"I" remember the first time I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to "get out that boat". "I" have to admit I was in a comfortable place, I was succeeding in my career, "I" loved the path that "I" was on. "I" was set in a direction for success at the collegiate level and "I" was happy. "I" couldn't be more satisfied, with where "I" was, in my eyes "my" plan was working. "I" remember I began to pray for God to enlarge my territory, to do more for him, in fact the prayer I prayed and continue to pray is "increase my capacity to do more for you!" Can I be honest? I really didn't know what I prayed 😂. I didn't realize I was saying to God, Let your will be done in my life, no matter what!!!!!!! I didn't realize that I was asking for HIS established plans for my life (see Jeremiah 29:11). I had failed to realize that it was going to require more of God and less of "me". I want us to read a short passage of scripture together.
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” - Matthew 14:26-31
Here's what I believe Peter was asking Jesus, "Increase my capacity for more of you!" Peter, if this is you Jesus, let me experience more of you, I want to experience all of you! When I started asking God to increase my capacity to do more for Him, I was asking Him to stretch me beyond what "I" would see. And you know what God did? He did the same for me as Peter. "Ok LaKisha, you asked me to come, Come!" And what did "come" mean for me, was that I walk away from what "I" wanted, from what "I" thought was successful. He said to me, "If you are going to "come", you are asking my will to be done in your life, and not for your own." Whew Child, can I tell you something, this was a set up, for HIS glory to be manifested in my life. It hasn't always been easy or perfect (mostly because there were spaces that I was resistant or rebellious, because God is always the same).
I know I am not the only one feeling the pull, or asking God to "stretch me". Can I tell you that when you do, you are asking the Father to take over your life, to mold and shape you into His plan for you (see Isaiah 64:8). So the things that I think we can learn from Peter and LaKisha in this hour are these two things.
1. Don't be afraid to go even when no one else wants to go, I am sure that when Peter asked this, the disciples (the other ones on the boat) who were already afraid, thought He had lost His mind. The path to live in your full capacity for God is "narrow" (see Matthew 7:13).
2. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT take your eyes off Jesus. You are going to have to be clear in what He's asking of you, You need to be like a child (ask questions, know why you believe what you believe, trust that God has ALL the answers, be creative, pure of heart, surrendered and in humility) see Matthew 18:3.
The Kingdom of God is in you, and when we ask God to increase our capacity or as Peter did, He is going to say to you "Come" and He is going to pull His Kingdom out of you, because you were born with a "supernatural" destiny. (see Jeremiah 1:5, Psalms 137, Psalms 139, Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalms 95:7)
Walking On Water,