Raising Kingdom Kids
Confidence God’s Way – Part 6
Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:25-27
Key Verse: Hebrews 13:5b
…God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”
I hope you can take a moment and read the scripture reading suggestion for today. The disciples who had witnessed so many miracles, found themselves scared to death about what they thought was a ghost walking on water. Jesus, realizing how fearful they were, called out to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” We might read this story and not be able to relate to the situation the disciples find themselves in. However, every one of us have been in scary situations. Most of us have had “thoughts” that were not based on the facts, but it didn’t matter, we were still very upset and scared. The disciples thought they were seeing a ghost. What are your thoughts about a scary situation? Are you convinced by what you can see that your situation is a dreadful mess or a terrifying failure?
During these challenges to our faith, we must stop ourselves from believing the negative thoughts that come to our minds. The enemy of our souls is trying to convince us that we are truly seeing a “ghost.” In other words, the devil loves to destroy our peace and fill us with fear. Call his bluff and resist those negative thoughts. You have a God in heaven that has His eyes on you. He can do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine.
Let me challenge you to memorize our key verse for today. When you are in the heat of the battle with the evil one and you feel your peace slipping away, quote that verse back to him. Keep saying the verse until your peace comes back. No matter how scary the situation looks, you have God’s promise that He is never going to leave you nor will He forsake you. The next verse, in Hebrews 13:6, states: “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid’.” God wants you to have confidence as you raise kids and accomplish any task that comes.
Father, your help is my confidence! I trust you and all your promises to me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.