Memory Verse: “And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14:31.
Scripture: Matthew 14:23-33
Peter is not alone. Everyone experiences doubts and fears from time to time. We wonder. We think. We question. We can be frightened. That in itself is no sin. Then we resolve. The “how” and “what” of our resolution is what matters. That is why faith in God is so important. It is the currency of heaven. It can be great, small, weak or strong. It can grow, diminish or even be lost. Without faith, it is impossible to please God or have our prayers answered, Hebrews 11:6, Mk.11:24.
Articles Of Faith
Faith is un-shakeable and always abounding. Doubts toss us to and fro like a reed in the shifting currents of life, but faith is the rock that holds us fast, even when everything seem uncertain or shifting, Jam.1:5-7. Doubt is driven by our physical senses, our previous experiences and disturbing stories, Jn.20:24-29, 1 Cor.15:58, Num.13:27-33; 14:22-23. Satan’s strategy is to cause us to doubt and question our faith in God’s love, power, wisdom and faithfulness. In a very subtle manner, he sows seeds of doubts and asks us to walk by sight alone. He afflicts with optical illusion and warped perception. This is deadly and dangerous, Num.13:31-33. Doubt sinks in the storms of life, Matthew 14:28-30. It is tragic that the faith of many have been ship wrecked by evil reports, Deut.32:20, Mk.4:40.
We all have to believe in something or someone. Faith in anything or anyone outside God is sin. Christ is the solid rock of our foundation and fundamental to all Christian service, Mk.11:22-24; Heb.11:6; Jam.1:6-7; 1 Jn.5:4-5. Our faith in Christ is what sets us apart, Heb.10:23. Absence of faith can hinder God and cost us dearly. Whatever we see, hear or think either feeds our faith or fuels our doubt. Be very selective in your choices and guard your heart with all due diligence, for out of it come the issues of life, Pro.4:20-23.
Let’s use Peter as a case study. He accepted the invitation of our Lord Jesus in great faith, and he defied gravity by walking on water. As soon as he stepped out of the boat, the wind became boisterous and caused him to fear. He began to sink. He cried out and the Lord intervened. Is your faith shaky today? Cry out and the Lord will arise to help you in Jesus’ name, Heb.10:35.
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