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  1. Jesus Walks on Water Matthew 14:22-33

  2. Day is OverMatthew 14:22-33 • Exhausting and exhilarating • Ends with Jesus… • Protecting His disciples • Praying to the Father • Persuading disciples to greater faith in Him as the Son of God

  3. Purposes RevealedMatthew 14:22-33 • The multitude: Obsessed with physical purposes, John 6:15 • Jesus: Driven by divine purposes, Matt 14:23 • Disciples: Follow the Master’s will, Matt 14:22

  4. Magnificent MiraclesMatthew 14 • Feeding the multitude • Jesus walking on the water • Peter walking on the water • Jesus calming the storm

  5. The Lord in PrayerMatthew 14:22-23 • Soothing and refreshing relief • Multitude pressing upon Him with false conclusions, intentions and expectations, John 6:15 (Luke 9:11) • Eminent rejection by many disciples, John 6:60 • Disciples’ hearts still hard, Mark 6:52

  6. The Lord in PrayerMatthew 14:22-23 • Soothing and refreshing relief • Continual training of the 12 apostles • Daily appeals for help, Luke 5:15-16 • Daily conflict with and danger from opponents (incl. Herod) • Daily trials and temptations, Lk 22:28

  7. The Lord in PrayerMatthew 14:22-23 • Prayer: The Christian’s comfort and assurance, Phil 4:6-7 • Suffering, joy, petitions, thanksgiving… Jas 5:16; 1 Ths 5:17-18; Psa 55:16-17 • Do not lose heart, Luke 18:1; 11:5-8 • God will not forsake the righteous, Psa 55:22

  8. Contrary WindsMatthew 14:24 • Tossed(basanizo): “harassed, distressed, tortured”; struggling (toiling, KJV) against a head wind • The boat, Matthew 14:24 • The disciples, Mark 6:48

  9. Contrary WindsMatthew 14:24 • False Doctrines, Eph 4:14 • Swept away with excitement, John 6:15; cf. Mk 6:52 (Acts 1:6-7) • Jesus made them leave, Matt 14:22 • The Lord’s commandments protect us from spiritual danger (Deut 10:13)

  10. Contrary WindsMatthew 14:24 • False Doctrines, Eph 4:14 • We can be swept away by error through excitement, emotion and false concepts, 2 Peter 3:16-18; 2:1-3 • Plan of salvation, Acts 22:16 • MDR situations, Matt 19:6, 9; Rom 7:2-3 • Unity in diversity, Eph 4:3-4

  11. Contrary WindsMatthew 14:24 • Compromise, Gal 2:5; 2 Cor 6:14-18 • Promise of “smooth sailing” pushes many souls into rocks of destruction, Jude 12-13 • World (1 Jno 2:15-17); False teachers (Jude 3-4); fellowship with error (2 Jno 10-11)

  12. Contrary WindsMatthew 14:24 • Trials, Hebrews 12:1-3 • Reproached for your faith, 1 Pet 4:14-16 • Physical challenges, 2 Cor 4:11, 16-17

  13. Contrary WindsMatthew 14:24 • Notable lessons… • The Lord sees us straining against contrary winds, Mk 6:48 (Heb 13:5-6) • Strain can weaken flesh but strengthen spirit, Jas 1:2-4; 2 Co 12:7-10; 1 Pet 1:6-7 • Lord did not rescue at the first sign of trouble – but He did come, Mark 6:48; Matt 14:24-25

  14. Salvation and SafetyMatthew 14:26-33 • The word of Jesus calms fears, Matt 14:26-27 • God’s word gives assurance and strength, 1 Jno 2:14 • Trust the word of Christ to protect and save you, Jas 1:21; Eph 6:13-14

  15. Salvation and SafetyMatthew 14:26-33 • Go to Jesus for salvation, Matt 14:28-29; 11:28; Acts 22:16 • Keep your eyes on Jesus, Matt 14:29-31 (Heb 12:2); Phil 4:13 • Trust the power of Jesus, the Son of God, Matt 14:32-33

  16. Jesus Saves! Romans 8:37-39