Lest We Lose Focus, Evans Olang

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Matthew 14:22-34, “29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

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To be used of God is solely to rely on His great power to accomplish His purpose. Our faith and testimony of God’s capability of accomplishing things through vessels He has chosen are seen in these times. Often times believers forget that “… we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us”, 2Corinthians 4:7.

In Matthew 14, Peter saw his Master walk on water so he asked Him to command him to come to Him on water. And the Lord said come. Vs. “29 … And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus”. The miracle here was solely to direct him to Jesus with his eyes fixed on Him and Him alone.

Something then happened, vs. “30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out”. Before he stepped out of the boat he knew the wind was boisterous, however he stepped out by faith and kept his eyes on His Lord. Though not recorded, in the midst of doing the impossible, perhaps he took his focus off Christ and became consumed with the supernatural (miracle). For a minute he may have been preoccupied by the miracle which led him to drift. Time would prove the miracle was for a different purpose. Peter walked on water being supported, enabled and held up by the power of Christ.

If we become preoccupied with miracles (blessings the Lord bring our way), we like Peter are bound to sink with time. I have seen ministers who started so well, God mightily used them, however with time, they took their focus off of Christ and became wowed by the miracles performed which robbed Christ what was rightfully His because, “…the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us”, 2Corinthians 4:7. The miracle is what consumed them, that is what they wanted to happen in their lives. That is what they chased, a power for their agendas. That is the means they used to build their ministries, miracles becoming a means to exploit people for money. Jesus is the giver and the object of our faith. The moment you take your focus off the object of our faith, that will be the beginning of your sinking and we have seen it many times.

I love that even in the midst of his drift, Peter realized his state and cried to the Lord to save him. He turned his focus back on Him who had made him do the impossible. Vs. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”. This ought to be our cry every time we drift. We are at war with ourselves everyday, we must keep ourselves in check so as not to lose our focus. Hebrews 2:1-4, “1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?” Blessings Ev

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