Out Of The Boat

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Faith - Matthew 14:29-31 - Out Of The Boat - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith – Matthew 14:29-31 – Out Of The Boat – Growing As Disciples

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31 (NIV)

Eyes On Me 

I’m calling you to come. It’s time to get out of the boat. Step out in faith on the water with me. Leave the comfort and safety of the boat. Let go of what you have always done. I want to do a new thing in and through your life.

Keep your eyes on me. Yes, the wind will blow and the waves will beat against you. Pay no attention to them. Hold on to me as I hold on to you. I will never let you go. You are firmly in my grip.

Take one step at a time with me. You don’t need to know everything about your destination. If you did you might turn back. If you did you might think that you don’t need my help. That seems unlikely to me. Just follow me to where I’m leading you.

Listen to me. Be attentive to my voice. Turn your ears to hear what I am saying to you. Don’t let the noise from the world and the busyness of life drown me out.

Watch everything that I am showing to you. Take time to notice what I want you to see. Keep your eyes open. Don’t race right on by what is important.

Call on me for help. You will not be able to do what I’m asking of you with your own power and strength. You must learn to rely on me and not on yourself.

I have so many questions. I want to know more. I’m excited and can hardly wait for what you are calling me to be and do for you.

Be patient. Don’t race ahead of me and don’t lag behind me. Remain right by my side. I will give you everything you need. I will show you everything you need to see. I will speak to you everything you need to hear.

Ask for everything you need from me. Have faith that I will answer you. Do not doubt or be afraid. I am with you to help you.

Lord, help me to “get out of the boat” to follow and serve you. I will go where you guide me to do all you ask of me. Help me to hold on to you as you hold on to me when the “wind and waves” beat against me in the storms of life. Amen

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Out Of The Boat

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 233 - Matthew 14:25-31 - Out Of The Boat - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 233 – Matthew 14:25-31 – Out Of The Boat – Growing As Disciples

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “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. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:25-31 (NIV)  

Steps Of Faith

Those are not easy steps. What are not easy steps? Taking steps of faith are not easy. Why is that? If they were easy, they would not be called steps of faith. If they were easy, they might be called my next best steps. But that is not what they are called. Taking a step of faith will cause me to leave the comfortable to do the uncomfortable. Taking a step of faith will often require me to leave the known for the unknown. A step of faith will most likely ask me to do what I cannot possible do without your help. A step of faith will almost always cause me to face my fears. What fears? Fears come in all different shapes and sizes. The most obvious fear is the fear of failure. That fear is no stranger to you. Yes, I have had to battle a fear of failure nearly my entire life. What would be a bigger failure? Would taking a step that ended in failure be a bigger failure than never taking a step of faith? No, certainly not. Never taking a step of faith would be the biggest failure of all. That’s true. That’s right. That is certain.

Let me ask you some questions? I’m listening. When have you ended up failing because you took a step of faith with me? A failure doesn’t readily come to my mind. You have had setbacks. You have had disappointments. Sometimes, things did not go as planned. Sometimes, you have had to retrace your steps. Sometimes, you have had to try again. Sometimes, you have even had to start over. All of what you say is certainly true. Were any of these failures? No, I guess not. Why is that? I never gave up. I never quit. Most importantly, you never gave up or quit on me. No, I have not, nor will I ever give up or quit on you. You have always been with me when it has been time for me to take a step of faith. If I have had a setback, disappointment or something didn’t go as planned, you have always kept me moving forward with you. Yes, I have always and will always be with you to help you to take steps of faith and keep you moving forward with me. You have nothing to fear as you keep on following me. Thank you, Lord. I will keep on taking steps of faith with you. That will be very good.

Lord, I know you want me to get out of the boat. You want me to stop playing it so safe. You want me to take steps of faith so I can go and do what you ask of me. With your help, that is what I will do. Help me to overcome fear and take steps of faith with you. Amen

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Out Of The Boat

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Miracles - Matthew 14:29-31 - Out Of The Boat - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Matthew 14:29-31 – Out Of The Boat – Growing As Disciples

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31 (NIV)

Comfort Zone

Is that what you want me to do? What’s that? Do you want me to get out of the boat? Do you want me to leave my comfort zone? I am very pleased that you are asking me these questions. What do you think I am calling you to do? What do you think I will be able to do in and through you if you are unwilling to leave your comfort zone? How will I be able to use the gifts and talents and abilities I have given to you if you never leave your comfort zone? How will you be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name if you only do what is comfortable to you? I think your questions are giving me a very clear answer to my questions. What’s that? You want me to leave my comfort zone. I will need to leave my comfort zone if I want to take bold steps of faith with you. I can’t really even follow you if I am unwilling to leave my comfort zone. Why is that? You want to lead me to where I have never been. You want me to do what I have never done. To follow you, I must go where you guide me. To follow you, I must do what you ask me of me. Neither where you lead me nor what you ask of me is likely to be comfortable. That’s true. 

You want to become like me. Is that true? Yes, I want to become like you. I have no higher desire than to become like you in all that I think, say and do. I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to live my life in ways that please you. Let me ask you a few questions? I’m listening. Did I leave my comfort zone? Did I go to the unfamiliar to do the uncomfortable? Did I take the easy route through life? Was there anything I was unwilling to do? Was there any place I was unwilling to go? Did I set a limit? Did I set a boundary? Did I ever say, “I will do this and nothing more?” No, you did not take the easy route through life. You left your comfort zone. Yes, I did. You were willing to go wherever your Heavenly Father guided you, to do whatever He asked of you. Yes, I was. Will you go where I guide you? Will you do what I ask you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.  

Lord, I have wanted to play it safe. I have wanted to stay in my comfort zone. I have not wanted to go anywhere unfamiliar. I have not wanted to do anything unusual. Help me to get out of my comfort zone. Help me to take bold steps of faith with you. Amen

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