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Bishop Michael SmithStudy in the Word

I am excited about the opportunity to share with you what I believe to be some biblical truths the Lord revealed to me. These truths have been life-changing for me, and I believe with the help of the Holy Spirit they will be just as in important to you in your walk with Christ.

I want to outline four things related to one of the most familiar passages in the Bible, Matthew 14:22-23. In this passage of scripture, you will see 12 men strugling with many of the same things we go through today. These men anticipated following through today. These men anticipated following through with what the Lord told them to do without any problems. But, it was not that easy.

In our personal walk with the Lord, it is almost never easy to complete what He has told us to do without encountering some form of opposition. Things like doubt and fear become personal battles we face continually. They mount and build in us like a raging storm. Yet, the Word of God gives us instruction on how we can battle the storms in our lives and victoriously cross over to the other side. Let us examine the scriptures closely and address the issues that let us know Jesus is the Master of The Storm.

- Bishop Michael Smith

Lesson 1

Have you ever been out on the sea or in the ocean on a nice, sun-shiny day. The water is so beautiful and relaxing that you can almost forget every care or problem. Well, the disciples were in a similar situation on the sea of Galilee. What was supposed to be a smooth sailing trip turned into an eye-opening experience and a miraculous journey.

Jesus the Master of the StormIn Matthew 14:14, Jesus has been speaking to a large multitude of people who came to hear him elaborate on the scriptures. Jesus was an articulate man. On several occasions, He baffled many with His spiritual insight into the scriptures. He also confused many with His style of speaking. Jesus often outlined the Word of God in parables and sometimes He left the scribes of the day guessing what He meant. Yet, those that followed His teachings felt the anointing behind His words. As a result, every where Jesus went He drew a crowd around Him. On this particular day, the Bible lets us know Jesus spoke to a crowd of 5 thousand men, and some believe if you factor in women and children, the crowd could have been as large as 20 thousand people.

The scripture states in verse 14 "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them." I am so glad we serve a God that can be MOVED! When I read this it blessed me so much. It blew my mind because our Savior is concerned about our needs, but He is a God that has always been concerned about His people.

From the beginning of time, God has desired to see us blessed and happy. When Adam felt alone in the Garden of Eden because there was no one like him in the garden, God declared, "...It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him" Gen 2:18:(KJV). You see even at man-kind's earliest conception God showed his concern for us. He is a God concerned about what is hurting us and what is ailing us. He is not some God off in a distance twiddling His thumbs, or a God that has deaf ears and blinded eyes. But, what matters to us also matters to Him.

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" Heb 4:15 (KJV).

He knows what you are going through! The Bible states Jesus saw them and He was moved with compassion and healed their diseases. This event was not the first time the Lord healed someone because He was moved with compassion. In Mark 1:40-42, the Word of God gives us an account of a leper who began pleading to Jesus for mercy. This man was dying and needed a miracle. He had enough faith to believe if Jesus willed it He could heal him.

"And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and said unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed" Mark 1:40-42 (KJV).

Whatever place we are in today, He is a God that wants to move on our circumstances. He is a God that wants to move with compassion on our behalf when we are hurting. He will be there for us and deliver us if we let him.

- Bishop Michael Smith

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Scriptural References

"And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, an to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away."

"And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone."

"But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea."

"And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, it is a spirit; and they cried out for fear."

"But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid."

"And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus."

"But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me."

"And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?:

"And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God." Matt 14:22-23(KJV)

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