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Be of Good Cheer by Pastor Melissa Scott

In Matthew 14, after Jesus had fed the five thousand, “Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and 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.” It was the fourth watch of the night; it was the darkest hour.

Again, put yourself into the scene: these fishermen knew the dangers of the sea. In the darkest hour of the night, the ship was in the midst of the sea, tossed with the waves. “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.” Circle that word cheer. “It is I; be not afraid.” (Matthew 14:22-27) 

You have heard me say that when God repeats Himself, I pay attention, Pastor Scott notes. In John 16:32, Jesus is giving His farewell messages to His disciples. He says, “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” In the preceding verses, He had described horrible persecutions and trouble that will come upon them. He says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation”; this is a certainty. “But be of good cheer.”

Circle that word cheer.

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