Be Not Afraid

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Life is a series of dyings and risings.


Listen to my song “Come to Jesus” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Matthew 14:30-31

But when Peter saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”


We’ve all experienced the storms of life.

They come over and over, some more severe than others.

Sometimes we are required to take a leap of faith and step out of the boat like Peter.

There’s no turning back.

Either you stay where you are in turmoil, or you take proactive measures.

This is the pattern of life.

There are valleys and mountaintops.

There are storms, but they always give way to sunshine and rainbows.

The elephant in the room is the fear of death.

What if we knew that death was not final?

Well, that is our faith!

Jesus showed us that dying and rising is how the universe works.

All things go from birth to life to decline to death – but then the cycle begins again.

Just look at the leaves on a tree which fall to the ground in autumn and then become part of the earth again, helping to fertilize the ground for new growth in the spring.

Jesus showed us that all of life is a lesson in letting go, a time to practice losing your life so you can find your life.

When we let go of our ego’s desires, we start to find God’s desires for us.

The struggle is a time of rebirth.

Jesus also showed us that physical death is not the end but another beginning.

I have met several people who have had what is known as the “Near Death Experience.”

I’ve read about many others.

These people are witnesses who tell us there is nothing to fear in death.

Love and light await us.

We are all part of God’s epic and unfolding creation story.

We come from Love and will return to Love.

Step out of the boat and know that the hand of Jesus is just an arms-length away.

That is really Good News!


Listen to the song of the day “Come to Jesus” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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