you believe, and who you are. If you are consumed by self, pride, hunger for recognition or power, lone-ranger, lying, jealousy, envy, gossiping, greed, negativity, etc., it is easy to lose focus on Jesus. Each of these strongholds are representative demons, and as they reside within, and gradually invite their friends, sooner than later, one will begin to slack in many areas of their lives. You need to evaluate yourself daily, call on Jesus, and give Him the reports. If you do this, Jesus will immediately stretch out His hand and catch you, (Matthew 14:31 NKJV).This He promised to everybody, regardless of who you are. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5 NKJV).
What area of your life do you need help from the Lord today? Do not let a day pass without tapping in to the available divine help. Remember, with Jesus in your life, the storm must cease. The Bible said that, “immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased” (Matthew 14:31, 32 NKJV). Now you have regained your position, I would want you to stay focused. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).
God bless you in Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture of the day: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” ~ (Matthew 7:7, 8 NKJV).
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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