Matthew 8:26 Are You Afraid?

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26

Fear is something that most people have to deal with in their lives. What a person is afraid of can be unlimited number of things.

Often people are afraid of something that is occurring in their lives that they cannot control. This becomes especially true when the thing that is not controlled can be physically dangerous in some way.

No one wants to be injured or hurt in anyway, so they become afraid of something. Jesus and the disciples were in a boat, when a great storm came up, threatening the capsizing of the boat. Out of fear the disciples woke Jesus. He said they were of little faith, then calmed the storm.

Just as many in the world get afraid of events, believers take their eyes off of God and become afraid. They are quick to forget all that God has already done in the past and in their own lives. All that is seen is the immediate danger that is looming right in front of them.

Faith in God requires that one believes what God has said and then acting according to what God has said.

For a person to become a believer in Jesus, he must have some faith that Jesus has risen from the dead and has the power to forgive and save him. If Jesus can raise from the dead, then He has the ability to do anything. To deny that Jesus can meet a need in one’s life, is to deny that He rose from the dead.

When a dangerous situation arises, all one has to do is have faith in what God can do, rather than live in fear of the situation.

Think for a moment of all the things God has already done in your life. Take another moment to think about what God has already done in history. If God can do all these things, He can continue to take care of you in every situation.

Instead of living in fear, trust or have faith that God will take care of you in what you may be going through right now.

God may rebuke the winds and calm your storm. Or He may bring you safely through the storm in your life. Either way you will win with God on your side.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God can do for you; that you will have faith in God’s abilities; that you will not fear any situation in your life; and that you keep your eyes upon God and not the storms in your life.

Revelation 11:17 Give Thanks–He Reigns

saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” Revelation 11:17

Over time there have been many different people rise in power to reign as leaders over a nation. Some of those leaders were good leaders that the people enjoyed having. Others were tyrants that the majority of people feared.

Although there have been many different leaders, none have lasted forever and none have complete absolute control. Nor have any of them been able to control the entire world at once.

In John’s vision he sees the elders bowing down and worshiping God. As they did this, they were giving thanks because God had taken His great power and began to reign.

Looking around the world, a believer may wonder sometimes if God is really in control. The amount of sin that is rampant and being promoted makes it appear as though God has left the earth and the believers on their own. Evil appears to have the upper hand in all the nations.

God is patient and allowing the world to run its course. There is coming a day when He will end His patience and begin to judge the world. At that time there will come destruction greater than has ever been seen upon the earth. Every person, believer or non-believer will know and see the hand of God working it all.

Until that day, every believer needs to allow God to reign in his own life. Then he can give God thanks that He is reigning in his own life.

As God reigns in the personal life, one will see that He is reigning in the world also. This can give a peace that passes understanding and strength for the days to come.

God has a plan for your life, but He must be given absolute control. He has to be the reigning authority in your life, not your boss, yourself or anyone else. Do not fear the temporary powers that appear to be in control but are not.

When God reigns, you will see Him do great and mighty things in and through you for His kingdom.

As you see God reigning in your life, give Him thanks. Thank Him for knowing what to do and how to do it. Thank Him for the control and power that He has.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to reign in your life; that you will allow God complete control over all that you say, think and do; that you will give God thanks for His reigning power; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life and this world.

Revelation 1:8 He Just IS

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Throughout the history of the earth there have been people who thought that they were the most important. Some would act as if they had absolute power over everything and everyone. Others would act as though they are the best at what they do.

Regardless of how much they did, every one of them had eventually died. They only existed for a short time in light of history.

As John opens his letter of revelation of what God shows him, he quotes God. God says that He is the Alpha and Omega and that He always was and always will be.

With the finite mind of mankind, people try to put God in a box. They cannot comprehend that God always was and will continue to always be. With God saying that He is the Alpha and Omega, He is saying that He was at the beginning to start everything, and that He will be at the end to end it all.

Although this is beyond full comprehension of people, it can give the believer a comfort and peace beyond anything this world can offer.

In knowing that God was at the beginning and started everything, can give the believer a peace that God has a purpose for his life. He can see order in everything, rather than just chaos or random chance, as the world sees it.

Along with knowing the beginning, he can also know that God will be at the end, Jesus will return. There is an eternal life to look forward to after all of the momentary struggles this life on earth offers.

Knowing who God is can give the believer strength, hope, peace and comfort during this troublesome life on earth.

As you are going through your days, you may wonder why you are here or who is in control. Step back a moment and realize who God is. Notice that He is and always was and always will be.

God created you with an eternal purpose that starts here on earth in this life and goes into eternity. He started everything and will end it all at the right time.

Trust God with your whole life and see what He can and will do in you and with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know who God is; that you will know that God is in complete control; that you will know the peace God provides; and that you will know what God has for you to do with your short life on this earth.

Acts 6:15 Glowing In The Face Of Slander

All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Acts 6:15

People who do not like someone else are quick to slander someone else. They want to cut the other person down, in hopes to build themselves up.

One of the most common ways people slander other people is with lies. Lies are spread about the person in the attempt to destroy the person’s reputation and character. How a person responds to those lies will reveal the true character of that person.

Stephen had been preaching about Jesus and many people were beginning to believe in and follow Jesus. Some hated his preaching and spread lies about him. As they brought him to trial, his face looked like one of an angel.

When slander is spread about a person, the most common reaction is anger and retaliation. The person slandered tries to strike back and destroy the enemy out of anger and hurt. This type of action can be seen in the world and inside the church.

Neither Jesus, nor Stephen retaliated in this way. They responded in love, control and the wisdom of God. While it is easy to understand why a person would strike back out of anger, it does not promote the things of God. Striking back in anger does not reveal the character of God.

Believers are to be loving and quick to forgive. Stephen was very calm and at peace when he began to speak in his defense against his accusers.

A soft answer that is filled with the truth of God will destroy the lies and slander of the enemy. It will expose the corruption and plans of the enemy, even if it does not stop the plans of the enemy.

Going through life as a believer will cause you to have some enemies. The world does not like you to stand strong and true to the standards of God and will sometimes do what they can to slander and destroy you.

You have a choice as to how you will respond. Acting like the world, you can respond in anger, fighting back. Or you can act like Jesus, responding in God’s wisdom and love.

God’s wisdom and love will prevail over anything the enemy throws your way. You may or may not lose your life, but you will remain true to God and gain eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you words to speak in light of slander; that God will give you strength to love as He loves; and that you will allow God to control your reactions to the world’s attacks.

John 19:11 No Real Power

Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Many people in the world think that they have control or authority over someone else. When things do not go their own way, they strive to exercise their authority and force others to follow their ways.

Often this authority is abused and taken too far. They feel that they are controlling everything and everyone from their own abilities and authority.

As Jesus was being tried, Pilate said he had authority of life and death. Jesus told him that he only had the authority given to him from God.

Authority is something a person is given and also is allowed to have. Without someone else given permission, no one can really do anything.

In working this way, many people are often manipulated into what they can and cannot do. Believers often live as though the world has authority over them and fear the enemy of their souls. In thinking this way, many believers fall into sin and allow themselves to be crushed.

The world has absolutely no real authority over a believer. Satan cannot force a believer to do anything.

Every believer needs to know where real authority comes from–God. Jesus gave all authority to the believer. As a one believes this, he will not be intimidated or fear the attacks and threats of the enemy. As with Jesus he will know that the enemy can only what God allows and is in His will.

Living with this pattern of thinking is putting one’s full trust in God. His life is in God’s hands, not the hands of the world.

Jesus came to give you an abundant life. He has also given you access to all of His authority on this earth. When you fully understand what He has done for you and given you, you can live the abundant life with no fear of the enemy.

Know that the enemy of your soul cannot force you to do anything. The enemy only has the authority over you that you allow him to have. God is really the one in control.

Follow God and His ways and know the abundant life He has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will trust God’s control; that God will remove fear of the enemy; and that you will walk in God’s authority.