Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

Matthew 14:25-31 25And in the fourth watch [between 3:00–6:00 a.m.] of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.  26And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and said, It is a ghost! And they screamed out with fright.   27But instantly He spoke to them, saying, Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid! 28And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. 29He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. 30But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]!  31Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
As we have been talking about being led by the Spirit of God we have seen that the first step to learning how to be led is to meditate on the Word. The second step is to be a doer of the Word. One of the greatest obstacles to being a doer of the Word is fear. Fear shows up to try to stop you from doing what God tells you to do. Look at today’s passage. Peter saw Jesus doing something in the supernatural and desired to follow His example. He said to Jesus, “tell me to come out there with you”. So Jesus did, but the second Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water, he looked around and saw the wind and the waves. Instead of focusing on what Jesus told him to do, he instead allowed his fear to overwhelm him and he began to sink. Jesus caught him and then asked him, “why did you doubt me?”
How many times do we step out onto what God tells us to do, but we allow fear to take our focus off of Jesus and therefore step back from following the Word? We need to say fixed on what the Word says. I think of the story of Jairus in Luke 8:41-42 41And there came a man named Jairus, who had [for a long time] been a director of the synagogue; and falling at the feet of Jesus, he begged Him to come to his house,  42For he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As [Jesus] went, the people pressed together around Him [almost suffocating Him]. When Jairus asked Jesus to heal his daughter, Jesus indicated that He would by going with him. Then in verses 49-50 49While He was still speaking, a man from the house of the director of the synagogue came and said [to Jairus], Your daughter is dead; do not weary and trouble the Teacher any further.  50But Jesus, on hearing this, answered him, Do not be seized with alarm or struck with fear; simply believe in Me as able to do this], and she shall be made well. How sick the daughter was, or even if she was dead, had no bearing on whether or not Jesus would heal her. He said He would do it. When the servants came out and said, “Forget it, she’s already dead” Jesus didn’t change what He was going to do. He just said, “Jairus, don’t get afraid, keep on believing.” Jairus apparently kept his focus on Jesus, because in verses 54-55 54And grasping her hand, He called, saying, Child, arise [from the sleep of death]! 55And her spirit returned [from death], and she arose immediately; We must recognize that fear will always show up to try to hold us back, but if we stay in faith we will be able to do what the Word says no matter how difficult it may seem.

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