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Take the Risk

05/03/2023 - Nathan Dubsy Want

Scripture: Matthew 14:27-35 TPT

 

Question:

When has been a time in your life when you have taken a risk in your faith?

Sometimes the biggest mountain to conquer when taking a risk is conquering our fear and doubts.

 

Focus: Peter a man who was given an opportunity to step out and take a risk in his spiritual journey to leave behind what he knew, what made sense in the natural to move towards something he hadn’t done before.

Matthew 14:27-35 TPT

27 Then Jesus said, “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here!”[h]

28 Peter shouted out, “Lord, if it’s really you, then have me join you on the water!”

29 “Come and join me,”[i] Jesus replied.

So Peter stepped out onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus. 30 But when he realized how high the waves were, he became frightened and started to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he cried out.

31 Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, “What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?”

32 And the very moment they both stepped into the boat, the raging wind ceased. 33 Then all the disciples bowed down[j] before him and worshiped Jesus.[k] They said in adoration, “You are truly the Son of God!”

3 things we can do to step out in our faith:

  1. Hear the invitation

Matt 14:29

“Come & Follow Me”

He uses the word “come” to invite them towards more.

Can you hear the invitation to step into something bigger than yourself?

  1. Respond to the invitation

3 ways we respond to an invitation:

1- yes we are coming

2 – we’ve got something else on

3 – don’t commit and stay in the land of waiting for a better offer

What would it look like for us to go against the cultural norm and not delay in responding to Jesus?

What would we step towards if our answer is YES to Jesus?

  1. Believe – we can do what he invites us into

Matt 14:30 “But when he realised”

Peter let the situation influence his faith instead of his faith influencing the situation.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I Peter 5:8

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

What is he inviting us into?

What would it look like for us to take a risk in our faith and leave behind what is safe, secure, and familiar?