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06/23/2010

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The Adrenaline Rush


"But Jesus immediately said to them; 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.' 'Lord if it's you,' Peter replied, 'tell me to come to you on the water.' 'Come,' He said" (Matt. 14:27-28)

We all "play favorites" just a bit. We may have a favorite baseball team, candy bar, ice cream or car. The list could go on and on couldn't it...Peter is by far my favorite disciple. He's so cool, that he even has four names...Peter, the name Jesus gave him...Simon, his birth name...Cephas and also Simon Peter. He intrigues me because he is a mass of contradictions. Maybe it is one of the things about him that fascinates us, since most of us are. Adrenaline may cause people to do some quickly instinctive things, and Peter seems to be especially susceptible to it. We may all have a favorite Peter adrenaline story, but today I'd like to focus on the one in the scripture above. Just after the 5,000 had been miraculously fed, Jesus wanted to be by Himself so the disciples took a small boat across the Sea of Galilee. It got dark and a storm came up. At about 3 AM, in the midst of the storm, their fear was magnified by a "ghost" appearing on the water. The voice gave them some recognition and reassurance.

Just seeing Jesus walking on the water was not enough for impetuous, adrenaline driven Peter. He uttered those famous words, got a favorable response, and stepped out onto the water. Understand this....Stepping out of the boat took a lot of faith. (the others stayed put) And here is a great lesson unwittingly given to us by Peter. We always talk about Peter feeling the wind and seeing the waves and becoming fearful. Truth is that faith arising out of an adrenaline rush will falter. Nothing has changed today. Our faith must be a pure, powerful and reasoned one. It is one that keeps our eyes on Jesus all the time, so that when the winds blow and the waves arise, we will not sink. When we do this, we will have same attitude and mind that the disciples had when Jesus came into the boat. "Then those who were in the boat worshipped Him, saying, 'truly you are the Son of God'." No adrenaline needed...

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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