On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 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. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 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?” 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. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 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 NKJV
Jesus had given His disciples a word that they should cross over to the other side of the lake. These words should have been a comfort for them when the storm started but it was not. He had performed many miracles in front of them and He had taught them many things, yet they still did not understand that His Word was powerful and true. They were subject to their senses, what they could see, hear and feel instead of the word of the One who had shown them that He was the son of God. This is likened to many of us today! We are saved and have personally experienced the power of God but the current pandemic and the issues of life have led us to forget whose Word we live by. We panic and lose our peace at the sight of a storm.
Our reaction to the uncertain and troubling circumstances of life should be the way Jesus responded in our anchor scripture today! Sleep, wake up and speak!
- Sleep – everyone of us is in a state of rest when we sleep. As believers, our lives should be in a constant state of rest and trust in God. Not worked up and panicky like the disciples (or as I would like to refer to them here, unbelievers). This signifies that the peace Jesus had within Him is what we also have, He gave it to us (John 14:27). Our lives need to reflect that peace which the world does not have and which cannot be understood by them (Philippians 4:7).
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] – John 14:27 AMP
And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. – Philippians 4:7 AMP
- Wake up – The noise and fear pervading the world should cause us to wake up from slumber and be the light that we have been called. We are at peace still because nothing can take away our peace which signifies rest! The waking up here means we arise to show the world the power of God and leave them in awe of who He is. Jesus woke up in this storm because the disciples (the world) needed an urgent solution to the problems they were facing. There is a call to all believers to wake up from slumber, to wake up from hiding and hoarding the power of God in our lives. We need to wake up in the storm to shine the very light that the world needs to see the Father in the deep darkness covering the nations (Isaiah 60:1-2). Believers, we should not be confused and scared of the darkness covering everywhere but we need to wake up without fear and full of confidence.
Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you. Isaiah 60:1-2
- Speak – Our waking up is to take action and exert our authority over the circumstances creating the fear and panic in the world. Power over the enemy has been given to us (Luke 10:19) and as believers, we destroy the works of the enemy in our own lives and in the communities we find ourselves. We speak to negative circumstances and see them levelled and resolved (Mark 11:23-24). Speak life into dead situations. Speak death into the growth of the enemy. (Proverbs 18:21)
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
Listen to the truth I speak to you: If someone says to this mountain with great faith and having no doubt, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea, and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done. 24 This is the reason I urge you to boldly believe for whatever you ask for in prayer—believe that you have received it and it will be yours. Mark 11:23-24 TPT
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
Child of God, are you ready to sleep, wake up and speak? Shine your light and take authority!
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