One of the most familiar stories about Peter is found in Matthew 14 when he walked on the water to Jesus. Though Peter received correction from Jesus, you still have to respect the only one of Jesus’ disciples who had the courage and boldness to step out in faith at that moment.
Matthew 14:29-31, 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?
Notice, Peter didn’t sink. It says he began to sink. If you were to step out on the water, how long would it take you to sink to the bottom? It would be immediate, right? But Peter didn’t sink. The problem was that Peter began to doubt because he lost focus on Jesus and His word to Peter.
There are times in every believer’s life when they feel as if they are “sinking,” and it will cause one to face every doubt imaginable. Just because you feel like you’re sinking, however, doesn’t mean you have sunk. During these moments, your focus makes all the difference.
The word Jesus used to call Peter out of the boat was the very first word He used when he invited Peter to become a part of His ministry. Peter remembered how stepping out on the simple word “Come” had dramatically changed his entire life. It’s no wonder that hearing the word “Come” from Jesus’ lips resonated with Peter, and he expected nothing but absolute victory. By that one word Peter had seen and experienced things he never imagined possible.
What would have happened if Peter had not noticed the wind boisterous, and allowed doubt and fear in? He would have walked all the way to Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 says, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus never authors something He doesn’t intend to finish.
Toward the end of 2015, the Lord impressed upon me the word, restoration, and He told me that I would be entering a season of restoration. I preached it to myself and to all who would listen multiple times. In fact, I even received criticism for how much I preached it. But God didn’t author this Word in me to make people happy. His intent for any Word He gives us is to bring it to completion in our lives.
Isaiah 42:22, But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
I’ve read and meditated on this verse countless times over the past four years. It depicts a clear picture of what the world looks like today. People being robbed and spoiled, snared in holes, imprisoned in their houses. Friend, it’s time to stand up and declare, RESTORE!
What do you need to see restored? Is it your job, your family, your health, your finances? I want to encourage you to keep your attention on Him and what He promised us in His Word. Boldly claim RESTORATION because when something is restored, it is put back BETTER than it was before.
These are perilous times and it is imperative that we stay focused on His Word to us. Storms are all around us bringing the temptation to fear. Instead of looking at the storm, make the decision to keep your eyes on Jesus and trust in His keeping power. Everything’s going to be all right, in Jesus’ Name.
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