Have you ever felt like the more you follow Jesus Christ the more strange obstacles you face?
In the Gospel of Mark, the disciples were following Jesus and ended up in a boat with Him, trying to cross over to the other side of the town (Mark 4:35, NKJV). Then a great storm arose, “and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling” (verse 37). Now at that point, the disciples were afraid , but guess what? Jesus was asleep in the stern (verse 38).
Can you imagine that? There's a great storm, yet Jesus is sleeping! Sounds like what He did with Lazarus. Do you remember that? Lazarus was sick and his family sent for Jesus, but He showed up days later after Lazarus had died. Nevertheless, the story didn't end that way.
Well, the disciples went to wake Him up, and they said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Have you ever prayed like that before? Have you ever gone through hurtful, rough, and tough situations, and wondered “Where is God? Is He coming?” Then you go to wake Him up through your prayer, praise, fasting, among other things?
So, after the disciples woke up Jesus, He arose and rebuked the wind. Jesus dealt with the issue! Listen, it’s time for the saints to deal with their issues by speaking to them with authority! Rebuke those storms and outrageous seas in your lives!
Jesus said to the sea, “Peace, be still” and the wind stopped and there was a great calm. Before, the storm was great. Then after the Master spoke, calmness became great. Isn't that incredible! When we speak to our dilemmas, we will see a reversal of power. Our strong problems will be weakened while our blessings (shalom peace of prosperity) will increase!
Try it. Speak those same words to your troubling situations.
Don't be like the disciples who were fearful and double-minded. Jesus Christ actually confronted them by asking, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
The problem with us is our lack of faith. We believe in Jesus when He feeds 5000 with little to no food. However, when we’re placed in other challenging scenarios, we empower and idolize our problems instead of trusting God.
Brothers and sisters, don't we know that we're the King’s children? Don't we understand that Jesus Christ has given us power and authority? Let's open our mouths and speak shalom peace to our situations and continue to walk in victory and watch our Lazarus's become resurrected!
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