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Do Not Fear The Storm! Keep Your Gaze on Jesus

 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

– Matthew 14: 29-33 | NLT

‘There are a lot of ‘chicken Christians.’ Chickens are generally afraid of life, and they seldom fly or reach their potential in life. And when a storm comes, all they seem to do is flap around the chicken yard, stirring up dirt and running to the chicken house.’
– Joyce Meyer

Jesus could have stilled this storm hours earlier. But he didn’t. He wanted to teach the followers a lesson.

Jesus could have calmed your storm long ago too. But He hasn’t. Does He also want to teach you a lesson? Could that lesson read something like this: “Storms are not optional, but fear is”? 

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God has hung His certificates in the universe. Rainbows, sunsets, horizons, and star-sequined skies. He has recorded his accomplishments in Scripture. We’re not talking six thousand hours of flight time.

His resume includes: Red Sea openings. Lions’ mouths closings. Goliath toppling. Lazarus raising. Storm stilling and strolling.

That’s what God wants us to do. His call to courage is not a call to naivete or ignorance. We aren’t to be oblivious to the overwhelming challenges that life brings. We’re to counterbalance them with long looks at God’s accomplishments.

Memorize scripture. Read biographies of great lives. Ponder the testimonies of faithful Christians. Make the deliberate decision to set your hope on Jesus. Courage is always a possibility.

Feed your faith and your fears will starve.

After a few moments of flailing in the water, Peter turned his focus back to Christ and cried, Lord, save me!’  (Matthew 14: 30)

We must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. — Hebrews 2:1 NASB

His lesson is clear. He’s the commander of every storm.

Are you scared in yours? Then stare at Him. Do whatever it takes to keep your gaze on Jesus.
(Adapted from Jesus by Max Lucado)

PRAYER CONFESSION
In Jesus Name I declare I fix my gaze on Christ. I am no longer a slave to fear. I am not a chicken believer. I do not fear the wind, the waves or the storm. I move at the voice of God. I am unstoppable. I am anointed. I am more than a conqueror. I am loved by God. I am a priest and a king. I believe and confess it is my season for grace and for favor. I am highly favored today and always. Amen