MATT.14:28,29 – 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.
Too often we think of the miracles in the Bible like a legend or myth. You know, David killing Goliath, Jonah being swallowed by a fish, Peter walking on water; they are sort of like stories with a lesson that really didn’t happen. I actually believe they did. Young David really killed the champion Philistine with a sling, Jonah was spit up on a beach by a large fish, and Peter actually walked on water. You see if we dismiss the stories as legends with a lesson we just negate the possibility of the supernatural in our own lives.
This talk about myths and legends brings me back to the early days of Victory Fellowship. I had read countless historic accounts of revival and in a way (even though I said I believed in them) I was treating them as legends of days gone by. Now don’t take this the wrong way, I am just being brutally honest. I was still praying for revival, I was just not in a great place of expectancy. That’s when Jesus walked into the room. It was a Sunday morning in late August of 1994 when I heard this song going through my mind, “I’m gonna walk on the water with you, I’m gonna walk on the water with you”. It was time for me to step on the platform and step up to the microphone when those words became personal. I heard Jesus ask me if I would walk on the water with Him. When I whispered a silent “Yes”, suddenly I felt the wind of heaven blow into our church. Needless to say, that service was like no other we had ever experienced up until that point. The atmosphere was distinctly, unmistakeable different. There was a supernatural sense to everything that was happening in God’s house. That was twenty four years ago and things have never returned to the way they were. How could they? When Jesus walks into the room your world is distinctly and permanently changed.
So today, like every other day, we have a decision to make. Am I going to stay in the boat, the place where I am comfortable and in control, or will I join Peter and walk on the water with Jesus?