Jesus Calms the Storm

Mark 4: 35-40, “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples , “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him up and said to him, “Teacher don’t you care if we drown.” He got us, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still”. Then the wind died down and it was complete calm. He said to his disciples, “why are you so afraid!” Do you still have no faith?” When evening came, Jesus asked his disciples to go to the other side of the lake.

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples , “Let us go over to the other side.”

Have you accomplished what you wanted to finish for long. You have worked hard and now the end of the day of hard work has arrived – Isn’t it the time to celebrate!  Celebration is good but don’t let it become an excuse to delay the next assignment God has in place for you. God’s ways are Higher than our ways and He has destined us to be at a special time at a certain time. Sometimes, God wants us to wait for long without making a move and other times He wants us to relentlessly work for his Kingdom. He is the Lord of our lives and destiny. Let Him dictate the way you would celebrate your victory – resting and feasting with friends and family or get connected to the new project he has in mind for you.

Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 

When they left behind the crowd, they were in the boat and suddenly a furious squall came up. This was something the disciples had never expected to happen. They were with Jesus in the boat and here the boat was ready to be swamped.

Most of us expect life to go smooth once we determine to follow the Lord but No! Sometimes, the storms of trouble become more violent, things seem changing for worse and suffering and pain seem to become permanent dwellers.

Having Jesus in the boat of our lives is not a guarantee to live a painless life but  its an absolute assurance to have powerful covering of the most High God shadowing over us all the time. Its HIS sweet presence that negates all the ill effects of dark forces, keeping a child of God harmless and at peace in all situations.

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him up and said to him, “Teacher don’t you care if we drown.”

Storm come to bring the real out of us…Pain, Hatred, Anger or Love, Joy and Resting in the Lord.  Jesus was resting amidst storm, but he was still actively doing what the father wanted Him to do at that very hour. He was defeating the power of the storm by not reacting in a way that was influenced by the raging storm. just being at rest, he was disarming the power of adversity. What storms you have today in your life? Rest in the Lord and you will declare yourself more than victorious in Christ.

He got us, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still”. Then the wind died down and it was complete calm. He said to his disciples, “why are you so afraid!” Do you still have no faith?”

Jesus said to the storm Be quiet! If you remain unaffected by the negative affects of adverse situations and stand up to speak up, all powerful force of darkness will run away. There is no storm that is strong enough to overcome a child of God. Lets stand up the way Jesus did against the storm. Lets gather our strength by being at rest in the Lord and speak up in Jesus name, and soon the storms will die and the sun of righteousness will rise to fill us up with healing in its rays.

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Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy

Joy and tears go together as we want to live a Godly life, as Paul says in 2Timothy 3:12, “Everyone who wants to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Godly life in Christ Jesus comes with a cost that involves disciplined life and sacrificial obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifices but sacrificial obedience is what the Lord has called us for.  Sacrificial obedience may range from getting up early in the morning to spend time with the Lord, to using spiritual weapons to bind every imagination and thought that rise against the knowledge of God. Obedience is not easy but with persistent efforts it brings renewed strength that enables us to lead Godly life.

An undisciplined life begins with just one episode of careless disobedience that stretches itself into intentional resistance to the work of the Lord. How important it is to keep a watch on where we are going as Paul says in Eph. 5:21, “Watch your step.”

A soldier doesn’t get mixed up with the civilian affairs but keep himself focused on his mission likewise those who want to live a Godly life with Jesus need to keep their minds and eyes focused on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. One slip here and there might invite the raging waves of storms of disobedience into our lives.

An obedient life doesn’t bring an assurance of a life free from persecution or troubles. In fact the verse above says just the opposite that “those who want to live a Godly life will be persecuted.”

Why should one be motivated to live an obedient life if all it brings is persecution? What benefits are there for us? tremendous!

The persecution that follows obedience doesn’t necessarily come from outside. Our carnal mind perpetually fights against the authority of God and tries to elevate itself by not submitting to most high God. Mind that is filled with conflicting thoughts lives in constant persecution by deliberately ignoring God-given talents and spiritual fervour. Persecution begins when one knows what to do but chooses to go just the opposite.  Paul depicts it beautifully in Romans 7 when he says that “I delight in God’s law but I see another law at work in the embers of my body.” An obedient child of God deals with persecution every day. But those who have been trained by the word of God reap the harvest in the form of  righteousness, a renewed mind and a strengthened reliance on the word of God.

Persecution does make us weak but at the end we come out much stronger with a powerful faith that doesn’t just rest on the written word but on the life changing power that lies beneath the word.

God’s promises are easy to believe when things go right but hard when nothing seems moving despite heartfelt prayers. How difficult it is to trust when no sign of fulfillment of prayers appears for a long time. Those who focus on the word during hard times know that the word acts as the bread of life, sustaining the believer’s soul by fulfilling the spiritual need at the moment of desperation. The word becomes alive in the life of the believer by burning the conflicting desires of mind thus making peace in the members of the body so that the believer may offer perfect praise to the living God.

No persecution is dark enough to hide the rays of the glory of the living God that shines at the end. Day and night follow an order and so does persecution and deliverance.  Although night seems to be longer for some of us, lasting not just for days or months but for years. Be encouraged my friend, the deliverance is as sure as the coming of the dawn, those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy (psalm126:5).

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!

Micah 7:8, “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”

Those who have been walking diligently with the Lord find themselves in a constant warfare. It seems that the life is not easy, One problem is barely solved and the other one is on its way. This is not unusual for Godly people, in fact, it is to confirm what the Lord  had told his disciple, “those who want to live a godly life will be persecuted”.  The process and the duration of persecution is different for all of us but every true child of God should be ready for a battle and be equipped with  Godly weapons to stand in faith and come out as a winner at the end.

Since no one wants to go through hardship, a question might arise, why does God allow persecution and hardships into the lives of his children? Some people indeed suffer more than others and some suffer for a very long period of time. Why Lord?

God our creator loves us more than anyone else. Isaiah 49:15 says, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast  and have no compassion on the child she has born? though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”.

God, who is full of mercy and truth, fabricates circumstances and situations in our lives that will enable us to see the riches of glorious inheritance that we have in Christ. Most of us know the story of the Prodigal son. The prodigal son could have never felt the need to go back to his father, had he not gone through hunger and hardship. His hunger opened his eyes to realize the abundance of his father’s treasure and his desperate situation brought him to realize what he could have received from his father as a son. The moment his eyes were opened, he went back to the father.

God as our Father in his love, let us go through the trials, for trials bring patience. The process is indeed hard and sometimes we get frustrated to the point of giving up. The stage of giving up brings submission into our lives. We begin to lose control and learn how to submit our dreams and desires to the Lord. Some other times, we feel discouraged that despite our best efforts, it seems that nothing is bearing fruit, nothing is moving at all – this is the time of desperation. If we remain calm during this time (by not speaking negative words), we will experience a unique trust and deeper understanding of the word of God. The Word of God is alive and active, filled with the power to renew us in any situation. The Word that Jesus spoke to Lazarus when Lazarus was dead for four days “Lazarus, come out.” suddenly becomes alive in our lives. We experience the same resurrecting power to bring us out of whatever we count dead in our lives.

We could never experience the amazing power of resurrection without being persecuted to the point where it seems that everything is over and there is no hope left. But our God is the hope of all the ends of the earth. He is with us in trials and ready to receive us as a winner at the end. Nothing remains same for ever, soon the persecution and the wait will be over and those who have stood firm during hard times, will receive the crown of life in this world and the world to come.

Are you suffering for the Lord? Have you suffered long enough and feel that no strength is left? Do you feel that you are about to lose your faith? Just speak up the Word. That’s the only way to come out of the dead situation. Let the power of the living word work in your life and bring back to life everything that you once thought was dead. Don’t give a way to the deception of devil by thinking that its over.  Just speak up,  “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” And Jesus, our son of righteousness, will cover you with his healing rays and bring renewed health and healing to your life.

Light shines in darkness

Genesis 1:3-4 “ God said let there be light and there was light  and God saw that the light was good and divided the light from darkness”

 God is sureme and has complete authority over the world of darkness and light. His word is alive and active that has the power to bring life to wherever it is spoken. So when God used his supreme word to command to come, light appeared. If you read the next part of the verse, you will find that even though the light appeared, there was still a part of darkness that wasn’t turned into light. The next part said “God separated light from darkness”.  If the light had appeared all over the place, God wouldn’t have had to separate light from darkness.

Why was there still darkness even though God said “let there be light.”

Bible says in John1:5 “light shines in the darkness.” Father, our creator,  wanted to reveal the true nature of light by putting it under adverse situation. Light appears much brighter when shines in darkness. If God had turned the whole darkness into light, light wouldn’t have reflected  its true beauty and characteristic.

What situation are you in today?

Does it seem that you are surrounded by darkness even though you are trying to live a Godly life? Do you wonder why you are being persecuted and put down by others when all you are doing is to try to live a Christ centered life?

The answer lies in the fact that God has spoken his divine word over you, “Let there be light.” He made his light shine onto you so that others may see the true beauty and nature of this light that shines and becomes brighter in adverse situation and by faith and persistence you may reveal the true nature and image of Christ that is being formed in you day by day.  God is sovereign and he could turn the darkness that is surrounding you into light at any time. A little patience, and the one who separated light from darkness will give you freedom from every hindrance and resistance that stands against your God given light.

Father, thank you that you have given your own light to us. Enable us to let it shine onto others.