Today is the twenty third day of the Lent season. Here is another favorite Bible Story of mine. Jesus decided that He wanted to go out to the boat where His disciples were. So He just walked out there on top of the water. WOW! When His disciples saw something walking on top of the water they thought it was a ghost. Then Peter realized that it was Jesus. Jesus told Peter to come on out and join Him. So without thinking Peter just jumped off the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus. But all of a sudden as Peter was almost to Jesus he thought about the wind. And his mind started thinking something like ..... "You are not suppose to be walking on top of the water, it is not possible." That is why Peter started sinking in to the water. Jesus reached His hand out towards Peter to pull him back on top of the water and said. "Oh Peter, you of little faith." This story is in Mark 6:45-52; John 6:17-21; and Matthew 14:22-35. Only the story in Matthew tells about Peter walking on the water too.
Sometimes I feel like Peter. I think I can do something great for Jesus, and when I am in the middle of doing it my mind starts thinking..."Who do you think you are, you can not do this." Then I start sinking. Positive thoughts are very important for our mind to keep our faith going strong. It is important that we keep our eyes on Jesus. Remember the words of Paul in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things with Christ who strengthens me." And do not let the devil tell you anything less.
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for the Bible stories and especially the stories about Jesus. I love to hear these awesome stories about how Jesus walked on water, quieted the sea with just His words, healed the sick, and told us about Your Kingdom. Help me to have faith to be the king of person You call me to be, and to never take my eyes of Jesus. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.
Click on the Picture of the Sunset Beach to read about walking as Nobel Children of God. - Lesson from Rainbow Castle in God's Kingdom.
23 "I will plant her for myself in the land;
I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.[a]’
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,[b]’ ‘You are my people’;
and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
Hosea 2:23 Hebrew Lo-Ruhamah (see 1:6)
Hosea 2:23 Hebrew Lo-Ammi (see 1:9)
25 "As he says in Hosea:
“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”[a]
“In the very place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”[b]
Romans 9:25 Hosea 2:23
Romans 9:26 Hosea 1:10
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed."
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