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The Courage to Venture like Peter (3 of 7)
INTRO: There is a certain law of nature that goes like this: "everything takes the path of least resistance." Whether it is electricity flowing, rocks falling, or water running, things follow the path of least resistance when left to themselves. Have you ever noticed a river and how it differs from a canal? Canals are straight because they are man made - the shortest distance between two points created by man. A river however meanders around all kinds of angles and obstacles going from point A to point B, it may actually take twice the distance to go from A to B than a canal does - why? Because left to itself a river will naturally follow a path of least resistance, if it hits a hard spot it will simply go around it rather than try to go through it.
Human nature is the same way; in our fallen sinful condition we tend to take the path of least resistance! It is natural to follow easier ways rather than tougher ways. Only with the power of the Holy Spirit do we find the courage and strength to press through hard places.
PROP.SENT: The Bible teaches us that with faith we can venture with courage against the strongest opposition, the secret is keeping our eyes on Christ and not on the storms of life.
I. FOLLOWING CHRIST'S DIRECTIVES 14:22-24
A. Direction 14:22-23
1. Jesus had just finished feeding the 5,000 miraculously and was tired, so He sent the disciples to their next place of ministry without Him, He wanted some time alone to recuperate and pray.
a. Christ commanded them to go to the other side of the lake to the next ministry opportunity.
b. This command to go was thus completely God's will; it was by Jesus' directive to go that they went - they were obeying Christ when they went.
2. As Christ's disciples their desire was to be obedient to His will, so without question they left in the boat to get to the other side.
a. There is no better thing that ...
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