“…Be of good cheer!  It is I: do not be afraid.”
 (Matthew 14:27b)

Get the picture this morning…the day before they had been floating through life, the sun was shining, people everywhere were happy laughing and listening to what this man called Jesus was saying. The fact is they had just seen a miracle happen; the man had just shifted the economy to provide enough food for everyone!  Now it was the middle of the night, in the midst of the sea, there was a storm brewing and something unexpected happened, one translation says these men were “…crying out in terror.”

Life is full of the unexpected regardless of how well we plan and prepare.  It is because we are prepared that we can …be of good cheer, respond in faith and not fear.  Fear is; False Evidence Appearing Real.  The same one that shifted the economy can silence the storm and still the sea.  Here are 3 things you need to know when something unexpected and naturally negative happens.  1). Don’t crawl under the circumstances, you are not going under, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.”  (1 John 5:4)   2) Look at life circumstances clearly by wearing ‘Son glasses Kingdom eyesight sees by faith not by fear.  “…the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw…”  (2 Kings 6:17) “Faith will beget in us three things: Vision, Venture, and Victory.” (George W. Ridout: The Wesleyan Methodist)   3) Don’t grab for whatever is ‘out there’ – grab hold of the Master’s hand   “Jesus said; … no one is able to snatch them (you) out of My Father’s hand.” (John 10:28).  When Christ is ‘on hand’ the unexpected becomes the proving ground of faith’s potential—no more and no less, – man’s choice makes the difference. Joseph Fort Newton says; “Belief is a truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.”  Don’t let your fire go out this morning, fight the good fight of faith and finish your course.

Today remember these men did arrive safely, sailing all the way to the security of the shoreline!

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