Word 4U Today

A FEARFUL SPIRIT (3)

A FEARFUL SPIRIT (3)

 

‘The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”…’    Luke 8:24 NIV

 

The Bible says: ‘…He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And then, they launched out. But as they sailed, He fell asleep. Then, a storm came down and they were in big trouble. Think Maring and Ondoy and Rosing.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters. The storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” He asked His disciples.

In fear and amazement, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him.”(vv. 22-25 NIV).

Notice what is at work in this story: A fearful spirit.

No matter how often God blesses us and answers our prayers, we still give in to fear when we face crisis especially when it’s one we haven’t faced before. Who told the disciples to get into the boat in the first place? Jesus.

Understand this:

faith doesn’t exempt you from life’s storms; it equips you to go through them. And when you are in the will of God, no storm can take you under.

Jesus knew the storm was coming before the disciples ever stepped into the boat. So why did He expose them to it? It’s because He was equipping them for the future; for the day when He’d no longer be around and they would face persecution, imprisonment, and even death. So the word for you today is, ‘Don’t be afraid. The Lord is with you; you are going to make it to the other side.’

What now?  

Read Ephesians 6:10 – 17. Every time you feel intimidated by anything negative, think of those verses and visualise yourself in your situation, wearing a full suit of armour and holding a sword (hey, you look pretty cool…)

Joy Ferdiz

November 5th, 2013

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