Don't Be Afraid

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What waves and winds are battering you? Are you afraid? In this message, Dr. Charles Stanley encourages us to fill our minds with the knowledge of His promises.

Matthew 14:22-34

We can expect that at some point in life, we will hit turbulence. Perhaps we’ve already experienced some and can tell there is more to come. Our situation may be so serious that we wonder, How am I going to make it through this?

Consider the time when the disciples found themselves in rough water on the Sea of Galilee. Scripture tells us that waves were battering their boat and the wind was against them. In the midst of the squall, the disciples thought they saw a ghost approaching. These grown men, some of whom were seasoned fisherman, cried out in fear. Their apprehension didn’t subside until they became aware that it was Jesus walking toward them.

What happened when they recognized that it was the Lord? They received . . . 

  • Comfort in their crisis. Tension subsided as they thought, Ah, Jesus is here. We aren’t helpless and alone anymore.
  • Courage to face their trial. Peter found the boldness to obey Jesus and step out of the boat.
  • Confidence for their future. 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 reveal His presence in your situation and then to fill your senses with that awareness. Close your eyes and picture Him at your side, holding you tightly. Let your ears hear Him whisper reassurance and love. Fill your mind with the knowledge of His promises, and draw upon the strength, comfort, and courage He offers.

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