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Don’t Be Afraid

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27, NIV)

Have you ever pondered about doing something that you know is a risk? There is just something about it that causes you to cringe—maybe it the risk that you might possibly fail? I have, but yet most of the time I have found that life holds more excitement and satisfaction when I’m willing to stretch my wings, step out of my comfort zone, try new things, and dare to achieve my dreams. How often have you said that you want to know the will of God, but when you find out what it is, it’s just too scary or too difficult or to time consuming? Again, I know I have.

Instead of focusing on God, I’ve said, “I’m too old,” “I’m not good enough,” “My health is too bad,” or “I just can’t do that.” I know only too well though, that when I ask according to God’s will, Christ accepts my offer to let Him show His power in me.

So I ask you, “What is God prompting you to dream about today and even more importantly, to put into an action plan? If there is something big that we want to do in the future, then we need give it over to Jesus. My scripture this morning is about Peter and what did he do? He asked Jesus to help him. When we step out of our comfort zones, we need to expect things that may challenge us and seem scary, but we also need to expect surprises, just like Peter encountered after stepping out of the boat and actually walking on the water. We need to be more like Peter and look to Jesus to get us through to the end. The results may be something more than we ever imagined!

How much of what God has for us to accomplish do we fail to realize because our vision is so limited? Let’s be risk takers for God! Today, let’s prepare ourselves to be risk takers. Let’s turn our dreams into action plans, and be ready for some challenges and surprises. Where would Peter be had he not stepped out of the boat? Remember the greatest risk is to not take a risk at all. I truly believe there are great things in store for Western Hills Christian Church. I will be watching the newsletter for updates. Take the risk, go for it!

Article by Rev. Pat from http://whccsa.org

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