ECHOgram for Tuesday, December 6, 2016
“And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus” (Matthew 14:28-29).
Peter was in the boat with a type of Apostolic Church and recognized that there must be more to following Jesus than the norm. We can become satisfied with where we are until our faith miss where we can go and what we can accomplish beyond the art of the possible. Peter knew it was Jesus walking on the water and requested to come where He was (Matthew 14:25-26).
“Come” means to move into view; to reach a desired state; to become known, to grow and to be established. Peter walked in the same dimension as Jesus. Why did Satan ask Jesus excessively that Peter be given up to him out of the keeping power of God (Luke 22:31-32)? He saw Peter walk in the same dimension with Jesus. He failed, then recovered and the wind ceased because of Peter’s faith. Peter became known in heaven, reached a desired state that those in the boat never experienced and he was as like Jesus for a moment. He grew spiritually and was established in a realm of faith that shook Satan’s kingdom. When we step into the same dimension with Jesus:
- that we will stay focused on Jesus and not be distracted by the sea of life’s trials, tribulations and those in the boat (Matthew 14:24, 30). Why did Peter ask Jesus to save him? Because when we fail in the spiritual realm, human abilities can’t deliver us. We need divine help from heaven. How do you think Peter returned to the boat? Jesus did not carry him. He got up and walked back to the boat by faith in the same dimension with Jesus (walking on water). Faith gives us power to walk on those liquid trials and tribulations that were designed to sink us.
- that we won’t allow Satan to separate us from our faith in God (Luke 22:31). “Sift” you as wheat” means to toss us up and scatter us from our faith in God. Farmers would throw the wheat up in the air and allow the wind to blow away the chaff. Satan wanted to throw Peter’s faith up in the air through trials and tribulations to see if he could separate him from his faith in God. Faith is seeing your situation from God’s perspective through the Word of God (Romans 8:28). We are NOT in a fight against other denominations, presidential candidates or one another. We are in a faith fight, period (I Timothy 6:12). “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not…” (Luke 22:32). This means that Jesus has accounted for all our past, present, and future failures. Through Jesus prayers and our faith in His Word, we can recover from anything.
- that we won’t allow our failures to hinder us from asking for help (“Lord, save me”) and continuing to follow Jesus. Peter’s failure was he did not keep his profession of faith before many witnesses that he would never deny Jesus. Jesus told His disciples to meet Him in Galilee (Matthew 26:30-35). It is guaranteed you can always find Jesus at Church and at your altars; this is our Galilee. Failure is the greatest enemy to our FAITH and we all will face it on this journey of faith. “We must be willing to follow Jesus even when we fail. It is better to be a follower who fails at times than one who fails to follow.” This Christian journey is a faith journey. The Angel made special mention of Peter to show that in spite of Peter’s denial, Jesus had not denied him (Mark 16:7).
- that when we spring back from our failures we will strengthen our brethren (Luke 22:32). “Converted” means to cause to return, to bring back or come back. It also means elastical: to spring back or rebound from that which the enemy designed to destroy our faith in God. Elastical is the ability by the grace of God to return to our original state and calling from God after failure, but never give up or allow the devil to break our faith in God. Peter’s elastical faith was displayed on the Day of Pentecost where he strengthened many brethren. He returned to his original state and calling from God after praying for 10 days (Acts 1:13-14; Acts 2:14).
Marvin and Nancy Mullins