Matthew 14:25-27

26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

God designed life with victory, but it must be with difficulties. What’s important is we gain learning through our difficult experiences. God’s act comes unexpectedly, uniquely and in an unrecognized way.

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the act of God because it comes to us in a negative and strange way. Personal divine encounter is one way of God introducing Himself, but it requires sense of awareness to know Him personally and to be convinced that the God we serve is alive and cannot be indifferent.

Our trials and circumstances as storms of our lives become a magnifier to realize God. Yes, it takes a storm to see God in our lives, but when overcome, blessings and joy will surely be upon us.

God bless us all and may we have a glorious Christmas.

Your servant in Christ,

Ptr. Obeth G. Mendoza

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