Jesus Calms The Storms



Jesus Calms the Storm
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” – Matthew 8:23-27 (NIV)

After my husband was hit by that “man-cold”, I heard a slight, few, dry coughs from my son last Friday night while he was playing downstairs with his video game. That day was his usual time to get up early and he was greeted, he said, with a deadly kiss of extremely cold air when he went to school. Paired with the unexpected showers, the chillier the temperature got. When he got home in the afternoon, I could see his eyes were becoming glassy like.

I bought an organic cold syrup to try and see if that would help with his symptoms right away. Despite getting the annual flu shots, I didn’t expect for it to help him as much if it was just a plain “cold”. He knew the routines from this “mommy” now. Lots of fluids and rest. For the past weekend, he had gotten more tired but we were both grateful that the symptoms were not as bad as they used to bother him. His appetite picked up yesterday, the 4th day that he was ill. I requested if he could be off from school and with a slight protest at first (he loved to study hard), finally agreed that “mommy’s advice” would be best if he obeyed. 

Lord, thank You for always being there for us,” my husband started his prayer on Monday morning when he had to go back to work at the wee hours of that morning, after battling his “man-cold” for a week.

Please continue to give “R” (which was me) her strength and that she wouldn’t get sick like “Kristian and I,” he added.

He knew…We were all grateful that so far, I hadn’t been invaded by these nasty viruses. It helped a lot that I could keep caring for the two of them. Bombarding them with hot broths or soups, cut-up fruits, using the over-worked toaster for their toasts and other healthy snacks to boost their immunity.

This morning, at 1:00 something in the morning, I found myself slightly crooked from my position on the bed that I was so achy when I tried to change my position. An image of Jesus calming the storm came to my memory. I knew…It was true…I knew there was an account of that in the Bible. I found the particular story (which were the verses above). 

Illnesses…Losing my battle at work to keep my full time position by demoting me. Not getting the expected help from the government agency that was supposed to investigate for me. Financial needs…And I could go on and on…

I know it’s not only me going through life’s storms. Some are light. Some are severest. To know Jesus is not enough. We must never stop knowing the things that belong to Him more and more. Through life’s storms, we can use those as opportunities to increase our faith, instead of being lessened. 

Oh, you of little faith…”

I don’t want to be like that…Because the truth is no one can weather any life’s storms without His help. His help is available through His Word. And we can use His Word to speak to us and have these doubts, worries, bad habits, sinful lives, and other tough storms to be rebuked by His truth!

From my own life’s journey, how many times has He rebuked, not the storm, but me? He doesn’t want to calm the ravaging storms that are going on outside. 

He wants to calm…always calm…the storms in me…

4 comments:

  1. Ah Rozell, the times I've had to pull myself up lately with those words: Oh ye of little faith. And then I remind myself that Jesus has always been there for me: work issues, family problems, financial needs, illness. Praise Him for His wondrous love and care. Blessings to you dearest sister. Jo

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  2. Amen sis, amen. He can, and will calm all of the storms raging inside of you, and give you His sweet peace. Praying for you, and loving you.

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  3. Amen...he calms the storm with in ♥ I use to puzzle over the statement of "Ye of little faith" and then it was made clear to me that it was referring to my immature faith.

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  4. Rosel, such an encouragement and timely message for me. Thank you.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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