Matthew 14:28-31 -- 28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Just like Peter, 2023 is the season that many people need to step out of their comfort zone and the normality of life. Peter had to leave the boat, where everyone was, to get closer to Jesus. When you are on a body of water, especially in a storm, the safest natural place to be is in a boat. But when Jesus says, "COME," you will be compelled to step out of what seems comfortable and safe for you.
As soon as Peter stepped out of the boat, he had to step out onto the word of Jesus. Whenever you have your stepping out moment, step out onto the words God has spoken over your life.
When God calls us to Himself, He wants us to walk deeper with Him. Any step toward God is a step in the right direction. In James 4:8, God promises, "Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you."
Once you step out and start walking out the prophetic words God has spoken over your life, you begin an incredible, life-altering journey with the Lord. Once you have stepped out, then you step up into a new season of your life.
God has called us to step out of the normality of life to receive a greater revelation from Him and deeper wisdom to step up higher in this new season. God has an awesome plan to elevate us to a place of increase and favor where He can use our life, gifts and calling for His purpose and the Kingdom of God.
STEP ON THE WATER OF FAITH
While Peter was on the journey from the boat to Jesus he started to sink. He was right in the middle between the other disciples, which can mean "the crowd" and Jesus.
Jesus was looking at Peter wanting him to draw closer, to show him that he was able to do everything which Jesus was going to do. Behind Peter, some of the disciples were probably saying things like, "The wind is blowing hard and the waves are getting high. Do you think he can make it much longer?" The same is true with us.
When we step out into a new facet of God’s purpose for our life, so many people will say negative and doubting things. But if we keep our eyes on Jesus and step on the water in faith, we will continue the journey, taking each step on the Word of God.
When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, he took his eyes off of the supernatural. When God calls you to do something supernatural, you can never look at the natural or listen to naturally-minded people. If you look at things in the natural, you will not be able to accomplish the supernatural, perfect plan that God has for your life.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY