You know the story… Jesus Christ is walking on the water and Peter calls out to Jesus and then Peter walks on the water but the doubts something and sinks.
If we can figure out what Peter believed, then we can believe it too… and we also can walk on water!
So… WHY could Peter walk on the water? What was it he believed? And WHY did he sink when he doubted. What was it he doubted?
Peter believed that everything that Jesus says is true and He is Lord over all. So… if Jesus Christ said he could “come” then Peter knew he really COULD come!
Peter wanted to walk on water, so he ASKED Jesus to invite him to come!
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. – Matt 14:28-29
So simple. “Tell me to come”… “Come!”… “So Peter went”.
But Peter doubted and sank. While he believed that Jesus Christ had the authority to enable Peter to walk on water he could do it. When he doubted Jesus Christ’s authority, he sank.
Jesus explains the principle
You see Jesus Christ explained this principle three times…
Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you – Matt 9:29 (AMP)
According to Peter’s trust in Jesus it was done to him.
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour. – Matt 8:13
Peter believed that Jesus Christ is able to do what He said (“come!”) and it was done just as Peter believed it would.
When He reached the house and went in, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, Yes, Lord. – Matt 9:28 (AMP)
If Jesus says you can come… you CAN come. Will you believe… and get out of the boat… and KEEP ON believing while you come? Ignore the waves around you. Ignore the negative voices of the people back in the boat. Ignore all your cultural expectations. Ignore all your geography and history lessons. Ignore the waves crashing around you. For as long as you believe His words spoken to you, you will be able to walk just as He said you can.
The only risk is that at some time in the future you stop believing and begin to sink.
What has He said to you?
The key thing is to believe and keep on believing what Jesus Christ says to/about you. If Jesus Christ (or God or the Holy Spirit) says “come and walk on the water” then believe what He says is true.
For as long as you believe, you will be do what He says.
Think back. Look through your journal. What is it He has said to you? Believe Him – and like Peter, keep on believing Him. Don’t doubt, or you will sink.
What does the bible say about you?
But it goes far beyond this… what does the bible say that Jesus Christ did for you on the cross? What does the bible say Jesus Christ did for the world on the cross? What prophetic words have you heard that you knew were right?
Just like Peter, for the time that you actively believe what God says, then just like Peter you are experiencing that – you are walking on water.
When you doubt, just like Peter, it stops. It totally comes down to faith in what God has said to you – and BELIEVING what He has said about you.