Daring Faith, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

Matthew 14:22-33, “28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

I love reading about Peter, he was a regular guy like any of us. He had weakness and strengths. Peter was an ordinary fisherman who walked with Jesus. His walk with Christ changed his life and I don’t believe anyone can walk with Christ and not be changed.

Vs. 29 “So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus”. Jesus was (is) God to have walked on water; Peter was a man, the first man to ever walk on water. God walking on water was expected, He is God He can do anything. Greater testimony in my judgment is when God takes an ordinary life and does something extraordinary in that life, glorifying Himself through that life. Even if it was for a short time due to little faith, he attempted something no man ever dared to try or even have faith in someone else to make him or her do it. Think about it, for that short time he walked on water, he gave God all the glory because he proved to the rest of the disciples and to us all that Christ is able to make us do the impossible if we believe. Also shows the Lord keeps His promises. Peter said, “command me to come to You on the water”, the Lord said “Come”, a seal of His approval and the ability to make it happen. Peter took the Lord at His word, asking no questions and walked on water towards Jesus. That is daring faith, taking the Lord at His word even if it does not make sense.

How is God glorified in us in such a daring faith? Here is something to ponder on “If someone says to you, “You’re a man of great faith in God,” they may think that they are paying you a compliment. But they aren’t — the compliment is to God. For example if I said to you, “I’m a man of great faith in my doctor,” it’s actually the doctor I’m complimenting. If I have great faith in him, it means that I see him as being a man of integrity, a man of great ability -that he is trustworthy. I give “glory” to the man through my faith in him. The Bible says that Abraham “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” (Romans 4:20-21). Abraham was a man of great faith in God. Remember, that is not a compliment to Abraham. He merely caught a glimpse of God’s incredible ability, His impeccable integrity, and His wonderful faithfulness to keep every promise He makes. His faith gave “glory” to a faithful God.”, Ray Comfort. And so was Peter’s and so should us. This is the faith that is not comfortable with the normal territories; it’s faith in action complimenting God. It’s his faith finding an open heart seeking to please God, making His name great.

To not have faith in God is to show He is not able and cannot be trusted to perform what He has promised, what an insult and that is sin, Romans 14:23, “…for whatever is not from faith is sin”. God has given us an awesome challenge to respond to. Jeremiah 33:2-3 “2Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD is His name): 3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Only those who have daring faith dare to respond to God’s challenge. There are three responders to this challenge, The Jawbones – they are talkers but no action, they make promises to one day respond to the challenge and never does. Then you have the Wishbones – the wishing ones, always wishing something would happen but never stepping out by faith. Then we have the Backbones – the ones who respond to the challenge, call on God and step out by faith. I want to be a backbone, I have chickened out of things I should have been trusting God to bring because I wanted to be on the safe grounds. Safe grounds did not demand much (prayer, faith, fasting). And I feel I have robbed God of the glory He could have gained if I only had the faith to operate in the unfamiliar territories. This is the prime product, the benefits are results from trust, the bible says, “God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek HimHebrews 11:6.

Two greatest things I have come across that the disciples ever requested of the Lord, 1. Teach us to pray, Luke 11:1 and 2. Lord increase our faith, Luke 17:5. To have asked for these two, they may have been tired of operating on the familiar and desired more, more of what the Lord had for them. They did not ask to be taught to preach, to relate, to even perform miracles. What are you asking of the Lord? You cannot pray without faith and you cannot have faith and not pray. In 2009 God performed a miracle, a plane with 155 passengers on board safely landed on Hudson River with no life lost. The plane did not even sink. The Lord used this incident among others to increase my faith before. He proved He is able to do even greater things. I am done with breadcrumbs faith; I am going for the whole bread, what He has promised. I have things I am trusting God for this year and I am believing God for daring faith, hope you join me. Blessings Ev

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