DO NOT LOOK AT THE WIND, HOLD ON TO FAITH

Tuesday, November 21, 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: The ‘wind’ can be very threatening, as a result, looking at it could amount to a lost of faith. The wind here represents dangers and life-threatening situations. When we bother ourselves with them we are sure to lose focus and stifle our faith. Truly, faith can hardly survive where fear is harboured and tolerated. The heart of fear is the soil for planting 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, ordered His disciples to sail ahead of Him to the other side. However, As they sailed, they encountered a turbulent storm in the sea, as a result, their lives were threatened. Suddenly, Jesus Christ 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 boldly stepped out of the boat making a remarkable progress walking on the water towards his master Jesus Christ, but because his eyes were on the sustained turbulent wind, he 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 began to focus on his challenge. In the same way, when we allow fear to dominate our hearts, we will certainly lose our spiritual balance and stability. Peter was okay walking on the water until fear came. (Matthew 14:22-31). Sadly, because of fear his faith was drowned; as a result, he began to sink. Truly, no one can stand tall whose faith is overrun by fear. The end of faith is the beginning of fear; and the end of fear is the beginning of faith. Beloved, 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. (Matt 14 : 30 ; 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 Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you both for your word today and a brand new day. Help me to grow my faith to fight my fears now and forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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 where miseries and frustrations are grown; and where fear abounds, spiritual stability and balance are lost.

Daily Quote: When fear is allowed to rise stronger than faith, impossibilities will continue to grow stronger and gaining more territories.

Today In History: November 21, 1949 The United Nations grants Libya its independence by 1952.

SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that I am an overcomer. No matter the wind against my life, I shall not be consumed, because I belongs to God. Henceforth, you spirit of fear and failure, I order you out of my life, 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 to you, in Jesus’ name.

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