Faith without obedience

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by hlighter, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. Faith without obedience

    Matthew 14
    25. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
    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.
    Many people look at stories or verses like this in the Bible and gain courage, and so do I. But when things don't work out as well as we expected, we usually start doubting and sometimes even blame God for "not keeping his promise".

    But the truth is that a lot of people fail to see the deeper message of this story. Most people look only at how Peter walked on the water, but don't realise what happened just before that. Verse 29 says that Jesus said "Come" before Peter was able to walk on the water. The power of faith does not equal strong belief or desire. The power of faith is only shown when there is obedience. Peter didn't walk on the water because he had strong faith or had a strong desire to do so. He was able to do it because he obeyed Jesus when he said "come".

    Sometimes we try to do things by faith without even asking for God's will. Let us always remember that faith without complete obedience is nothing.

    Blessings in Jesus. :jesus-cross:
  2. Thank you, brother Stephen, what a beautiful message!!!

  3. True faith is not a simple head knowledge or agreement with a truth. True faith always produces action. While Peter had his eyes fixed on Jesus he was able to walk on the water. as soon as his eyes and faith were focused on his circumstances he beagan to sink- let us keep our eyes on our God for it is He who :

    Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

    A friend of mine put it this way: If you see a man walk a tight rope carrying a basket several times you may believe he can accomplish this but it takes faith for you to ride in that basket.:)
  4. Both Hlighter and Boanerges have really great points! A good message from both, and very true!


  5. I like that Brother Larry. very good analaysis.:bow::bow::bow:

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