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Suddenly Bold


Matthew 14:28 MSG "Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.” Peter was suddenly bold. Gosh. Haven't we all felt 'suddenly bold'. We get that urging, that unction to step out and then...we call out to Jesus. 'Is that You? Is it really You?' We want to make sure we are hearing right and seeing correctly. Jesus clearly says 'go ahead' and we take the leap. We jump right in. The suddenlies can take us a minute. They surprise us and we can be unsure. The suddenlies might be a surprise to us, but not to Jesus. He's got a plan and a purpose for our suddenly moments of boldness. It's up to us to use these moments to jump out of our comfortable spaces. Jump right into the possibilities right before us. Jesus said 'Come ahead' and Peter did it. He went right over the side of that boat. Right out in the middle of the unknown. He took the first step. Then the second and third step and maybe one or two more. Then Peter started to look around. He took his eyes off of Jesus. It only took a second. Just a second and he could see the waves churning and he started to sink. Things started to get little bit hairy and he lost his nerve. Gosh! Haven't we been there too? We are on the right track. We are heading in the right direction and things are chugging along just fine, when suddenly (cause the devil is a copycat) things start getting hairy. Something happens, when we thought something else was going to happen and suddenly we lose our nerve. We call out 'Jesus save me' and He does. Every time He does. He grabs us up out of our churning and we hear that still small voice. 'Dearest faint heart. What got into you?' That's the question. We take our eyes off of Jesus for just a second and off we go. Churning in the waves. What got into you? Doubts and confusion can knock our confidence right at the knees. Good thing too, because it is on our knees that we find Jesus. Suddenly bold and stepping out. Easy to say and harder to put into action. Just consider Peter. He boldly steps out and Jesus was there. Peter loses his nerve and sinks, and Jesus was there. Successfully stepping out is part of the unknown process of going forward boldly. Yes, there might be ups and downs, yet every failure is also a lesson. We might have days when we bob up and down in the waves of circumstance, but we have to remember that Jesus will be there. Every duck and bob, and in every success and achievement. Every single day Jesus is there. Boldly step out. Jesus will be there. Without hesitation He will be there. Matthew 14:29-31 MSG "He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!” Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”  

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