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Devotional - week of May 13, 2012


FEAR NOT

 

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith”? Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.  Matthew 8:26

 

The disciples were with Jesus in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when “a great tempest arose.” The disciples, including several fishermen, were terrified. Jesus was asleep. The disciples came to Jesus “and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’” He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?”

 

Repeatedly, Jesus told His followers not to be afraid, worry or be anxious. His commandments not to fear outnumber any other thing He told us not to do. He knew that fear is the most common and harmful emotion we could have. He knew that fear would restrain us from being the person God wants us to be.

 

But how can we be set free from our worries, anxieties and fears? It is not by some type of mental gymnastics. The statement of Jesus to his terrified disciples on a boat during a vicious storm was “O you of little faith.” If faith is our freedom from our fears, how do we have faith?

 

When we experience our union with Christ, we put to death our faith in ourselves and grow in our faith in God. When we experience our union with Christ, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. A fruit of the Spirit is “faith.” This means faith in God. When we are filled the Spirit, He prompts us to read our Bibles and He teaches us the Scripture. Anyone who is a student of the Bible will grow in Faith.

 

When we experience our union with Christ we are under grace. That is, we are delivered from faith in ourselves and live by our faith in God.