Staying Afloat in the New Year


If God hadn’t been there for me,
I never ever would have created it.
The minute I stated, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,”
your appreciate, God, took hold and held me rapid.
When I was upset and beside myself,
you calmed me down and cheered me up. (Psalm 94:17-19)

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, starting to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of tiny faith,” he stated, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:30-31 NIV)

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Storms come. We can count on them. God never ever promises us a challenge-no cost, trial-no cost, discomfort-no cost path. It is up to us to find out how to navigate in stormy waters. The Bible is our manual for undertaking just that.

The Bible is complete of instruction and stories of individuals who attempted and succeeded in the storms and these who attempted and failed. We can find out from each.

Let’s appear at the disciple Peter. Jesus sent the disciples on ahead in the boat on the Sea of Galilee. It was soon after a lengthy day, and Jesus required time alone on the mountain to pray. John the Baptist had just been brutally murdered.

As the disciples reached the middle of the sea in the middle of the evening, a massive storm came up and blew them about fearfully. In this worry-filled state, abruptly they saw what they believed to be a ghost coming upon them, and they panicked. Jesus quickly comforted them telling them, “It is I do not be afraid.”

Peter believed he would test this “person” coming to them. He challenged Him, “If it is truly you, contact me to come to You.” The voice stated, “Okay, Peter, come on then!” A ghost wouldn’t contact him by name, so out of the boat he went. And he walked on the water towards Jesus!

It was when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and on to the waves that he “started to sink.” Sinking normally is instantaneous, but in this uncommon knowledge, his sinking was gradual and resulted from worry. He cried out to Jesus Jesus quickly grabbed him, saved him, and gently rebuked him for losing faith.

How does this apply to us? If we are to remain afloat in our faith and not drowned in the challenges that will inevitably come our way, we have to establish to make it a habit to hold our concentrate on Jesus, His Word, and His promises.


Teach me what it suggests to repair my gaze on You. Aid me moment by moment to draw away from my personal point of view, and merely appear to You.

I appear to You for all that I have to have, for the sustenance of my spirit, soul, and physique.

I appear to You for wisdom in each circumstance.

I appear to You to know Your appreciate that sweeps away each worry I face.

I appear to You for forgiveness, each to obtain it and to give it away as a present to these who do me incorrect.

I appear to You for joy in this life, for absolutely nothing else nor no one particular else eventually satisfies.

I appear to You for the present of good fellowship with You as properly as with these You have offered me to appreciate.

I’ll hold my eyes on You by way of each day so that I can stand robust when the storms of life come crashing in my path. You are a excellent God, and You will sustain me by way of them all.

In Jesus’ Name

He reached down from on higher and took hold of me he drew me out of deep waters. (Psalm 18:16)

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