Friday, August 4, 2017.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : But when he saw the strong wind he became afraid. And starting to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”- Matthew 14 : 30, 31 .

LISTEN: Faith hardly survives where fear is harboured and tolerated. The heart of fear is the soil for miseries and frustrations. Where fear abounds, spiritual balance and stability are lost. The story in our verse of the day is about Jesus Christ and His disciples, whom after He had dismissed the crowd that heard Him preached the word of God, he ordered His disciples to sail ahead of Him to the other side. However, As they proceeded on there journey, they were attacked by a turbulent storm in the sea, as a result, their lives were threatened. Thankfully, Jesus Christ suddenly appeared walking on the water to save them; but their fear increased for they thought He was a ghost. (Matthew 14 : 26). But when Jesus replied that He was the one, then Peter dares to meet him. So he stepped out of the boat making a remarkable progress walking on the water towards his master Jesus Christ, but suddenly entertained fear having realised he was walking on the water, and therefore lost focus. Immediately, he began to sink because he stopped to focus on Christ and start to focus on his challenge.

In the same way, when we allow fear to dominate our minds and hearts, we will certainly lose our spiritual balance and stability. Peter was okay walking on the water until fear came. The Bible says, “And Peter, answering, said to him, Lord, if it is you, give me the order to come to you on the water. And he said, Come. And Peter got out of the boat, and walking on the water, went to Jesus. But when he saw the wind he was in fear and, starting to go down, he gave a cry, saying, Help, Lord. And straight away Jesus put out his hand and took a grip of him, and said to him, O man of little faith, why were you in doubt?” (Matthew 14:22-31). Beloved, because of doubt and fear, Peter’s faith was drowned; as a result, he began to sink. Truly, no one can stand tall whose faith is overrun by fear. Beloved, the end of faith is the beginning of fear; and the end of fear is the beginning of faith. Have you been making progress and suddenly you see yourself stagnated or sinking? Check your faith! Like Peter, just cry to God today and He will deliver. (Psalms 138: 7).

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to keep your faith alive no matter the storm confronting your life.
2. Be strong and trust the power of God despite challenges and oppositions.
3. Do not allow your fears to kill your faith or keep you confused and frustrated.
4. Never give up when the journey appears difficult and challenging, rather, trust God.

Daily Task : Be strong and courageous, and learn to deal with your fears and doubts no matter what; and determine never to proceed in life without resolving your doubts.

Daily Reflection : The heart of fear is the soil were miseries and frustrations are grown; and where fear abounds, spiritual stability and balance are lost.

Daily Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you for your word today. Therefore, I accept to grow my faith to fight my fears now and forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy to you, may unusual courage, strength and faith to fight your fears be released upon you, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Quote: When fear is allowed to rise taller than faith, then, impossibilities will be helplessly watched, growing stronger and gaining more territories.

Today In History: August 4, 1971. The U.S. launches the first satellite into lunar orbit from a manned spacecraft (Apollo 15).