[LOOK TO JESUS – DAY 05 – FAITH] “Peter, A Man of Focus & Faith” by Pastor Sherwin Haines
Welcome to Day Five of the LOOK TO JESUS 21-Day Devotional.
Our New Zion Apostolic team is taking 21-Days to each do a 3 – 4 minute devotional aiming to
- Unify our network of people;
- Encourage the body of Christ at large;
- Build momentum during the South African lockdown period (between the 26th of March and 16th of April) when we are prevented from fellowshipping as normal.
“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2a (ESV)
“So now Faith Hope and Love abide, these three – but the greatest of these is love.” 1 COR 13:13 ESV
PETER AN EXAMPLE OF FOCUS AND FAITH
MATTH 14:28, “Peter replied to Him, “Lord if it is (really) you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw (the effects of) the wind, he was frightened, and he began to sink and he cried out; “Lord save me!” Immediately Jesus extended his hand and caught him saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those in the boat worshipped Him saying; “Truly you are the Son of God!””
PETER SAW JESUS DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE
Walking on water and he realised that if Jesus could do it, then so could he! This was a faith that comes from the relationship he had with Jesus. The faith ‘leapt’ out of him, it was an instinctive response, a natural response to Faith. This is the natural response OF faith and the natural response TO faith.
Jesus loves that – because he says, “Come!” He made us like that, to respond to faith when we see it demonstrated before us.
Looking to Jesus Secure (Anchors) our faith. Looking to Jesus increases our Faith. Looking to Jesus encourages our faith.
PETER GOT OUT OF THE BOAT – HE WALKED ON WATER!
WOW! At 3am, there he was, walking on water! Imagine the thrill, the exhilaration of trusting God! He did what no other man had done!
Looking to Jesus causes us to see the impossible. But not only that, it causes us to experience the impossible. Looking to Jesus challenges our faith. He said to Peter, “O you of little faith!” Choose today to step out in faith. (Reach out to someone via the social media during this lockdown period)
FOCUS – Greek word is ‘APHORAO’ – to look away from all else! To turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something.
PETER THEN SAW THE EFFECTS OF THE WIND AND HE WAS FRIGHTENED (see vs 30)
He then began to sink and he cried out, “Lord save me!” Sometimes we see Jesus and desire to emulate him – But there are challenges to stepping out in faith. The wind and the waves try to overwhelm us.
The question we have today is: Who or what are you looking to? The wind and waves – want to decrease you / overwhelm you / squash you /stop you / negate you / cause you to be afraid and stay in the boat / to threaten and silence you. But Jesus always increases our faith, he lifts us up with His Words and His example.
Peter had to refocus because he got his eyes off Jesus. If he did not refocus he would have drowned. When he had renewed his focus he could call and Jesus saved him.
If there is anything that has robbed you of your focus during this time, tried to distract you and divert you off course, today you have an opportunity to renew your focus – Refocus!
KEEP LOOKING AT JESUS – CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON HIM
Peter could have stopped looking at Jesus. He could have allowed offence to stop him because Jesus had said to him; ‘Get behind me Satan!’
His incident of denying Jesus could have allowed failure and disappointment to stop him from looking to Jesus. But Jesus reinstated his focus and he became a great Apostolic leader who led 3000 people to Christ at Pentecost. This was because he kept looking to Jesus.
Don’t allow the winds, waves, coronavirus, lockdowns, lack of fellowship, offence, failure, denial of Jesus, disappointment, feelings of failure – to stop you from looking to Jesus! KEEP YOU FAITH ON – AND KEEP YOUR FOCUS!
AN ILLUSTRATION: A camera is made up of a body and a lens. The lens needs to be focused for a successful photograph. A zoom helps us to focus and capture the right target material. There’s a difference between someone who does it casually and for a career. It’s totally different when your bread and butter depends on the shot or footage you capture. This signifies the importance of focus.
WHEN YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT, EVERYTHING CHANGES – LET US FOCUS ON JESUS LIKE OUR LIVES DEPENDED ON IT – AND LET’S GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST SHOT (PICTURE) OF OUR LIVES!
April 30, 2020