the.same.power

The “thoughts” I share with you today originally came to mind during a mission trip to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona / New Mexico. While there, I sensed a spirit of overwhelming powerlessness in the people. In exchange for peace, the US government promised the Navajo that all of their needs will forever be met. Some say the we’ve been too successful in our promise, breaking the spirit of the Navajo, eroding their sense of self-empowerment, relegating their sense of creativity to artworks that they can sell to tourists. They live, by and large, in relative poverty, learning to rely on the government for food, shelter and education, and make little effort at self-advancement. It is a culture of survival – “existence” rather than “truly living.”

25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

(Matthew 14:25-31)

When we study this passage, we typically speak about faith – keeping your eyes on Jesus.  We say, “If only Peter would have kept his eyes on Jesus, he would not have sunk!” And, it’s true. But, I think we miss a pretty huge point:

Peter walked on water. Peter, a mere mortal man, walked on water.

The same power that Jesus wields can be ours. This is hard to fathom, hard to grasp – yet, Peter walked on water.

My spirit welled-up within me as I tried to get that message across to my Navajo friends during my short devotional.

My spirit now wells-up within me as I try to get this message across to you – the power of the Almighty lives in you.

Nothing you face today has the power to destroy you.

You are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Death has lost it’s sting (1 Corinthians 15:54-56). Do you believe it?

Video inspiration – the chorus from Hillsong United “You Are Here:”

19 thoughts on “the.same.power”

  1. “Nothing you face today has the power to destroy you.”

    Yeah, I like that…reminds me of this Scripture.

    These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

    Good thoughts…glad I’ve found your site!

  2. Yes, I believe it. I’ve thought about that before too that we dog on Peter for sinking when none of us have ever walked on water for even a minute. Hanging out with Jesus inspires faith! Thanks Herb.

  3. amen….absolutely nothing can destroy us…nothing is insurmountable with His Spirit dwelling within us. we so often forget this and feel just like Peter– mortal without a net;)

  4. Peter had enough faith to get out of the boat also. Many of us only look at the water from a couple of feet behind the railing because we’re not even sure it will hold.

    “My spirit now wells-up within me as I try to get this message across to you – the power of the Almighty lives in you.”

    2 Timothy 1:7-10 (New International Version)

    7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

    8So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, 9who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

  5. I love the post. And I love the song. We used to sing that song with the kids when we were children’s pastors. Out of everything we sang (mostly upbeat), the kids wanted to sing this song because they knew it spoke about the hope of Christ. “The same power that conquered the grave, lives in me.”

  6. Wow! I did not expect this. Wanted to turn off my computer but remembered your site and came to check it. This is so uplifting and it amazes me.

    “The same power that conquered the grave lives in me” Are you kidding me?! This just blows me away. Wow! you have no idea how this just lifted my heart. Thank you so much!

      1. Oh, and I couldn’t resist and just shared the link to your blog with some people. Now I really have to turn off my computer. It’s pas 10 here and I want to watch a program on BBC. Bye bye.

  7. Hey Herb! Got here late that is for sure! I have no clue why you were not in my Google Reader. You are now so will get updates. As I read this I kept thinking; “No weapon formed against us shall prosper.” “Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” You speak truth here my friend and I truly hope your Navajo folks heard it. But if no one else did, I did. thanks.

    1. Bill, better late than never, right? Nice quotes! (Isaiah 54:17 / Psalm 20:7)

      I now you like music, and often passages are embedded in lyrics, so I was wondering if you were also quoting a particular song?

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