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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Five Things I can do in the Middle of the Storm

In review of Matthew 14:30 it says, “But when [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”

Bottom Line:
When Peter saw what he was up against, he asked the Lord to save him.

What this means to me:
In the middle of the storm, and I don’t know what to do, I can cry out and obtain help from Jesus.

It’s nice to know that when I’m going through a storm, that God is not distant or uninvolved. He is “I Am,” and he is working in my life for my good. Here are five things God wants me to do if I feel like I’m sinking in a storm.

Have courage, because Jesus is with me.
It is best to not argue with a fear, rather tell fear where to go! Tell it to go talk to Jesus.

Take a risk in faith. Don’t ask God to bless what I’m doing. Rather look and do what God is blessing. Ask him what he wants me to do, and then be willing to get out of the boat and do it.

Stay focused on Jesus. The moment I take my eyes off the Lord, I’ll sink. Matthew 14:30 says, “But when [Peter] saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”  (NIV) When I focus on the wind and the waves, my circumstances, I’m going to sink, just like Peter. If I look at the world, I’ll be distressed; if I look within, I’ll be depressed; if I look at Christ, I’ll be at rest.

Don’t doubt. I won’t need great faith to make it through a storm, rather I just need faith in the right person.

Praise God. Even in the midst of the storm, even when I feel like I’m sinking, even when I’m scared to death; praise him all the time. Thank God in the middle of the storm.

Today I should think about recent storms in my life. Why do I think God is letting me go through this?

He is likely letting me go through this for the same reasons he sent the disciples into the storm; to say, “I’m all you need. I can handle anything. I will come to you in the ninth hour. And I’ll come walking on the very thing that scares you the most. I’m not asking you to come to me. I’m going to come to you.”