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Crossing Over

Luke 8:22-25
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.”  So they got into a boat and set out.  As they sailed, he fell asleep.  A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.  “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this?  He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Being out in the open water in a storm is very risky.  Even with all the modern equipment that boaters have today, it is no easy thing to navigate in a raging storm.

In this passage, the disciples are crossing a lake and a huge squall engulfs them.  The wind is against them and the waves are filling the boat.  Imagine their terror when they realize they’re not going to make it.

Yet all the while, Jesus was with them.  That was a factor that, apparently, none of them considered to be important.  When they woke Him, Jesus showed Himself to be in control of the forces of nature.

Never forget that truth in your times of struggle.  The Lord is in control of the winds and the waves.  We have got to remember that, even when the road ahead seems hopeless.  I can rest assured that nothing will touch my life, except that which will help me.  I need never fear for the future.

Remember to place yourself in His care each and every day.  The Lord has already walked the road ahead and is well able to bring you through.  Trust His wisdom and grace to handle each situation that arises.

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Water Walk – Part 3

Mark 6:51-52
Then he [Jesus] climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down.  They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

The weather is something you and I can’t control.  Every part of the USA has some kind of natural dangers that occur regularly.  Whether it’s tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, or mudslides, there is no way to stop it once it starts.  Most of what you encounter in these conditions is out of your hands, all you can do is prepare for it, and do your best to survive through it.

Even worse, are the spiritual and emotional storms that we face.  Many times they come upon us with no warning at all.  These upheavals can sometimes ruin the rest of our lives.

The good news is that no matter what you face in life, you’re never alone.  When the disciples struggled to cross the lake they were never out of the Lord’s protection.  It is good to know that when danger arises, He can walk on water to rescue you.  Only He has the power to still the storm you’re going through and never break a sweat.

The trouble with the disciples was that they had not understood all that they saw in Jesus up until that point.  Scripture says that their hearts were still hard.  They should have been able to expect the Lord to show up when they needed Him.  Instead they end up completely amazed that they were able to survive the ordeal.

Remember that the Lord can make a way for you when the path seems hopeless.  Never forget to acknowledge His protective care over your life.  Even in your darkest time, expect the Lord to show up and guide you to safe haven.  Yield to Him today and let Him direct you to your destiny in Him.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Water Walk – Part 2

Mark 6:48-50
He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.   About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake.  He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost.  They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage!  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

In yesterday’s post, we saw that after sending the disciples off and dismissing the crowds, Jesus went up on a mountainside to pray and seek the Father.  The disciples didn’t know that He could be up there praying and watching over them at the same time.

We sometimes think that God isn’t watching.  Or maybe He’s ignoring us.  The truth is that the Lord not only knows where you are, but He also knows the quickest route to get to you.  There seemed to be no way for Jesus to be in a position to help the disciples.  That is, until He started walking across the water.

He took the quickest path to the boat.  Remember, the things that keep us down don’t bind the Lord.  He knows how to show up in your time of need.  The disciples weren’t looking for Him to appear.  As a matter of fact, it seems that they were more afraid of the Lord walking on the water than they were of the storm.

If you are going through a storm today, don’t be afraid, Christ is nearby and ready to help you.  Be in position to receive His help.  Don’t fear His solution more than your problem.  Put your life in His hands this day.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Water

Job 38:28-30
Does the rain have a father?  Who fathers the drops of dew?  From whose womb comes the ice?  Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?

Water has some very amazing properties.  I think about it when I see a rainbow in the sky after a storm has passed.  Sometimes I am dazzled by sunlight reflecting off of a field covered with morning dew.  I have gotten a other-worldly feeling as I’ve walked through a crystal forest after an ice storm.

God has provided an incredible variety of sights and sounds all related to precipitation.  It is wonderful to wake up in the morning and see a world changed by the weather of the night before.  It is in times like these that praise to God, the Creator, just seems to burst from my heart.

It is God who established the physical laws that govern the seasons.  It is God who set down the properties that all of the various elements and substances (including water) exhibit.  It is God who programmed us to respond emotionally to the beauty we see around us.

Praise Him today for His marvelous handiwork.  Take the time right now to show Him your appreciation for His love and care for us in giving us such a beautiful world to live in.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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