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Matthew 14:22-33New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God

Peter did well while he kept his eyes front. But as soon as he looked at the chaos of the storm around him he got scared and sank.

We too can be a lot like Peter...taking our concentration off the focal point Jesus because of the storm and sink. 

But we can take our eyes off the focal point even when life is good. Now stay with me...life is going great. You can't loose. You begin to see the shiny things of the world out of the corner of your eye...you decide to just take a peek. Then...disaster strikes. You took your eyes off the focal point...

We need to focus she the storms arise to get through but even in good times we need to keep our thankful eyes on the focal point that brought us through...


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