Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - April 26, 2010

Good morning,


Or devotion for today comes from Matthew 14:27 "Immediately Jesus spoke to them, "Have courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." 


Wherever you are today (Selah), think on this; at some point in our lives, we will hit great turbulence.  We may have already experienced some and can see more is to come.  Our situation may be so serious that we think to ourselves, "How am I going to make it through this?"


Consider the time the disciples found themselves in a storm on the Sea of Galilee.  Scripture tells us the boat was being battered by the waves and the wind was against them.  In the midst of this, the disciples thought they saw a ghost walking toward them.  These grown men, some of whom were seasoned fisherman, cried out in fear.  They remained afraid until they became aware that it was Jesus walking toward them.  What happened when they recognized it was Jesus?  They received a sense of comfort.  "Ah, it's Jesus.  We are't helpless and alone anymore.  He is here."  They received courage to face their trial. 


Peter had courage to obey Jesus and step out of the boat in the midst of the storm.  The men also received confidence for their future because they realized that Jesus presence could not be driven away by the severe winds.


What waves and winds are battering you?  Are you afraid?  Ask the Lord to increase your awareness of His presence in your situation and then fill your senses with that awareness.  Close your eyes and picture Him at your side, holding you tightly.  Let your ears hear Him Whisper through His Word (the Bible) reassurance and love.  Fill your mind with the knowledge of His promises, and draw upon the strength, comfort, and courage He offers. 


Have a blessed aware day!


Your brother in Christ,

J. H. Flakes, III


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