“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:37-41 ESV)
Have you ever been in a crisis situation and felt like God was finally going to add a loss to his flawless winning streak? Well today I would like to encourage you by letting you know that even when we go through storms God is still with us and if we will be willing to stand in faith we will ultimately see the victory in that situation. I know many people reading this may find themselves in such a place right now, but you should know that God’s faithfulness does not cease just because the severity of our situations increases without warning. Remember James’ encouragement to the believers within his fellowship, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4 ESV)." Always look at your trials as an opportunity to build your faith in God not an opportunity to experience defeat.
Storms aren’t desirable, but if you are prepared to go through them then you can minimize if not avoid the damage that often comes with them. Jesus taught us to prepare when he teaches, “Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock. Rain poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on solid rock (Matthew 7:24-25 CEV)." On the contrary he tells us what happens to the one who doesn’t prepare, “Anyone who hears my teachings and doesn’t obey them is like a foolish person who built a house on sand. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the winds blew and beat against that house. Finally, it fell with a crash (Matthew 7:26-27 CEV)." Jesus was a very practical teacher of the Word who wanted people to have the ability to still be left standing after their storms were over. Preparation is so easy, too. All we have to do is to apply what God say to our lives instead of disregarding it as just religious jargon with no practical benefit.
Prior to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection he again states the importance of taking his teachings beyond just hearing, but to the next step of life application when he declares, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33 AMP)." Storms will come, but if you prepare through practical application of the Word of God to your life then you’re guaranteed to make it in life. The psalmist declares, “The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him (Psalm 37:39-40 ESV)." Let's look at Nahum, I know many don’t ever preach from Nahum let alone know where to find it in the bible, but he affirmed the psalmist’s declaration of faith when he says, “The LORD is good. He protects those who trust him in times of trouble (Nahum 1:7 CEV)." So today no matter what it is that you are facing right now or in the future you can be confident that you’ll make it through alright. God comforts us with the same words spoken to Jacob when he said, “Wherever you go, I will watch over you, then later I will bring you back to this land. I won’t leave you–I will do all I have promised (Genesis 28:15 CEV)."
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.” (Matthew 18:19 NLT)
Are you facing a personal situation in which you needed God to act like yesterday? If not you then maybe you know someone you is going through something like that, but regardless of the details I want to be your prayer partner today because as we agree on your situatuon God will go into action on your behalf. I’m not saying that you praying alone is not effective so don’t go off on a tangent, but we learn in Ecclesiastes that “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour(Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV)." Evidently Jesus wanted us to be able to tap into the power of agreement, but some still neglect this powerful prayer strategy and insist on being a Lone Ranger. In the kingdom of God there is no such thing as the Lone Ranger anointing and we all need assistance from others of “like precious faith” at sometime in our walk with God.
Today let us agree in prayer that God will open doors of opportunity for you right when you need it. Let us agree that your family situations are now improving. Let us agree that you experience supernatural debt cancellation very soon. Let us agree that your mind is made whole and you no longer experience mental torment. Let us agree that you are walking in divine health and healing right now because by the stripes of Jesus you have been healed and redeemed from sickness. Let us agree that your ministry is flourishing and the necessary finances are at your disposal to accomplish your divine mandate. Let us agree that unsaved friends and family are accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior before the month is over. Let us agree that divine creativity is being stimulated in your mind now and those projects which have been conceived from the Spirit of God are being completed with ease and you will immediately begin working on the next one.
The Lord wants you to know that the delay in the answers to your prayers haven’t been his denials, but you just needed the extra faith push that comes from agreement to get it done. You can’t agree with everybody becasue their faith may not be on the same level as yours, but agree with faith that is at your level or greater. You will even see obstacles dissolve as you agree in prayer. There will be times when praying alone will yield the answer, but be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that you will know when you need to get another to agree in faith with you.
But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God. (Matthew 19:26 AMP)
Today I want to encourage you with this truth and it is simply that there are no impossibilities with God! If you will allow this truth to become deeply planted in your heart then it is guaranteed to liberate you from the bondage of limited thinking. A lot of people would experience God’s total deliverance if they could remind themselves that the God who did awesome miracles in the bible wants to do a miracle for them today. It doesn’t matter what it looks like God is the one ally whose effectiveness cannot be limited by circumstances. Paul stated in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly , far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] (Ephesians 3:20 AMP)."
Do you see that? Our God wants to not only fulfill your hopes and dreams, but he wants to exceed them. Right now just reflect on that scripture and watch how fear, doubt and unbelief vacate the premise of your heart while faith, hope and love fill it in an overwhelming measure. Your perspective on life will be brighter and you’ll be ushered into your promised land by the God of wonders. Even on the days when you are tempted to agree with your problems focus on God’s promises which never cease to come to pass. Joshua said, “The Lord promised to do many good things for Israel, and he kept his promise every time (Joshua 21:45 CEV)." See God keeping all his promises to you, too. So join in partnership with God from this day forward and make everyday your best day.
Confession for today: As a joint heir with Christ I receive all of the good things which God promised to do for me. I refuse to settle for any less than heaven’s best because it is my right as the beloved of God. I refuse to worry or be anxious about anything, but I choose to allow God’s peace to guard my heart. I know no impossiblities today and my faith in God’s ability is bringing me into continuous victory. All adverse circumstances, situations and people are subject to the authority of Jesus Christ and right now everything is working out for my good and benefit. (inspired by Romans 8:17; Joshua 21:45; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 John 5:4; Matthew 19:26; Philippians 2:10; Romans 8:28)
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.