Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on
the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship,
he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous,
he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And
immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto
him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
been criticized through the years because he at times showed a lack of
faith. The above passage from Matthew’s Gospel is one example. Peter asked
if he could join Jesus out on the
Sea of Galilee . That
took faith. Jesus permitted Peter to come to Him. Peter “got out of the
boat” and started to walk to
Jesus on the water,but
then Peter took his eyes off the Lord. The scripture verse actually says “he
was afraid” then he immediately
began to sink. The Lord reached out and saved Peter. Then
Jesus asked “why did you doubt”? The faith Peter did
have was enough to at the least get him out of the boat. I wonder how many
Christians today ever truly “get out of the boat”.
something all Christians claim to have,and
rightly so. Peter had faith,but
as Jesus said “Oh thou of little faith”.Do
we have the same amount of faith Peter demonstrated when he exited that boat
to stroll with Jesus on the sea? Can we honestly say yes we have faith
enough to move mountains? Faith as big as a
mustard seed is all we
need, according to Jesus, to move mountains. It’s not how much faith we have
but where that faith is placed and in whom. That’s the key. Is our faith in
Jesus, God Almighty, or is it in a nonexistent god.
we try to achieve the goals of this life by placing our faith in ourselves
instead of allowing Jesus to see us through the inevitability of trials.
Peter wasn’t the only disciple who had a failure when it comes to faith. The
disciples came to Jesus after their failure to cast out a demon from a child
and asked why they were not successful? “So Jesus said to them, "Because
of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a
mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and
it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20.
disciples they were in unbelief was a major rebuke. Placing our faith in
anything but the Son of God
is not faith at all,it’s
cannot see itself. Did you ever see your own eye? In a mirror you may have
done so, but that was only a reflection of it. And you may, in like manner,
see the evidence of your faith, but you cannot look at the faith itself.
Faith looks away to itself to the object of faith, even to Christ.”
no one can say that Jesus is
Lord except by the
Spirit1 Corinthians 12:3b. The
empowers people to proclaim Jesus is the Christ,that
He is God our Messiah. The word used in the verse above for Lord in the
original Greek is “kyrios” and in
Vines Expository Dictionary
of the New Testament
we’re told that it is representative of the Hebrew word for Jehovah,
Adonay, and Elohiym–God.
There was no doubt in Paul’s mind, as he wrote to the Corinthians, of who he
believed Jesus to be. There should be that same steadfast assurance in all
believers’ minds of exactly who Jesus is; sadly that is not thecase.
well as the other disciples,watched
Jesus approach their boat as He walked across the
Sea of Galilee on the
water. They all thought they were looking at a ghost. But Jesus wasn’t a
ghost and is not a ghost,He’s
God and He is Almighty, and He’s alive and dwelling with every believer on
speaks to us from the pages of our Bibles it is God Almighty who is
speaking, and that’s a fact. It
all boils down to faith. Do we place our faith in a lesser Jesus than whom
He said He is? Do we have faith in God’s word believing He’s being
completely truthful with us? Without complete faith and trust in God’s word
we will most assuredly come to erroneous interpretations. When that happens,
we think we have correct discernment, and then we use other scripture verses
to enhance our erroneous beliefs, that my friends will begin to take us down
a very slippery slope where we
begin to question God’s word. Our faith is lacking when
demonstrated extraordinary faith stepping out of that boat. We’re told Peter
actually walked on water, surely a very short walk. Have you ever tried to
walk on water? I have, can you guess what happened? Yes, I got wet. Peter
believed in Jesus at that very moment that he walked on water. Ultimately
though, Peter had a moment of
doubt, and a lack of sufficient faith, and probably he got a little
wet before Jesus reached out and grabbed him. There were other times that
Peter experienced doubts as he walked with Jesus but eventually he overcame
those doubts to the point that he died for Christ. Dying for
Jesus Christ would
certainly take extraordinary faith.
heard, I’m sure, about the young high school girl at Columbine High School
who while looking down the barrel of a gun was asked if she was a Christian.
When she responded with an affirmative answer those satanic cowards pulled
the trigger, killing her, then they laughed about their deed. By faith, we
know she’ll spend eternity with Jesus who she stood up for and we know where
those murderers are spending their eternity, but the question is, would our
faith hold up while facing such a horrible situation? Presumably all she
needed was to say no to their question about being a Christian and they
would have left her standing there.
there’s many believers in every part of the world
who are experiencing
trials and tribulations.
Jesus tells us that we will be persecuted for His name sake. Our faith must
see us through each trial, by trusting in Jesus’ strength not our own. Just
knowing that Jesus is going through each and every trial with us is our
faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen,” Hebrews 11:1.
Faith must be
understood spiritually, there’s nothing blind about our faith in Jesus
Christ. The evidence is overwhelmingly clear, it points to who Jesus was and
is, and where He is and even that He’ll return one day very soon.
need to be ashamed of our faith in Christ because He is risen and alive and
we know that fact to be true. Faith allows the born again believer to see
things spiritually, and yet, unbelievers have been rendered spiritually
blind simply through their unbelief. Our faith comes to us by hearing,
reading, and studying God’s perfect word.
By faith we
look at the glory of God, which is all around us, and we marvel at His
handiwork. Faith is our tool for reasoning out what God has for us to learn.
For example, when we look to the night’s sky and soak in His majesty, those
innumerable stars, and the impossibility of all we observe happening by some
chance explosion is evident. God gave man the intelligence to learn but
faith allows us to see.
the proud, His soul is
not upright in him; But the just shall live by his
Habakkuk 2:4. Are you too proud to live upright and justly
incorporating faith into your everyday life? Adhering to the false premise
of pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps is a very proud and blasphemes
attitude. Nothing is possible without God. By faith in Jesus Christ we shall
see Heaven someday. By contrast, unbelief will only produce an eternity of
fire and brimstone.
All we need
to do is to climb out of the boat once in a while, and as we’ve learned
through Peter’s doubt, it only takes faith.