We have all heard how when the storm came and the boat was tossed about the disciples all got nervous, and told Jesus who by the way was in the boat with them, "Lord don't You care that we are about to perish"? They were like, how can You sleep at a time like this, why are You not up worrying and pacing the deck with us, keeping Your eye on the storm?
First of all they were so caught up in their circumstances, and keeping their eyes on that, they forgot WHO they had in the boat with them. All they could see was what was going on at the time.
The same with the episode when Jesus came walking on the water to the boat the disciples were in, and Peter said, Lord if that is You, call me out to You. Jesus said come on out, and Peter walked on the water just like Jesus. BUT, when the wind made a howling noise or maybe it was a streak of lightning, or a clap of thunder, Peter took his eyes off Jesus and turned them to the circumstances surrounding him, and immediately started sinking.
This past 3 weeks has been a type of storm for me. I have had some episodes that lead me to have to have surgery and then the recovery period was not going as planned, and I gotta tell ya, I took my eyes off of the finished work and the truth of the word and started focusing on my pain and circumstances. And then I started sinking. I was just about to go under for the last time when I cried out to Jesus and said why, why, You know I believe that I was healed already, why am I going through this?
Simple answer. Just like Peter I was looking around me at what was going on instead of keeping the truth surrounding me. Finally I told Rob, I need you to get my cd's of the word, I need the spoken word surrounding me, I need this room saturated with the truth so I can get all of these lies out of my head. And not just any word. I need Jesus' gospel, the good news, I need to be reminded of who I am in Christ, I need to remember the finished work on the cross. I need to be told I am His beloved what can man do to me? I need to renew my mind and get it back on the truth and off the lies of the enemy.
Within about 20 minutes I was asleep like a baby for the first time in 6 days and at complete rest, and never woke up with any of those circumstances that were pulling me under again.
When I went into surgery I went in with peace of mind and knowledge of who I was in Christ and no fear. I did not start having problems until I had some pain and then had some things spoken to me, that I started focusing on. That is why it is so important to be careful who you talk to when you are going through a storm.
Yesterday at church Pastor was teaching from Joshua 1. He was talking about the importance of our words. I write about these things all the time, but when the pain hit me, I had a very hard time focusing on anything. When you are having a hard time focusing you don't try to read a book or pay attention to anything except your pain. That is how the enemy gets you into his camp.
I mean yesterdays message was stepping all over my toes. But I was glad to have my toes crushed. We need to know when we are not where we need to be in the word. We need to be reminded of just exactly who we are in Christ Jesus. AMEN!
Joshua 1 v 9....Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go......
Heb. 13 v 5b-6...... For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say; "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?"......
First God tells us that He will never leave us, and then Jesus came and told us the same. We do not have to go searching for them, they are with us always. You see He was in the boat with me the whole time, He was in the wilderness the whole time. So like the people wandering through the wilderness for 40 years because they could not see the truth before their eyes because of focusing on the circumstances, I too was wandering around in circles like a lost puppy being led around by my circumstances. UNTIL, I remembered who I was in Christ and then I let the truth, the spoken word wipe out those circumstances.
You see Jesus has already defeated anything that tries to come against us. He has already nailed it to the cross. The only power it has is when we give in to it and let it push us around. But we have authority over pain and all those things, we have authority through the spoken word.
So whatever you are going through today, Remember who you are in Christ Jesus, and go to the word and speak what He says about your situation. If you need healing go to IS 53 v 5, 1 Pet 2 v 24, PS 103 v 1-5, and PS 91 and PS 23.
Remember there is nothing lacking, nothing missing, nothing broken in your salvation. When you received your salvation you received your wholeness in Christ Jesus. Look to Him, keep your eyes on Him He is the finisher of your faith, not your circumstances. AMEN!
Go through the storm, don't stop in the middle of it, keep moving and you will come out on the other side as the VICTOR.
How can you keep moving when you don't feel like you have the strength?
STAY IN THE WORD!