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11 Jan 2017

Faith to Do Extraordinary Things

by Terry Leaman

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MATTHEW 14
PSALMS 20-21
PROVERBS 11

In today’s reading, Jesus goes to meet the disciples, walking on the water.

If you trust God, He will always show up in the middle of a storm. When the disciples needed Him, Jesus went to meet them. It’s the Father’s desire to help us and calm our fears.

The first thing He says, is: “Don’t be afraid!” (see Matthew 14:27). He disables their fear with His words. When the fear dissolves, a change takes place in Peter. Jesus tells him to step out onto the water and Peter steps out in faith.

When did you last ditch your fear and hand it over to God? When you do so, your faith will start working and it might even surprise you!

Peter just does what he sees Jesus doing. That’s a good way to move your faith up. Come into agreement with God and you’ll see things change. A different perspective on the situation will follow and things will never look the same again.

Peter walked on the water. Removal of fear allows faith to flourish and the ‘normal’, as we have always perceived it, becomes secondary, because God’s thinking is not our thinking. He has a knowledge that surpasses our understanding.

Ephesians 3:20 says:

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Fear is believing what Satan can do to you; faith is knowing what God can do. God is not afraid of anything, so why should we be? He always speaks peace and faith.

Pause and reflect: Want to walk somewhere you’ve been afraid to go? Let God speak peace to your fear and faith to your soul. 

“Father, take away all my fear and fill me with faith. Amen.”

Terry Leaman
Terry Leaman

Terry attended Bible College in 1971 and has served Jesus faithfully for more than forty years. He is a missionary pastor to Uganda and a trustee of Ezra UK. Alongside his wife, Helen, Terry lives a life marked by faith. He has a real passion for seeing people inspired to live out their God-given calling.

Your thoughts & prayers

  • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

    Brilliant Terry. It isn’t always easy, but it is very necessary that we place all our trust in Jesus if we want to walk free of the crippling fear that can overwhelm us when we are threatened or facing real storms. It is crucial in those times that we keep our eyes firmly fixed on our Saviour, and take our eyes off our fears. Peter walked on water and would have continued to do so if only he hadn’t suddenly allowed fear to overtake him and cause him to look back at the storm. And even then Jesus rescued him, and He does the same for us. But the better way is to fully trust, and go on doing so, then our faith does become action and we shall walk upon the waters.

    What wonderful words in today’s scriptures to encourage us never to doubt Jesus and His promises:-

    31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed Peter. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

    “They worshiped Him”, and we will do likewise when we place our trust firmly in Him.

  • Annie Brown

    Marian, you have said it all, I so appreciate these devotions and all the comments. This year seems so far to have the thread of keeping our eyes on Jesus, looking into His Face, seeking Him, and totally trusting Him to do what He has promised. Thank you once again

  • Christine Roberts

    Thanks

  • Elaine Chiplin

    But Jesus spoke to them at once.”Don’t be afraid” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”

  • Peter Jenkins Tva

    why do we have such little faith when we really need it ?
    FAITH COMES BY HEARING THE WORD OF GOD
    may we all findour faith grows each day as we read BIAY together

    • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

      Amen. Already this year I’ve heard a few testimonies from friends that this year’s BIAY is indeed growing their faith – and wisdom. This is my testimony too. Praise God for His Word which continues to guide and grow us in our walk with Him.

  • Yasmina Hopkins

    Amen Terry !