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Devotions on Keeping the Faith


By Jill Briscoe

How do you handle the storms of life? How do I? Do we stride over them like Jesus did, or do we sink under them like Peter (Matthew 14:30)? 

There’s the inner conflict as we battle through spiritual issues, often without a trusted confidante. The winds of adversity can buffet us pretty badly, just as they buffeted the disciple’s little boat (vs. 24).

But then Jesus comes to us, just when we’re swamped and going down and says cheerfully, “take courage, it is I, don’t be afraid.” Then we have a choice to walk over it all in triumph with Jesus or look at the storm instead of the savior and drown.

As soon as we cry for help, we’ll feel His hand holding us. He’ll catch us – you’ll see – and then He’ll ask us, “Why did you doubt?” Conflict gives us a chance to know “His hand is not too shortened that it cannot save.”

I pray you remember, despite the winds and waves of panic within you, to trust Him and keep the faith.


So often we want the mountaintop experiences only, don’t we? But God knows that it’s the adversity that comes into our lives that really drives us to His heart. And, your relationship with God can thrive even in the tough times.

May these devotions on keeping the faith remind you that whatever your circumstances, with God there is always hope; for God’s plans are always good.



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