The Sinking of Peter!!!
And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt? ” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well….. Matthew 14:29-36
In our previous Study, we were considering How Jesus and Peter overcame the Law of gravity by walking on the Sea. We noted that the Law of Sin is very similar to the Law of Gravity. And that Jesus was teaching us with this Miracle that we can overcome the Law of Sin if we believe His words to Us. And we saw Peter taking a bold step of wait by walking to meet Jesus on the Sea. Here, we read of the Failure of Peter as He Walk to Meet Jesus and How the Lord saved Him. Let us therefore open our Hearts to receive instructions lest we make the same Mistake as Peter.
And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”: So Peter stepped out and was walking in Victory over the Law of gravity to Meet Jesus. He was doing that which others in the boat had considered impossible for any Man to do. He was proving that if Jesus could do it, then we can also. But as Peter was making progress towards meeting Jesus, He made a Mistake. He turned His face away from Jesus and began to Look at the Wind. As long as we run this race, looking unto Jesus as the Author and Finisher (Hebrews 12:2), then we will endure till the end without failing or sinking into the Sea of Sin. As Long as we set the Lord ALWAYS before us, then we will never be Moved by the Wind of Life nor drown by The Sea of Sin(Psalm 16:8). The moment we turn our eyes away from the Lord, we can be sure that fear will grip us because of what is happening in our surroundings. The moment we stop looking at Jesus, then we shall begin to sink like Peter. When You turn your eyes away from Christ and His example and begin to compare Yourself with others who are drowning in the sea of Sin, then You will become proud and say to Yourself, “As for Me, I am not drowning Like others”. At that moment, You begin to Sink. Don’t ever compare Yourself with others in this Race to meet Jesus. It is unwise people that compare themselves with others(2 Corinthians 10:12). When You begin to look and listen to others opinion about You, probably they are saying to You, “Wow!!! What a wonderful Brother, He is walking in Victory over Sins. God bless You Brother!!! You are a blessing to this generation!!!” and what they are saying about You begin to puff you up to start thinking You are now a great Man of God. Whether You know it or not, You begin to drown at that very Moment. If you want to compare Yourself with any Man, then it must be with Jesus!!! If we compare ourselves with the Example of Jesus, we will always see how far we are below His Level and this will keep us Humble till the end of our lives. Let us therefore turn our eyes away from every other thing and fix our gaze on Christ alone to see how He overcame Sin, the World, the Devil and the Flesh.
So what shall we do if we Fail? What shall we do if we turn our eyes away from the Lord in stupidity and we begin to Sin? Do we have to drown? Not at all!!! Cry out immediately as Peter did. As soon as Peter discovered that He was Beginning to Sink, He cried out, “Lord Save Me” Many people ask the Lord to Save them after they have completely fallen and made a mess of their Lives. Many ask the Lord to have mercy on them after they have already found themselves at the bottom of the sea of Sin. And that is why many have many scars and bitter experiences in their Lives, because they keep falling and falling before they cry out for Help. The time to cry out to the Lord is when You are beginning to Sink!!! At the very Beginning of Sinking. For example, when you are facing a particular pressure to get angry or to watch Internet pornography on a Computer or any other pressure to Sin like that but You find that You are resisting it and resisting it but you are slipping and feel the pull is becoming greater and greater, and you are afraid that You may fall, that is the time to cry out, “Lord save Me, Lord give Me Grace!!” At the very beginning of Sinking, Cry out!!! For whoever Calls on the name of the Lord Shall be Saved(Acts 2:21)
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”: And as soon as Peter called out to the Lord, the Lord Caught Peter!!! IMMEDIATELY!! (I Love that Word!). Before the Lord rebuked Peter, He first Held Him. If the Lord had rebuked Him first, Peter would have sank to the bottom of the Sea. This is always God’s way. He Holds us first and makes us Stand before Correcting and Rebuking us.
He held Peter first, then said to Him, “Oh You of Little Faith, why did you doubt?” we have seen this again and again that what God appreciates is Faith. And it is a Faith that is based on His Word!!! For faith comes by Hearing and hearing by the word of God(Romans 10:17). If the Lord had not told Peter to come, and He stepped out, then that would have been something else entirely. But it was the Lord that said to Peter, “Come”. But unfortunately, a lot of people today are trying to do something the Lord never asked them to do. They are trying to have Faith for things that the Lord never promised and no wonder they are Sinking. No wonder they are making a mess of their lives. They are jumping off the roof and trying to claim a promise just like Devil told Jesus(Matt 4:5-7). And they crash down and break their bones and wonder why the Lord did not save them. Well, the Lord has not promised to support our stupidity. Our faith must be based on the command or promise of God which says to us, “Come and do this” You can be 100% sure that whatever God has commanded You to do, He will give you the resources and abilities to do it. For His Words are Words of Grace(Acts 20:32). There is no Command in the New testament for which Grace is not available to do it!!! Take for Example, “Rejoice always(1 Thessalonians 5:16),Walk as Jesus Walked(1 John 2:6), In Everything, give thanks(1 Thessalonians 5:18), Do all things without grumbling and Complaining(Philippians 2:14). Be anxious for Nothing(Philippians 4:6)” These are all commands in the New testament and there is Grace with it to enable us do it. But still, we may come short of this wonderful Life because We don’t believe the Lord can do it for us. Because we Look at the circumstances and others around us like Peter and we begin to drown in depression and anxiety when there is absolutely no need for it. The secret is to Look at Jesus and see how He Lived. Obey His Commands, For Faithful is HE who has called Us to Walk in Victory over the Law of Sin and Death, and He will also give You the ability to do it(1 Thessalonians 5:24).
And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”: if the Disciples had disobeyed when the Lord Compelled them to get on the boat, they would have avoided the Strom. Would that have been a good thing? Would it be wonderful if we had gone through Life without any difficulties? If we look only at this Life, the answer will be YES, but if we Look at Character and eternal values, we will say the answer is NO. If You go through Life without facing any contrary wind and waves in Your Life, You may have a comfortable Life but You will never learn to know God who can only be Known in the middle of the Strom. Think of the experience that this Disciples had of Jesus walking on the Water to still the storm!!! What an Experience!!! But if you want that Experience, You have to go through the Strom. We can never have revelation about Jesus in a Deep Way Like these Disciples if we don’t go through the storm. In the middle of those storms, we will experience Jesus overcoming and teaching us also to overcome. We are called to overcome as He overcame(Revelation 3:21). How shall we be overcomers if there is nothing to overcome? But God has ordained it in such a way that we shall face tribulations, trials, persecution, sorrows, difficulties and all sorts of Temptations because that is the only way we shall become overcomers. They would never have known Jesus abilities to still the storm if there was no Strom. And it is because we pray so much that God will never allow us to face a Strom that we have not experienced the mighty power of God to cease the Strom. Ask a Man who have gone through trials, sorrows and difficulties and He will tell you that He has become a richer man Spiritually because He has gone through those Storms and have gotten new revelations of Jesus as the Son of God!!!
When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.: So Jesus continued His ministry and Healed ALL which was an attestation that He was the Saviour that they have been waiting for(Acts 2:22). This is not something We can repeat. And God has occasionally given such anointing to some people like Paul(Acts 19:11-12) according to His sovereign choice but not even to the extent that was seen in Christ. There has never been any Man who has been able to manifest the power of healing and Miracles that flowed from Christ body. So we need to Humble ourselves and acknowledge that we cannot do that. He never asked us to do that, He never asked us to follow Him in His Ministry but to follow Him in His Life. Let us therefore take a bold step of faith as we follow Jesus!!!
Dear Friend, Fix your eyes on Jesus. Turn your eyes away from all other things and Look unto Jesus as Your Example for this is the only way to continue to walk in Victory over the Law of Sin and Death. Cry out to the Lord to save You at the very beginning of your sinking and He will immediately stretch His Hand to keep You from falling. Have no doubt concerning His Command to You. For If the Lord has commanded it, He will definitely give us Grace and power to do it!!! May the Lord Help us to apply this Great Truths to our Lives as We Walk to Meet Jesus.(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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