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.” Please pray fervently for the Meeting today of the Crossroads Board of Directors. The position of Chief Executive Officer is being decided. The future is in the hands of people who pray and support the ministry financially.
Yours for walking on water,
P.S. While I was in hospital, my son Ron helped me to write a letter to the Crossroads ministry supporters. I’m out now staying with my daughter and son-in-law, Bruce and Elaine Stacey. The book Crossroads wants to send you in appreciation for your gift this month is by Billy Graham’s eldest daughter, Anne. I had no idea before reading the book that she wrote it while serving as her husband’s primary care giver, and she often wrote beside her husband’s sick bed. He graduated to Heaven last August (click here to donate and receive your copy of Ann’s book, THE DANIEL PRAYER). This is MUST reading for the serious Christian! You can read the letter I wrote in the hospital by clicking HERE.