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Ivan Aivazovsky's painting Walking on Water (1888)

 

On an angry sea named Galilee a group of frightened men, near exhaustion, labored in  vain to reach safety.  They were cold, wet, and feared greatly for their lives. One of these men, Peter, lifted up his head and looked out over the raging waves.  At first, he thought he saw an apparition, but then Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”  What Peter saw and heard made his heart leap, and where there was hopelessness, faith was born as he gazed upon his Lord and Savior.  By faith, Peter said, “…Lord, if it be thou, bid me to come to thee on the water.”  Jesus said, “Come”.  As you finish reading these writings I encourage you to un-bow yourself and fix your eyes upon Jesus.  Though a storm may rage about you, He would say to you this day, “Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid.”  Ask Him in your heart, “Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come”.  If Jesus says to your spirit, “come” take that first step of faith and walk with Him on the water.

 

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