Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

When I Am Afraid (Part 9) Lessons Learned at Sea

 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”  Matthew 14:28-33

A. Truths Characterizing Followers of Jesus

1. Followers of Jesus affectionately seek His Presence: Matthew 14:28, Matthew 17:1-4, John 18:15, John 21:1-7,1 Peter 1:8

2. Followers of Jesus depend upon His power for everything: Matthew 14:28-29, John 15:1-5, 2 Cor. 12:9

3. Followers of Jesus face temptations to look away from Him: Matthew 14:30, 2 Cor. 11:1-3, Hebrews 12:1-2

4. Followers of Jesus fight the battle between faith and doubt: Matthew 14:30-31

B. Truths Discovered of the Lord Jesus in Difficulties

1. Jesus welcomes us into His presence – always: Matthew 14:28-29, Matthew 11:28-30

2. Jesus perseveres us until our earthly purpose is fulfilled: Matthew 14:30-31

3. Jesus reaches for us in the depths of our struggles: Matthew 14:30-31

4. Jesus uses all circumstances in our lives to reveal Himself: Matthew 14:31-33