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.
Let me just start by saying that I have posted a lot of blogs today, 2 have been my own and one was a re-blog, and here is another one. My aim was to do one every day of the week maybe skipping a day or 2. (So my sincere apologies to my followers who receive this via email but this is something that I feel I MUST write about) I was going to put it off until tomorrow and go to bed but something kept telling me to do it now.
What is Perfection to you; do any of you think that you are perfect? Or is there something you do not like about yourself. Some do not like their noses, some do not like their height, and some don’t like the colour of their hair or lack thereof….. I used to be like that, I used to hate me… I really did.
Now before I continue I want to just say how difficult this post is and its only just in the beginning stages, as I sit here and type I fear of being judged by those reading this, even though most of you are complete strangers that I have never met, but have had the pleasure of communicating via blogging. I truly believe that this blog is instrumental in my healing process and in order for me to truly heal in this area of my life I feel I need to write about it. It is after all what the purpose of this blog was my experiences and how the Lord is healing and changing me every minute of every day.
SO back to the elusive perfection that every one so desperately seeks, like I said I used to be one of those people that found fault with everything, I didn’t like my hair, it was too thick and had this odd kink to it, it was not straight but not curly either.
I didn’t like my nose because I thought it was too big…. etc…. etc…. etc…. but the one thing I hated most was my body I was not at all happy with the way I looked, I felt that people would always stare at me say things behind my back etc…And the sad thing is that a lot of people (mainly women) that have the same body type as me would feel the same way. This is because I am big… I was never a thin girl NEVER… yes granted at some stage in my life I was a smaller size but I have always been big… I was teased when I was in primary school, but high school was some of the best years of my life… I was never teased or ridiculed, I would not say I was one of the popular students but I would say that I had a lot of friends and got along with everyone, and let me tell you that I had ‘THE HOTTEST” male friends lol… my female friends were all so jealous because of my male friends, I would always ask myself where on earth did something go wrong… this is not what you saw in the movies… NOT AT ALL, that is just how low my self esteem was, I thought that it was in fact all about what’s on the outside and that I didn’t deserve those friends, because they looked better than me, I think a self esteem any lower than that will be hard to find… and as I grew older I felt more like this than ever, any relationship I had was not good for me or good for my self esteem, as I was always belittled and made to feel inferior…. but I was so scared that I would not get anything better that I accepted what was happening… I hated me I hated who I was, I would always say that if someone didn’t like me as I was then (excuse my language) but “tough shit” but deep down I felt differently I so desperately wanted to be someone else.
Many years ago I gave my life to the Lord, and I met people that didn’t care about what I looked like or how much money I had etc… But they cared about me, that didn’t change how I felt about myself though I still had those doubts that I was not good enough, I was inferior. And this has been this way for most of my life. it is only recently that I have looked at the situation and changed my mind about how I see myself, I realised that yes some people were superficial and passed judgement on me because of my physical appearance, but a lot of those people whom I thought were superficial were not it was all just in my head… and my low self esteem that always expected the worse… it has taken many year to come to the point where I am right now, and becoming born again has made me realise that there is nothing wrong with me.. That’s RIGHT NOTHING… I mean come one people… who created me… GOD… and He does not make mistakes… He made me, He designed me… so there cannot possibly be anything wrong with me so I will end with this…
I MAY NOT BE PERFECT TO A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT I AM PERFECT TO GOD BECAUSE THIS IS HOW HE MADE ME.
1 Peter 3:4 – You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
1 Samuel 16:7– For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
Proverbs 31:30 – “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
I was not going to write a post today but after coming home from church I feel I must, a few days ago a friend or should I say a brother in Christ, wrote a very touching blog that brought me to tears, when you done reading this I recommend that you take a read, and follow him and I can guarantee you that you will be blessed beyond measure, God is working through him in his writing, I have read all of his blogs, and this one by far has been the most inspirational to me, it is called Pierced by your loving gaze, in this blog he speaks of God’s amazing love for all of us, he begins by saying that he used to be one of the guys that didn’t cry but its different for him now, he goes on to mention that he was listening to a song by Michael W Smith – Deep in love with you, after reading his blog, I sat and thought to myself that if this song had brought him to tears, that this song had brought a grown man to tears then it MUST be a powerful song, so I decided to go and get myself the CD.
I went to church this morning, it was a new church that is closer to home, I was reluctant to go as I felt as though my usual church was my home, and that I would not be happy in any other church but because my church is so far away, I decided I would try the church 5 minutes from my house as it is very much like my church.
Something amazing happened to me today, I can’t quite explain it except that God’s love is so amazing. I walked through the doors of this church, and I won’t tell you a word of a lie, when I put the first step inside the church I started to cry, I felt the most amazing sense of Love, like nothing I have ever experienced, just when I think God’s love cannot be any more amazing and never-ending I am engulfed with another wave of love even stronger than the last. All through the praise and worship I had tears in my eyes, I could not understand why I was crying, but the other day this same friend told me those times that I cry I must enjoy it, so I did. I cried with a smile on my face. J
After the service I went into the book shop and bought the CD that had this song on, I got in my car and put the CD on, I skipped to track 8 and I cried even more. It is indeed a very powerful song, but then while driving home I came across another song, one that I have heard before… Majesty
It goes something like this…
Singing Majesty…. Majesty…
Your grace has found me just I am, empty handed but alive in your hands
Singing Majesty, were singing Majesty
Forever I am changed by your love in the presence of your majesty….
When this song played I cried like a baby, just there and then I felt like NO ONE and NOTHING could compare to the Lord, NO ONE and NOTHING was as important as Jesus, I felt as though nothing else mattered, all the problems, all the pain, all the issues were gone, it was just me and God, he was there I felt him, the intensity of the love that I felt cannot be compared to any other form of love that any human can provide, it far surpasses everything and everyone in my life, the past few days, have been this unbelievable and amazing journey, I have felt the presence of God more and more each day, but today…. today is the day I felt truly BORN AGAIN, today was the day that I was transformed from being a broken down person to being a child of God, as it was intended to be.