WOW Faith OLS — Introduction Week

How is your faith these days?

That’s the question I want to ask as we begin our 2014—2015 Annual Seasonal Online Bible Study of Walk On Water Faith — Discovering Power In The Promises of God. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Another translation says it this way: “For we live by believing and not by seeing” (NLT).

I would like us all to think deeply about how we live and how we walk in life. Are we wrapped up in only what we can see with our physical eyes — the circumstances, people, problems, troubles, jobs, work, and responsibilities? Or have we experienced the amazing walk of faith on top of the water of circumstances and troubles — the eternal perspective where we see and experience God’s power in our lives?

I’m excited to study God’s Word together with you and grow in my own ability to walk on water with my faith.

I captured this Snowy White Egret walking on the water just after sunrise on a nearby golf course lake in Palm Desert, California, with my Nikon D7000, hand held with some excitement, determination, and scanning each shot. I watched mesmerized as these Egrets flew back and forth across the water, playing with the surface by dancing on it, dragging their feet across the waves. Of course, I captured as many photos as I possibly could of this unique wonder. And I gave God a standing ovation. And I smile just now thinking about how wonderful it is to experience God’s power in the midst of difficulties in life.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT

I invite you to get ready for God to work in your heart, change the way you think with His Word, fill you with the power of His Spirit, and literally transform your life. I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do in our lives!

Dear friend, get ready for the adventure of your life and may we all experience the victory that overcomes the world — our faith (1 John 5:4).

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Your Assignment

Your assignment this next week is to read the Introduction Chapter from Walk On Water Faith — Discovering Power In The Promises of God, write your Letter to the Lord, and study Week 1, Days 1-3, Faith When The Wind Blows Hard. You may want to come back here throughout the week to read comments and respond. In our first week of study on faith we are going to go out on the Sea of Galilee with the disciples and experience a storm in the fourth watch of the night. We will begin to see what faith really is and how necessary it is for us in the storms of life. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Lord Jesus, I pray for all of us to draw near to You in Your Word and pause to hear You speak. We look forward to all that You are going to teach us. Meet with us as we open Your Word. We look forward to all we are going to learn about faith. Lord, transform us by changing the way we think and give us, dear Lord, a walk on water faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
My Walk On Water Faith Prayer For You

As we begin, I invite you to introduce yourself. You can write your thoughts in the Comments section of this post.

And now, let’s begin the journey of Walk On Water Faith.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

Share your own thoughts about the difference between walking by faith and walking by sight. You might include thoughts about why walking by faith is sometimes difficult. What are the challenges in walking and living by faith? And why are you looking forward to this study and how will growing in your ability to walk by faith help you right now in your life?
Please comment.

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… And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water.
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  • Description: Snowy White Egret walking on the water at a sunny golf course lake in Palm Desert, California, USA.
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  • Date Created: 01/04/13
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Luke 5:16 NASB — But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
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Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
— Matthew 14:28-31 NASB

Biblical faith is a gift of God. God has given us a measure of faith, according to Romans 12:3. And it is not humanly manufactured but God-given and God-enabled through the power of His Spirit (Galatians 2:20, 5:22). … When Peter realized the Lord was out there walking on the water, he expressed boldness in his faith by asking the Lord to bring him out on the water. How many of us actually dare to dream such majestic feats of faith as Peter did that early morning in the stormy waters?

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