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304. With God, Failure is NOT a Terminal Condition

Posted by John Smith on October 14, 2016

Matthew 14:28-32 NKJV  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.  (30)  But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”  (31)  And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  (32)  And when , the wind ceased.

Have you ever started out to do something you’ve never done before and at first you are confident and full of faith that you will succeed and then it just gets hard?  You find yourself unsure of yourself and what to do next.  Your faith begins to waver and you start to sink.  You certainly wouldn’t be alone.  Maybe you took a job and after a few weeks realized it was beyond your capacity to do.  Or you joined an outreach ministry in your church and as you were ministering encountered a person who seemed to know more Scripture than God and nearly talked you out of your salvation…

Look we’ve all had moments where we step out in faith and begin to get overwhelmed by the situation.  Peter did… and Peter even failed.  If it hadn’t have been for the Lord reaching out and grabbing Peter’s hand, Peter would have drowned.  The good news is that with God with you, failure isn’t a terminal condition.  When you step into something new He is there to see you through.  If we’ll remember in the midst of the storm, we won’t have to sink or fail, instead we will keep our eyes on Him remembering and knowing that He is right there with us and we can follow His lead.  But even if we get overwhelmed and start to sink, Jesus is there too.  He’ll grab your hand and walk you safely back to the boat.  Either way He is with you and He will see you through.  Remember, “Fear calls out our doubts, God calls out our names.” – Bob Goff.  He is with you when you step into something new.  Keep your eyes on Him and go for it.  If you start to fall, He’ll catch you.  Fear Not.

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