Day 32: Take Courage



IMMEDIATELY~

At once.

Instantly.

Not in a moment.

Not in a second.

Not even "let me think about it".

IMMEDIATELY~

"without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening" (Logos).

When?

IMMEDIATELY

because that is when miracles happen~

"IMMEDIATELY they received their sight and followed HIM" (Matthew 20:30)

"IMMEDIATELY the leprosy left him and he was cleansed" (Mark 1:42)

"IMMEDIATELY something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.

He got up and was baptized" (Acts 9:18).

When?

IMMEDIATELY

Because that is how JESUS does things~

"IMMEDIATELY JESUS made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of HIM

to the other side, while HE dismissed the crowd"*

BUT

"Shortly before dawn JESUS went out to them, walking on the lake.

When the disciples saw HIM walking on the lake, they were terrified.

“It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear"*

BUT

"JESUS IMMEDIATELY said to them:

'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid'*

And then Peter responded~

“LORD, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to YOU on the water”*

And then JESUS responded~

“Come,” HE said.*

And then Peter responded

IMMEDIATELY~

"Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward JESUS."*

BUT then it only took a moment for Peter to look away from JESUS~

& IMMEDIATELY

He began to sink~

"But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'LORD, save me!'*

BUT then JESUS does it again

IMMEDIATELY~

"IMMEDIATELY JESUS reached out HIS hand and caught him.

“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” *(Matthew 14:)

Oh how

I fall

IMMEDIATELY

when I take my eyes off of JESUS~

when I get distracted by all that is going on around me

making my FAITH waver~

In the midst of fear.

In the midst of doubt.

In the midst of ______.

BUT JESUS always responds

IMMEDIATELY

the moment my eyes are FIXED back on HIM.

There is no time like this moment

to IMMEDIATELY fix our eyes on HIM.

IMMEDIATELY

Forgiven~

"Then JESUS said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven'" (Luke 7:48).

IMMEDIATELY

Saved~

"JESUS said to the woman, 'Your faith has saved you; go in peace'” (Luke 7:50).

IMMEDIATELY

Free~

"JESUS said, 'If you hold to MY teaching, you are really MY disciples.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free'" (John 8:31).

IMMEDIATELY~

without hesitation

to

IMMEDIATELY

Obey.

What do you have to stop doing or start doing

IMMEDIATELY

so that you can live a life of freedom?

Is it asking JESUS to come into your life?

Is it letting go of a habit/behavior?

Is it just asking for forgiveness for something you did or something someone else did to you?

Is it just BELIEVING HIM IMMEDIATELY in the midst of uncertainty?

Whatever it is

Let's just do it

IMMEDIATELY

so that we

get out of our comfy cozy boat

& walk on water

with the

One

Who

IMMEDIATELY

will keep us afloat

because

that is just how

JESUS

does things,

IMMEDIATELY~

even when our faith waivers

in fear

in anxiety

in worry

in doubt

in _______~

"But JESUS IMMEDIATELY said to them"*

&

IMMEDIATELY

says to us

“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid”*

even when all you can see and feel is the wind blowing all around you.

Because

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13)

because

"YOU call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail"

(from the song "OCEANS" listen below)



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