Step Into the Arena

Enough of being a spectator.

It’s time to get out of the grandstands and step into the arena.

This is exactly what Peter did.

He had enough of wishing what ‘might happen’ or dreaming of what ‘could have happened’.

In that moment on the boat as Jesus called him to walk on water, Peter made two life altering decisions.

1. First, he chose to believe.

Peter made the decision to have more faith in the word of God than in what he saw with his eyes. He knew that “the word of God will never fail” (Luke 1:37), and was willing to put his life on the line for it.

He simply “believed that the Lord would do what he said” (1:45).

Many of us also need to make this courageous decision. Whose voice will we listen to? The word of God, or the words of the world?

2. Secondly, Peter chose to act.

The only difference between Peter and the other 11 in the boat was that he was the one who was willing to translate his belief into real action.

Peter remembered Jesus saying, “even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice” – Luke 11:28 (NLT).

Peter decided not only to hear the word of God, but to act on it. He brought himself to the edge of the boat, lifted his own legs and began to walk on water!

Some of us need to make the choice to translate our belief into action and leave the seats in the grandstands and step out into the arena. Don’t only listen to the word of God, but act on it, as the blessing is in the doing:

‘If you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it’ – James 1:25b (NLT)

Make sure you are not one of the 11 left drifting in the boat or one of those sitting among the crowd of onlookers in the grand stands.

Instead, decide to be counted among those are walking on water and in the middle of the arena!

Let this be your year!

Believe the word of God.

Act on the word of God.

And you will do the impossible!

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

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