Friday, 13 December 2013



Opening Text: And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm (Matthew 8:24-26).

Our opening text is an interesting account of an experience the Lord Jesus had with His disciples, whom He reprimanded for having little faith. He expected them to be unruffled since He was in the boat with them; by reason of His presence, no storm, however fierce, could sink the boat. However, the disciples didn’t realize this, and were overwhelmed with fear.

It brings to mind the experience of the Apostle Paul, and those who sailed with him in Acts 27. Paul was under arrest and was being taken to Rome as a prisoner. As they sailed, the journey got dangerous, and while his co-travellers were terrified that they might lose their lives, Paul spoke up and reassured them of their safety. He said, "…I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship" (Acts 27:22). What a statement!

Paul talked very boldly because an angel of the Lord had appeared to him saying, "...Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee" (Acts 27:24). Paul knew who was sailing in the ship with him—the Lord Himself—and so, unafraid, he strengthened the others with the Word, saying, "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God that it shall be even as it was told me" (Acts 27:25). Eventually, they all came out of the looming danger unscathed.

The one who’s born again never "sails" alone; Christ is in your boat, and that means peace, safety, security, deliverance, and protection! You can therefore relax and be anxious for nothing, as you enjoy a smooth cruise in your journey of faith. PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for perfecting all that concerns me, and giving me a life of victory through the Word. My life is for your glory and praise, as I live to fulfil your divine purpose for me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

f u r t h e r s t u d y:Romans 8:31; Hebrews 13:5-6; 1 John 4:4 Daily Scripture Reading

1 Year Reading Plan: Revelation 5:1-14, Ezekiel 37-38

2 Year Reading Plan: John 20:1-10, 2 Chronicles 26-27

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