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Persevering Until the End - July 26, 2020

With God even more important than the I make, is seeing my through until the end.

Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.

 -Matthew 14:22-24

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God.

-Isaiah 43:2-3

About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here.

-Matthew 14:25-27

Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”“Come on!” Jesus said.

 -Matthew 14:28-29a

Instead of asking Jesus to , perhaps I should instead ask Him what it is He is me to do.

Peter then got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward him. But when Peter saw how strong the wind was, he was afraid and started sinking. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

-Matthew 14:29b-31

 Be truly glad.  There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus returns.

-1 Peter 1:6-7

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. In what ways can you relate with both the positive and negative aspects of Peter’s character?

2. What storm of life are you facing? What is Jesus commanding you to do

3. Why is perseverance so important? In what area(s) have you been struggling with it?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?