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Stepping Out Of The Boat And Into Your Future (2 of 2)
Series: Future Tense
The Causes of Fear
A loss of security
''… the disciples were in trouble far away from land….'' - Vs. 24a
A loss of stability
''… for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.'' - Vs. 24b
A loss of visibility
''About three o'clock in the morning….'' - Vs. 25a
''When the disciples saw Him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, 'It's a ghost!''' - Vs. 26
MOVE FORWARD IN FAITH WHEN I FEEL AFRAID.
''Then Peter called to Him, 'Lord, if it's really You, tell me to come to You, walking on the water.' 'Yes, come,' Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.'' - Vs. 28-29)
STAY FOCUSED ON CHRIST'S LOVE INSTEAD OF THE WAVES.
''But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink ….'' - Vs. 30a
''I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.''
Romans 8:38 (NLT)
CRY OUT TO GOD WHEN I'M SINKING.
''… 'Save me, Lord!' he shouted.'' - Vs. 29b-30
''If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.'' 1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)
WORSHIP THE GOD WHO CONTROLS IT ALL.
''Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. 'You have so little faith,' Jesus said, 'Why did you doubt Me?' when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped Him. 'You really are the Son of God!' they exclaimed.'' - Vs. 31-33
So what is your greatest fear, and what's your biggest phobia? I have a big fear of heights. I got an email from my friend, Nik Wallenda, ...
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