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GROWING IN CHRIST

"I Believe in Miracles"

Date published: 03/12/2012
 
John 6:19-21 “When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified.  But He said to them, "It is I; don't be afraid."   Then they were willing to take Him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.”  
 
The disciples were terrified when they saw Jesus walking on the water.  Jesus was a miracle walking right before their eyes, but because it did not fit the reality the disciples were accustomed too, they were frightened.  The disciples would miss the miracle God had for them, if they ran from it by allowing their fear to overtake them.  How often does God perform miracles right before your eyes?  You look at what lies before you, but because it does not fit the reality to which you are accustomed or requires a step of faith, you walk away and miss God’s work.  Many times the miracles God is doing will begin by requiring you to step out in faith.  You can embrace what God is doing or you can run from it.  In this same story Peter embraced a miracle that lay before him.  Matthew 14:28-30 says, “Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."  "Come," He said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”  When you embrace the miracles God puts before your life, you embrace God Himself.  You leave what you are accustomed to – where you are comfortable – and move into the unfamiliar territory of trusting God.  The wonderful thing about embracing God’s miracles for your life is that He is there to support you and help make them happen.  Listen to Jesus’ voice — “It is I; don’t be afraid.”  Move towards the miracle with God —“they were willing to take Him into the boat” while “Peter got down out of the boat.”  When you embrace the miracle and make Jesus a part of the miracle, the miracle God has for you becomes a reality — “immediately the boat reached the shore.”  Not all steps of faith will go without challenge.  Matthew 14:30-31 says, “But when he (Peter) saw the wind, he was afraid and beginning to sink cried out, "Lord, save me!"  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.”  Your step of faith is not done alone, but places you into the hands of Jesus.  When you see the impossible, difficult, and unfamiliar, do not fear or run from it – it may be the next miracle God wants to do in your life!  
 
Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will act.”