Matthew 14:25-27 – And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
Many have seen the “Pale Horse and Rider in Egypt” that was captured on video footage by news journalists recently. A spectral image that seems to ride above the heads of demonstrators in the streets of Egypt during their Middle-Eastern conflict before vanishing into thin air. It has raised many questions, doubts and fears among a variety of people. Some claim it to be prophesy being fulfilled from the book of Revelation, others claim it is a hoax or a conspiracy of sorts. I, myself am not certain of what it is. What I do know is that Jesus Christ and God’s Holy Word is real, and though no one knows the hour or the day in which He will return…He is going to return and we should be ready!
It should not matter if the image of the horse and rider is real or fake. What should matter most is the personal relationship we have with Jesus Christ. There have been, and will continue to be many unanswered and unexplainable events in this world – both good and bad, but as long as our faith and trust in Jesus remains firm we have no reason to be fearful.
When those who knew Jesus and those Jesus also knew saw Him walking on the water and were afraid, He told them “…It is I, be not afraid.”
Do you know Jesus? Does He know you?
If we know Jesus, and He knows us – We have nothing to be afraid of.
Luke 8:23-24 – But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
As Jesus and his disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, a fierce storm came upon them. Jesus was asleep and his disciples were afraid that the storm would capsize their vessel and they would all drown. They awoke Jesus and he “rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased , and there was calm.”
At many times throughout our lives we will be faced with hardship or trouble: turbulent storms that create disruption in our day to day living. Most often these storms come with little or no warning, and so we find ourselves devastated and unprepared to handle them. The uncertainty and confusion created by these storms in our lives can lead to fear and panic. Christians are not immune to the storms that others face. However, if we know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and we hold tight to our faith in him, we can experience peace amid the storm. Those of us who are faithful followers of Christ have the blessed assurance that Jesus will help us navigate the raging waters that we encounter – that he will calm the storm.
2 Peter 1:5-9 – And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Faith must be more than belief in certain facts; it must result in action, growth in Christian character, and the practice of moral discipline, or it will die away. A life of faith leads to learning to know God better, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, and loving others. These actions do not come automatically; they require hard work. They are not optional; all of them must be a continual part of the Christian life. We don’t finish one and start on the next, but we work on them all together. God empowers and enables us, but he also gives us the responsibility to learn and to grow. We should not be surprised at or resentful of the process.
Faith is inviting God’s Holy Spirit to live within us. It is not just an act of the mind, but it taps us into the very resources of God so that we have the power to live in an entirely new way. If God himself is living within us, our lives should be dramatically changed.
Two words describe faith: sure and certain. These two qualities need a secure beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character-he is who he says. The end point is believing in God’s promises-he will do what he says. When we believe that God will fulfill his promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith