In your daily lives, do you see it as an adventure,
or do you live it quietly expecting things to "just happen". Do you hold back on doing the things you would enjoy doing because of fear.
Fear can hinder us from doing the things we love and enjoy doing.
Fear can also hinder us from doing the things we
are called as believers to do. Then we miss out on
the blessings that God has planned for our lives.
In Matthew 14:27 Jesus told Peter "It is I,be not afraid".
While Peter and the other disciples were out fishing one night, a storm came up and they were afraid. As the storm raged and the winds tossed the boat, they saw Jesus walking on the water, Peter called out to Jesus to let him come to himon the water, and Jesus said, 'Come'. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he walked on the water, but as soon as he took them off him he began to sink.
We can learn from Peter's experience, when the storms of our life becomes too rough for us to handle, put our eyes of faith on the one that controls all things.
As Jesus calmed the storms that night so many years ago, He is the same today! When life isn't going the way it should, when those in power today makes decisions that aren't Godly, keep trusting in the one that really counts, He is faithful and merciful to those that put their trust in Him.
"I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears".
As we allow our Lord to calm our fears, be faithful and be ready.
Matthew 24: 44
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour
as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Dear Lord, thank you that when you say"come"
we can rest in the truth that you are the same today
as you were then, we can ''come'' to you and rest in your loving arms and find peace and encouragement for our souls, knowing you are the same yesterday, today and forever!
How often have we seen others accomplishing things we ourselves have longed for. Do we read about someone going places where we haven't been able financially to go. Do we compare ourselves to others when we shouldn't. So often I have to remind myself that God has promised to be with me and supply my needs to accomplish what He wants for me! This means that I don't need the approval or permission from others when He providesthe resources, I just need to use my time and talents to bless others and give Him the Glory.Keeping my eyes of faith on Him will keep me from becoming resentful.
Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him, the first time after Peter said that he loved Him, Jesus said, "Feed my Lambs". Two more times Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him, each time He said "Feed my Sheep". When Peter pointed to another disciple and asked "What about him", Jesus said to him, "What is it to you?".
I have asked myself that very question when comparing myself to another. My answer is usually that it is "none of my business". I just need to follow, obey and be faithful to Jesus in what He has for me to do!
How many times do we need to be asked if we love our Lord, before we are willing to follow Him.
by Ira Stamphill
I traveled on a lonely road and no one seem to care,
the burden on my weary back had bowed me to despair.
I oft complained to Jesus how folks were treating me.
And then I heard Him say so tenderly,
"My feet were also weary upon the Calvary road;
the cross became so heavy, I fell beneath the load,