For years I battled fear. You see I have had a nemesis my whole life. This nemesis has been with me as child, teenager, and adult. It has traveled with as I have traveled the world ministering. It caused me to wear a mask when underneath the mask was tears. It has caused me at times to shrink back in crowded rooms. It has delayed my destiny at times and even shrouded my potential. Its name was fear. Sometimes God has you minister to the very thing that tried to destroy you. See, I am here today to declare that somewhere beneath the layers of insecurity … Is a bold “For such a time as this” interrupter of pain. Somewhere beneath the shy exterior ... there is a declarer of truth! Somewhere between I can’t, and I must ... is a Warrior preparing for battle! Somewhere between what others have said and what God has declared is a Freedom Fighter!
If you recall, the disciples were on a ministry trip. Jesus had sent them on ahead. Jesus went into the mountains to pray all night. The disciples were floating along. They were probably asleep. Jesus decides to go hang out with them. They were suddenly awakened by a “ghost” in the distance. Matthew 14:23-26, “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.”
POWER - DUNAMIS (meaning in the Greek) - dynamite - ability to see and walk in miraculous signs and wonders. The ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events - to CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE.
It is time to cast down fear and restore the faint heart! People are watching you! You are the revelation of who they can become! It’s time to step out! He is about to meet you in your sinking. He is about to grab your hand and pull you up! Peter would go from being "faint heart" to being the "rock" and a "lion heart". Like Peter, God is calling you to rise up, take courage and defeat fear!