The S7GNS:  Water Walking!

 

Scripture Lesson for the Day:  John 6:16-21; Matthew 14:22-34, NLT

What frightens you the most?  What is your response when you are frightened?

“They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here!’” (John 6:19-20, NLT).

Water Walking Observations…

  • Obeying Jesus does not stop the storms of life! 

“Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home.  After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.  Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves” (Matthew 14:22-24, NLT).

Has a recent storm in your life threatened your well-being?  How did you respond to it?

  • Fear is overcome when we trust in Jesus!

“When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, ‘It’s a ghost!’  But Jesus spoke to them at once. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘Take courage. I am here!’  Then Peter called to him, ‘Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.’  ‘Yes, come,’ Jesus said.  So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus” (Matthew 14:26-29, NLT).

Do fearful circumstances impact your trust in Jesus?

“Faith is often the child of fear” (Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm, p. 199).

Key Understanding:  There is a high price to pay when we live in fear rather than trusting in Jesus!

“If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat” (John Ortberg & Book Title).

  • Worship and belief are appropriate responses to Jesus!

“When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.  Then the disciples worshiped him. ‘You really are the Son of God!’ they exclaimed” (Matthew 14:32-33, NLT).

What does water walking declare about Jesus?

Spiritual truth to remember:  Never forget that in the hour of your most desperate need Jesus will come to you!

“He called out to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here!’   Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!” (John 6:20-21, NLT).

Jesus will lead us to a much needed place of R & R as we place our faith in Him!

“After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret” (Matthew 14:34, NLT).

A second miracle?  “He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’  Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going” (John 6:20-21, NKJV).

Closing Challenge:  When you see Jesus for who He really is you will never be the same.  Whatever storm you may possibly be dealing with will look and recognize that you are not alone and that Jesus is coming to you to offer his peace and compassionate care.  Will you receive Him into your life?

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