And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
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.
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.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
– Matthew 14:22-33
Whenever you are studying the word of God, especially in order to deal with specific issues, the words or verses that seem to jump out of the pages and burn in your heart are likely to be the words that God is speaking directly to you. The words and promises of God in the scripture are there for you. Receive them; personalize them and make them your compass. Be guided by them and act on them. That is how to unleash the all-conquering power of God in any situation.
The surest way to walk by faith is to stand upon whatever God’s word says concerning a situation and refusing to shift from it, irrespective of what circumstances or people may be saying. Even when you are threatened or faced with danger because of what you believe, do not compromise or shift grounds away from God’s word.
God will never abandon anyone who stands firmly upon His word. He did not abandon Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who stood with Him and were thrown into the furnace of fire. He did not abandon Daniel who stood with His word and was thrown into the den of lions. He did not abandon Joseph who refused to defile himself with his master’s wife’s adulterous offer. These ones faced extreme danger, but God not only delivered them, but He also promoted them highly in the end. God has magnified His word above all His names (Psalms 138:2).
Peter walked on water, but he actually planted his feet upon the word of Jesus that said to him, “Come” (Matthew 14:29). You will never sink when you plant your feet upon God’s word.
- Banish the spirit of fear and declare that God has given you the spirit of love, power and sound mind.
- Pray that God’s will be done everywhere on earth.
CONFESSION: I am not moved by what I see or hear; I am only moved by the word of God to do His will