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“How To Reach Your Potential” Part –2

Matt. 14:22-33

Pastor Jeff Seaman

Matt. 14:22-33

“Immediately after this, Jesus made his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake while he sent the people home. Afterward he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind has risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “It’s all right,” he said. I am here! Don’t be afraid. Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on the water.”

All right, come, Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. Save me, Lord! He shouted. Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. You don’t have much faith,” Jesus said. Why did you doubt me? And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!”

When you look at this story I always ask, why didn’t the other disciples walk on water like Peter did. Peter was a man how reached out for his full potential. He was the only disciple who got the change to walk on water. What did it take to walk on the water? What is it that we have to do to reach our full potential?

When your life is over and people talk about you at your funeral what will be said of your life? Are you someone who wants to walk on water, or are you someone who wants to sit in the boat and watch others do the great things for God. All the other disciples could have said the same thing, but chose to sit and watch.

When you look all through out the word of God you see people who reached their full potential, and we see people who did not reach their potential. What is the difference of a walker and sitter?


1. You Must Realize God Wants To Use You.

Eze. 22:30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.”

Isaiah 6:5-8 “Woe to me! I cried. I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the alter. With it he touched my mouth and said, see, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, here am I send me.”

Eph. 2:10 “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

If we are going to reach our full potential, we must realize God wants to use us for his purpose. Most people never do any great things for God because they think that God doesn’t want to use them.

You are more than you think you are. You are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. But God will not force you, it your chose to either walk on water or sit in the boat.

One day when you have to give an account of your life, what will you testimony be. Will you only have a title, or testimony? Peter has both that day.

Don’t listen to the lie that God can use you; the devil has been robbing many Christians, telling them that God only uses the gifted.

There was a time in my life that I listen to that lie, and I run from the idea of doing anything for God.

There are two things that help me realize that God wanted to use me.

1. God gave me some gifts and abilities to be used for him.

Rom. 12:6 (LB) God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.”

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