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It is true that some storms are of our own making. Jonah proved that (Jonah 1-3). Jonah ran from God, encountered a storm while on a ship, was thrown overboard, and wound up in the belly of a fish. But these disciples were smack dab in the center of God’s will when this storm hit in Matthew 14. I’m saying all this to point out that you can’t look at circumstances to tell you whether you are in God’s will. You need a word from God. You need an inner witness from the Holy Ghost that what you’re doing is what God told you to do. If you don’t have that, it will hinder you from seeing His power manifest in your life. When problems come, you’ll feel condemned and think, I brought this on myself; I deserve it. You need to know, first of all, that you are doing what God told you to do.

Most of these disciples were fishermen on that very lake. I personally believe that the reason Jesus had to constrain them to get into the boat was because they knew that the conditions were ripe for a storm, and they didn’t want to be out on the water. But if they had been thinking about the fact that Jesus had just fed 5,000 people, not including women and children (Matt. 14:15-21), then they would have expected a miracle, because they were only out there at Jesus’ direction. It wasn’t their wisdom. They never would have done this if it were up to them. But in the center of God’s will is where you can hope to see the miraculous!

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Sometimes people hurt us and they didn’t mean to. It still hurts, and we still need to forgive them, of course. But the rubber really meets the road when someone hurts you on purpose. Gah!

Is God asking us to forgive someone who is just plain mean and calculating against us, someone who has gone out of their way to do us wrong?

Well, you might not like it, but the answer is yes. Because God doesn’t ever want you to suffer any of the pain that comes from unforgiveness! In Matthew 5:44 Jesus says, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

Spitefully! On purpose! Wow, that verse has all opposite thoughts than our natural human thinking, doesn’t it?

But Jesus is trying to help us here. He’s telling us that even if someone spitefully uses us and persecutes us (on purpose!), we’re to love, pray for, and forgive them.

Is Jesus asking the impossible of us? Of course not. If it’s in the Bible, we can do it! He’s showing us the path to freedom and peace.

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"For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." (Mark 11:23)

Mountains represent literal walls—circumstantial challenges and obstacles in our lives that try to prevent us from receiving and experiencing the promises of God.

In 2 Corinthians 4:4 we read where Satan, “the god of this world's system”, attempts to blind our minds through unbelief. His purpose for doing so is to block us from receiving and experiencing the strong, overcoming, abundant life that God has for us.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

God designed our bodies to live forever. (Gen. 1:26) God did not design our bodies to break down and die. He created us free of sickness. He created us with no disabilities. We were strong, healthy, and free! That was our original design.

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