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anointed-to-be-difference-in-your-adversity

Scripture: Matt. 14:25-33

25Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

Being Different means:

  • The state or relation of being different; dissimilarity
  • A significant change in or effect on a situation
  • A distinguishing characteristic; distinctive quality & feature

Anointed to make a difference:

There must be a distinguishing characteristic, or even a distinctive quality and feature, in our life that marks our walk with Jesus, especially in times of adversity.

 

1. Jesus Went Out to His Disciples (v.25)

A. He comes to us more than we go to Him
  • In times of danger and distress, Jesus will see us and will come to our relief.
  • Even in the tempest that howls, or on the waves of affliction that beat around us, Jesus will come, and we shall be safe.
B. He knows what is happening
  • Nothing takes Him by surprise
  • His knowledge is total
  • He knows all that there is to know and all that can be known

Great is our Lord and mighty in power. His understanding has no limit. (Psa. 147:5)

1You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psa. 139:1-4)

For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. (1 Jn 3:20)

 

2. Jesus Immediately Said to Them (v. 27)

A. “Take Courage”

Jesus uses the first phrase – “Take Courage”

  • In its original language that means “Cheer up”
  • Same word used for the paralytic man in Matthew 9:2
  • Same word used for the woman with the issue of blood
B. “It is I”
  • God’s name found in Exodus 3:14 – “I AM WHO I AM”
  • He is the Son of God
  • He is Emmanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23)
C. “Don’t Be Afraid”
  • Identical word used to reassure Joseph, son of David and the woman at the empty tomb.
  • Identical word used to reassure the twelve as they went for missions and on the Mount of Transfiguration

 

3. Jesus Reached Out His Hand … and Calmed Everything (vv. 31-32)

A. He will stretch out His mighty Hands

Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. (Psa. 138:7)

… no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:29b)

B. He will also calm the storm

13 “For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’ 14 “Do not fear, … I will help you,” declares the Lord, “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. (Isa. 41:13-14)

… I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands … (Isa. 49:15b-16a)

 

Be Magnified – Don Moen

Verse 1:

I have made you too small, in my eyes
O Lord, forgive me
And I’ve believed in a lie
That you were unable to help me.
But now O Lord, I see my wrong
Heal my heart and show yourself strong
And in my eyes, and with my song
O Lord, be magnified
O Lord, be magnified

Verse 2:

I have leaned on the wisdom of men
O Lord, forgive me
And I have responded to them
Instead of your light and your mercy
But now, O Lord, I see my wrong
Heal My Heart and show yourself strong
And in my eyes and with my song
O Lord, be magnified
O Lord, be magnified

 

 

By: Rev. Wilson Phang

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