Posted by: everynation | April 8, 2010

Walking on Water with Faith and Grace

by Dennis Sy

One of the most familiar Bible story I grew up listening to is Peter’s miraculous walk on water. I have preached on this passage a lot of times and everytime I read it, it never fails to increase my faith to believe for the impossible.

Matt. 14:28 ¶ “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
Matt. 14:29 ¶ “Come,” he said. ¶ Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Matt. 14:30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Matt. 14:31 ¶ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Matt. 14:32 ¶ And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
Matt. 14:33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Looking back my 30 years of existence – I have seen how I have been walking in water every day. Reinhard Bohnke said, ” We serve a miracle working God so expect miracles to happen everyday.”

Without the grace of God that helps us when I fall and focus on the storm I might have drowned 30 years ago. Life has been a faith-grace walk.

Faith and Grace doesn’t just happen during good times. It is always present even in the storms. I remember studying for Bible School – leaving a high paying job that could have made me a multi-millionaire by the age of 30 and live by faith. It was a step of faith. I didn’t know where to get the money to supply for all my expenses. Jesus was now my employer and I heard He pays really well but in His time.

Faith got me through Bible School – without even me touching my savings. Grace sustained me when I have no money to gas up my car. Faith got me to believe for x amount of money monthly and for 7 out of the 10 months God provided for me. Grace got me through those tough 3 months where I received none.

Faith got us excited for our wedding but when the expenses started coming in and we have to pay our suppliers – God’s grace was more than enough. Faith made us live a debt free life but it is only by His grace that we have learned how to live below our means.

Faith excites! Grace astounds! How could someone like me experience God’s grace. How could God entrust His ministry of His church to me. Grace and Faith, grace and faith, grace and faith.

Dennis Sy is the senior pastor of Victory – Greenhills and  is the author of  Clueless Church Planter.

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