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Take courage.


Matthew 14:25-33 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

In all of our lives we have examples when we boldly took a step forward to carry out something which we prayed for or, that God called us to do but in the middle of our journey, because of changing circumstances around us, we lose our confidence, become fearful and sink. Occasionally we lose sight that as Christians our power to do anything comes from God, we must always keep our eyes on Him. Fear can be a real deterrent; fear can paralyze us to the point where we pray to get out of a job, a relationship that was perhaps meant at the outset to bless us but because of our own anxiety, we lose our focus, bewildered we ask for deliverance. In a way, in such a case we are asking to be delivered from ourselves; not from the devil or an external instigator.

How does is it start? it happens when we go away from the basics we’ve studied in God’s Word; when our situations turn dire our physical senses take over, we may run for help from people or things, we may even blame God and turn away from Him because of our incorrect perceptions, when all along Jesus remains before us ready for our hand. The Word of God provides the blueprint for our lives, we believe it, but when life’s storms start to rock us, sometimes we choke up. The answer often lies deep within us.

Today; look at your current circumstance, ask God to show you if you are perhaps addressing a situation the wrong way. You and I want to have great testimonies of God’s power in our lives but if we take our eyes off Him we will never know what it means to “walk on water” amidst a storm.

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