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Faith Feet
A story about Jesus walking on the water
by Sophia Prinsloo

Text Version | Afrikaans

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Tsepo and Vusi ran in the rain, hopping and skipping with happiness and joy. Big raindrops fell hard on their bodies, but they did not mind getting wet. Before this rain, the drought had been going on for SO LONG in their part of Africa that their cattle and sheep became skinny and wasted, because there was barely any food left for them to eat. If the rain stayed away any longer, the people wouldn't have anything to eat either.

For days and months their whole community prayed to God and eventually He answered their prayers and the long awaited rain came. Soon the fields would be green again; crops would grow and give life to every living thing.

"Dad! Mom! Come, look at the rain! Look at the clouds! God is stretching out his hand to bless and save us! We are so glad that it feels like we are walking on air!" Tsepo and Vusi ran into the house without drying their feet first. Usually their mom would be angry with them about wet footprints, but not this time. Wet feet were proof that their prayers and their faith in Jesus had carried them through the worst drought in a very long time.

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Go to your homes in my peace Late in the afternoon, after the people had enjoyed the bread and fish which Jesus had miraculously multiplied from only five loaves of bread and two fish, the people were reluctant to go home. Jesus turned to his disciples and said, "Get into the boat and cross over to Gennesaret while I send the people back to their homes." Jesus turned to the crowd, lifted up his hands and said with a loud voice, "Go to your homes in my peace!" The people saw the disciples departing in the boat, while Jesus went his own way and disappeared from their sight. So, with their spirits full of the words of Jesus and their tummies full of bread and fish, they decided to leave too.

Jesus climbed the nearest mountain to pray and to talk alone with his heavenly Father Jesus climbed the nearest mountain to pray and to talk alone with his heavenly Father and receive spiritual strength from Him. There on the mountain, the Father showed Him everything He had to do — miracles and healings, New Covenant teachings, reprimanding the Pharisees and casting out of demons.

In the meantime, the disciples had already reached the middle of the sea. They were struggling to row because the wind was against them and the waves were getting bigger and rougher. Time wasn't standing still and they knew the sun would rise within the next hour or two. Peter yelled above the pounding of the waves and the wind, "ROW MEN, ROW! Otherwise we'll NEVER reach the other side!"

James answered him, "Our arms are numb from rowing the whole night long and it feels as if they want to fall off. How are we ever going to reach the shore?"

Was there a big wave heading towards them

Peter wanted to reply, but suddenly his oar fell from his hand, his eyes widened, his mouth opened from shock and he could barely utter a word. Some of the other disciples saw Peter's face and wondered what was wrong with him. Was there a big wave heading towards them? NO!

It is a ghost When Judas saw what Peter was looking at, he anxiously yelled out loud, "It's a GHOST! Look how it hovers on the water! His feet are not even getting wet!"

Suddenly all the disciples' legs felt just as numb as their arms and everybody cried out loud, "HELP! HELP!" but they had nowhere to run or to hide.

Immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Be of good cheer. It is I. Do not be afraid!"

Never in their lives had the disciples seen a man walking on water before and, without thinking, Peter asked Jesus, "Lord, if it is really You, command me to come to You on the water!"

Jesus replied, "Come!"

Peter climbed out without looking away from Jesus With his eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, Peter felt his way to the edge of the boat and, step by step, he climbed out without looking away from Jesus. He took a few steps and, amazingly, he did not sink. WOW! He had great faith.

Suddenly he heard the wind blowing and the spray from the waves splashed onto his face. He began to think, "Oh, no! Look how big the waves are, AND I am walking on water, AND it is very deep beneath me, AND I'll not be able to stand on the bottom when I sink. There is not even a rock nearby for me to try to stand on. I can swim very well, but nobody can stay afloat in these big waves. They will crush me.

When he began thinking about sinking, Peter became very fearful, his faith vanished, and then he really started to sink. "LORD, SAVE ME!" he yelled anxiously.

Peter began to sinkJesus reached down and helped Peter

Immediately, Jesus stretched out his hand, grabbed him firmly by the arm and said, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Without waiting for an answer, Jesus helped Peter into the boat, and suddenly the wind stopped and they arrived at shore.

Truly You are the Son of God In amazement, the disciples fell prostrate before Jesus and thought about the words from the book of Job, chapter 9, verse 8, where it says that it is God alone Who "treads on the waves of the sea!" Now they were fully convinced Who Jesus really was and said "Truly, You are the Son of God!"

Peter was drenched and while he lay prostrate, worshipping Jesus, he looked at Jesus' wet feet, realizing that Jesus, the Son of God, became just as human as Peter himself, and now He even wet his feet just to come and save him.


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THINK!

Where did Jesus go after He sent away the disciples and other people?
What did He do there?
What did Peter pray when he sank?
Do you think Peter believed Jesus could save him?
Do you think Jesus can help you when you need Him?
What two things must you do for Jesus to help you?


REMEMBER: When we call upon Jesus to help us, we must have faith that He will.


A VERSE TO LEARN

"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting…" (James 1:6).


ALTERNATE VERSE TO LEARN

"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me" (Psalm 50:15).


LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

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"Heavenly Father, thank You that You are always there
to save us when we call upon You in our day of trouble.
Help us not to doubt, but to stay strong in our faith,
no matter how long it takes for You to answer our prayers.
In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen."
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-21


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Jesus Walks on Water
Peter Walks on Water
Miracles of Jesus (Bible Colour and Learn)
Tales of Glory: Miracles of Jesus
The Miracles of Jesus Stained Glass Coloring Book (Stained Glass Coloring Book)
Bible Story Cards - New Testament Coloring Book
Children's Bible Coloring Books
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)


JUST FOR FUN

Fish Pocket Mints
Fish Shape Tambourine
Christian and educational games for children


activities

Jesus Walks on the Water Action Figures
Jesus Walks on the Water activities (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)
Anagram
Crossword Puzzle
Maze
Word Search
Interactive Group Activities
Jesus Walks on Water Bible Fun for Kids
Jesus Miracles & Messages (5-Minute Sunday School Activities)
Jesus the Miracle Worker Sticker Book
Maze
Miracle Puzzlers : 28 Word Puzzles Based On Jesus Miracles
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games
Sticker Books


crafts

Jesus Walks on Water Craft
Jesus Walks on Water Paper Craft
Halves Boat
Paper Fish Craft
Triangle Fish
Simple Sailboat Craft
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Grades 1 & 2)
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies


singing birds

Jesus Walks on the Water
The Miracle Song with the Donut Man
Bible Songs on CD
Action Bible Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (Veggie Tales)
100 Singalong Bible Songs for Kids (Cedarmont Kids)
Bible Songs
Sunday School Songs
Children's Music


child reading a book

Jesus Walks on Water
Jesus Walks on the Water Arch Book
Jesus Walks on Water Sunday school sources
Peter: The Fishman (Bibletime series)
Simon Peter: The Disciple (Bibletime series)
Walking on Water
Amazing Miracles of Jesus (Happy Day Books)
Jesus, Miracle Worker (Bible Alive)
Jesus' Miracles (Big Picture Interactive)
Jesus' Miracles Board Book
Jesus' Miracles Flip-Over Book
Jesus the Miracle Worker
Mighty Miracles (Big Picture Interactive)
Miracles of Jesus (I Can Read)
Miracles of Jesus (Little Golden Book)
The Miracles of Jesus (Baby Blessings)
Best Loved Miracles of Jesus—6-in-1 Arch Book
365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories (Barbour Publishing)
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
Little Hands Story Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschoolers Bible
Toddlers Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)



CDs and DVDs

Jesus Walks on Water — The Bible Miniseries — Watch online
Jesus Walks on Water — Watch online
Amazing Miracles Audio CD by Bridgestone
Amazing Miracles DVD by Bridgestone
Life and Miracles: Jesus Series Read and Share DVD Bible
Miracles of Jesus (Bible Animated Classics)
Miracles of Jesus (Greatest Heroes & Legends)
Miracles of Jesus Superbook DVD
The Miracles of Jesus (Greatest Adventures)
Miracles of Jesus / The Last Supper
Read and Share Ultimate Bible Storybook with 2 DVDs
Story of Jesus for Kids (Casscom Media)
Read and See DVD Bible
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
The Jesus Film (watch online)
The Story of Jesus for Children DVD
The Story of Jesus: I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Children's DVDs
What's in the Bible? Vol. 10: Jesus Is the Good News
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs



TEACHER'S RESOURCES

All the Miracles of the Bible
Fishy Games and Crafts
Jesus Walks on the Water activities (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)
Jesus Walks on Water Skit
My Lifeguard Walks on Water hat
Peter Walks on Water children's sermon
Walking on Water graphic
What was the meaning of Jesus walking on water?
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Jesus Miracles & Messages (5 Minute SS Activities)
Children's Church
Bible Memory Games (Creative Bible Activities for Children)
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2 (Reproducible)
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Church Resources
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Spanish Resources
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching children
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)


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