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"If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
John 7:37-38

The Power That Bears You Up

Matt. 14:30 - ”But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid: and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me”--The wind was as boisterous before, but Peter "saw" it not, seeing only the power of Christ, in the lively exercise of faith. Now he "sees" the fury of the elements, and immediately the power of Christ to bear him up fades before his view, and this makes him "afraid"--as how could he be otherwise, without any felt power to keep him up? He then "begins to sink"; and finally, conscious that his experiment had failed, he casts himself, in a sort of desperate confidence, upon his "Lord" for deliverance! J, F, & B commentary

At times we may start out with complete faith in what the Lord is able to do in our lives, walking with our minds set on His ability, though there are many obstacles, we don’t “see” them. Our eyes of faith have enabled us to look past them and see Jesus alone. We trust His power to bear us up, for all that we must do. But suddenly something happens and doubt comes in. “Who am I trying to kid? Why did I think I could do this? This is impossible?” We think that “reality” has set in and we need to be more “realistic” about our circumstances.

The sea Peter walked on was very real. The wind and waves were very real. It suddenly seemed very “unreal” that he could walk on the water. The obstacles to doing God’s will in your life may be very real - just as real as the wind, the waves and the stormy sea in Peter’s life. And yes, it is impossible for any man to walk on water – but for Jesus to bear you up. We must decide Who He is. Is He really God? Is He really powerful enough to overcome the elements and to overcome every real obstacle in our lives? Or is He just a religious thought, or belief system? Who is He in your life?

In Mark 6:50 when they saw Jesus walking to them on the stormy sea the disciples were afraid. But Jesus calmed them by saying “I AM”:

Mar 6:50 ”For all saw Him, and were troubled. And immediately He spoke to them and said to them, Have courage. I AM! Do not fear.”

If it had been anyone else those words would have meant nothing…but these were the words of the great I AM, who had power over the wind and waves –

But spoken by One who at that moment was "treading upon the waves of the sea," and was about to hush the raging elements with His word, what was it but the Voice which cried of old in the ears of Israel, even from the days of Moses, "I AM"; "I, EVEN I, AM HE!" J, F, & B commentary

Sometimes we need to be still and listen for those words in our spirit, as once again the Lord directs our attention from “reality” or what we perceive as reality to the real spiritual reality that is more real than the physical elements around us, as He speaks to our heart – “I AM”. We need once again to put our focus and our trust in all that He is in us and to us and for us, and all that He has made us in Him. These are the true “realities” that we must live on as Christians. These realities are able to make us walk above every obstacle that would hinder us from continuing to walk with Him where He would lead us. This reality is greater than all of our circumstances.

If Peter had looked inside himself for that power and strength to walk on the water and still the wind and waves, he surely would have drowned. But he knew very well who to call out to. He knew this was an impossibility in himself and only by looking outside himself to Jesus could he find the ability to do this. Too often we set out to do great feats for God in our own power and then we find that it is beyond us to do anything at all that will produce true fruit in the Spirit. Only with complete reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit can we truly do anything that will produce heavenly fruit. Only as He bids us to come to Him on the sea are we able to walk on it. Peter said to Jesus, “If it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water”. He wasn’t presumptuous enough to start treading out on the water without first making sure it was the Lord and listening for the Lord to “bid him come”. We should not venture out on our own either, without first listening to the Lord to bid us to come. If we do so, we will sink! If the Lord bids us “come” He will also give us the power to do it. We can be sure that He will also bear us up no matter how great the wind, the waves, and the raging sea is around us. No matter how soft the water seems under our feet, He alone will be the power to bear us up. All the power and glory belongs to Him.

Once He “bids us come to Him on the water”, let us continue steadfast with our eyes on Him, never for a minute taking them off because of doubt or fear of circumstances around us.

Matt. 14:31 : ”And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”--"This rebuke was not administered while Peter was sinking, nor till Christ had him by the hand: first reinvigorating his faith, and then with it enabling him again to walk upon the crested wave. Useless else had been this loving reproof, which owns the faith that had ventured on the deep upon the bare word of Christ, but asks why that distrust which so quickly marred it." J, F, & B

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