Storms come and go. But one thing is certain; they do come. Since storms are inevitable, we better know not only how to weather them, but how to come out on top. When life seems to be falling apart, even the upright can get uptight
Don’t allow the storms of life pulled you in different directions, causing a spiritual shipwreck. Storms will come, but how will you respond when they come.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Jesus said, “John 14:27 (NIV)
When you stop long enough to remind yourself of God perfect peace, it will calm any storm.
Mark 4:37 says, “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
This “great storm of wind” was an attempt of the enemy to stop Jesus and His crew from reaching the other side of the sea where a great breakthrough would occur. So, when Jesus was on the edge of a breakthrough, violent and destructive turbulence showed up. This was a preemptive strike of the devil to stop the plan of God. But it didn’t work, and it won’t work on you and your breakthrough either!
But since an attack like this came against Jesus, you need to know that the enemy will attempt to do this to you as well. That’s why you must “put on the whole armor of God” (see Ephesians 6:11) and learn how to take authority over the wind and the waves that come against your life — against your family, your finances, or your body — just as Jesus took authority over the wind and the waves that came against Him. You have to take authority as well.
What Do You Do When You Come Under a Spiritual Attack?
Every born- again believer, saved by grace is going to go through a storm in their life. Some storms will be harder than others, because of who you are in the body of Christ, and because of your position in the Kingdom, the enemy is out for you.
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6:12).
SO, BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE…first check to make sure you have left no doors open for an attack. Then just like Jesus did in the middle of that storm, you must take authority over the wind and the waves in your life and command them to stop in Jesus’ name!
When Jesus was done taking authority over the wind and waves that night on the sea, the winds ceased, and there was a great peace. And “a great peace” is exactly what Jesus wants to bring into your life right now.
• If the enemy has created a great financial problem in your life, Jesus Christ wants to match it with a great financial blessing.
• If the adversary has created a great sickness in your body, Jesus wants to match it with a great healing.
• If the devil has created a horrible marital mess in your life, the Lord Jesus Christ wants to match that marital crisis with a great marital blessing.
• Whatever the devil does, Jesus Christ wants to match that attack with an even greater blessing in your life!
I want to tell you that your best days are ahead of you. If you are experiencing a raging spiritual storm, it may be a signal that you are on the verge of something magnificent, and that may be the very reason why a storm has suddenly shown up to try to stop you. But that storm is your opportunity to see a demonstration of God’s power in your life! Rise up in faith and rebuke those spiritual winds, and they will cease, and a great calm will come, and you will make it to the other side!
But remember, always speak to your storms, to your mountains, to sickness and diseases, to poverty and lack, speak to it in the Name of Jesus. No other name will do. When you go through a storm:
The first truth we need to remember is…
1. God has power over every storm
2. Fixing our eyes on Jesus it will lead to peace
John 16:33 [TPT], “…everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in Me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in Me. For in this unbelieving world, you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous [cheer up…why?], for I have conquered the world!”
3. Jesus is always in our boat
Hebrews 13:5 [AMP], …for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstance] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”
Romans 15:13, I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
What Does the Bible Say About Peace in the Midst of the Storm?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
When you feel worried and anxious, I know it’s easy to panic and allow fear to take over. That’s when you need to slow down, get still, and focus on Jesus. He’s always with you, available any time of the day for you to cry out to Him for His supernatural peace.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 54:10 ESV
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Philippians 4:7 ESV
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.
Romans 8:1-39 ESV
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …
Galatians 5:1 ESV
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Romans 8:28 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
How Do You Pray in the Midst of the Storm?
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. —Isaiah 26:3
Father, I need you. I need your Spirit to fill me with peace. There is nothing more that I can do today. Physically I am exhausted. Mentally, I am depleted. Emotionally, I am overwhelmed. But You—You are ever present, never-changing, always offering peace. It is You who keeps me, You who sustains me, You who holds me in your hand, never letting go. Keep me safe in your arms. In Jesus Name. Amen
Here are Seven Things You Should do When Facing the Storms of Life.
1. When trouble is headed your way. . .always do what Jesus did.
When the storms of life rise up against you. . .seek to be at peace.
Jesus knew there was a weather pattern forming. . .about to turn into a dangerous storm?
We should follow His direction as found in Mark 4:38 in the New King James Bible which says:
“But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
The disciples had done exactly as Jesus told them to do.
How do you handle the storms. . .the adversities when one comes upon you suddenly?
Matthew 6:34 in the Message Bible offers some great advice:
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
In the middle of the storms of life. . .learn to let Jesus be your peace factor.
2. When you are in a storm, God always makes a way of escape.
Mark 4:35 in the Amplified Bible says:
“On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, let us go over to the other side [of the lake].”
Do you believe the Son of God knew what was going to happen to that boat. . .before it ever happened? Of course, He did!!
Acts 2:23 in the New Living Translation says:
“But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him.”
If Jesus knew He was going to be betrayed and crucified. . .He most certainly knew about a storm on the Sea of Galilee. And even if He did not … He knew His Father had an answer to the problem …the same way we know God always has an answer for us.
Since Jesus knew the storm was coming. . .do you really think He would have put the disciples. . .those closest to Him … in a position to drown and die? Of course, not! In everything you face in life. . .no matter how great the temptation or seemingly insurmountable the problem may be. . .God always provides a way of escape.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says:
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
When you’re facing the storms of life. . .God is not in heaven wringing His hands wondering what is going to happen to you next.
When you go through a storm, keep your eyes on Jesus. When you take your eyes off Jesus and focus on the problem, you sink. Rather than having peace in the midst of the storm, we falter and fall, we are overcome by it. Not only is God not weak. . .He will show Himself strong on your behalf.
3. God is not moved by the adversities we face. . .and neither should you be.
The disciples were with Jesus 24/7, yet fear made them forget who they were traveling with. Even the disciples had to learn to trust Jesus by the doubt-creating circumstances they faced. Walking in Peace in the Mist of Adversity
Isaiah 41:10 in the Message Bible says:
“Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”
Even in the midst of your personal storms. . .God has a firm grip on you.
4. When in the midst of the storm. . .call on Him and quote the Word.
When trouble comes. . .who will you call on for help first? Call on the Holy Ghost.
Psalm 86:7 says:
“In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”
If you need the peace of God in your life. . .if you need deliverance from the storms of adversity. . .heed the words of Jeremiah 29:12-14 in the Amplified Bible:
“Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will release you from captivity. . .”
Now here’s a revelation. You can’t quote what you don’t know.
Matthew 22:29 in the New Living Translation says:
“Jesus replied, `Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.’”
Spiritual preparation always precedes victories over the storms of life.
5. When you start declaring the Word. . .all your fears will leave.
The best reason not to be afraid. . .is because the Word of God tells you not to. If you are already counting on some of the Word … why not count on all the Word? Hide the Word of God in your heart when you are going through a storm. I could give you numerous scriptures but I’m only going to go over four. The truth of the matter is. . .one could be enough.
First, Isaiah 41:10 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.”
If you’ve been unsuccessful. . .don’t worry or fret. . .the Word says that God. . .not your relatives …not your boss. . .co-workers. . .best friend or anyone else will make you victorious. God brings you the victories you desire.
Second, Psalm 118:6 in the Message Bible says:
“God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?”
Third, Deuteronomy 20:1 in the Message Bible says:
“. . . In a few minutes you’re going to do battle with your enemies. Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win.”
Don’t waver. . .don’t doubt. . .don’t fear. . .don’t worry. . .don’t hesitate. . .don’t panic because your God will bring you the victory.
Fourth, Psalm 139:5 in the Message Bible says:
“…You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.
“I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in!”
6. When facing the storms of life. . .tell your circumstances and those in your boat to be still.
Sometimes you don’t even have to tell your friends. . .more properly, known as acquaintances to be quiet. . .because at the first sign of adversity. . .they’re gone.
When you are riding a storm, don’t confer with flesh and blood. Only what Jesus is telling you to do. . .never let the second voice distract you from what you know to be spiritual truth and your ability to allow God’s power to work through you.
Mark 4:39 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).”
When Jesus got up. . .He assessed the situation. . .then He rebuked the winds and the waves.
The literal Greek translation of still be “be muzzled” or “be gagged.”
This next point is very important. It’s critical to note Jesus did not pray about the storm He was facing. Jesus spoke to the storm and commanded it to stop causing trouble.
“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.”
7. Always be willing to learn in every situation.
I believe God clearly wants us to learn how to live blessed, full of joy and content in every situation, circumstance, problem, and adversity that we face.
Meditate on Philippians 4:13 in the Message Bible:
“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”
The only way God can make us who He wants us to be. . .is by our willingness to learn from every situation we face.
God is not only waiting to shield you from the storms. . .He’s ever ready to empower and enlighten you to achieve your destiny. And the best part. . .He’s available 24/7
How Is Jesus’ Peace Different Than the World’s “Peace”?
Jesus said that the world’s peace is tribulation, stress, anxiety. That’s the world’s peace. Peace that the world gives is not peace. It is a temporary peace. It doesn’t last. Peace, by the world’s standards, is simply a false sense of peace, false hope.
The peace that Jesus gives is far different from that. It is a lasting peace that comes from the presence of God.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11 (KJV)
There is a greater fullness of joy that goes beyond anything you could ever imagine or experience. It is not dependent on circumstances. This peace flows in the midst of persecution, trouble, disappointment, confusion, and anxiety. Jesus recognizes that he would not always remove you from the challenging situations of life. He never promised to do that. What he did promise is that despite the situations in life, he will give you peace.
God Gives Peace in the Midst of the Storm
Paul encourages us to pursue this perfect peace. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
However, the path to receiving this peace comes from giving every situation to God in prayer. When you do this, God’s peace crowds out anxiety in your life. In fact, this verse literally means that peace will stand guard and watch over your mind, fighting back and keeping out all potential feelings of anxiety.
Getting to this place of peace will not come from worry or stress. It will come from resting in the loving arms of Jesus. Knowing that he is in control and that he will carry you through any situation that life has to offer. What Jesus said to his disciples still rings true today, he will love you to the end. When you let that sink deep into your spirit and this reality becomes true to you, there is only one by product of this – peace. This truly is a peace that no one in the world could ever give you.
Praying For Grace and Mercy in The Storm
As a Christian woman of faith who believes the Word of God to be true, you can confidently draw near to your Heavenly Father, by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and receive His mercy and find His grace every time you have need of it and seek Him out.
The peace of God transcends over every circumstance, mine or yours, no matter how big or small. And it all comes from Him. When we can’t feel His peace, it doesn’t mean it is not there. It simply means it’s time to ask Him for help. He is always available.
God, I trust you to provide supernatural peace beyond what I can understand. I trust you to be the One who is in control of all things. The One who loves us beyond our capability to comprehend. The One who listens to all our distressed cries and distraught prayers. The One who supplies perfect peace through the fiercest storms.
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“Father, right now I take a moment to come to You. Thank You for Your amazing love and how good You have been to me. Your strength, guidance and protection make all the difference in my life. Help me to always keep my eyes focused on You and receive Your supernatural peace and comfort.
Father, I need you. I need your Spirit to fill me with peace. Shift my eyes from the storm to Your strength. When I feel like I cannot handle any more turmoil or tumult, focus my perspective on Your sovereign grace. Channel my reflections to Your promises of mercy. Steady my thought stream and cause it to flow with Your abundant, supernatural peace. It is You who keeps me, you who sustains me, You who holds me in your hand, never letting go. In Jesus Name. Amen
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Through it All. Keep your eyes on Jesus!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
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