Fear In The Storm

But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” John 6:20

The disciples of Jesus got into a boat and headed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. While enroute they encountered a storm. Naturally they kept on rowing but their situation did not improve. Then in the midst of the wind and waves they saw Jesus walking on the water. At first they didn't recognize Him, and they were terrified. Then Jesus spoke to them. He said that they didn't need to be afraid for He was with them in the storm. You might find yourself in the midst of a storm today. You’re rowing as hard as you can but nothing is changing. You’re fearful that you might go under. You don't have to be afraid, for the Lord is with you. You will make it to the other side. 

Deliverance From Distress

The king took an oath and said, "As the Lord lives who has redeemed my life from every distress..." 1 Kings 1:29

On more than one occasion David had been in great distress. Reading through the Psalms he descriptively recorded how he felt in those moments. Sometimes he despaired of life. Other times he thought he had been forsaken by the Lord. Yet at the end of his life he reflected upon the faithfulness of God. He testified that the Lord had redeemed his life from every distress. He had tried the Lord and found Him consistent and ever faithful to deliver. The Lord is faithful to deliver those who put their trust in Him. 

Let Them Be One

Our Lord's prayer in John 17:21 "let them be one" was our theme for yesterday’s marriage conference. What a joy it was to see several couples taking the time to invest in their marriages. My friend Pastor Jerel Hagerman and his wife Merrily shared with our couples. The Hagermans have an amazing story of how the Lord brought them together. The time we spent together was encouraging and uplifting. Our 2B1 marriage ministry has several events planned this year to bring couples together. 

Stay Focused

And looking at Jesus as He walked.. John 1:36

We live in a world full of distractions. Because we are inundated with information from every direction it's easy to lose focus. As a believer, the best way to remain focused is to keep our eyes upon Jesus. Rather than look at what someone else is or isn't doing pay attention to what Jesus is doing. Read and meditate upon what Jesus is saying in His Word. Observe the life of Jesus and pray to be more like Jesus. It's when we take our eyes off Jesus that we can quickly lose clear direction. 

 

Look Out for the Lion

2 Samuel 11:27 But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. 

I will admit there are stories in the Bible that I find difficult to read. I love the story of David when he slays the giant, but I cringe when I read of him sinning with Bathsheba. David made a series of mistakes that led to his fall. For one thing he should have been out in the battle instead of on the balcony. He put himself in a  place of potential compromise. Next after he saw Bathsheba he should have immediately turned away and repented before the Lord. Yet instead of running from sin he gave into it and the results were devastating. The lesson we learn from the story is not to repeat the same mistakes. We need to avoid at all costs anything that could potentially wreck all that is good and wonderful in our lives. Sin isn't something to dabble in. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. The flesh must be crucified and every thought taken captive to the obedience of Christ. The devil goes about like a roaring lion looking for an opportunity to devour the child of God. If we know that something is displeasing to the Lord let's stay as far away from it as possible.