I was driving down the highway, running my errands and praying as I drove. Suddenly, Mark, chapter four came to mind.

On the same day, when evening had come, He (Jesus) 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. Mark 4:35-39

Jesus had already said they were going to the other side; He had no doubt they would arrive, exactly where and when He desired. However, the disciples were not so sure. Especially when the storm arose. While Jesus rested, they were panicking. So much so that they accused Jesus of not caring what they were going through.

Jesus stood up, rebuked the winds, and spoke peace to the storm. Then He asked this question; “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (Verse 40)

I can’t read this story without pondering the awesomeness of this act of our Lord. It was truly amazing! However, do we also remember we have the authority to do the same thing?

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

Jesus gave us authority to calm every storm in our life. He also gave us the power to command peace.

The question is, are we using the power we have been given daily?

In this verse of scripture, peace, be still, means to close the mouth as with a muzzle. It also means to reduce to silence, to stop, to make still and quiet. We have the authority and the ability to shut the mouth of the devil, to utterly reduce him to complete silence. Knowing this, it begs the question, “what storms are raging in your life today? And what are you saying about them? Or, to them?” Are you saying, “I don’t know if I can make it through this” or “this storm is getting the best of me?” Or are you commanding, “Peace, be still.”

Or are you, like Jesus, commanding peace?

Job 22:28 says, “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.”

The word thing in this verse of scripture is defined as a word, or WORD. We shall declare a word and it will be established in our life. I love that! God has given us, through His Word, many wonderful words to declare. As we declare them, in faith, He will cause them to be established in our life. And not only that, but those words of God we speak will cause LIGHT to shine on our ways.

Today, if it appears there are storms all around you, I urge you to command peace. Declare and decree peace to every storm. Refuse to sit silently by, wringing your hands at the wind and waves, instead, be like Jesus. Stand up in faith and command the storm to cease. Silence the enemy. Never ever forget, you carry the same exact power Jesus had that day – you too can speak to your storms, and they must obey.  Praise God Almighty!

 

 


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