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Hello! This is Ayvaunn Penn of The Penn Speaks in conjunction with AllChristianNews.com. Welcome to the final segment 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. In part three, the key point was knowing what God looks like, so when we call for His help in the middle of a storm, we can discern His life boat from fakes.
Let’s explore the final point of “ how to walk on water” by turning in our Bibles to Matthew 14:22 – 33. Yes! We’ve finally arrived to the meat of our text – Peter walking on water. For part four, our main point is: Doubt will surely drown you. And, our key verse is Matthew 14:30. The King James Version reads:
“30 But when he (Peter) saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (KJV)
While the other disciples questioned if the man walking on the sea was really the Jesus they all knew and loved, Peter came up with a better idea. He said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” In response, Jesus said, “Come,” and low and behold! Verse 29 says, “…When Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” What allowed Peter to achieve this inconceivable feat? None other but his faith and keeping his eyes on the prize. This fact is affirmed when Peter begins to sink after focusing more on the storm than on the Lord and allowing doubt to creep into his mind.
We can only walk on water when we keep our eyes on the Lord and stand on faith. These are the vital keys, in addition to being within the will of the Lord. When we have these things down, we can do ANYTHING. Furthermore, we know we have nothing to lose. Even if we, in all the glory of our humanity, should falter, God is quick to stretch forth His hand to catch us. 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.