Risk Taking Friends!

Matthew 14:22-33 Common English Bible

Storms are a way of life.  Without storms there would be no appreciation of the security that comes with a relationship with Jesus Christ.  So we never should shy away from storms, we should engage and endure them with an expectation that our Savior is waiting for us.  The key to storm survival is awareness and action!

So who is around you when you are in a storm?  Who do you consult or call when the storm seems to be raging out of control?  Our beloved relatives, the disciples are set up and sent out into a storm intentionally by Jesus.  When Jesus sends us somewhere, it is never in isolation.  Someone should always know where you are going.  Jesus sends the disciples out after the miracle of feeding 5,000-plus into chaos in a boat.  So think about the boat being the church and the waves and wind being adversity!  So what do we do now …

Don’t just sit there, at least think!
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!”  They were so frightened they screamed.   Matthew 14:26

Listen then respond to Jesus’ instructions!
Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged!  It’s me.  Don’t be afraid.”  Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”   Matthew 14:27-28

Take a step into the darkness!
And Jesus said, “Come.”  Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus.  But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened.  As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!”   Matthew 14:29-30

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Keep modeling Jesus no matter what!”

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