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You don't have to beg God to perform His promises. All you have to do is accept them! They are there for the taking. Is your heart open for the receiving?

Remember Peter when he was on the boat and saw Jesus walking on the water?  He said, "If that's you Lord, bid me to come." Peter wasn't expecting an answer. He thought it was a ghost! But Jesus said, "Come." And Peter looked at the rest of them in the boat and I bet he thought, "Did He just say what I thought He said?" The Bible says Peter got out of the boat.

Attitude And Faith
That's what I'm talking about when I say that faith is a two-fold constitution. First is the attitude of faith. It was exemplified in Peter's request: "Jesus, if that is you, bid me to come."

When Jesus responded by saying, "Come," He was essentially saying, "Now, Peter, walk in the faith that you have spoken." Peter then moved into the second part of the two-fold constitution of faith: action! He exemplified the action of faith by taking a step out of the boat.

After Jesus responded to Peter, Peter had a responsibility to own up to his own faith-filled words. The same is true for you and me. We have a responsibility to have an attitude of faith by saying, "If it's you Jesus, I will do this thing. I will meet you on the water."

When He responds favorably, it is then our responsibility to move into action and do that thing which God has shown us. That is the two-fold constitution of faith. Attitude and action, saying and doing. You can't separate these two. You must have both working in your life to receive optimum results.

Taking that step out and doing something that isn't certain in the natural can be really unnerving if your eyes aren't fixed on Jesus. Focusing on the Lord is the only way to get through those situations, because your natural mind is going to try to protect itself! Your mind might be thinking, "You are some kind of fool thinking that you can walk on water!"

That's what happened to Peter. He started looking at the water instead of Jesus and started doubting. And what does doubt do? You know. It stops faith from working. Peter sank because of that and Jesus had to pull him up so he wouldn't have to swim back to the boat.

But you know the wonderful thing about Jesus is that even if you do get your eyes off Him and end up falling in the water, He won't leave you there to drown. The Lord is out there with you and He is going to pick you up when you put your eyes back on Him!

You can't lose! When you make that first step toward Jesus, you are getting away from the religious crowd in the boat and you're stepping closer to God. If you mess up and fall in the water, He is out there with you, reaching out His hand. And either way you're still closer to Him than you were in the boat!

Source: God is Not Enough...He's Too Much! by Jesse Duplantis.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Jesse Duplantis
Web site: Jesse Duplantis Ministries
Jesse Duplantis is a dynamic evangelist who has traveled throughout the world since 1978 preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), which has its International Headquarters in America and additional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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