Even the winds and the waves obey Him.
So let me ask you this, if you were on a cruise ship during a hurricane, what would be going through your mind? Would you just take a nap real quick?
Well if the answer was yes, then you and Jesus think alike!
This analogy is very similar to the storms that constantly come into our lives; we feel like there’s no way out, that this is the end. Maybe if I just took nap, it would all just go away.
The good news is, it won’t go away! And it is SUCH good news, that once you put into practice how to calm the storm, you can not only take on the natural world, but the supernatural world.
The Kingdom of God is authority on this earth – authority living in us through the Holy Spirit. Living in the Kingdom gives you a renewed mind- a mindset that brings awareness to the spiritual realm that you cannot see.
So, when the disciples were freaking out about the storm raging, they yelled at Jesus and couldn’t imagine why He would be sleeping at a time like this. He said, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind died down and was completely calm. The disciples couldn’t believe their eyes. Jesus then asked, “Do you still have no faith?”
Take an honest look at your life series of events, think of a time where you felt like your life was crumbling, nothing was working, and you were just stuck. Then, remember how you got out of there. Whether you prayed on your knees for years, or you didn’t talk to Jesus at all – He got you out. He calmed your storm.
Sometimes when we pray, we can fall into a ‘religious rut.’ We forget how the Kingdom of God works, and that prayer is just talking to God. It’s having a conversation with your Father.
When you’re facing a storm you cannot see, as the Kingdom, we need to face it with dignity. To face it with dignity means to believe that Jesus will calm our storm, simply through faith and prayer.
If you walk through life saying you believe in the power of Jesus, but don’t actually believe it and walk in faith – you’re only fooling yourself. Nobody else walks the storms you walk. The only hope you have is Jesus – it’s promised.
“He got up and rebuked the wind and the waves.”
When the Son of God, stands up and rebukes the storm, how could it be from Himself? Jesus rebuking the storm implies there was a demonic force in the storm. He took authority over what He could not see, believed in that authority, and walked in faith. Not just anyone can walk up and quiet a storm, but the power of Jesus can. And that same power is within you and me.
“Submit therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”-James 4:7
Jesus had so much peace during that storm, that He slept through it. You only have authority where you bring peace. The chaos has to submit to the peace within you, because the Kingdom is within you.
Have you ever been really anxious or fearful about something, and those feelings leak out of you onto others? The world around you yields itself to your external self, which is influenced by your internal self. Internal victories become your external victories. Your reality starts to shape their reality.
Rebuke the nature of the world around you, and make that peace be still.
Emmanuel – God with us.
By Katie Seager