Matthew 14:22 – 33
We can embrace the power of Pentecost with courage, even when we’re doing it scared. Here’s how:
Acknowledge Our Fear: It’s okay to admit when we’re scared. The disciples didn’t hide their fear; they brought it to God in prayer.
Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Trust in God’s Promise: God has promised to fill us with His Spirit. Trust in that promise, even when you can’t see the outcome.
Step Out in Faith: Just as the disciples stepped out of the upper room, we must step out of our comfort zones. It’s okay to be afraid, but it’s not okay to let fear paralyse us.
Lean on One Another: The early church was a community of believers who supported one another. Lean on our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ for encouragement and strength.
Pray for Boldness: Ask God for the boldness to share the Gospel and to live a life that reflects His grace.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Remember, Pentecost is not just a historical event. It’s a promise for today. Holy Spirit is here to empower, equip and enable, us in our present walk with Jesus.
So, we may be scared and uncertain but let us embrace our walk with Holy Spirit with all the uncertainties, because with God, all things become possible. Let’s do it scared and watch as God works miracles in and through us.
Quick lessons from the storm
Peace is not found in the absence of the storm but in the presence of Jesus.
We think peace is found when the waves of life are calm. But Jesus never promised us smooth sailing. Instead he promised to always be with us. Peace is found in the presence of Jesus, even in the middle of a storm.
Faith requires stepping out and into the unknown
We like comfort. We like safety. And that’s not all a bad thing. But we often over inflate our desire for these things. Sometimes Jesus is going to ask you to take a risk and trust him. Sometimes, you have to step out of the boat.
Without Jesus we will sink
Life is full of storms. Big storms. Storms that will destroy. Unless you keep your eyes on Jesus. With Jesus you cannot only endure, you can walk on water above the storm. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Worship is our response
Our response to Jesus Christ should be the same as the disciples. When we encounter him it should bring us to a place of worship. It should remind us of who we are and who He is.
When we follow Jesus He will do incredible things through us
God wants to tell an incredible story through our lives. He wants to do things in us and through us that we can’t even imagine.
God has walk on water moments for us.
Step into the unknown and do it scared