Good morning Facebook family and friends. I greet you in the mighty name of Jesus. Father God, Renew my strength, Lord. Fill me with Your supernatural power to overcome each obstacle in my path. With my eyes on You, Lord, with You walking beside me, working through me, I can make it. Thank You, Lord! Lord, like David, I need Your encouragement. Thank You that You are always on the throne, always my God, ready to save. Thank You for being the same God to me that You were to David. Thank You for always being near and always rescuing me from my fears and hurts. Oh Lord, You know my heart better than I know it myself. You know my struggles and You hold each hope and fear in Your caring hands. In the Mighty, Matchless Name of Jesus. Amen!!!
It’s interesting how we want enough Jesus to buy in but not enough to sell out. We don’t want the Jesus of the scriptures. So often, what most people want is what Jesus can give them. They want what they think Jesus should be for them. They have gotten carried away with what they have seen Jesus do, but not want to get carried away for just because of who Jesus is. Someone will miss this today but I pray they get what I’m saying.
Have you ever found yourself in that place? Have you ever found yourself stuck in one of life’s storms, and no matter how hard you try, no matter what you do, it seems that you cannot make any headway? Well, we all have times like that! It may seem to you like the storm will never end and that there is no possible good that can come from what you are facing.
You know we have seen and heard about the devastation of what hurricanes can do. Such hurricanes as Sandy, Wilma and the one that sticks out on everyone’s mind is Hurricane Katrina. These were serious storms. And from the likes of these the aftermath is still prevalent. There has been movies and books written about the perfect storm. But is there such a thing as a perfect storm? A mature hurricane is by far the most powerful event on earth.
Humph, think about it, the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the former Soviet Union don’t contain enough energy to keep a hurricane going for one day. A typical hurricane could provide all the electrical power needed by the United States for three or four years. People who fish for a living and spend time on the sea have frequently experienced diverse weather conditions. But those who have experienced a severe storm have one emotion in common-fear.
Do you feel as if your life’s circumstances are a mighty storm? Listen, Mark recorded an instance when a storm threatened the boat carrying Jesus and His disciples on the Sea of Galilee. In a panic the disciples woke Jesus. He calmly rebuked the wind and sea by saying “Peace be still!” (Literally “hush”) as if He were quieting an agitated child. Immediately, the storm stopped and the waters became calm. The disciples asked, “Who can this be that the wind and the sea obey Him!” Look at Jesus who has the authority over heaven and earth. He will give you the strength to survive the storm until He ultimately calms it. When we trust in the power of God His peace keeps us from panic.
While the storms of life are never pleasant, they do produce certain benefits in our lives that we would do well to make note of. The Storms are God’s means of transportation. Think about it. The very thing the disciples feared was the sea. The sea, was the very thing the Lord used as the vehicle to reveal Himself unto them. He will do the same in your life and mine. Storms are God’s means of testing. The storms of life have the potential to reveal the Savior to us in a way we may have never considered before. When He comes to us, walking on our storm, He gives us the same message of hope that He gave to the disciples that stormy night. Storms are God’s means of testimony. God wants us to use our storms as testimony to show His power in the face of anything that we go through. The storm will rage until it has accomplished His purpose and then He will cause the winds to cease for you. All He is trying to get us to see is that He is in control of the storms of life. It isn’t me and it isn’t you. Jesus is the Master of the Sea and He is the Master of the Storm as well! When your storm begins count it all joy because God is going to show Himself in it for others to see. You are being used to show His Glory! The storms of life contain some hidden blessings!!!!!
35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:35-41
“11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by.” Hebrews 12:11.
Live life, give people hope, and share your heart, wisdom, and resources. Never place a period where god says there should be a comma.
As always peace and blessings, be safe. Take advantage of your opportunities but never allow your opportunities to take advantage of you. Remember God loves you and so do I. ©krw 4.16.18