The Other Side

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The Other Side

I love to see the weaknesses in the disciples.  It comforts me to see that even though these men walked and talked with the Son of God, they still struggled at times in their faith.  They actually saw the miracles of Christ with their own eyes, yet they still grappled with doubts and fears.

In Matthew 14:22, Jesus made the disciples get in a boat and go ahead of Him to the other side.  Later, when the boat was buffeted by the wind and waves, they began to get worried.  They became even more fearful when they saw what they perceived to be a ghost walking on the water toward them.

In verse 22, there is the implication that when Jesus told them to get in the boat, He would meet them on the other side.  Now, this was the Son of God who was speaking.  When He said that He would meet them on the other side, they could have complete confidence that it would happen just as Jesus said.  Yet, we see them battling a bad case of fear.  I have often wondered if the disciples forgot that God said His word would never return void, but would accomplish what He desires.  (Isaiah 55:11)  Had they remembered that word, I doubt that they would have assaulted with such anxiety that night.

Not only did Jesus meet them on the other side, He went a step further.  He came to them while they were being tossed about by the gusting winds.

What storm are you facing?  Rest assured that Jesus will not only meet you on the other side of your storm, but He will come and walk with you through the storm.

© 2006, Stacy R. Miller

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Worship That Moves the Lord

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© 2008, Stacy R Miller

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Psalm 91

Verse 13 mentions the lion and cobra, the great lion and serpent.

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Cobra problems = a deceptive scheme that can devour us, ambush
Dragon (some versions) or Serpent problems = Unfounded fears, fear of the unknown, death, loss, tormenting suspicions.

Next to verse 14, where it says, “for he acknowledges my name,” I have written “responds to.”  So a lot of people will say they “acknowledge” the Lord, but do they truly “respond” to Him when He speaks?  Seems kind of like faith and works.  Can’t have one w/o the other.

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