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I GOT OUT OF THE BOAT AND WALKED!

“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. Yessssss, AMEN!!! I needed this right now! I’m constantly in fear, even with the smallest of things. I always need God to give me that strength and willpower to tackle my fears head-on. God is GREAT, HE IS AMAZING, AND HE IS THE ALMIGHTY πŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ’– Beautiful post, I love it! So moving and so inspirational 😊 Continue to keep inspiring your followers with your wonderful wisdom and holy words❀❀

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  2. Great post! I am incredibly positive but you hit the nail on the head. I was recently telling my sisters to embrace the storm, move thru it, and they did, we did, literally
    I thank our dear Lord every day! And thank you for your sound guidance πŸ™‚

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  3. Well said! I did actually walk across a lake in 1977. … It was January, and I was in Michigan, does that count? πŸ˜‰
    I read a quote the other day that you would like. “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” At first you think “Wha—?!” But the writer went on to say we should not be intimidated by the fact that we can’t do something perfectly. Better to do something good imperfectly than not do it at all.

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    1. I live in Minnesota, and the folks here are quite happy to say they can walk on water! πŸ˜‰ And doing things imperfectly? Even our Olympic runners fell again and again until they learned to walk. It’s called learning! And it seems like we believe that the older we get, we’re no longer allowed to fail and learn anymore. It’s too bad because I really believe we learn so much more from failing than from success. And sometimes, that success is in the trying, not the result.

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  4. Powerful Message!!!!!

    You have taken me back, full circle, to September 2008…Talk about “getting out of that boat,” my goodness. Feet firmly planted in a job that I absolutely loved, and making pretty good money doing it, I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “How long are you going to watch this and not say anything.” I was in the automobile industry and yes there’s truly some shady stuff that goes on from time to time, but I wasn’t party to any of that, but the nudging came the same saying, how long…After prayer and meditation I heard the Lord and obeyed His nudging BUT was terminated. They merely said, “your services are no longer needed.”

    I was crushed because I wasn’t expecting to be terminated for being truthful and seemingly helping out-of-state owners to realize how toxic this environment was, but I was. The day I was terminated, I went to the Lord saying, I need a word Lord because this wasn’t suppose to happen. (or was it) He already had a word aligned for me because there was a revival going on, so I went. THAT NIGHT, a preacher preached from the heart of the Lord directly to me saying, “sometimes the Lord brings about storms, divine disturbances in our lives, to get us out of the boat.” (His words EXACTLY)

    At that moment I knew it was suppose to work out just like that, and every since September 2008, the Lord’s been giving me spiritual buoyancy. His promises are sometimes birthed through pain. His purpose for our lives is often times birthed through challenges. It hasn’t been easy, BUT Abba’s been faithful! What I’ve learned is priceless!

    Blessings to you and to all who may be reading this message!

    Karac Avalron, keep pressing!
    benGi111, I’ve too learned to embrace the storm, rather than fight it. When we embrace the storm, it’s like being a person who may be drowning, who grabs the hand of a lifeguard, rather than kick and fight. They’re able to be pulled to safety.
    Cici’s DeLUCKS, it’s learning to trust God for and in those little things, that He prepares and equips us to walk in our purpose. We must follow the example of the disciples, Lord, increase our faith. I’d be telling an untruth if I said it was easy, but I’ve learned that God is faithful and He’ll lead us through.

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  5. Matthew 14:22-32 (This is after the feeding of the 5000)

    Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away. 23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. 24 But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night, He came to them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, β€œIt is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, β€œTake courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

    28 Peter said to Him, β€œLord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, β€œCome!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, β€œLord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, β€œYou of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, β€œYou are certainly God’s Son!”

    Peter answered the invitation–“Come” but he also asked for proof…”If it is You, command me to come to you on the water.” They were scared! The storm was bad! Someone was coming to them on top of the water like an omen that said they would soon be ghosts too. Jesus had told them who he was, but Peter still tested him. Would he have been afraid and sunk if the storm wasn’t raging around him? Why did Jesus wait until he got in the boat to calm the storm? Jesus does calm storms, but that isn’t the message He gives us. Storms happen, but you’re not alone. He doesn’t calm every storm because each storm has a purpose.

    But Peter didn’t look back at the boat to see what the others were saying about him. He wasn’t concerned about them. He was trying to impress Jesus that he had enough faith to get out of the boat. Then he made the mistake in thinking HE was walking on water rather than Jesus giving him the ability, and he knew he couldn’t walk on water, in the middle of a storm, away from the boat. Oops. But Jesus was right there to pull him up. It doesn’t say if Jesus carried Peter (he was a rather large guy!) or they walked together, (but I think they walked together,) or Jesus pulled him through the water to the boat.

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  6. I love that you want to be known as the girl who tried and failed rather than the girl who never tried at all. When Jesus asks us to step out in faith we have to trust the outcome to Him. Sometimes there will be failures and disappointments, but that does not mean God isn’t in those too. Let’s keep stepping out in faith! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  7. The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. My God is my helper, and in him will I put my trust. My protector and the horn of my salvation, and my support. – Psalm 18:2

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  8. What a touching subject. Thanks for sharing. I will add to that.

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for theΒ LordΒ your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

    Trust in theΒ LordΒ with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

    Everything in this life is a risk. You are given only two options. Take the risk and expect results or don’t take a risk and expect nothing. Stop procrastinating! God uses people who are willing to get out of their comfort zone. He uses people who are willing to take risks. What risk are you facing?

    Whatever you are facing, know that the Lord is with you and He makes it abundantly clear that He will help you.

    When you are called to step out in faith, realize that your God is greater than any problem. Be still for a second and remember who is in control.

    Quotes:

    β€œTake the risk or lose the chance.”

    β€œIf you want it, go for it. Take a risk. Don’t always play it safe or you’ll die wondering.”

    β€œGreat things never came from comfort zones.”

    β€œBetter an oops than a what if.”

    Faith cannot and will not exist without a little bit of risk, or if it did, we wouldn’t really be able to measure and grow it. God designs situations in our life that make us feel unsure so that we may look to God as our true source of guidance and strength.

    God Bless You mightly. God Protect you. β€πŸ€—πŸ˜‡

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  9. I love this post. I too want to get out and try. I think that is a point many people miss when they read about Peter trying to get out of the boat and walking. He took some steps before he took his eyes off Jesus and sank. Jesus saved him of course as Jesus always will for us. But the others stayed in the boat not daring to take the chance.

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  10. I really enjoyed reading the blog and the comments. I am walking on the water and some days it feels like I am sinking, then I recall God is right there. This was a great reminder that we will have fear, but our faith will carry us through the storms of life:)

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  11. Very encouraging post, I also want take a leap of faith in a life circumtance as God has shown the way but i dont want to take this uncertainty. But God’s perfect love casts out fear!

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      1. Very welcome! I feel like Philipp asking more clear evidence, that it will be certain and clear as day. But the Lord wants to fully trust Him and acknowledge Him every step and He promised to direct my paths!

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  12. Powerful for phrase…”at least I got out of the book”. I love that we serve the God of stepper outers and failures , then stepping out again and failing again, but stepping out again. The Christian journey is always three steps forward and one step back. He died for that extra step forward after the two steps back. Great post.

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  13. “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….” Wow you hit the nail on the head with that one. My kind of stuff… motivational.. amazing!

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  14. (Not sure if the pic will work if you click on it.)
    I’ve often wondered if the disciples in the boat ever teased Peter about this seemingly failed attempt to walk on water. But Peter learned two valuable lessons that the others might not have learned because they only looked at the end result: 1) when Jesus gives you the green light, the things that only look like limitations are insignificant, and 2) if you try and “fail”, Jesus is right there – immediately – to help you, without judgement or disappointment.

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  15. Great post and writing! And such a great topic! We often see missionaries going to places where it is against the law to share the gospel, but they step out of the boat and share it anyway. But where I am, it isn’t against the law, but I stay in the boat! Even if you fail towards other people, every step out of the boat is a step growing in faith! Amen! God bless you! ❀ πŸ™‚

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  16. I was just consoling an old friend experiencing great distress. I fear for her life right now. She said she felt so alone as if on the ocean floor. I told her that even there, He is there, just as He is on the surface of the deep. I’m grateful the Lord showed Peter, in his faith crisis, that His hand was there as he sank. Good words. God’s grip.

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  17. Like you, my friend, I would rather get my feet wet than just stay dry in the boat. It is when we realize it is the Lord who calls us out that we in faith can jump over the side.
    I have always gotten much from this account in the bible. My new thought this morning is this: Why did the disciples wait until they were in fear of their lives before waking Jesus? Shouldn’t they have gone to Him when the storm picked up? But then I think, ‘how often to I do the same. I tell myself to ride out the circumstance, thinking that in my own power I will be able to handle it. Even if I can, how much am I missing by not seeking the Lord’s guidance.
    Thank you for another thought provoking post.
    Blessings,
    Pastor Chuck

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  18. Great encouragement on this Sabbath morning. Thanks for the great reminder. We must try and keep our faith strong because without it we might be afraid to leave the house some days. These are fretful times so these verses are a great example of God’s love and his promise. Thank you and God bless you.

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  19. Wow! This is amazing! I too have tried and failed but it’s good that we keep going πŸ™πŸ’œπŸ¦‹ my walk with God is renewed these days.

    I was re-baptized on last Sunday. When we have God in our corner, the storms are calmer than when we try to make life work on our own. We are not that powerful. God is and thank you for this beautiful reminder.

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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,
    Ron
    P.S. Courage to get out of the boat if He calls . . .
    http://www.theburningheart.com

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  30. 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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