Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mark 4:35-41 Jesus Calms our Storms

KEY TEXT: Mark 4:39-41 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?"

KEY THOT: Jesus was a man of faith. His faith is demonstrated in his ability to sleep peacefully in the midst of a storm. So when he was awaken by his panic-stricken disciples to do something, he simply stood up, rebuked the wind and sea said, “Peace! Be still!” Jesus' rebuke implies that the storms of life are stirred up by spiritual entities and enemies to prevent us from doing the will of God.

When Jesus asked his disciples: "Have you STILL no faith?” he was not suggesting to them to exercise passive faith by accepting the storms hitting them as "God's will". Rather, he expected them to exercise active faith to overcome the storm because there are spiritual forces of darkness behind the storm to prevent them from obeying his will: "Let us go across to the other side" (v.35).

The fact that storms of life can be stirred up by spiritual forces of darkness means that we should not accept them passively as “God’s will” but rebuke these crises, especially when they cause fear and division in the family, workplaces and churches. It's God's will that our journey be peaceful and calm. When demon-inspired crises happen, we have the spiritual authority to rebuke these forces of darkness and reject their evil intentions to create fear and division in the body of Christ.

When faced with sudden and unexplainable crises, my first response should be: “Satan, I rebuke and reject your interference against God's purpose. I speak peace and calm to this situation in Jesus’ name! Amen.” I must reject challenges that make me afraid and cause me to lose faith as coming from the evil one, not from the Father. So, I will submit to God and resist the devil: “Submit... therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Father, I thank You that You are a loving God. You are not the author of storms but the evil one is. Thank You for the spiritual authority You have given me to rebuke these storms so that peace and calm may be restored in all that I do in my family, work and ministry. Amen.

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