When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14: 26, 27 NIV)
Motivating Monday! Focus on the above scripture is often placed on Peter. Today, let’s take a look how all disciples were terrified. Certain their nerves were frayed as winds howled and waves crashed into their boat. They became terrified when a figure appeared walking on water. They cried, “It’s a ghost.”These are the same disciples who just experienced the supernatural miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 by multiplying two fish and five loaves of bread. No wonder Jesus needed time by himself to pray. Oh, we like to think we never act like the disciples, if we’re honest, we do.
The supernatural movement of the power of God, is nothing to fear. Funny, the word natural becomes super. Like it’s possible to have a natural sized burger and fries, instead, we super-size the order. God’s natural ability is considered safe: salvation, communion, baptism, discipleship, church dinners, church fundraisers. There are many safe areas. However, when the supernatural occurs, discomfort elevates to fear.
When younger, I gripped pews praying not to be called on for a testimony. The years spent fearing spiritual gifts, especially the gift of speaking in tongues. Times when I so badly wanted to experience the supernatural then allowed fear to stop the thought. I was wrong. The Bible says for us to desire the greater gifts. As we seek and desire greater gifts, God’s supernatural power is able to flow. Think how a dam holds back water. As the gate slowly rises, the force releases more water as the gate lifts. The same for us. As we allow more of God in our lives, it’s like lifting the flood gate. Once we surrender, flood gates are open and God’s power is a mighty force.
The freedom to desire spiritual gifts allows God’s power to work in our lives.