Destiny Survivor, By Pastor Nevil Norden

When we read the story of Peter walking on water in Matthew 14:25-33 we tend to focus on the fact that Peter sank. Yet, we need to ask ourselves: Was that such a bad thing? Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what you would have done if you had been in the boat with Peter when Jesus said ‘Come’?

Some of us, like the other eleven disciples, would never have even put a toe in the water. Then instead of saying ‘Go Peter’, we would probably have said ‘I just can’t believe that fool got out of the boat! How stupid can one be?’ But, though Peter may have stumbled on his journey, Peter actually fulfilled his destiny. Peter’s destiny was not to walk on water; his destiny was the same as yours and mine – to come to Jesus.

In this life, like Peter, you choose to be a survivor. A survivor is someone who is willing to get into the middle of the battle and to endure the blood, sweat and tears. A survivor refuses to quit or back down from what he believes. A survivor says ‘I don’t care how it feels or if anyone thinks I’m crazy; Jesus is calling and I’m going to respond’.

In Hebrews 1:3 (NKJV) the writer says Jesus “upholds all things by the word of His power”. Peter responded to the word of power and it was the Word that called him and picked him up when he failed. Peter took the risk to respond and to do whatever was necessary to get to Jesus. On that day Peter became a survivor; a survivor who would fulfill his God-given destiny.

A true believer’s walk is a walk of faith and a walk of response and the call has never changed. You might sink, but you can get up and be a destiny survivor. Do you agree? Say ‘yes, yes, yes’. I’m a destiny survivor. Then getting up comes like a new day!

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