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The Lessons Of Fear And Doubt

(Mark 6:51-52) “And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.” Faith is taught over time by a series of lessons of fear and doubt. In the above verse, Jesus had just walked on water to rescue the disciples from a terrible storm, and upon entering the ship the storm ceased and all became calm. In the above verses the Holy Spirit wants us to see that the apostles’ hearts were “hardened” because they feared and forgot about the miracle “of the loaves.” How often in the storms of life do we as Christians fear and toil in our own strength, forgetting to seek Christ’s help, demonstrating unbelief  or a “hard heart.” The apostles just witnessed the power of Jesus when he fed 5,000 men with just 5 loaves and two fish, and yet they still had trouble trusting in him. At least in (Matt. 14:28) Peter seeing Jesus walk on water asked to join him upon the waves, but what seemed to be an easy task soon began to turn into fear and doubt as he began to sink, but thank God Jesus “immediately stretched forth his hand and caught him.” Oh, that we would learn by faith to take Jesus’ hand, rather than sink and fail in the lessons of fear and doubt. Brethren, faith is learned as we read God’s Word and then trust solely in Jesus. Peter only sank because he took his eyes off of Jesus and began to doubt. If we doubt and fear, we like Peter will fail, but when Jesus is called upon by faith nothing is impossible; “It is I, be not afraid.”

 

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