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Love Lifted Me

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Sermon shared by Michael Vaughn

February 2008
Summary: The miracle of Jesus walking on the water is very well known by Christians of all ages and denominations, but let’s take a little different look at this section of scripture. Here we will find 3 areas to help us grow in our faith questions during our "sto
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Denomination: Methodist
Audience: General adults
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to walk in faith when there are no waves, no storms, no riptides, no pain, no loss. But is that really a walk of faith?
II Corinthians 5:7 says that “we walk by faith, not by sight.”
The African Impala is an animal that can jump over 10 feet in the air and cover a distance of more than 30 feet. Yet these great jumpers can be contained in a zoo with only a 3 foot high wall because they will not jump where they can not see where their feet will land. They jump by sight, not by faith. We are called to walk by faith, not by sight.
This reminds me of a story I heard about 3 preachers who were all out fishing together. They had been sitting in their boat for hours, not catching much, when one of the preachers stood up and said that he could not wait any longer, he had to go to the restroom. So he laid down his pole, stepped out of the boat, and walked right across the water to the shore, then a few minutes later he returned the same way, walking right on top of the water. After he got back in the boat the second preacher said he really had to go too and he laid down his pole, got out of the boat, walked right on top of the water to the shore. Then, a few minutes later he returned the same way, walking right on top of the water. The third preacher thought that if these two others had enough faith to walk on top of the water that he did too, so he stepped out of the boat and sank right down into the water. The other two preachers in the boat looked at each other, then the first said, “I guess we should have told him where the rocks are.”
In our walk of faith with our Lord the rocks are there to support us, but God’s purpose for us is not to protect us from all turmoil and pain, but to teach us to be calm and confident through those turmoil, pain, and storms because we know that He is with us.
We often see getting through the storm as the goal, but sometimes the storm itself is the goal. We are not being taught by God how to walk in faith in the future, but rather how to walk in faith right here, right now.

2. Peter understood this. He was the only one who understood this, which leads to our second point, Peter may have had a little faith, but he did not have no faith.
Peter was in the boat with 11 other men, all called personally by Jesus, all had been witness to His miracles and heard first hand His teaching, yet only Peter stood up and said, “Lord, if it be thou bid me come unto thee on the water.”
The other 11 were too busy dealing with the problem at hand, which was the storm. These men were all used to being on boats, and they had all seen their fare share of storms, but this storm was like no other. The Greek of verse 24 uses a word that means “to torture”. The boat was tortured by the waves. Being tortured, the disciples were focused on what was torturing them, which was the storm, not paying attention to the fact that the one who created the water in the first place, could also calm it.
I would like to think that if I was on that boat I would have showed the faith of Peter in that instance, but I likely would have been one of the other 11 saying, “Here Jesus, sit here by me, get in the boat right here”, and I would scoot over and make a place for Him. But Peter had the faith that stormy night.

One day a woman went to her preacher and said, “Pastor, my husband keeps telling me if I keep coming to your church he’s going to
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