But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Matthew 14:27
Courage is the capacity to move forward in spite of fear. Courage is overcoming fear.
Are you being tossed around in the waves of uncertainty and difficult circumstances? God wants you to get out of the boat of fear and walk on water.
Jesus is speaking to you “take courage” – leave behind the boat and focus on HIM, not your circumstances and difficulties. Jesus is telling you “it is I,” the same “I” who delivered the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and hardened the heart of the Pharaoh, the same “I” who brought the ten plagues on the Egyptians and parted the Red Sea. Jesus is saying take courage, “it is I.”
Are you going to continue glaring at your circumstance and difficulty or focus on “I”? HE continues to remind you to take courage, it is I, don’t be afraid. The creator of the universe is talking to you saying be courageous, it is I with you, don’t be afraid. “I” can handle the wind, rain, storm, problem, circumstance and difficulty. As a matter of fact “I” wants you in the storm, to teach you to trust “I” and not your circumstance, problem or yourself. These are great lessons to test and show what is in your heart. You grow from the storms of life. “I” allows the storms to help you grow by getting you out of your comfortable boat. Comfort is an enemy of the best “I” has for you.
When your solutions are not solving your circumstance and difficulty, “I” is ready for you to trust HIM. This is when faith breaks the natural laws and allows you to walk on water. HE carries you on HIS back. You have a peace which passes all understanding. There is JOY in the storm. There is contentment in the storm. All fear is gone. “I” has overcome fear and death. HE has crushed the head of the serpent. You walk above the problem, circumstance and difficulty into an opportunity which you would have never known or seen without going through the storm.
The storms of life are meant to humble you. The storms of life break your pride and arrogance.
Take courage, there is no need to fear, I AM here with you. It is I. “I” will never leave you nor forsake you. Will you trust the great “I” with ALL of your circumstances today?
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