Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. (Matthew 14:22-24)
Before the storm, the disciples witnessed the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 men [Bible scholars estimate a total of 20,000 people, including women and children] from a young boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fish. Yet, it took the possibility of the disciples losing their lives from the raging storm to acknowledge that Jesus was who He said He was. “Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.'” (Matthew 14:33).
We receive a daily outpouring of grace and mercy and have witnessed or heard many testimonies proclaiming God’s miracles like the disciples. Where do we stand in our acknowledgment of Jesus’ deity? Our lifestyle choices reflect our love and commitment to Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Daily we strive for a close relationship with Jesus fueled by faith. Read Hebrews chapter 11 for the “Faith Hall of Fame.”
Because of sin, it is human nature to have a spirit of discontent, which produces mental restlessness and emotional distress. We seek answers and contentment outside of God. Jesus desires that we have peace. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV)
Many Christians are plagued with worry, anxiety, and unhappiness. Yes, attending church and knowing the scriptures demonstrate dutiful service to God. Still, without complete surrender, commitment, and obedience, we exclude ourselves from true discipleship. Our primary need is to have a nurturing love relationship with Jesus Christ based on faith. Jesus must be our focus. He is our Intercessor, presenting us as righteous to God.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” (John 14:6).
Jesus has provided us with the answer to possessing peace, joy, and happiness. Daily we recommit ourselves to remain in Him! Our relationship with Jesus is before our spouses, children, family, and friends. There is no middle ground. Faith is believing in the unseen God and trusting Him with the unknown. Steadfast faith results from knowing the Scriptures, always believing in God’s promises [that God will always do exactly as He says], and living as His chosen.
“When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:15).
Faith matures from individual worship–spending quiet time in solitude to hear the Holy Spirit as well as collective worship at church. Faith in Jesus propels us to leave the familiar, opt-out of a survival mindset, and believe in God on a higher level. “…I believe, but help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24).
“But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.” (Daniel 7:18)
Bible prophecy is being fulfilled. We are rapidly progressing to the end of time on this earth. Come to Jesus! Step out of the familiar by taking a leap of faith. Develop a heart-to-heart relationship with the Savior. Connect with Jesus every day through praise, prayer, and gratitude. Every day proclaim with thanksgiving, “Jesus, Truly You are the Son of God!”
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:12-13)
Prayer: God, we pray for an increase in faith. We desire to step out of the familiar into the unknown because you promised never to leave us or forsake us. Please give us an anointing of the Holy Spirit and wisdom as we seek knowledge through the Scriptures and to have a closer relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.