Written by Hannes Wessels

Matthew 14: 22 – 33

Jesus sent His disciples acrossrepparttar sea torepparttar 139338 other side while he went to pray. A huge storm came up,repparttar 139339 wind was terrible andrepparttar 139340 disciples, being fisherman were convinced they would drown. Inrepparttar 139341 midst of this turmoil they see ‘a ghost’ walking onrepparttar 139342 water to them.

V27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter then calls to Jesus that if that is Him, then Jesus must call Him to come to Him. Jesus says come. Peter gets outrepparttar 139343 boat, and walks onrepparttar 139344 water to Jesus.

V30 But when he sawrepparttar 139345 wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying’ “Lord, save me!”

Jesus reaches out and takes His hand and they get intorepparttar 139346 boat and immediatelyrepparttar 139347 wind ceased.

V33 Then those who were inrepparttar 139348 boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “TrulyYou arerepparttar 139349 Son of God.”

1. STORMS In life, we will face devastating storms. We will face pressure, we will face emotional heartbreak and rejection, we will face death and loneliness, we will face losing all we have, we will face sickness etc.

Often in life those things can overwhelm us, so much, that we lose sight of Jesus and we begin to drown in those ‘waves’ that hit us. We are overburdened byrepparttar 139350 situation and feel like we are going to ‘drown’.

2. HIS VOICE Inrepparttar 139351 midst of this turmoil, if we listen, we will hear Jesus tell us its OK, He is with us, not to fear. But we do fear. We are brave for a moment at church when we are all hyped up, butrepparttar 139352 second we face ‘reality’ boy, those waves are huge, and we loose sight of Jesus.

3. CRY OUT When all is too much for you, cry out like Peter did; “Lord, save me!” Sometimes all our fancy prayers and formulas mean nothing. We have nothing left to fight with. We are sinking fast. We have no words left to pray, no faith left, no fight left. We become weary torepparttar 139353 point of giving up. Sorrow or pressures overwhelm us. What is left? Simply this: “Jesus, save me.”

Jesus is calling you…

Written by Hannes Wessels

I have such a sense that 2005 isrepparttar year we choose to respond torepparttar 139337 call of Jesus Christ to move on to new and greater things. It is a choice we all have to make. Yes or no. No maybe or in between.

The Spirit ofrepparttar 139338 Living God is calling men and women to follow Jesus to a higher place. Jesus himself is calling you…. Are you going to follow Him or are you going to think up some valid sounding reason why you can’t this year…

We will discuss:

The call of Jesus to follow uprepparttar 139339 mountain What to expect going uprepparttar 139340 mountain. What awaits you atrepparttar 139341 top ofrepparttar 139342 mountain.

1. THE CALL Mark 3: 13: ”And He went up onrepparttar 139343 mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.”

What an amazing scripture. There are a few main points in this that struck me.

Where was Jesus going? Jesus was going up a mountain. He was moving in a specific direction. He was leading. He had a purpose in mind that would change history.

‘He called to Him’ Jesus is calling us to Himself. To come with Him on this journey uprepparttar 139344 mountain. To follow Him for who He is. Jesus is today calling you. He is sayingrepparttar 139345 following:

“Come Son / Daughter, come to me – walk close with me and I will lead you up this mountain. There will be difficulty and challenges but I am calling you to come close to me. In being close to me I can show yourepparttar 139346 view fromrepparttar 139347 top, I can release you to achieve more than you ever dreamt of for me.”

I can almost picture Him ahead, looking back at you with His hand held out saying – come.

'Those He Himself wanted’ Jesus wants you. He really really wants you. Today as you hear this word, your heart is tugging because THAT is Jesus calling you BECAUSE He Himself WANTS you. He has chosen you because He loves who you are and wants you to be part of His journey uprepparttar 139348 mountain – torepparttar 139349 top. He wants your company. Your past does not matter, what matters is your choice today to say: Yes Jesus, I will come to You!

2. GOING UP THE MOUNTAIN Okay… so now you want to follow Him up this mountain. What does climbing up this mountain entail:

Commitment: You cannot decide to climb a mountain without some cost involved. Your commitment will determine if you achieverepparttar 139350 top or not. Are you going to push thru even when you have lost sight ofrepparttar 139351 top, even when all your buddies or family tell you that you are stupid, even when you can’t seem to see Jesus. Do you give up whenrepparttar 139352 going gets tough? Or are you committed to followrepparttar 139353 call of Jesus no matter what?

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