May 16th 2021 Matthew 14:22-31 NLT
22 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.
23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by
himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away
from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they
were fighting heavy waves.
25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came
toward them, walking on the water.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water,
they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out,
“It’s a ghost!”
27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,”
he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell
me to come to you, walking on the water.”
29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked
on the water toward Jesus.
30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he
was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he
31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.
“You have so little faith,” Jesus said.
“Why did you doubt me?”
32 When they climbed back into the boat,
the wind stopped.
33 Then the disciples worshiped him.
“You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
#1: Jesus will allow us to go THROUGH storms
- Storms shape us into HIS image ~ reminds us of our need for Him ~ shows us who He really is
#2: Jesus is praying for you
- READ: Romans 8:34 _________________
#3: Going FORWARD in obedience is always better
than going BACKWARD in disobedience
- Choosing to go back causes you to MISS what Jesus is doing in the storm
#4: There is NEVER a moment when God is not near
- He showed them the very thing that was causing them fear ~ was in submission to Him
#5: Our Focus MUST Stay on Jesus
- The disciples just wanted to get through the storm ~ it was around 3am
#6: Remember who Jesus is and find COMFORT in
- Peace is NOT the absence of the storm ~
but IS found in the presence of Jesus
#7: Never allow the storm to cause you to doubt
God’s goodness or power
#8: Storms can OPEN eyes to God’s Power