That “bid me come” cry came out of the yearning to do what Jesus was doing. That cry came out of an inner knowing that he was born to walk on water. I don’t know if you are ready to hear it, but we too were born to walk on water. It is in our spiritual DNA. It is in there to do what Jesus did, to live like Jesus lived, confident that man still has dominion over the earth and its natural elements just as God originally intended in Genesis. Jesus’ answer confirms this. He said to Peter, “Come on.” “BID me COME,” was Peter saying “Let me do what you are doing. Let me walk in dominion over the sea. Lord, BID me COME,” and Jesus said, “COME ON.” Sinking was not Peter’s lack of faith in Jesus. He was thoroughly confident in who Jesus was and the authority He walked in or his feet would not have even been wet. The reason Peter sank was because he walked in dominion for a few moments but then suddenly doubted he could do that!
(This is the third excerpt from the article “Bid Me Come” written by Kathy Gabler in Volume 18 Issue 3 of SEEC Magazine. Excerpts are posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they draw on the strength that is in one another. May they not worship God as a bunch of individuals but as the body of believers and may they leave the meeting edified and strengthened by having been participants in loving on their God together.
“I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.” (Ps.22:22, NASB)
May the power of the Word of God and enablement of the Holy Spirit help us keep out tendencies to obsess over a judgment someone made against us in the past so that we might walk in the liberty and victory of the present.
Then I said, “God-of-the-Angel-Armies, you’re a fair judge. You examine and cross-examine human actions and motives. I want to see these people shown up and put down! I’m an open book before you. Clear my name.” (Jer.11:20, Msg)
Matthew 14 tells us that the boisterous wind didn’t die down until minutes after Peter’s request when Jesus actually got in the boat! Yet in the dark storminess Peter says, “Lord, if it is You, BID me COME.” (v.28) Notice his first word was “if.” That “if” indicates he was still not totally sure if this was a ghost or not! So with one leg over the side of the boat, he intends to put his life on the line to test and see if it is Jesus or a ghost. I’m thinking James and John grabbed Peter’s coattail yelling, “Peter have you gone completely mental? If a ghost came after us in the middle of this stormy darkness, don’t you think he might lie and tell you he is Jesus?” Nothing about that situation was logical. Peter’s response was not logical because that cry in Peter did not come up out of his logic. Peter was known to be rash and rambunctious, but that cry did not come out of his recklessness. That cry came up out of the destiny in Peter.
(This is the second excerpt from the article “Bid Me Come” written by Kathy Gabler in Volume 18 Issue 3 of SEEC Magazine. Excerpts are posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
May your feet be without pain and carry you every place you are supposed
to be for all of your days.
“For You have delivered my life from death, yes, and my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life and of the living.” (Ps.56:13, Amp)
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The disciples were already tired from feeding 5,000 to 10,000 people in a long day of ministry with Jesus, and here they were still awake at 4:00 am in the morning, the fourth watch. They were in a boat, out to sea, surrounded by pitch blackness and sounds of boisterous wind and waves battering the boat. They are short of breath and their ears are tingling from an adrenaline surge because they thought they had just seen a ghost coming toward them. Their throats are stinging from screaming out in fear! In that moment, even though Jesus called out, “It’s me, don’t worry,” would it even enter your mind to answer, “Oh, then bid me come to you on the water”?
(This is the first excerpt from the article “Bid Me Come” written by Kathy Gabler in Volume 18 Issue 3 of SEEC Magazine. Excerpts are posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
May the Lord keep His people, revive them and stretch forth His hand
to do what they cannot do in the midst of their trouble. May He stretch
forth His hand and save them from their trouble.
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will
stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your
right hand will save me.” (Ps.138:7, NKJV)
“Advancing The Kingdom” — Kathy’s message from the SEEC Kingdom Conference 2014 (52 min.)
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