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Friday, July 1, 2011
Our pastor spoke recently from Matthew 14 concerning Peter and his cry for help on the water. The point of his sermon was, as disciples of Christ our faith is always in place and times of distress are the opportunities we have to exercise it.
This message hit close to home being in line with my 2011 words to live by: Be Not Afraid. At the start of the new year I declared these to by my words for 2011. In January the calendar already had three big events, not to mention the family shift of graduation and eventually starting college.
In the past six months, like most Christians, I have had to exercise my faith over and over. In each instance I have sought God and claimed I would not be afraid of what I did not know or could not control. Assessing these stressful situations from an internal point of view I believe I have managed most events in a calm and peaceful manner, experiencing much more enjoyment than anticipated through the pre-planning.
Spiritual maturity is often so incremental we don't notice until we have sufficient hindsight, much less expect notice from our general public. Conscious exercise to "be not afraid" in situations that I would naturally mull and worry over has allowed me to reduce my worry and concerns and in some cases letting them go. This is evidence my faith is deepening.
Like all change, this doesn't happen without conscious discipline and exercise. If you are an agent of the kingdom your faith is all ready with you. The strength of that faith is yours to exercise daily with Bible study and prayer. Join me in these exercises, do not be afraid.