Storm: a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc.
I don’t know about you but I would not like to get stuck in a storm, I would rather be home snug under a duvet with a good book and some hot chocolate.
So let’s look at the word storm metaphorically: I would think it to be difficulties in life… hardships etc
Every one of us at some point or other face difficulties, financial, emotional, physical, spiritual whatever the difficulties, we need to put our trust in Jesus to calm the storm. Many of us will choose to run away from it to find shelter where the storm cannot reach us, the thing is we cannot keep running, why not go headstrong into the storm, knowing that you will be ok because Jesus is with you, and will calm your storm.
Matthew 8:23 – 27(the message): Then he got into the boat his disciples with him. The next thing they knew they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat and He was sound asleep! They roused Him, pleading, “Master please save us! We’re going down!” Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint hearts?” Then he stood up told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass. The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heal at His command.
I know there are a lot of us that struggle with faith, and find it hard to believe in something we cannot see. The verse above is very powerful; I mean Jesus literally calmed the storm. Even though Jesus had performed many miracles, his disciples still were “Faithless”, and when he calmed the storm they were “dumbfounded.”
Let’s take a look at more scriptures on the topic of calming the storm:
Luke 8:22 – 25(The Message): One day he and his disciples got in a boat. “Let’s cross the lake,” he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: Master, Master we are going to drown!” Getting to his feet he told the wind. “Silence!” and the waves “Quiet down!” They did I,t the lake became smooth as glass. Then he said to his disciples, “WHY CANT YOU TRUST ME?” They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering. Who is this anyway? He calls out to the wind and the sea, and they DO WHAT HE TELLS THEM!”
The way I see it the bible has been around for MANY, MANY years, my view on it is that it is probably the world’s number 1 best seller, why else would this book still be on the shelves of so many bookstores?? So what does this tell me?? That there MUST be truth to this book so why not use it in our everyday lives, I found an acronym the other day for the life of me I cannot remember where I found it possibly on one of the blogs I follow or perhaps on the ever so resourceful Google.
BIBLE – Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth – BIBLE now if you look at it that way how can we go wrong if we use the bible as our rule book, as our instruction manual. If you believe in your heart that Jesus can calm your storm then HE CAN, but you have TO BELIEVE.
Hebrews 11:1 now Faith IS being sure of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we DO NOT SEE.
This I think is my ALL time favourite Faith scripture, in fact I wear an arm band with that scripture and ever since I bought it, it has not come off my arm. I cannot see Jesus, well not physically anyway, I can definitely FEEL him though, and I can see him working in my life and in the lives of others. So I know and have the Faith that he can CALM MY STORM and he can calm yours too.
Matthew 9:18 – 27(The Message): As he finished saying this a Local official appeared, bowed politely and said, “My daughter has just now died, if you come and touch her, she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, his disciples following along.
Just then a woman who had haemorrhaged for 12 YEARS slipped in from behind and lightly touched His robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned – caught her at it. The He reassured her; “Courage daughter. You took a risk of FAITH and now you’re well.” The woman was well from there on.
By now they had arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and the neighbours bringing in the casseroles. Jesus was abrupt “Clear out! This girl isn’t dead she is sleeping.” They told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in, took the girls hand and pulled her to her feet – alive. The good news was soon out, and travelled throughout the region.
Both the local official and the woman who touched His robe had their own storms that they were dealing with, the local official had lost his daughter and the woman had been bleeding for 12 years, but they both BELIEVED that Jesus could do what no one else could. He calmed their storms.
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) – I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
James 1:3 – Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
1 Peter 1: 7 (NKJV) – That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Jesus has infinite power, we have very limited and finite power, there are things we can do but many we can’t. It is then that we need to look to the one with infinite power to change things that we cannot.
Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Remember Jesus LOVES YOU, why would he let you face the storm alone.
I heard someone say this over the weekend and it is so VERY TRUE – “The problem with self-help is that you are trying to get help from someone that DESPERATELY NEEDS HELP.” This is so true, think about it it’s like getting an alcoholic to help someone to stop drinking, or a drug addict to help someone to get off drugs, what good is that going to do… how can you stop drinking or taking drugs if the person trying to help you is drinking or taking drugs.
Now I have tried the self-help books, I will give you an example of 2 books
The Art of happiness by the Dalai Lama and the Secret… While the art of happiness helped me with one thing, it helped for a short while but not for long, it helped me with my road rage, there was a piece in the book where he mentions how you react to people on the road, if someone crosses lanes in front of you, do you get angry because the cut in front of you or do you stop to think that maybe just maybe that this is a person who has no idea where they going it’s a new area and they suddenly realise that this is the road they need to turn into, or another example do you maybe see it as an arrogant driver or someone that if they do not get to work on time they will be fired. Then there was the secret, the one thing that I took out of that was the whole visualisation thing, I did the whole thing I did the wish board or visualisation board or whatever it is. I did it, I put pictures of things I wanted all over the house, I will give you an example of one thing I really wanted, was an AUDI A3… I wanted one of those SOOOOOO badly, I had a friend who had one and every time he and I would go out I would insist on driving. So I decided to follow the secret… I put pictures up all over my house of a WHITE AUDI A3, I pictured myself getting into the car I went to dealerships and took it for a test drive the whole toot… so did I get the WHITE AUDI A3… no I didn’t, I ended up with a black Hyundai i10, for those of you that know it is a really small car, but you know what I LOVE my little car. It gets me to where I want to go and I can’t imagine not having it.
Now here is the thing about faith there are so many things I believe God for and that I have asked for and gotten, almost 2 years ago I was retrenched from work, was given 1 months’ notice, I prayed and asked that God please help me I knew what it felt like to be unemployed for almost 1 year, for not knowing what food we would eat tonight because we just did not have any so this time I prayed, it was about 2 weeks after I got the news that I got a call from my current employer, I went for the interview the Wednesday, the Friday they called to tell me I had the Job, and I started working the following Tuesday. I was so amazed that it’s true that this whole “faith thing” that all these people spoke about actually worked.
More recently where god has come through for me, was a couple of months ago my brother drove down to Cape Town for work, while a trip with frequent stopping would take +- 18 hours it took my brother 48 hours to get to cape town, he had problems with his car on the way down. 24 of the 48 hours we had no clue where he was if he was safe or anything. So we started calling hospitals, police stations the whole lot, I was at breaking point and in tears and prayed and asked the Lord to keep my brother safe, and that he please just give me some indication that he is safe, it was not even 5 minutes later and my brother had called to say that he had no way of contacting us as his battery was flat, he was there and safe.
Then there is my bible, the bible I had was very old and falling apart, so I prayed and asked God for a new one, at the time I did not have the money but figured that when I got paid if I didn’t already have a new one then I would go and buy it, well the Very day that I had planned to go and buy myself a new one a colleague and someone I consider more of a friend than a colleague gave me one as a gift, I was floored, was not expecting it at all. So I can safely say that FAITH WORKS and self-help DOESN’T.
I have been so blessed, the past few weeks, and it’s an amazing feeling. So just practice a little Faith in the ALMIGHTY, and things will happen in a BIG way. Now that I think of it after a while I gave up on the whole “The secret” thing because clearly it didn’t work, so I stopped visualising the WHITE AUDI A3, ha ha, so me speaking on the topic of Faith VS self Help, I am going to pray for my WHITE AUDI A3, and I am going to have faith that I get it, however long it takes I don’t mind, but I’ll have faith for it anyway. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on when I get it.
My favourite scripture on Faith is the following:
Heb11:1 – Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.