Matthew 14:25-31 (KJV) 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, He walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
I have heard this passage taught most often in a manner that criticized Peter. I find that approach interesting, considering none of Peter’s “scorners” had walked on water themselves. SELAH.
Recognize Jesus never condemned Peter. He rebuked his stinking thinking and behaviors, but He never condemned him. Each time, throughout Scripture, when Peter faltered Jesus gave him Divine Knowledge or God’s Truth. Each time Jesus supplied him with knowledge that reestablished his faith and redirected his focus. In the case of walking on the water, Jesus’ correction rebuked Peter’s fear and faith in the threat of the wind and waves, and turned his attention back to the sovereignty of our God.
KNOWING OUR GOD IN THE TESTS
Jesus Christ said all believers would be tested by evil and flesh in this world:
John 16:33b (KJV) In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Only God truly knows the heart and constitution of every human. He is the Master Potter, only allowing the turns and pressures sufficient to transform and restore our lives, as His sons (offspring, image, and likeness). He alone knows the level/strength of our faith, how much we can bear or endure. He reveals this truth in His Word saying,
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NRSV) No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing, He will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.
Peter’s “faith failure” is common to humanity, but if we use the tools of true repentance,faith, confession, and obedience to keep our hearts and minds in agreement with the character, Word, and will of our God, He will provide a way of escape, or the strength to endure, conquer, and overcome. We must never lose faith in the reality that our God reigns over good and evil, and every created thing (named and unnamed) must bow and conform to His Truth, power, and authority. ONLY BELIEVE.
Whether in everyday life, or deliverance ministry, our God promises that the weapons evil forms against us will not be able to prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Why? He will expose them, and show us how to disarm and dismantle them. He promises we can live in the secret place He sets aside for us, the place where we safely watch the wicked suffer because of their evildoing (Psalm 91:8). ONLY BELIEVE.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR GOD IS POWER
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the knowledge and power of our God revealed (Romans 1:16-17)! No matter the situation, we must know (like Jesus) that our God is the only True and Living God and the Final Authority on all things. People of God, we must know our God, the One who orchestrates our steps, is willing to teach us how to allow Him to lead.
We must know our Heavenly Father loves us, desires we succeed and fulfill our destinies, and yes, even have the desires of our hearts. We must know that His Love and His Truth willingly lights the paths of our lives (James 1:5). We must get to know our God personally, through His Word (Scripture/Jesus), and His Holy Spirit.
PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE COMES BY APPLICATION AND EXPERIENCE
2 Peter 1:2-8 (NKJV) Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We will never “know” the level or strength of our faith and authority until we apply God’s Truth to our lives, trusting Him when we experience tests and trials. We will never “know” the sovereignty of our God if we never face things that are impossible for us alone. I use the term “know” meaning: (1) to understand, (2) to be acquainted with personally, (3) to be convinced of, and (4) to be skillful or wise in (Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon, Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
We obtain information through study and/or exposure. This information does not become knowledge until we are able to understand it. It is only after understanding this information does it become useful; only then are we able to recognize, classify, measure, and apply it.
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
The Apostle Paul shares the revelation of humanity’s need to “know” our God. He tells us in Philippians 3:10-11 that he gave up his earthly goals and pursuits, along with the accolades of humanity, so that he could truly pursue and come to “know” Jesus Christ. He wanted to “know” Christ through personal experience. He understood the need to become more acquainted with Him and understand His Person more completely. He understood the need to experience the same Holy Spirit power that snatched Jesus Christ from the grips of death.
NOTE: The Apostle Paul understood that application of God’s Word attracts the attention of the enemy. More importantly, he understood using his faith in God promises during these situations would give him greater understanding of our God, and mold his thinking, choosing, and believing. Applying and living the knowledge of God, (the Gospel) IS the power that works to transform us into sons in the kingdom of God.
“WE MUST KNOW WHAT THE FIGHT IS ABOUT”
We must know that satan wants to keep spiritual information (the Gospel, God’s Truth) from being known by humanity.
Luke 8:12 (KJV) Those beside the road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and takes the message of God (the Gospel) away from their hearts, so that they will not believe in Me as the Messiah and be saved (delivered, set free, blessed…).
We must know that testing (temptation to walk beneath the reality of whom our God had made us) comes from satan alone. We must know we live in a world wherein Truth wars against deception, Light wars against darkness, Good wars against evil, and the flesh wars against the Holy Spirit. The fight is over the revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ!
We must know, satan knows that the earth and all it contains was given to humanity by our Heavenly Father. We must know he is jealous (the source of his cruelty) beyond natural description that our Heavenly Father created humanity in His own image and likeness, with access to His power and authority. Humanity possesses the very things Lucifer (now satan) lusted after, and he hates us for it.
We must know satan’s time is very, very short, and all his tormented soul works feverishly to delay what he knows is inevitable. We must know that satan and his cohorts are fully acquainted by experience of their absolute defeat by Jesus Christ, but they do not want humanity to know, recognize, become acquainted or skillful in this Truth!
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IS OUR ARMOR AND OUR WEAPONS
Ephesians 6:13-18 (KJV) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, (1) having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the (2) breastplate of righteousness; And your (3) feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking (4) the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take (5) the helmet of salvation, and (6) the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:
1. Truth: the knowledge of God’s Word, which is Truth,
2. Righteousness: The knowledge that we are approved in the eyes of our God, because of the shed the Blood of Jesus,
3. Preparation of the Gospel of Peace: the knowledge of the Good News that God loves us and desires us to be whole (have peace in every area of life) and to share that with others,
4. Faith: the knowledge of power of belief in God, trusting Him and taking Him at His Word and acting upon it because of that belief,
5. Salvation: the knowledge that we are saved, and being saved (conversion, regeneration),
6. Spirit and the Word: The knowledge of power of the Anointed Word (promises) of God.
KNOWN BY GOD, HUMANITY, AND THE SPIRIT WORLD
Watchmen all over the world, we are already known by our God and others can attest to who we are. Remember also, knowing God and operating in His Word and Holy Spirit through the tests and trials makes us known to the spirit world.
Someone I respected greatly called me stubborn. It caused me to struggle and stammer a little, until I took the situation to God. Our Lord revealed to me that satan used this person to speak this to me. He revealed the wicked spirit (operating through this person) was frustrated at its inability to influence me to back down on a Scripturally based spiritual Truth! Our Lord let me know that I am known to have “stubborn” faith in the spirit realm. HALLELUJAH!
Watchmen all over the world, know that you too are known by God, humanity and the spirit world. Refuse to fear or back down from the threats of evil and deception. Though the Holy Spirit may tell you to hold your tongue, do not back down from your faith in and knowledge of our God and His Word. (The battle is in the spirit realm; know that satan will back down.)
James 4:7 (AMP) Submit to the authority of God. Resist the devil, stand firm against him, and he will flee from you.
We love You. Thank You for Your love, faithfulness, and longsuffering. Thank You for Your Truth, Your Ways, and dumanis power. You promised to write Your Word in our hearts, and that no one will have to tell the other to know You, because we all will know You. Thank You for the fulfillment of Your Word. Thank You that the Ecclesia, the True Church of Jesus Christ is awaking from her slumber. Do all that is in Your heart, today and every day. In Jesus’ matchless name we pray. Amen, amen, and so be it!