Session 5

Focus On Jesus

From Understanding and Applying The Bible

Matthew 14:22-33

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."
28And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." 29He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"32And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

You might not know...
Right before this happened Jesus fed 5,000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish! Also the "fourth watch of the night" is between 3am and 6am. 

What does it say?
Jesus is getting some alone time to pray while his friends are getting a head start on the way to the next place they're going. Then a storm breaks loose while they are at sea and Jesus comes to save the day.

What does it mean?
When Jesus sees his people in a difficult situation He will do whatever it takes to meet them where they are. He's paying attention and He's watching us, but He also makes an effort to be with us. He'll literally walk on water if He has to. In every situation Jesus wants us to focus on Him, because if we stick with Jesus, it'll be all good.

What does it mean to me?
To me, walking on water seems very impossible. To me, life in general can seem very impossible too. But I have hope that if I keep my focus on Jesus even when things seem impossible, Jesus is there and I'll be good. I can look at Jesus and know that we can get through whatever together.

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

God Can Take Care of Me

Psalm 23:1-6 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he ...

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Session 2

God Is In A Position to Help

Psalm 113:7  "Who can be compared with the Lord our God, who is enthroned on high? He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth. H...

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Session 3

How To Pray According to Jesus

Matthew 6:5-14 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the str...

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Session 4

Love Is Most Important

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 & 13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a...

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Session 5

Focus On Jesus

Matthew 14:22-33 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds....

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Session 6

Jesus From the Beginning

John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Thro...

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Session 7

Hear and Do

James 1:19-25 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become a...

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Session 8

When I Mess Up

Psalm 51 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 W...

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Session 9

Seasons of Life

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 1 For everything there is a season,     a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a ...

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Session 10

Love Because God Loves You

1 John 4:15-21 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on ...

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Session 11

True Freedom

John 8:31-28 31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  32and you wil...

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Session 12

God Will Use Me Specifically

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For...

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Session 13

If There’s Jesus, There’s Hope

Romans 5:1-5 5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we ...

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Session 14

Jesus Took My Place

John 18:29-40 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30 They answered ...

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