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Trusting During the Storm - Part 2

HALF-HEARTED TRUST            Page 4
V.26 (cont'd.)

** How long had these guys been "straining at the oars", as Mark puts it? (Mark 6:48)

From the first watch to the fourth, some 9 hours!
They were exhausted, and now seeing someone walking on the water, in the middle of the stormy sea, was more than could handle.

V.27 ** What does Jesus do to protect them from their fear- stricken minds?

He "immediately" instructed them to take courage and to not be afraid because "it is I" was here.

** How are we to feel when our storms are raging around us or even in us, like it was in the fearful hearts of the disciples?

We need to remember that the Lord is always there, and that He will never leave us or forsake us, but will instead protect us from our fears!

Deuteronomy 31:6 - "Be strong and courageous...He will not fail you or forsake you"

Joshua 1:5 - "Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you."

Matthew 28:19-20 - "Go therefore and make disciples ...I am with you always, even to the end of the age".

Psalm 118:6 - "The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?"

HIS DIVINE LOVE

V.28 ** How does Peter's answer, in the middle of this very unusual situation, display his love for the Jesus?

All Peter wanted to do was to be with Christ. As impossible as it may seem, he would even walk on water to get next to Him, if that was the Lord's will.

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