Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

Isaiah 54:2

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.

Matthew 14:22-33

Immediately 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 had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 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. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Message Notes

1. Enough faith to ask.

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

The first step is having enough faith to ask. Lord if this is what you want me to do.

2. Faith is one foot at a time.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

An act of faith is not always diving head first into the water that you are to walk on.

One foot at a time. Peter climbs out of the boat

3. The amount of faith that gets you out may not be sufficient to get you there.

We underestimate the walk after exiting the boat.

The walk takes more concentration that the exit.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

4. When you’ve stepped out things that were not scary can become scary.

The same wind he wasn’t scared of in the boat caused him to sink outside the boat.

The need for control will keep you in the boat.

Craig Groeschel You can have control or growth but you can’t have both.

If you have to feel in control all the time you’ll never be able to grow in faith.

Faith is acting when I can’t control it.

5. Falling down is part of the process.

I need you to ignore the people that say. You should have stayed in the boat, You shouldn’t be so impetuous, you shouldn’t play so fast and loose with everything, you can’t take scripture that literal. All those people stayed in the boat.

When you step out and it doesn’t work cry out and let Him save you and step out another day. Don’t let your pride sink you.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Give you best definition of what faith looks like practically in your life.
  2. Does faith always look like a huge leap to you?
  3. Have you ever found yourself with enough faith to start but not enough to finish?
  4. What are some distractions during the journey?
  5. What are the things that scare us on the water that didn’t in the boat?
  6. Have you ever been too prideful to ask for help?