Sunday Devotional: ‘Do not be afraid’

Matthew 14:22-33

After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat
and precede him to the other side,
while he dismissed the crowds.
After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When it was evening he was there alone.
Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore,
was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.
During the fourth watch of the night,
he came toward them walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
“It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.
At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter,
and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
“Truly, you are the Son of God.”

“He came toward them walking on the sea.”

Reading that, my eyes filled with tears. How I long to see our Lord . . . .

Do you feel overwhelmed by the evils of the world?

Are you buffeted and assailed by enemies who wish you ill and harm?

Just remember His words:

“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

And may the courage and peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, always,

~Eowyn

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10 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘Do not be afraid’

  1. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

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  2. Thank you for this passage! We needed it during this tense time….but you know, praying to God and asking for His mercies has gotten me through this unafraid.

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  3. Thank you Dr. Eowyn, the devotionals are full of hope to our uncertain future, let’s pray so that our President Trump can overcome the obstacles. IN GOD WE TRUST, I do!

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  4. Amen, Dr. Eowyn!
    “do not be afraid” so true…
    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5
    A couple years ago while reciting the Lord’s prayer at a church I was visiting;
    I felt Jesus standing before me. It was the day after my birthday during Epiphany, I was kneeling at the pew with my eyes closed and suddenly I felt Him standing before me and saw His bright white sleeve from his robe stretched to me with his palm up. I felt Jesus say “Trust in Me”.
    I saw Jesus even though my eyes were closed and felt His voice even though He did not speak. I reached my right hand towards his and held it there in mid-air. I have never felt so much peace in my life as I did in those few moments that I felt and saw His presence.
    I remember my family thought I was nuts when I told them. 🙂
    Over time, they have come to accept that I believe I saw the Lord (Christophany).
    What he said, “Trust in me”, was very powerful. I’ve had time to think about it and what we have today in the world is a lack of trust in the Lord.
    One cannot have faith if one does not trust. Peter lost his trust for just a moment (sin) and fell into the water, he screamed for the Lord to save him (repent), and the Lord reclaimed him (salvation). Those who have no trust when they die, will go to hell, unclaimed by the Lord.
    Today, the devil and his minions work overtime to convince people to place their trust in cell phones, politicians, science, money, fashion, sex, gender, drugs, hollywierd, media…but trusting in the Lord is the only way to the road of salvation that leads to Heaven.
    I will go to my grave believing I felt, saw, and heard the Lord on that day.
    What an awesome present! The Lord gave me His presence and the gift of peace that awaits us all who trust in Him…for a few moments.
    God is always with us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and it doesn’t require a vision for us to feel His presence. Those who trust in Him will be blessed.
    I can only imagine the peace we will feel when all brothers and sisters in Christ receive the glory of the Lord in Heaven.
    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

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  5. O any subject that could possibly be touched on . . . “be not afraid” is one of the very most important. We do indeed live in a difficult world, all the world’s problems, and our own individual problems–all swirling around in our minds. The only way to achieve peace is to believe in The Savior, and we will cease to be afraid.

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  6. Peter learned a valuable life lesson from Jesus, that we all can relate to, when we keep our eyes (lives) focused on Christ alone, we can do all things, but when we begin to look at our storms of life, we lose heart and faith that He can help us overcome them and To Fear Not as we go through them.

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