We have all experienced what always comes after a moment of devine revelation or inspiration. It is almost as if Satan just waits for that perfect time to whisper doubts into our ears, and that is exactly what he did. Even to the Savior of the world. Christ was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days where he chose to fast. During the weakest moments, Satan used the word, "If". "If thou be the Son of God, command these stones into bread." Satan knew that previously the Savior had received a devine experience where He heard the Father say to Him, "Thou are my Beloved Son" . Satan tempted the Savior to doubt, but the Savior knew who he was and would not yield.
Last night we were teaching Raymond the importance of focusing on the savior. We used the example of Peter walking on water and something caught my eyes that I never noticed. It was a stormy night. Tossing waves braking against the sides of their little ship, ocean mist drenching in their faces. (I was reminded of our adventures in Indonesia as we sailed along the heavy and thick ocean swells.) The apostles were weary, troubled, and now scared as they saw what they thought to be a spirit walking on water. They hear their Masters voice, "Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid." Peter, full of faith asks, "If it be thou, big me to come unto thee on the water." And the savior responded, "Come." Peter stepped off the boat, and he walked on water. As he began, he cast his eyes away and beheld the mountain waves surrounding him. I imagine satan whispering doubts into his mortal mind, telling him to look upon the waves rather than the Savior. As he began to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me." Immediately, immediately the Savior stretched his own perfect hand and caught him. "Oh thou of little faith, where for didn't thou doubt?"
We all must hold to the through and cast our eyes and make the them unmovable upon the Savior. Satan will try to make us look away, try to make us doubt, but we must stay fast. And if the storms break way, if doubts start to flood, and we find our feet slipping under the waters of the sea, be of Good cheer, be not afraid, for our lifeguard walks on water.
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