WALK ON WATER
Today’s Reading: Matthew 14
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Key Verse: Matthew 14:31
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Peter, the man of faith and doubt, boldness and fear, is one of us. His faith carried him out of the boat, but his doubt immediately brought big problems. Don’t be too hard on Peter. Those still in the boat were safe, but they missed a great experience with Jesus. On the walk back to the boat, I think Jesus held Peter, and Peter surely hung onto Jesus for dear life. Later Peter’s memory was greatly improved by the power of the Holy Spirit. The result – faith and boldness marked his total life. Are you willing to sink and look like a big fool? Or are you just playing it safe?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I know You won’t let me down as I let go of the boat and start walking. Grant me the grace to attempt the humanly impossible. May I not be discouraged by the comments of those still in the boat. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
There are several things that could’ve sunk the ministry of Crossroads. Check out our history. The money was not on hand to do any of these major initiatives (e.g. Pavilions in four World Expositions). In two of the Expos, we were sinking, but Jesus was there to catch us. He had said, as He did to Peter, “Come.” As leader, I had stepped out of the boat, and so did our Board of Directors, as did our fellow team members, and our supporting partners. In Spain alone (Expo ’92), at least 53,000 people registered decisions for Christ. The Archbishop of Seville said weeping, “My people, my people need this message.”
Yours for walking on water,
P.S. Today is Father’s Day. I’m preaching later this morning at “The Church on the Queensway,” Toronto, at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services (click here for information on this great church that seats 4,000). Some readers will remember that last August I featured a question from my great-grandson, Myles, who was 5 years old at the time. Many responded with answers to his question. I have chosen 50 of those answers and Sheryl Neilson, Myles’ mother and my granddaughter, put them into a book, complete with lots of pictures. I hope to present this to Myles as a surprise during the services (click here for the blog that resulted in the book for Myles and note all the comments from readers at the bottom).