Regardless of where you’re living on this planet today, it’s very easy to tell that things are different than they were even five years ago. If you look back just ten or twenty years, the spiritual and cultural condition of our world is as different in contrast as black and white.
If I were to come up with a metaphor for the spiritual climate of the world system today, I would compare it to an ominous storm with black clouds that are boiling as they approach.
Many people are running scared these days because of storms that are coming into their lives. They’re experiencing relationship storms, financial storms, job related storms, etc. Many of them have lost all hope, purpose, and direction for their lives. I believe others are probably aware of things that are happening but they’re simply playing the “denial game” hoping it will either get better or just go away.
In the bible in Isaiah 60:2 (NKJV), it says, “For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”
This promise of the Lord arising over the people is set aside for those who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord over their lives. The prophet Isaiah was prophesying under the leading of the Holy Spirit in those days and was actually foretelling the events of the days we are currently living in on planet earth. The darkness he was speaking of is related directly to the spiritual climate of the last days…these days.
Sleeping Through the Storm
I love the stories of the miracles that Jesus did in the Gospels. They’re a tremendous source of hope and encouragement…if you will believe.
One in particular that pertains to the title of this post can be found in three of the four Gospels of the New Testament; Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, and Luke 8:23-25.
The records of this event have always captured my attention. But in the last couple of years I have begun to understand them on a deeper level, thanks to the revelation I’ve received as a result of people that are far wiser than I am.
The record I like the best can be found in Mark 4:37-40. Verse 37 says that a great windstorm arose and the boat was filling with water. Verse 38 makes it very clear that Jesus was asleep in rear of the boat; obviously oblivious the disciples present condition.
A study of the radical climate changes on the Sea of Galilee have suggested that because of the contour of land in that area and other commonly existing conditions, it was a regular thing for violent storms to develop very rapidly.
I’ve heard some theologians speculate that since Jesus lived in a human body and He was always walking through the countryside serving so many people, it stands to reason that he was so exhausted He didn’t even notice the storm. However, I think there’s a much more powerful truth that we must consider.
Authority Over All Storms
The primary reason Jesus was asleep in the rear of the boat during a violent life-threatening storm was because the peace that was inside Him was much greater than the storm that was around Him. The kind of peace that Jesus released can only come from an intimate connection with Father God through relationship with the Holy Spirit.
I agree that Jesus was sinless and He was God in flesh. But we also must remember and accept by faith that He willingly laid down all rights to His divinity and power that He had before His virgin birth.
You may say, “So how do you explain His miracles if He was totally human with no divine power?” Good question! He was not void of divine power. But he was void of access to “all” that divinity offered at that time because He relinquished all rights (Phil. 2:6) to become a man so that He could perfectly model what it looks like for a human being to be totally yielded to God’s Holy Spirit at all times.
Jesus Gave Us His Authority
Are you going through any storms in your life right now with family members, jobs, or finances? Some of you who live in other countries could be dealing with storms because of your government that we here in the United States have no experience of. Jesus sees you and loves you and wants you to know He has equipped you for victory in the most adverse of circumstances. You are not alone!
Regardless of what you’re currently dealing with, if you believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as Lord, you have His Holy Spirit and His authority on the inside of you. You can use the name of Jesus and speak His promises against anything that comes against you that tries to steal, kill, or destroy (see John 10:10).
You can speak against the storms in your life just as Jesus rebuked the storm that day on the Sea of Galilee with His words. He got immediate results because He kept His relationship with His Father at such a high priority and He was totally yielded to the Holy Spirit’s leading at all times.
No, we are not Jesus! So some think we’ll never be able to operate at the same level that He did. But Jesus said we could do “greater things than He did” (see John 14:12). We must remember while He was God in flesh, He willingly laid down His access to divine power as God and modeled what it looks like for human flesh to be yielded to the Holy Spirit who then allows divine power to flow for the purpose of glorifying God and destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
I pray for your encouragement in the Holy Spirit. Jesus will always be in our boat, He will never, never, never leave us (Hebrews 13:5-6), regardless of what our emotions may tell us from time to time. God’s word is true and faithful from the before the very foundations of this earth. Heaven and earth will pass away one day, but God’s word is true and will remain forever (Psa. 119:89).
God bless you friends in Christ,