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♪ MUSIC ♪>> WELCOME TO GOSPEL TRUTHWITH ANDREW WOMMACK,A TEACHING MINISTRYTHAT FOCUSES ONGOD’S UNCONDITIONAL>> LOVE AND GRACE.> IF IT WASN’T FORANDREW’S TEACHINGS, I WOULDNEVER BE WHERE I AM TODAY.I WOULD NEVER HAVE VICTORY.I WOULD BE LIVING> A LIFE OF DEFEAT.> IT WAS ANDREW’S TEACHINGTHAT ALLOWED ME TO DEVELOP> THAT FAITH.>> AND NOW, HERE’S ANDREW.WELCOME TO OUR TUESDAY'SBROADCAST OF THE GOSPEL TRUTH.YESTERDAY I STARTEDA SERIES TEACHING FROM
MATTHEW, CHAPTER 14,ABOUT PETER WALKING
ON THE WATER
AND I'VE GOT A TEACHINGTHAT I'VE ENTITLED,HOW TO BECOME A WATER WALKER.I'VE GOT A BOOK ON THISIN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.WE'VE GOT A STUDY GUIDETHAT IS THE SAME MATERIALJUST DONE IN A WAYTHAT YOU CAN TEACH OTHERS.IT'S MADE FOR GROUP STUDY.IT'S REALLY GOOD.WE HAVE CDs AND DVDsAND I'VE ALSO BEEN OFFERINGTHIS BOOK.I PUT THIS OUT ABOUT 25 OR 30YEARS AGO.IT'S A HARMONY OF THE GOSPELSWHERE YOU HAVE ALL FOUR
OF THE GOSPEL WRITERSSIDE BY SIDE SO THAT YOU CANCOMPARE THEIR ACCOUNTSOF THE EXACT SAME STORY.AND THIS INSTANCE OFPETER WALKING ON THE WATERIN MATTHEW, CHAPTER 14,IS ALSO RECORDEDIN MARK, CHAPTER 6,AND IN JOHN, CHAPTER 6,AND EACH ONE GIVES A LITTLE BITDIFFERENT INFORMATION
ABOUT THIS
AND YOU HAVE TO COMBINEALL OF THESE THINGSTO GET THE TOTAL PICTURE.BUT MATTHEW IS THE ONLY ONETHAT RECORDS PETER
WALKING ON THE WATER.I MEAN, THIS IS A...AN AMAZING MIRACLE,AND YET OUT OFTHREE GOSPEL WRITERSWHO RECORDED IT,ONLY ONE OF THEM MENTIONSPETER WALKING ON THE WATER.ALL THREE OF THEM MENTION JESUSWALKING ON THE WATER,BUT THE OTHER TWO ACCOUNTSDIDN'T MENTION PETER.SO I'M USING MATTHEW’S ACCOUNT,AND YESTERDAY I STARTED READINGIN MATTHEW, CHAPTER 14,AND IN VERSE 22,WHERE IT SAYS THAT JESUSCONSTRAINED HIS DISCIPLES
TO GET INTO THE SHIPAND TO HEAD TO THE OTHER SIDEWHILE HE SENTTHE MULTITUDE AWAY.AND YESTERDAY ALL I GOT TOWAS JUST SAYINGTHAT THE WORD
CONSTRAINED HERE
MEANS THAT THERE
WAS RESISTANCE
ON THE DISCIPLES’ PARTS.IT DOESN'T SAY WHY THEY RESISTEDBUT IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSETHEY COULD TELLTHAT A STORM WAS BREWING.MANY OF THESE GUYSWERE FISHERMEN.THEY HAD GROWN UPON THAT LAKE.THAT'S WHERE THEYMADE THEIR LIVING,AND THEY COULD TELLTHAT IT WAS NOT CONDUCIVETO BEING OUT ON THE LAKEIN A BOAT IN THE NIGHT
UNDER THOSE CONDITIONS.AND YET OVER THEIR OBJECTIONS,JESUS CONSTRAINED THEMOR COMPELLED THEMTO GET INTO THE SHIP.AND SO YESTERDAYI WAS SAYING THAT ONE OFTHE REASONS THAT PEOPLEDON'T WALK ON WATER,AND I'M NOT PHYSICALLYTALKING ABOUT WALKING ON WATER,BUT ONE OF THE REASONSPEOPLE DON'T WALKIN THE SUPERNATURALAND DO SUPERNATURAL THINGSAND SEE THE MIRACULOUSMANIFESTATION OF GODIN THEIR LIFE ISBECAUSE THEY AREN'T FOLLOWINGGOD'S LEADING.
THEY'RE STAYING ON THE SHOREBECAUSE THEY CAN SEETHAT IT MIGHT BE DANGEROUSIF I FOLLOW GODAND SO THEY AREN'T DOINGWHAT GOD TOLD THEM TO DOAND THEY'RE MISSING OUT ONTHE MIRACLES THAT GOD HASFOR THEM.BOY THAT'S BIG,AND I SPENT ALL YESTERDAYTALKING ABOUT THAT.I WANT TO GO THROUGHAND JUST READ THIS STORYBECAUSE I ONLY COVEREDONE VERSE YESTERDAY.AND SO, IN...AFTER IT SAYS,HE CONSTRAINED THEMTO GET INTO THE SHIP,IN VERSE 23, IT SAYS,AND WHEN HE HAD SENTTHE MULTITUDES AWAY,
HE WENT UP INTO A MOUNTAINAPART TO PRAY:AND WHEN EVEN WAS COME,HE WAS THERE ALONE.BUT THE SHIP WAS NOWIN THE MIDST OF THE SEA,TOSSED WITH WAVES:FOR THE WIND WAS CONTRARY.AND IN THE FOURTH WATCHOF THE NIGHTJESUS WENT UNTO THEM,WALKING ON THE SEA.AND WHEN THE DISCIPLES SAW HIMWALKING ON THE SEA,THEY WERE TROUBLED, SAYING,IT IS A SPIRIT;AND THEY CRIED OUT FOR FEAR.BUT STRAIGHTWAY JESUSSPAKE UNTO THEM,
SAYING, BE OF GOOD CHEER;IT IS I; BE NOT AFRAID.AND PETER ANSWERED HIMAND SAID, LORD, IF IT BE THOU,BID ME COME UNTO THEEON THE WATER.AND HE SAID, COME.AND WHEN PETER WAS COME DOWNOUT OF THE SHIP,HE WALKED ON THE WATER,TO GO TO JESUS.BUT WHEN HE SAWTHE WIND BOISTEROUS,HE WAS AFRAID;AND BEGINNING TO SINK,HE CRIED, SAYING,LORD, SAVE ME.AND IMMEDIATELYJESUS STRETCHED FORTH HIS HAND,AND CAUGHT HIM,AND SAID UNTO HIM,O THOU OF LITTLE FAITH,
WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT?AND WHEN THEY WERE COMEINTO THE SHIP, THE WIND CEASED.THEN THEY THAT WERE IN THE SHIPCAME AND WORSHIPPED
HIM, SAYING,
OF A TRUTH THOU ARTTHE SON OF GOD.AND AGAIN, THIS IS RECORDEDIN JUST A LITTLE BITDIFFERENT DETAIL IN MARKAND IN JOHN'S GOSPEL,BUT THERE IS A LOT IN THIS.I SAID ON...THIS ONYESTERDAY'S PROGRAM,BUT IT WAS ABOUT25 OR 30 YEARS AGOTHAT I WAS AT HOMEJUST STUDYING,AND AS I STUDIED THIS,I MEAN, IT JUST CAME ALIVE TO ME
AND I BELIEVETHAT IN THIS STORY OFPETER WALKING ON THE WATERIS NEARLY EVERY SINGLE THINGTHAT IT TAKES TO WALK INTHE SUPERNATURAL POWEROF GOD.GOD JUST OPENED UP MY HEARTTO SEE THIS, AND I SAT DOWNIN ONE DAY'S TIMEAND MADE A THREE-PART TEACHINGON THIS WHOLE THINGAND IT IS JUST POWERFUL.SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU,I'M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TOCOVER EVERYTHINGTHAT THE LORD HAS SHOWN MEIN THIS...IN TODAY'S PROGRAM,AND THAT'S THE REASONWE'RE OFFERING THIS PRODUCTAND I ENCOURAGE YOU
TO STUDY THISBECAUSE THIS IS ONE OFTHE MOST MIRACULOUS INSTANCESOF PEOPLE BELIEVING GODAND DOING THINGS.TO WALK ON WATER IS JUSTABSOLUTELY AWESOME.SO I'VE ALREADY DEALT WITHVERSE 22, WHERE HE HAD TOCONSTRAIN HIS DISCIPLESTO GET INTO THE SHIP.AND IN VERSE 23, IT SAYS,AND WHEN HE HADSENT THE MULTITUDES AWAY,HE WENT UP INTO A MOUNTAINAPART TO PRAY:AND WHEN THE EVENING WAS COME,HE WAS THERE ALONE.HERE'S ONE OF THE THINGSI WANT TO POINT OUTFROM THIS VERSEIS THAT JESUS DIDN'T JUST
SEND THE DISCIPLESACROSS THIS SEAAND THEN HE WENT INTOA HOTEL SOMEPLACEAND HE WAS OUT OF THE ELEMENTSAND HE WAS ASLEEP,AND HE WAS UNAWARE OFTHEIR PLIGHT.HE HAD TO FORCE THEM,NOT PHYSICALLY,BUT WITH HIS WORDS HE HAD TOCONSTRAIN HIS DISCIPLESTO GET INTO THIS SHIP.THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT.THERE WAS SOME RESISTANCEON THEIR PART,SO HE WAS RESPONSIBLEFOR THEM BEING OUT THERE.THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT.AND HE WASN'T IN A HOTEL
OUT OF THE ELEMENTSUNAWARE OF THE SITUATIONTHAT THEY WERE IN.HE WAS INTHE EXACT SAME ELEMENTSTHAT THEY WERE IN.HE...IT SAYS THAT HE SAW THEMTOILING IN ROWING,AND THIS HAS GREAT APPLICATIONTO US, TOO.THAT IF YOU AREFOLLOWING THE LORDAND IF YOU RUN INTO AN OBSTACLE,IF THERE'S SOME RESISTANCETO WHAT YOU'RE DOING,THE LORD KNOWS EXACTLYWHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH.NOW THIS IS TRUE OF ANYBODYEVEN WHEN WE DO THINGSOUR OWN WAY,AND HE IS COMPASSIONATE
AND GRACIOUS TO US,BUT ESPECIALLYWHEN YOU ARE FOLLOWING GODAND YOU ARE IN A PROBLEMBECAUSE YOU WERE
FOLLOWING GOD.
LIKE YESTERDAY, I REFERENCEDTHE FACT THAT WHEN I FIRSTGOT REALLY TURNED
ON TO THE LORD
I WAS IN COLLEGE,MY FIRST YEAR IN COLLEGE,AND THE VERY FIRST THINGTHAT GOD TOLD ME TO DOWAS TO QUIT COLLEGE.AND BY DOING SO,I IMMEDIATELY GOT...LOST MY STUDENT DEFERMENT.I GOT DRAFTEDAND SENT TO VIETNAM.AND I GUARANTEE YOU,VIETNAM WAS A HARD EXPERIENCEFOR ANYBODY, NOT JUST ME,
BUT IT WAS A HARD EXPERIENCE.AND I WAS ONLY 20 YEARS OLDWHEN I WENT OVER TO VIETNAM.I TURNED MY 21ST BIRTHDAYIN VIETNAM.MATTER OF FACT, THE VIETNAMESE,THERE WAS 21 DIRECT HITSON MY BUNKER THAT I BUILTON MY BIRTHDAY.IT WAS LIKE THE VIETNAMESEKNEW IT WAS MY BIRTHDAYAND CELEBRATED.AND I...I WENT THROUGHALL THESE THINGS,BUT YOU KNOW,ONE OF THE THINGSTHAT SUSTAINED MEWAS I KNEW THAT I WASDOING WHAT GOD TOLD ME TO DO
AND I KNEW THAT GOD WASAWARE OF MY SITUATION,AND I DREW ON THAT,AND I DREW CLOSER TO THE LORD.LOTS OF TIMESWHEN PEOPLE GET INTO PROBLEMS,THEY...THEY THINK ABOUT,GOD, DON'T YOU CARE?MATTER OF FACT,THERE'S A SIMILAR INSTANCETO THIS THAT YOU CAN READ ABOUTIN MARK, CHAPTER 4,AND AFTER JESUS HAD TAUGHT13 PARABLES IN ONE DAY,HE TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, I BELIEVEIT’S MARK, CHAPTER 4, VERSE 35,TO GET INTO A SHIP
AND HE GOT INTO THE SHIPWITH THEMAND THEY LAUNCHEDTO THE OTHER SIDEAND THEY GOT INTO A STORM, TOO.AND IT SAYS THE BOAT WASCOMPLETELY FILLED WITH WATER,AND YET JESUS WAS ASLEEPON A PILLOW.AND IT SAYS IT...THAT THE BOATWAS FILLED WITH WATER.THIS WASN'T LIKE A BOAT,YOU KNOW, LIKE HAD A CABINBELOW DECK OR SOMETHINGLIKE THAT, AND HE WASOUT OF THE ELEMENTS.HE WAS SLOSHING AROUNDIN THE WATER.IF THE BOAT WAS FULL OF WATERAND JESUS WASLAYING ON A PILLOW ASLEEP,
THAT MEANS THAT HE WAS WETAND HE WAS AWARE OFTHE SITUATION AND YETHE WASN'T DOING ANYTHING.HE EITHER HAD
SUPERNATURAL SLEEP
WHERE HE WAS ASLEEPOR HE WAS JUST TRYING TO SLEEPAND HE WAS WELL AWARE OFTHE SITUATION,BUT HE DIDN'T GET UPAND DO ANYTHING.AND THE DISCIPLES ACTUALLYGOT UPSET WITH JESUSAND THEY SAID,MASTER, DON'T YOU CARETHAT WE PERISH?AND SEE THERE'S A LOT OF TIMESTHAT PEOPLE, WHEN THEYCOME INTO A HARDSHIP,WHEN THEY HAVE SICKNESSIN THEIR LIFE, OR POVERTY,
OR RELATIONAL PROBLEMS,OR WHATEVER THE PROBLEM IS,PEOPLE WILL PRAYAND THEN IF THEY DON'T SEEAN IMMEDIATE ANSWER, THEY JUSTBEGIN TO QUESTION ABOUT,GOD, DON'T YOU CARETHAT WE ARE PERISHING?AND THE LORD GOT UPAND HE REBUKED THE WINDAND THE WAVES;THIS IS IN MARK, CHAPTER 4,AND THEN HE TURNED AROUNDTO THEMAND TALKED ABOUT,WHY ARE YOU SO FEARFUL?HOW IS IT THAT YOUHAVE NO FAITH?HE HAD GIVEN THEM POWERAND AUTHORITY.HE EXPECTED THEM TO USE IT.IT WASN'T THAT GOD DIDN'T CARE.
AND IN THIS INSTANCE HEREIN MAR...MATTHEW, CHAPTER 14,WE CAN BE ASSUREDTHAT JESUS KNEW THE SITUATIONTHAT THE DISCIPLES WERE IN.HE WAS IN THE SAME STORMTHAT THEY WERE IN.YOU KNOW,JESUS TAKES WHAT HAPPENS TO USVERY PERSONALLY.YOU CAN READ IN THE 9TH CHAPTER,OF THE BOOK OF ACTS,THAT WHEN SAUL WASON HIS WAY TO TARSUSTO PERSECUTE THE CHRISTIANSAND THE LORD APPEARED UNTO HIMIN THIS BLINDING FLASH OF LIGHTAND KNOCKED HIMOFF OF HIS HORSEAND ONTO THE GROUND
AND HE ACTUALLY WENT BLIND,THE BRIGHT...THE LIGHTWAS SO BRIGHT.THE LORD SPOKE UNTO HIMAND HE SAID, SAUL, SAUL,WHY PERSECUTEST THOU ME?HE DIDN'T SAY, WHY ARE YOUPERSECUTING MY CHILDREN,MY BELIEVERS?BUT HE SAID, WHY ARE YOUPERSECUTING ME?HE TAKES THE PERSECUTION,HE TAKES THE PROBLEMSTHAT HIS PEOPLEGO THROUGH PERSONALLY.SO ONE OF THE THINGS,AGAIN, THAT YOU LEARNIS THAT WHEN YOU AREFOLLOWING THE LORD,HE HAD TO CONSTRAINTHE DISCIPLESTO GET INTO THE SHIP.THERE WAS SOME RESISTANCE
ON THEIR PART,AND YET TO THEIR CREDIT,THEY WERE FOLLOWINGWHAT GOD TOLD THEM TO DOAND THEY CAME INTO A STORM.AND IN THE MIDST OF THIS STORM,THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN TEMPTEDTO THINK, DOESN'T JESUS CARE?DOES HE EVEN KNOWWHAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH?OF COURSE, THE A...ANSWER ISOBVIOUSLY YES,HE WAS IN THE SAME STORMAND HE CAME OUT TO HELP THEM.YOU NEED TO APPLY THISTO YOUR LIFE,THAT WHATEVERYOU'RE GOING THROUGH,YOU MAY BE TEMPTED TO THINKTHAT GOD ISSOMEHOW OR ANOTHER
DISCONNECTED,

DOESN'T CARE ABOUTWHAT'S HAPPENING TO YOU,AND YET THAT IS NOTWHAT THE WORD OF GOD TEACHES.MAN, GOD LOVES YOU,AND WHATEVER SITUATIONYOU'RE IN, EVEN IF IT'S OFYOUR OWN MAKING,BUT ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE DOINGWHAT HE'S CALLED YOU TO DO,GOD LOVES YOU.HE IS AWARE OF YOUR SITUATION.AND IT SAYS, IN 1 CORINTHIANS,CHAPTER 10, VERSE 13,THAT THE LORD WILL NOTSUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTEDABOVE THAT YE ARE ABLE;BUT WILL WITH THE TEMPTATIONMAKE A WAY TO ESCAPE,
THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.THERE IS NO SITUATIONTHAT YOU CANNOT BEAR.GOD IS THERE AND THERE IS A WAYOF ESCAPE.BUT MANY TIMES, OUR FEAR,OUR PANIC, BLINDS USTO GOD'S WAY OF ESCAPE.I BELIEVE THAT SOME OF YOU HAVETUNED IN TO THE PROGRAM TODAYAND YOU MAY NOT EVEN REALIZE IT,BUT GOD IS TRYING TOSPEAK TO YOU THROUGH MEAND TELL YOU THAT REGARDLESS OFWHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH,THERE'S A WAY TO ESCAPE.QUIT LISTENING TO JUSTTHE NATURAL REALM,
TO THE NATURAL CRITICSTHINKING ABOUT NATURAL WAYSTO BE ABLE TO OVERCOMEYOUR SITUATION.AND TURN TO THE LORDAND LOOK TO HIM, AND IF YOU WILLSTAY YOUR MIND UPON THE LORD,THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY TO ESCAPETHAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEARWHATEVER YOU'RE
GOING THROUGH.
THESE DISCIPLESWERE IN A SITUATIONTHAT WAS NOT OF THEIR MAKING.GOD TOLD THEM TO BE OUT THERE,AND JUST BECAUSE THEY WEREGOING THE DIRECTIONTHAT GOD TOLD THEM TO GODID NOT MEANTHAT THERE WASN'T GOING TO
BE ANY OPPOSITION.THIS IS ANOTHER MISTAKETHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE MAKE.THEY INTERPRET GOD'S WILLBY THE CIRCUMSTANCES,AND THEY THINKTHAT IF I'M DOINGWHAT GOD TELLS ME TO DOTHEN EVERYTHINGJUST WORKS AUTOMATICALLYNEARLY WITHOUT EFFORT.THAT IS NOT TRUE.I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S CORRECTTO EVALUATE WHETHER YOU AREIN GOD'S WILL BY CIRCUMSTANCES,GOOD OR BAD.I REALLY DON'T.BUT IF YOU WERE GOING TO
EVALUATE BASED ON
CIRCUMSTANCES,
YOU WOULD PROBABLY BEMORE ACCURATE TO SAYTHAT IF EVERYTHING ISGOING AGAINST YOU,YOU PROBABLY AREFOLLOWING THE WILL OF GOD.I CAN SAY THAT ON THE BASISOF MANY SCRIPTURES,BUT YOU...YOU KNOW,AN EXAMPLE ISIN THE 16TH CHAPTER,OF THE BOOK OF ACTS,WHERE PAUL WAS JUST OUTPREACHING THE GOSPELAND HE TRIED TO GO INTO BITHYNIAAND YET THE LORD SAID, NOPE,DON'T GO THERE.SO HE HEADED INA DIFFERENT DIRECTION.NO, DON'T GO THERE.HE HEADED IN ADIFFERENT DIRECTION.NO, DON'T GO THERE.AND FINALLY, IN THE MIDDLE OFTHE NIGHT, HE HAD A VISION
IN A DREAM, AND HE SAWA MAN IN MACEDONIASAYING, COME OVER HEREAND HELP US.AND IN THE MORNING,HE ROSE UP AS...IT...THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, ACTS 16,ASSUREDLY GATHERINGTHAT THE LORD HAD SENT USTO PREACH THE GOSPELUNTO THEM.SO, HE WAS ASSUREDTHAT THIS WAS GOD.HE FOLLOWED GOD,AND YET WITHIN JUST HOURSOF BEING IN MACEDONIA,IN PHILIPPI, HE GOT ARRESTEDAND BEATENAND PUT IN THE DUNGEON
AND HIS FEET IN THE STOCKS.MOST PEOPLE SEE THAT...INTERPRET WHETHER OR NOTGOD HAS LED THEM
TO DO SOMETHING
BY CIRCUMSTANCES,WOULD SAY, BOY, I MUST HAVEMISSED GOD.BUT NO, HE WAS INTHE DIRECT CENTER OF GOD'S WILLAND YET HE GOT BEATENAND PUT IN PRISONAND HIS FEET IN THE STOCKS.AND OF COURSE,GOD SENT AN EARTHQUAKE,THE JAILER GOT SAVED.THERE WAS A GREAT REVIVALAND GOD WORKED IT OUTFOR GOOD.BUT IF YOU ARE GOING TO SAYTHAT IF GOD LEADS YOUTO DO SOMETHINGEVERYTHING'S JUST GOING TOWORK OUT ALRIGHT,
YOU'RE GOING TO MISS GOD.THESE DISCIPLES, THEY DID NOTWANT TO GET INTO THIS BOATAND GO TO THE OTHER SIDE.THAT'S WHAT IT SAYSIN VERSE 22.HE HAD TO CONSTRAIN THEM,SO THEY DID THISAGAINST THEIR OWNBETTER JUDGMENT,AND YET THEY WERE OBEYING GODAND THEY CAME INTO A STORM100% IN THE CENTEROF GOD'S WILL.BOY, IT'S IMPORTANTTHAT YOU UNDERSTAND THIS.IF YOU...IF YOU JUST ADOPTTHE CURRENT THINKING OF
SO MANY PEOPLETHAT IF YOU'RE DOINGWHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO TO...TO DO, EVERYTHING WILL JUSTBE PEACEFUL AND EVERYTHING WILLBE GOOD, THEN YOU'RE GOING TOLET CIRCUMSTANCESMAKE YOU TURN AROUNDAND HEAD BACK TO SHOREAND NOT CONTINUEGOING THE DIRECTIONTHAT GOD CALLED YOU TO GO.THERE WILL BE STORMS EVEN IFYOU ARE FOLLOWING GOD'S WILL.YOU KNOW JO...JONAH GOT INTO A STORMTHAT WAS BECAUSE OFHIS DISOBEDIENCE TO GOD,AND SO SOMETIMES
THE STORMS IN OUR LIFECOME BECAUSE WE ARE NOTDOING WHAT GOD CALLED US TO DO.BUT HERE THESE DISCIPLES WEREIN THE CENTER OF GOD'S WILL,AND YET THEY WERE IN THE MIDSTOF A STORM.THAT'S AMAZING.AND AGAIN, THIS IS SOMETHINGTHAT I HAD TO OVERCOMEBECAUSE I WAS RAISEDWITH THIS MINDSETTHAT IF GOD LEADS YOUTO DO SOMETHINGTHEN EVERYTHING WILL JUSTFALL INTO PLACE.YOU KNOW,WE HAVE A BIBLE COLLEGEAND WE HAVE STUDENTSTHAT COME HEREAND I MEAN, GOD SPEAKS TO THEM
AND THEY LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES.THEY LEAVE THEIR HOME.THEY LEAVE JOBS.THEY DO EVERYTHING.THEY COME OUT HERE,TAKE A STEP OF FAITH,AND MANY TIMES THEY THINKTHAT IF GOD IS IN THISTHEN EVERYTHINGWILL JUST WORK OUT.AND SOMETIMES IT DOES.WE'VE HEARDTESTIMONIES OF PEOPLEHOW THEY CAME OUT HEREWITH NOTHING.NO GUARANTEE OF A JOB.NO GUARANTEE OF A PLACE TO LIVEAND EVERYTHING
JUST WORKED OUT
SUPERNATURALLY.BUT THEN WE HAVE OTHER PEOPLECOME OUT THAT IT DIDN'T JUSTWORK OUT SUPERNATURALLYAND THEY LET CIRCUMSTANCES
DICTATE TO THEM ABOUTWHETHER OR NOT THEY'VE DONETHE RIGHT THING.I'M TELLING YOU, IF I WOULD LETCIRCUMSTANCES CONTROL MEAND JUST GO BYWHAT IT LOOKS LIKEIS THE EASIEST,I WOULD NEVER HAVE DONEANY OF THE THINGSTHAT GOD HAS LED ME TO DO.AGAIN, I DON'T BELIEVEYOU CAN INTERPRET GOD'S WILLBY CIRCUMSTANCES,BUT IF YOU WERETO USE CIRCUMSTANCES,IT'S PROBABLY MORE ACCURATETHAT IF YOU EXPERIENCE A STORM,YOU PROBABLY ARE INTHE CENTER OF GOD'S WILL.
SO, THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGSTHAT YOU LEARN.THEY WERE DOINGWHAT GOD TOLD THEM TO DO.THEY RAN INTO A STORM.JESUS WAS IN THE SAME STORMTHAT THEY WERE IN,AND HE KNEW THEIR SITUATION.HE WAS NOT IGNORANT OF THEM.DON'T EVER FEEL LIKETHAT YOU'RE ALONE.THE LORD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOUNOR FORSAKE YOU,AND I CAN GUARANTEE YOU,IF YOU ARE IN A STORM,IF SOMETHING ISGOING AGAINST YOU RIGHT NOW,ALL YOU GOT TO DO ISCALL OUT TO THE LORD IN FAITH.NOT IN DESPERATION.NOT IN BITTERNESS.
NOT IN UNBELIEF, BUT IN FAITH,AND JUST BEGIN TOEXPRESS YOUR FAITH THAT,FATHER, I KNOW YOU ARERIGHT HERE WITH ME.I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDEDAND MADE A WAY TO ESCAPETHAT I MIGHT BE ABLE TOBEAR THIS, AND THEN JUSTCALM YOUR FEARS.PUT YOUR MIND ON THE LORDAND LET GOD SHOW YOUTHAT WAY TO ESCAPE.THERE IS A WAY THROUGH IT.YOU KNOW IN THIS INSTANCE,PETER AND ALL OF THE DISCIPLESEXPERIENCED A MIRACULOUSDELIVERANCE.I WAS SHARING YESTERDAY
THAT IN JOHN'S ACCOUNTOF THIS SAME THING,WHEN JESUS ENTEREDBACK INTO THE BOATIMMEDIATELY THE BOATAND ALL OF THE DISCIPLESWERE TRANSLATEDTO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE.THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLEOF THE SEA OF GALILEEAND THEY GOT TRANSLATEDABOUT A MILE TO THE OTHER SIDEAND WERE IMMEDIATELY IN SAFETY.THAT WAS A MIRACULOUS THINGAND I BELIEVE THAT GOD HASA WAY OUT FOR EVERY ONE OF YOU.JESUS CAME UNTO THEMIN THEIR STORM
AND MET WITH THEM.HE WILL BE RIGHT THERE WITH YOUREGARDLESS OF WHATYOU'RE GOING
THROUGH RIGHT NOW.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGSTHAT YOU SEE HERE.THIS IS JUST POWERFUL.JESUS WAS IN THE SAME STORM.HE WAS EXPERIENCINGTHE SAME CONDITIONSTHAT THEY ARE IN.IN VERSE 24, IT SAYS,BUT THE SHIP WAS NOWIN THE MIDST OF THE SEA,TOSSED WITH WAVES:FOR THE WIND WAS CONTRARY.DID YOU KNOW THE SEA OF GALILEEIS ONLY ABOUT TWO MILES,MAYBE JUST A LITTLE BIT OVERTWO MILES ACROSS?IT'S NOT A LONG DISTANCE
ACROSS THERE.AND SO, I THINK IT WOULDPROBABLY BE MAYBE TWO HOURSMAXIMUM TO CROSSTHE SEA OF GALILEE,AND YET IT SHOWS US,ESPECIALLY IF YOU READMARK’S ACCOUNT, IT WAS ATTHE SETTING OF THE SUN.IT WAS IN WHEN EVEN CAMETHAT HE PUT THESE DISCIPLESINTO THE SHIP AND SENT THEM OUT.SO ABOUT A TWO-HOUR TRIPTURNED INTO SOMETHINGTHAT WAS AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS.IT COULD HAVE BEENNINE OR TEN HOURS LATERTHEY WERE ONLY HALFWAY ACROSS.
YOU GET THATBECAUSE IT SAYS HERETHAT IN VERSE 25, IT SAYS,AND IN THE FOURTH WATCH OFTHE NIGHT JESUS WENT UNTO THEM,WALKING ON THE SEA.THE FOURTH WATCH OF THE NIGHTIS BETWEEN 3 AND 6 A.M.SO THEY GOT INTO THE BOATSOMEWHERE AROUND 6 P.M.AND SOMEWHERE BETWEEN3 AND 6 A.M. THEY WERE ONLYHALFWAY ACROSS,HALFWAY ACROSS A TWO-HOUR TRIP,NINE HOURS LATER.AND THIS SAYS ANOTHER THING.
THIS SHOWS YOUHOW CONTRARY THE WIND WAS,BUT ALSO THESE DISCIPLES,IF THEIR SELF-PRESERVATIONHAD BEENTHE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY,IF THEY WERE JUST THINKING ABOUTSAVING THEIR NECK,YOU KNOW, SAFETY,THE SIMPLEST THING TO DOWOULD HAVE BEENTO TURN THE BOAT AROUND,PUT THE SAIL UPAND THAT WIND WOULD HAVEBLOWN THEM BACK TO THE SHORETHEY CAME FROM IN JUST MOMENTS.THEY COULD HAVE BEENOUT OF HARM'S WAYIN JUST A MATTER OF MOMENTS.BUT HERE THEY WERE,NINE HOURS LATER,
HALFWAY ACROSS THE SEA,WHICH WAS ONLY A TWO-HOUR TRIP.THIS MEANS THAT THESE DISCIPLESHAD BEEN BATTLING THIS,AND TO THEIR CREDIT,EVEN THOUGH THEY WEREN'TIN TOTAL FAITH,EVEN THOUGH THEY GOT INTO FEARAND UNBELIEF ABOUT THIS,THEY DID NOT TURN AROUNDAND HEAD BACK TO SAFETY.THEY WERE STILLHEADED THE DIRECTIONTHAT GOD HAD TOLD THEM TO GOEVEN WHEN IT LOOKED LIKEIT MIGHT COST THEM THEIR LIFE.
BOY, THAT IS A POWERFUL TRUTHRIGHT THERE.I COULDN'T TELL YOUHOW MANY TIMESGOD HAS TOLD ME
TO DO SOMETHING
AND I HEAD IN THAT DIRECTIONAND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.AND I MEAN, IT LOOKS LIKETHINGS ARE GOING TO BE WORSEINSTEAD OF BETTER,AND I'VE HAD THE OPTION,THE TEMPTATION
TO JUST WITHDRAW
AND TO QUIT AND TO SAY,WELL, MAYBE I MISSED GOD.BUT NO, I...I KNOW THAT I WASDOING WHAT GOD TOLD ME TO DOAND YOU JUST HAVE TO PERSEVERE.IF YOU WANT TOEXPERIENCE A MIRACLE,IF YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF
THE BOAT AND WALK ON THE WATER,THEN YOU ARE GOING TOHAVE TO CONTINUEGOING IN THE DIRECTIONTHAT GOD HAS TOLD YOU TO GOREGARDLESS OF THE OPPOSITION,REGARDLESS OF HOW CONTRARYTHE WIND IS TO YOU.AND I TELL YOU THIS IS WHEREA LOT OF PEOPLE MISS IT.THEY START FOLLOWING THE LORDAND WHEN THEY RUN INTOSOME HARDSHIP,THEY JUST ABANDON IT.THEY SAY, WELL, I MUST HAVEMISSED GOD.WELL, THIS IS TOO MUCH EFFORT.IT'S JUST TOO MUCH DETAIL.
YOU KNOW, I WAS TEACHINGIN OUR BIBLE COLLEGE YESTERDAYFROM 2 TIMOTHY, CHAPTER 2,VERSE 2, WHERE IT SAYS,YOU TAKE THINGSTHAT YOU’VE LEARNED OF MEAMONG MANY WITNESSES,AND COMMIT THEM TO FAITHFUL MENAND WOMEN.AND THEN THE NEXT VERSETALKS ABOUT A SOLDIER,HOW YOU HAVE TO
ENDURE HARDSHIP
AND I WAS TEACHING THE STUDENTSTHAT YOU KNOW WHAT?A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST,THEY'RE WUSSES.I DON'T KNOWHOW ELSE TO SAY IT.WIMPS.AND WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH,THEY JUST QUIT.AND I SAID, THAT'S NOT FAITHFUL.IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE
A FAITHFUL MAN OR A WOMAN,YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TOGET TO WHERE YOU DOWHAT GOD TELLS YOU TO DOEVEN IF IT LOOKS LIKEIT'S GOING TO CAUSE DISASTERIN YOUR LIFE.THAT'S WHAT THESE DISCIPLES DID.THEY WERE HEADED INTHE DIRECTION THAT GOD HADPOINTED THEM,AND THEY COULD HAVETURNED AROUNDAND HAVE SAVED THEIR LIVES,BUT TO THEIR CREDIT,THEY WERE STILLGOING THE DIRECTIONTHAT GOD WANTED THEM TO GO.>> LEARN HOW TO STEP OUTIN FAITH WHEN YOU GETANDREW'S TEACHING TITLED,>> HOW TO BECOME
A WATER WALKER.
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A WATER WALKER
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  1. A surfboard works with waves. A sturdy boat works on the sea of galilee. The boats they made 2000 years ago were the first boats they could walk on. A carpenter. A good carpenter built the first galilee boat you didn't need to be on your knees to get around. They tied together sticks that weren't straight. There were holes everywhere. They were crooked sticks tied together. They didn't have much wood. They worked with what they had. I saw a boat dug up and knee instantly why you couldn't walk on them. A carpenter found a better way to build something that worked better. I believe jesus was an engineer/carpenter. The new testament is proof of his engineering dominance.

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