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Hello! This is Ayvaunn Penn of The Penn Speaks in conjunction with AllChristianNews.com. Welcome to part three of the encouraging and enlightening four-part series entitled You, Too, Can Walk on Water.
In part one, we discussed the importance of setting aside private prayer time with our Heavenly Father and how that intimacy with Christ helps us master walking on the riotous waters of life – reaching goals, overcoming obstacles, and defeating enemies. In part two, we learned not to fret at but embrace torrential rains that meet us as we walk on water, because storms serve to make our faith stronger.
Let’s explore “walking on water” in greater depth as we turn in our Bibles to Matthew 14:22 – 33. This passage of scripture primarily details Peter’s experience of walking on water with Jesus Christ. Before we get to the exciting meat of the text, however, there are a few other points along the way that we would be greatly disadvantaged to overlook.
For part three, our main point is: We must know what God looks like, so when we call for His help in the middle of a storm, we know His life boat when we see it. And, our key verse is Matthew 14:26. The King James Version reads:
“And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a spirit’; and they cried out for fear.”
I can only imagine that in the midst of the storm, the disciples were calling on Jesus for help. In verse 26, however, we learn that the disciples did not recognize Jesus when He walked out onto the waters to see about them. Like many of God’s followers, we too, pray to God when we get into a fix, but are we able to discern the face of our true life-saver in the midst of this crazy world? Christians need to be able to exercise a spirit of discernment in order to tell Godly advice from worldly advice and real solutions from fake solutions. And how do we do that? By staying prayed up and rooted in the Word of God. ‘Cause one thing is for sure, some bad advice from the wrong person will sink you in a heartbeat
So, here’s to more smooth striding and less teeter totter. Remember, with God’s help, you too, can walk on water.
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In addition to being the founder of The Penn Speaks and Your Black Poets, she is also the author of Ephemeral Moments: a book of poetry and short stories exploring issues such as domestic abuse, struggles of faith, and contemporary love from the perspective of a black Christian woman (available on Amazon). As a rising playwright, Miss Penn is an inductee of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. She uses her gifts of writing and the performing arts to testify to the glory of God’s greatness both inside and outside of the church. Click to follow Ayvaunn on Facebook and Twitter.