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The People of Testimony Christian Centre – Walk On It
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Walk On It

Matthew 14:22-32

22 ¶ Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

23 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.

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Storms are parts of every human life. Every normal human being will pass through several storms in his life.

Storms have three different origins:

  1. Natural storms which are normal parts of life and which is common to all men
  2. Satanic storm, sent by the devil to destroy our faith in God
  • Divine storms, sent by God to proof His own in order for Him to promote them

Whatever be the source of the storm, it is our reactions to these adverse life conditions that matters.

Every man has the right to determine the effect the storm will have on his/her life. The storm might not leave you the same way it met you. It will either makes you better or leaves you a worse person.

Certain things are crucial when you are passing through a storm:

  1. Your understanding of the situation

The correct definition of a man’s challenge is critical to his overcoming them.

Once there is a wrong diagnosis for a particular ailment, correct cure might be farfetched.

It is your duty to find out accurately what is happening to you and why they are happening.

1 pet 4:12-16

12 ¶ Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;

13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.

16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

It is a terrible thing to confuse a self-inflicted suffering to a trial of faith.

Most of the troubles we term as “satanic warfare” today are self-inflicted troubles; troubles that we cause by ourselves through certain negligence or wrong actions.

If you are the source of your trouble, be humble enough to admit it and change your ways.

If your trouble is a trial of your faith, submit yourself to God and humble accept His verdict over your life.

If it is a satanic attack, resist him in faith and your victory is sure.

  1. Your proximity to Jesus

It is important that we walk with Jesus if we are dreaming of victory in the journey of life.

The closer Jesus is to you every day of your life, the better in the face of the uncertainties of life.

It is important that this Jesus is yours personally. You need to possess Him personally and journey with Him all the time.

Psa 32:8-10

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.

10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.

 

Exo 33:14

14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Those who chose to walk alone in life will suffer alone.

Your pastor can assist you in challenges and he will; it is his duty to do so. Unfortunately, your pastor cannot be with you all the time and there are certain troubles that will not wait for your pastor.

Do your best to carry His abiding presence in your journey.

  • Your confidence and faith in Jesus Christ

There is no time when your confidence and trust in Jesus is put to test more than when the storms of life come.

It is easier to profess faith when there is a calm.

In the midst of your storm:

  1. You must see Jesus

v 26

26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

  1. You must hear Jesus

v 27

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

  1. You must obey Jesus

v 28-29

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

  1. You must keep your focus on Jesus

v 30

30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

  1. Your choice of action

The time of storm is a time men naturally are consumed in fear not willing to take any step.

But a man’s action or inaction will determine how long he will stay in the storm.

All you need at this time is to hear God clearly and obey Him blindly.

It is the action a man takes in obedience to God’s instruction that determines whether or not he is a man of faith.

Those who can step out in obedience and trust even when all natural parameters are suggesting otherwise are the real men of faith.

You will never know that you can walk on top of that sinking storm until you come out of your comfort zone and save corner and take a bold step of faith in obedience to God.

Those who can boldly obey God and act in faith will ultimately walk on the same storm that is sinking others.

  1. The placement of your attention

One of the worst challenges of success is to take away your eyes from Jesus once you are beginning to do the unthinkable.

Never forget that every move of success starts with Jesus. Take every step with your eyes fixed on Him.

With your attention firmly fixed on Jesus, you can walk on any storm no matter how severe. You can handle any challenge no matter how grave. You can overcome any battle no matter how tough.

The presence of Jesus and your confident trust in Him makes all the difference.

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    Bob manuel says

    Thanks for this meditation.

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