“Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The deciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith! ” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” Matthew 8:24

I would like to be known as the girl who tried and failed rather than the girl who never tried at all. Let me get out of the boat. Others might watch me sink after taking a few steps, but they will never be able to say that I did not step out . They may highlight my failure of sinking in the water I walked on, but I will be quick to remind them that, at the very least. I GOT OUT OF THE BOAT AND WALKED! My success was not predicated on whether or not I achieved what I was after; NO, it is known by the simple fact that I chose to go after it….

Stepping into new territory or facing big challenges can be a bit daunting and intimidating. But I know that God is the one that is beckoning me forward and helping me to step past the wall of fear and take ground into the new or the next season or place. God knows that I would experience a measure of fear in the face of the unknown with questions of : “What if this fails, What if I fall, What if it does not work…” But God has given us plenty of reminders to be strong, brave and courageous, to be undaunted in the face of fear, reminding us that He will never leave or forsake us…

I don’t know about you, but I want to be the one to take hold of the promises that God has on my life. To not let fear hold me from anything — So this is a little nudge, a bit of a push to get going, to step out. And as you do, and as you confront the new things that has intimidated you, you are going to break past the enemy of fear and you will be amazed that it wasn’t as bad as you thought. The Lord was with you the whole time. He’s the God of endless supply. Yes He is! Hold onto Him. Keep fighting the good fight and preaching truth to your heart.πŸ’• Amen! God bless!


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253 thoughts on “I GOT OUT OF THE BOAT AND WALKED!

  1. good word for today that will encourage others to step out and trust GOD. change is hard but we must know God is always doing a new thing and trying to grow and move us to where he wants us to be. we can’t stay in our comfortable holy huddles. pray, seek, trust and go because there is No… failure in HIM.

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  2. Thank you for the message. I have been one of three Pastors at our church for 21 years. Our fellowship is having financial difficulties and I have been in prayer as to whether he is releasing me to walk in something brand new, which would also ease the financial situation at our church. Anyways, I say all this because I know it wasn’t a coincidence that I read your post today. If you have a moment could you go before Father and ask him to give me wisdom and direction? Thank you so much!
    His Blessings,
    P.S. Courage to get out of the boat if He calls . . .

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  3. Thank you so much for this encouragement. It’s amazing how Jesus spoke to everyone on the boat but only Peter answered and responded. Only the one that stepped out was named. Congratulations on making that step, may you continue to walk on water. xxx

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  4. Thanks so much for the encouragement. I stepped out of the boat almost a year ago from my job. Although it’s been challenging, I must say that every time I thought I was going to sink God has came to my rescue.

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  5. Good for you! People often want to point at Peter’s lack of faith, instead of recognizing that he got out of the boat because of his faith, while everyone else played it safe. I confess, I often play it safe. This was an encouraging message, and something I must continually work toward. ox

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  6. This post was right on time! I believe that God is asking me to do some things but I’ve let fear get in the way. I’m still nervous about it but asking Him to give me strength to do it. And I like what you said about you’d rather try than to not try at all.

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  7. Such a blessed message, just getting out of the boat and trying set the stage for all sorts of doors to open because you began to destroy the spirit of fear. This message hit home for me as I am going after every blessing that God has for me.

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  8. Sinking is the result of doubting, doubting is often the result of placing too much confidence in ourselves rather than putting it primarily in God. Peter doubted that he could walk on water by focussing strictly on his own natural abilities. Peter must have thought to himself after getting out of the boat: “What am I doing here? I can’t walk on water.” He lost his focus on Jesus by being too preoccupied with himself. For an instant he lost sight of the one who alone could enable him to walk on water like his Lord, if only he kept looking towards him with childlike trust; he who has the power to supernaturally transform us and raise us to unfathomable natural heights. Faith requires that we get out of the boat and make the effort without ever losing sight of the One who can prevent us from sinking and save us from drowning with the help of His grace no matter how stormy life may get. Jesus saved Peter from drowning after he cried out because the apostle turned his gaze back on his Lord. Jesus will raise us up, too, each time we fall, if we give our trust back to him, because we have at least tried getting out of the boat and walking towards our Lord. God doesn’t judge us merely for what we do in accordance with his will, but for how hard we try to do it and persevere in doing it despite the occasional lapses or fall from grace. And this calls for getting out of the boat and leaving it behind. Our entire journey of faith is walking on water. Jesus won’t save us if we decide to just get back into the boat and find our refuge there. It’s only a matter of time that the boat itself will rot and sink with us in it.

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  9. This was really strong and hit home in my heart. Thanks for sharing such encouragement. I stepped out of the boat two years ago to write and what a journey! I agree God has been there every step of the way and He is faithful. Despite the fears I encounter I am so glad that I stepped out in faith.

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  10. I needed this. It can be terrifying to confront fear and the unknown. But we have to embrace it and move forward. It would be unfortunate if we didn’t accomplish all we could due to fear. Thank you for sharing this article.

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  11. amen! hallelujah! thank you for this post, it is truly inspiring and motivating. i stayed on this post all morning, reading and re-reading specifically the last paragraph – because it is so true for so so many others, fear alone, holds us back from doing great things – all we need is a push, a step, and a prayer to take us beyond the feeling of fear! when we do something that we define or consider scary, we think we are facing fear alone because that automatically becomes the focal point in our mind and heart, but that is not true our heavenly father is always with us, every step of the way!

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