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"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear"

Spiritual Preparedness–September 2015

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Focus on the Savior

In the 14th chapter of Matthew we read the story of Peter walking on the water. The Lord had sent his disciples on ahead by boat, while he took some time apart to pray. In the middle of the night and in the middle of a storm, the men saw a figure walking toward them on the water. After their initial alarm, they recognized the Lord. Peter said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water”, and the Lord replied simply, “Come.” Peter stepped out in faith and began, successfully, miraculously, to walk on the water. But as he started to take notice of his surroundings, and as his focus changed, his faith wavered and he began to sink.

We too walk a perilous pathway. As those who follow Satan work to undermine, destabilize and destroy the peace and security of mankind, the ground beneath our feet may begin to seem unreliable and fraught with danger. When the darkness and winds of the latter-days claim our attention we might first find ourselves distracted, then sinking, and finally near-drowning in fear or despair. As in all things, the answer is the Savior. When we call out to Him, He hears, and assures us that we need not fear, that He has overcome this much-troubled world and bids us “Come.” As our focus becomes increasingly fixed on Him and on His work we grow to be sure and steadfast, “more than conquerors” and find that we can walk confidently over or through whatever may lie in our way. Truly, we will find that it matters very little the conditions of the world or the challenges of our particular pathway through it as long as it leads to Him.

 

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