Understanding Storms and Afflictions – Part 3
He got up , rebuked the wind ad said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. – Mark 4:39, NIV
Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea’, and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. – Mark 11:23, NIV
Greetings! And welcome to the concluding part of this series. We had an 18 inch snow storm in my neck of the woods this week. As I stayed indoors reflecting on God’s wonder (nature). It will only fitting that I conclude this topic.
We can all agree that storms are part of life. Times of hardness are inevitable. There will be moments when it seems we are in the breakdown lane of life. Yes, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. It is signed, sealed and delivered. However, the enemy of our soul will seek to challenge our knowledge and understanding of our redemptive rights in Christ.
The presence of God is in the storm. He is right there; still and calm with you -just as Christ was with the disciples when the boat seemed like it would capsize. God is well aware of the affliction. He is well aware of the trial. He is with you in the test. This time, he wants you to open your mouth and speak to your storms. Think about this for a second. Jesus was in the boat, taking a nap. Do you think he did not know the winds were violent? His bed must have jerked. He continued sleeping because he expected his disciples to handle the situation.
You have the power to deal with your storms. God expects you to speak to your storms. He is waiting on you to command them to be still, to move, to budge to shift!! That power is according to the measure of faith you have. Before Christ spoke, he looked at his disciples and said “Oh of little faith!” He marveled at their unbelief. The disciples were so flustered, they could not muster enough faith to speak to the storm. What does that say to you and I? Unbelief will prolong the duration of the storm! You need to muster every faith in you, backed by God’s word to address that affliction.
As you open your mouth to speak, God is duty bound to honor your faith and make power available to calm the storm. Christ has finished His work on earth, He has transferred power to you. He is beckoning you to command the mountain of affliction to move. Tell it to move! Move it must! God is duty bound to honor his word. His word is Himself. God and his Word are one. If He is commanding us to speak, we must speak.
What is that lingering trial or affliction that is starring you in the face? I join faith with you in the name of Jesus and command it to be cast into the sea. It no longer brings you tears. It no longer robs your joy. You are coming out stronger, your faith is built up, you are more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you. Amen, amen and amen!