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When The Wind Blows

  • He said, 'Come!' Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, 'You of little faith, why did you doubt?' Matthew 14:29 WEB

    As Peter walked across the surface of the water, the wind began to blow stronger. Fear came over him and he began to panic. Then the water beneath his feet started to soften and he began to sink into the sea. Before this moment, Peter had cheerfully been walking across the top of the water, leaving all the others behind in the boat. Now sinking in panic he cried out, "Lord, save me!" and Jesus reached out and took hold of him. Jesus then asked Peter one question: "Why did you doubt?"

    Peter had stepped out in faith to come to the Lord Jesus, and it was all working just the way that it should. But of course, when on the edge of a major breakthrough, a life changing event, the wind began to blow furiously in opposition to him and his faith wavered. Peter began to doubt that the Lord wanted him to do this at all. 'What was I thinking? This is crazy! What am I doing here? I can't do this! I am going to drown!' All these thoughts ran through his mind, and that is when he began to sink. Even though his faith failed him, Jesus was there to catch him.

    Fear is a spirit, and it will try and turn you back from what the Lord has for you. Fear is the guardian of the good stuff, and you will have to get past it to obtain it. Scripture tells us:

    'For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control' (2 Timothy 1:7).

    When you step out in faith, and are on the edge of a major breakthrough, it seems that all hell will break loose against you. Don't give up. Don't give into panic. Only believe. God's plan for you has not changed and He is still calling you to come. God always is calling us into our future, and if we could do it ourselves, we wouldn't need Him. 'I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me' (Philippians 4:13). That includes what you are facing today.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You this day for giving me the opportunity to serve You. Forgive me for being fearful and listening to the voice of the enemy. If You are for me, who can stand against me? What was I thinking to doubt You, the Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth? Fill my life with Your presence, strengthen me, and let me see the world through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You this day for giving me the opportunity to serve You. Forgive me for being fearful and listening to the voice of the enemy. If You are for me, who can stand against me? What was I thinking to doubt You, the Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth? Fill my life with Your presence, strengthen me, and let me see the world through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Yes please :) Help me see the world through your eyes and show me where & how to help others find YOU <3 In Jesus name AMEN Thank you Pastor... as I try to finish formatting my second children's book before the deadline I gave myself, it helps to remember God gave me this dream and he will be with me every step of the way... how can I fail when I have God on my side? No Doubting!!! Total faith!!!! I can do it <3 God is with me <3 Thank you & God bless.

November 7, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen, amen. 

November 7, 2016
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

 

November 7, 2016
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

November 7, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Good Morning-Breathren!! Great Scrips Pastor!! seeing through His eyes is the coolest!!! truthfully, I mis it!! Staying charged keeping My motor running, mentally so to speak, I found key!! Forward in Him!!!

November 7, 2016
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Thank you God for being there to help me through all the obstacles in my life. In Jesus name I pray

November 7, 2016
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Terryl Nichols
Terryl Nichols

Amen

November 7, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

 

November 7, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen. Before Hurricane Matthew category 5,  came through, it looked like we were going to get hit pretty hard in South Florida. As I lie awake , I had apprehension about it, not fear, just anxious to know the outcome. Jesus spoke to my heart and said, I am with you in the boat, even if I am sleeping, it will not go down in the storm. I fell peacefully asleep and sure enough, the track changed overnight and our coastline was spared. Our winds were no higher than a normal summer storm. Praise the Lord for His mercy is new everyday and night.

November 7, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Thank you for the encouragement!

November 7, 2016
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Peggy Linkous
Peggy Linkous

THANKS DION,FOR THIS MESSAGE TODAY,IT ALWAYS BRIGHTENS MY DAY TO HEAR YOU,THINGS ARE SO HARD HERE AT HOME AND I NEED ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT I CAN GET AT THIS POINT.I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE SERMON YESTERDAY,I AM NOT SURE IF I WAS HAVEING TECH. PROBLEMS OR IT WAS ON YOUR SIDE,BUT I NEVER GOT TO THE END OF THE SERMON,I DIDN'T WANT YOU TO THINK I CHECKED OUT ON YOU WITHOUT EXPLAINING WHAT HAPPENED.HAVE A BLESSED DAY.

November 7, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, I lift up Peggy to you and pray that you bless her, provide for her needs and resolve whatever is happening with the Sunday streaming, in the name of Jesus, amen!

November 7, 2016
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Peggy Linkous
Peggy Linkous

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYER FOR ME,I FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE FRIENDS LIKE YOU AND DION.I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS FOR SAFE TRAVELS THIS WEEL.

November 7, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Aww, thank you so much, Peggy :)!

November 7, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank you for this Pastor! I am feeling a lot of pressure right now, especially with my depression/anxiety with work, and with trying to follow the direction I feel the Lord wants me to go with my life.  

November 7, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen♡

November 7, 2016
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.edited: November 7, 2016

Amen, we all must face our "Red Seas" and when we do we will sometimes fill overwhelmed. But God.......... My situation is rife with problems both physically and financially and I sometimes feel like it is just too much. But then, "I know my Redeemer Lives." May the Lord deliver us all from our burdens and lighten our loads. Jesus Lives.....Amen, SELAH.

November 7, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

November 7, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devorion.  I've been getting a lot of Matthew 14:29 it has been coming up for a couple months now. It comes up in many of my daily devotions. I opeb something and bam there it is. I am trying to understand why it keeps coming up. Well I keep thinking it had to do with what i'm going threw dropping medication. I know I get bad feelings wehn I drop and they're ugly. God's trying to tell me to let go and keep letting your faith grow. Amen <3

That's what I am thinking about why Matthew 14:29 keeps coming up. Father forgive me for my worry it's scary for me I won't lie. I needhelo from you and I need to work on this because those feelings are ugly. I pray you keep uoit loving arms around me to help me threw this. I pray in Jesus, name. Amen <3 Thank you Father you know all that I feel so please forgive me. Amen

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You this day for giving me the opportunity to serve You. Forgive me for being fearful and listening to the voice of the enemy. If You are for me, who can stand against me? What was I thinking to doubt You, the Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth? Fill my life with Your presence, strengthen me, and let me see the world through Your eyes, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

 

 

November 7, 2016
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Julie Magill
Julie Magill

fear and faith cannot occupy the same space at the same time  Pick one..

 

November 7, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Well said, Julie <3!

November 7, 2016
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez

Although I haven't commented in awhile, I read your devotions on a daily basis. I love what they say and truly appreciate the prayer that you provide at the end of each one. Sometimes it feels like you are reading my mind when you write them. Thank you Pastor Todd for the beautiful writings.

November 7, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Always wonderful to here from you, Laura :)!

November 7, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

In both the New and Old Testaments, God tells us "Be not afraid" "Fear not.." I'm beginning to see that fear is promted by satan, and Jesus can quickly turn all our fear into peace! Thanks for the reminder, Pator Todd!

November 7, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Exactly right, Kathy, praise God!

November 8, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

November 7, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You this day for giving me the opportunity to serve You. Forgive me for being fearful and listening to the voice of the enemy. If You are for me, who can stand against me? What was I thinking to doubt You, the Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth? Fill my life with Your presence, strengthen me, and let me see the world through Your eyes, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

November 8, 2016
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Anita Huffman
Anita Huffman

Thank you! I needed this insight today. Sometimes we have to be reminded of God's love and mercy. Trust through the storm.

November 10, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Pastor Dion for this devotion and prayer.Father forgive me for the times I have not always been bold or slow in sharing your word.Help me to see others as you see them and to understand when people don't want to know of your love.In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

November 18, 2016