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Walking on Stormy Water (5 of 6)
William Capper wrote the words:
"God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.
He plants His footsteps on the sea and rides upon the storm.
His purposes will ripe-n fast, unfo ling every hour,
The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower."
A storm can do a lot of things, and storms come in our lives. They come
from every different direction. Simon Peter walked into a storm, dealt with
the storm, and the Lord met him in there. I think there are some very basic
things to teach us how to walk in a storm out of the experience. You see,
Satan can take our storms and turn them into spiritual depression. We wonder
what's happening when the storm comes and how we're going to get out of it.
But the Word of God has wonderful instruction of how to "walk on water"
when the storm comes. Let's look at it.
First, I want you to notice that usually we are surprised by storms,
just as Peter was. Look at verse 22. Jesus made the disciples get into the
boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side while He dismissed the crowd.
After He dismissed them, He went into the hills by Himself to pray. When
evening came, He was there all alone. The boat was a considerable distance
from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against them. Now,
Jesus didn't send those disciples out into the storm. I'm sure He knew the
storm was coming, but He didn-'t sefd them out into a stoirn. ThIeey pr-o'abaly
wouldn't have gotten into the boat anyway. But while they were in the boat,
the storm came.
Now I've seen this particular lake, and it's not very big. In fact,
the King James Version calls it a 'sea'. I always imagined it as something
like the Gulf of Mexico, or the Atlantic Ocean, but it's not very wide at
all. I think it may be twelve miles long at the longest, and two or three miles
wide at the widest place. Living in Orange County, with all the lakes around
here, you can i ...
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