LIFE

Introduction   Matt 14:22-33

 

Jesus and Peter had an encounter that was recorded in Bible history and is one of the most talked about in scripture. It is a story about a Man of God who stepped out in faith and walk on the oceans water during a time of storm. I believe this was placed in scripture to challenge us in many areas of our walk with God. I want to look at one view point into this passage that will help us to understand this historical event. It is one that we have to face during our life here on earth.

 

 

1.      Circumstances  (Matt 14:22-33)

       (Matt 14:16-21) Let us look first at what happened prior to this event in scripture, Expound Jesus feed the multitudes

       Jesus teaches us that as we seek him he will provide all your need, spiritual and also carnal

       Jesus was moved with the multitudes approach to him as people hungry for the Word of God, (Matt 5:6 & John 7:37-38)

       What we need to pick up from this scripture is the need of man both in the spiritual and physical

       Many times we forget as Pastors and disciples that people have real needs on 2 fronts and not just the spiritual, spirit and flesh

       This does not make one weak but it is part of the learning process that we spiritual forget (Matt 14:13-16)

  I.    Jesus just got the news of John The Baptist execution and he sailed and saw the people, he had compassion on them, they sought Christ

ii.     We go from persecution to need to trial - John, The multitudes and them Peter in the ship, this is not the abundant life one would expect

iii.    God's Kingdom is one of meeting the needs of people, this is a truth we need to learn, people have needs (expound)

iv.     Individuals are in a constant state of want, this is all due to the curse on mankind - Adam and Eve

v.      We are in a constant state of searching, as believers we have an understanding of this but that's it, a small advantage

vi.     (Heb 4:12-16) God understands this and is merciful to our short comings in life

       One always asks why me God, we look at other and state the grass is greener on their side but is it?

       As we examine Jesus life since the start it was a time of distress, Mary unwed mother, Herod seeks to kill him at birth, crucifixion get the picture

       If Christ life was so stressful how much more will ours be that do not have his power and control?   (John 15:17-21)

       Why me Lord, we always as, Job and all righteous people ask God Why? Porque? BooWooBooWoo

       Learn to deal with the need by searching for God in the mist of Chaos - (I Kings 19:9-14)

       God comes to us in a time of searching and hearing - all around us is hell but he reaches out to us if we are of a hearing ear in the mist of hell

      We search in the trouble waters and see nothing but wind, quake and fire but he is not in there he remains within as we trust in him

 

2.      The Battle  (Matt 14:)

        A interesting note Jesus prior to this event order the disciples to get on the ship and cross to the other side and wait for him

        Was this a set up, because the bible states that the (Vs. 24) sea was pretty bad that day

        Yes, what we do as saints is in God's plan and we will face bad sea along the way, I hope this answers the way's in life

        Peter was so bold and asked to be part of the water skiing miracle, he did so but as always it is a short time miracle 

        Miracles are short lived, (expound) Ravens, widow women, fish with money etc.

        They are great God delivered me but what about the next day even Jesus after fasting 40 days and defeating Satan (Luke 4:13)

        We want all to be well everyday but sorry it is not that easy, yes we must fight throughout life - unfair?,  yes but to bad

        This is one of Satan's tools to discourage you into believing his lie that God does not care

        Jesus in the ship experience was orchestrating it since the beginning

        We need to face the fact that in this world it is just a time of survival, you must understand this

        Name me one person that has no worries in life - all are cursed - President -Actors - Sinners - Saints  (Matt 4:44-45)

        The battle is like Peter stepping out into death and embracing the Word of God to come (1Cor 4:10-15)

 

 

3.      Our Part is To Endure  (Vs 29-31)

        God commands us to step into the dangerous and believe in him

  i.      That's crazy, you absolutely right but that is his will in all of this

        How can I do that?, if I knew that I would be writing books and have allot of money

   i.  Serving God is not easy, you will be asked to live dangerously, in lack - do you understand?

 ii.   What we are called to is endurance (Matt 24:13)

iii.   There are highs and lows in life - serving God is the best you can either live with or without Christ

       You would have to be nuts to attempt a life without Jesus, as it is with him you are attacked without him?????

       The devil will attempt for your soul as stated in scripture (1Pet 5:8-10) remember Daniel

       We can hold grudges against God or just believe in him to help us thru this curse unto eternal life 

       It is like this in all of life, sports, history

      Victory is short lived then comes another conflict, it would be nice to live in victory but that is just not real is it?

      You can quote scripture till you blue in the face it will not spare you the opportunities to trust God in the mist of the battle

       David and Goliath, Daniel's lions den, The Apostles death, Jesus and the cross get the picture

       (Ps 18:1-11) The psalmist understand this and sings God, only you is what is important to me, regardless of cost

        (Matt 16:24-26)  Jesus call is deny yourself and pick up the cross, now this is the abundant life

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Matt 14:22-33

22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

 

Matt 14:16-21

16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

18 He said, Bring them hither to me.

19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

 

Matt 5:6

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

John 7:37-38

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

 

Matt 14:13-16

13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

 

Heb 4:12-16

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

John 15:17-21

17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.

18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

 

1 Kings 19:9-14

9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away

 

Luke 4:13

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

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Matt 5:44-45
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
 

1 Cor 4:10-15

10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

 

Matt 24:13

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

1 Peter 5:8-10

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

 

Rom 15:1-7

15 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

 

Ps 18:1-11

1 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

 

Matt 16:24-26

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

KJV