And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.—Matthew 14:26 (KJV)
It seems that this is a season in which many of us are experiencing storms of many types and magnitudes. But can we see God or His operation in the midst of these storms? What do we see…failure or success; victory of defeat? This is important because our victory will depend upon the answer.
What are you going through; family/marital issues, financial distress, health problems, spiritual questions or doubt? Regardless of what it may be and the degree of difficulty you may be facing at this moment…you/we absolutely must be able to see God in the storm!
Storms have a way of calling our attention to it. Be it a thunderstorm or a financial storm, we tend to look at the strength of the storm rather than the strength of God to see us through it. Unfortunately, many Christians have believed that serving God will eliminate our storms. However, that line of thinking only serve to create a foundation of sand that will begin to erode as the waves of life start to beat upon it.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.—John 16:33 (NLT)
My friend, Jesus came to give us peace. Yes, there will be many things that we will go through and some of it will be difficult but that is no reason to give over to it or give up. We absolutely must find strength in the fact that regardless of the circumstance, the Lord has already gained and given us the victory! We have cowered to life’s hardships for too long—it is time to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord—Exodus 14:13 (KJV).
I believe, the standing still part does not mean inactivity; but full trust and faith in the fact that our God is above all and has already given us the victory over all that would ever come against us in life! We must move in faith in the midst of our storms…not in fear. Our faith has to be in the victory that God has given us. Fear is trusting that we will lose, that things will not work for us. Fear is believing that good will not come to us and we will fail—it really is calling God a liar!
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.—John 8:32 (KJV)
The truth is that God has given us victory of the devil and He wants us to walk in full confidence of that victory! Jesus, walking on the water in the midst of the storm, told the disciples to “fear not.” This is important to note because fear will strangle any effort to exercise faith! Fear is a luxury we absolutely cannot afford! Do not give in to fear; it is designed to torment us and to render us powerless in this world.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.—2 Chronicles 20:17 (KJV)
Why are we trying to fight a battle that has already been won? It is the height of arrogance for us to think that what the Lord has done is not enough—that He needs our help. Just because our enemy is “huffing and puffing” doesn’t mean he is not defeated…because he is! We are expected to face the difficulty with the assurance that the Lord is with us in triumph over whatever circumstance we are currently facing and to Fear Not!
Therefore, when facing the storms of life, we have to see Jesus walking in peace in the midst of that storm and refuse to fear because He is there and has already given us the victory!
Look for more on this real soon!
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