Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Ok. Let us talk about faith today. From 1-10, how are you going to rate your self ? How strong is your faith in God?
Faith is belief that is not based on proof. It can also be defined as confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant. The word faith is often used as a synonym forhope, trust, or belief. – Wikepedia
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
Matthew 14:22-33 , it is a story about Jesus walks on water. After feeding the 5000, Jesus sends his disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. Several hours later in the night, the disciples encounter a storm. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. This terrifies the disciples who think they are seeing a ghost. Jesus tells them in verse 27, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”. Peter replies, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” So Jesus invites Peter to come. Peter gets out of the boat and begins walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter takes his eyes off Jesus and sees the wind and waves, he begins to sink. Peter cries out to the Lord and Jesus immediately reaches out his hand and catches Peter. As they climb into the boat together, the storm ceases. Then the disciples worship Jesus, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Let us focus on Peter. When Jesus told them that it was Him, Peter got excited and asked Jesus if he can also walk into the water. Peter start with good intention. His trust in Jesus is there. But what happened next? Peter starts looking around, to his left, to his right and saw those big waves. Fear get into his nerve then he begins to sink.
In situations in our lives, sometimes we are like Peter. At the start, we are full of confidence, full of trust to Jesus, knowing that He is there. But when we start taking off our eyes from Jesus, and focusing on the difficult circumstances (giant waves ) we are loosing our trust, our faith. Our faith are becoming weaker and weaker and we will begin to sink.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; – Hebrews 12:2 KJV
Christ is the Author and Finisher of our faith. The word “Author” is the Greek word “archegon”. It means “one responsible for commencement; originator, pioneer, example, leader, prince or captain.” This word is used in Hebrews 2:10 and is translated “captain of our salvation.”
In the Roman games, the runners would keep their eyes on the judge. The judge could be at both the starting line and finishing line if it was a circular race. The judge could be at the finish line if it was a straight race. Whatever, they kept their eyes on the judge.
While running the race for the Lord Jesus Christ, our eyes should be on our path and the finish. Looking behind hurts your race because it breaks your stride, and you could stumble and fall. We are to keep looking forward for Christ.
Christ is not only the Author of our Faith, He is the Finisher of our Faith. The word “finisher” is the Greek word “teleioten”. It means “perfecter, clincher, goal, crown, completer, the icing.”
Christ is the goal of our faith.
Philippians 3:14— I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
STOP LOOKING TO YOUR RIGHT, TO YOUR LEFT. STOP LOOKING AROUND.
KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND FIX OUR EYES TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST!
Hebrews 11:1 which says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith will keep us in a trusting relationship with God, even in the midst of our troubled situations.
So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine