Take the Risk and Use the Faith You Have

Take the Risk and Use the Faith You Have


Matthew 14:25-33 (ESV) ~ And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


Notice what verse 29 says, “Peter got out of the boat …” God looks for human initiative and response to His word. Jesus didn’t carry him out of the boat – Peter GOT OUT of the boat. We tend to think that we can ask God to do for us what is in our power to do. We should certainly trust the power of God because we are powerless. On the other hand, God has endowed us with talents, abilities, faith, and power, and He expects us to do something with what He has given us.


Peter used the faith he had. Small as it was, it was enough to get him started. Don’t ask for more faith; use what you already have. Do something with your faith. Take the little you have and give it to God, and He will cause it to increase.


God is able to take the …

  • Foolish things of the world to shame the wise
  • Weak things of the world to shame the strong
  • Lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.


Ephesians 3:20 (ESV) ~ “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work with us.”

Pastor Andy Lambert

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