Matt. 14:27 – Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid  

Did you know that God has reminded us in His word not to be afraid. Not just a few times; but 365 times. Wow, that’s one time for every day in the year. 

In Matthew chapter  fourteen we read that the disciples where filled with fear as they navigated the stormy sea. Jesus had sent them on ahead of him while he went up to pray alone in the mountain. The waves were so boisterous that they were surely afraid of sinking. Added to this they must have thought; where is Jesus? Why has he forsaken us? If he was here this would not be happening. Then, all of a sudden Jesus showed up and he is walking on the water, but they did not recognize him. They imagined that it must be a ghost or a phantom and  were filled with terror. But then Jesus spoke to them and said, ” Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Of course , Peter was still  not convinced that it was Jesus so he cried “Jesus; If it is you command me to come to you.” Jesus then said, “come.”Peter made good progress until he got his attention more on the storm than on Jesus. He cried out in fear and Jesus reached out and saved him. When they stepped into the boat the wind immediately ceased.

We all face storms in life. It’s not if but when. One thing we can learn from this scripture is to keep our eyes on Jesus. One way to keep  our eyes on him is to stay focused on his word. Remember the promises that he has given us in the Bible; like ” Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”[ Isa. 41:10 LB] Even though we can’t see him with our physical eye, we know he is with us.

Yes, you can have peace in the midst of the storm. Peace is not the subtraction of problems but peace is the addition of God’s power to meet those problems. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

You are loved with an everlasting love, Mike

About Karen J Ragland

David and I met in June of 2010. I lived in Bristol Virginia and he lived in Louisiana. After meeting we discovered that we held many of the same values and to say we immediately fell in love is an understatement. We had several hurdles to overcome, but while getting to know each other we discovered that we shared many of the same dreams. Our love of God, and how we can minister his word, our love of family, and honor. It did not take much convincing for me to move to Louisiana where David lived. I took a leap of faith, left my job and moved April 16th of 2011. There were still several obstacles that we needed to deal with head on and resolve but a year later we were married on 4/13/12. We talked for a few years about setting up a Christian blog and/or website and so here we are, finding our way through how to get this started. I think we have done well so far and we are so ready to actively interact with everyone here. We hope we will get to know everyone – whether you believe as we do or not.

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