Jesus Calms the Storm

Matthew 8.pngThen he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on a lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him saying, Lord save us! We’re going to drown! He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this?” Even the winds and the waves obey him!”                 Matthew 8:23-27

Violent storms are common on the Sea of Galilee due to the location of the lake. Sudden storms occur with destructive force so that the existing calmness can be transformed into raging storm within minutes. But this story is about far more than the calming of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. It was important to the disciples as well as being important to us today. The incident tells us that wherever in life Jesus Christ is, there the storms of life are calmed.

When the cold, bleak winds of sorrow blow around us, there is calmness in the comforting presence of Jesus. When the hot winds of passion blow, we find security and peace in Jesus’ presence. When gale-force winds of doubt threaten to uproot the foundations of our faith, there is peaceful safety with Jesus Christ. For every storm that shakes the human heart, there is peace with Jesus.

The meaning and lesson of this event illustrate to us that when the storms of life shake our souls, Jesus is there, and in His presence the raging storm turns into peace that no storm can rob us of. 

He came in complete human form to meet a universal need in a way that is adequate for all times and places and is without parallel or substitute.        (H.D.Lewis)

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

Are You Willing To Follow?

Matthew 14Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Lord, if it is you, Peter replied, tell me to come to you on the water.” Come” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said why did you doubt?”                                             Matthew 14:22-31

As we read these words from the Gospel of Matthew we can see a least two important lessons here. The first one is that Jesus knew how important it was to take time away from his disciples, the crowd and anything else to be alone with God. I truly believe that Jesus is telling us even today, that we need to be alone with God in prayer daily, to remain focus on God’s will for our lives. We at times can get caught up with our daily responsibilities that we don’t have the time to pray, and believe me that is when we become so drain with life and things are overwhelming for us to be able to handle them alone.  And if for some reason you are saying to yourself I don’t know how to pray, or even what to say no need to worry, pray the Lord’s prayer, and when you don’t know what to say the Holy Spirit will speak on your behalf, you only need to remain still. Just think of your prayer life as having a conversation with your friend, you speak and then you remain still and just listen. Many of us don’t have a quiet time, a quiet room where we can bare our souls to God. It’s not about the room, but about the quiet moments we spend alone with God. This is the reason that I choose for my blog almost two years ago “quiet moments with God”, I know how important it truly is for all of us to be able to poor out our soul to God. Charles H. Spurgeon a writer tells us “only the prayer which comes from our heart can get to God’s heart.

The next lesson is when the disciples was in the boat alone and when they all became afraid because of winds Jesus started to walk on the water, and telling them that they do not need to be afraid it was him. Peter wanted it make sure it was the Master that he ask Jesus to be able to come to him and so Peter did. Once Peter realize he was walking on the lake that he became so afraid that be he began to sink. Jesus is asking you and me are we willing to “Follow Him”.  Leave everything behind that you once knew to be able to follow him, it will not be easy but believe me when I tell you is that it will be worth it. We need to seek Jesus and we will find him when we seek him with all of our hearts. He does know the full extend of our weakness, and he realize our weakness. Jesus understands the brokenness within each of us and all around us. At times we can be easily distracted by this world of ours, and he wants us to seek him even through at times it truly can be hard to do so, and more important are you will to follow. This world can never give to any of us what our souls longs for and that is a relationship with Jesus Christ. We are created in God’s image and therefore we long to be with him, and the only way we can at least for now is to follow him, seek him with your heart. Are you willing my friend to follow Jesus Christ “The Great I Am”, he is calling, keep your eyes upon Jesus and don’t look back.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Broken Dreams & Broken Promises

Psalm 42.jpgIt has been a difficult day my Lord to say the lease, because when others seem to have forgotten you and what you long for is someone to reach out to say I do care, and truly mean it. For someone else who seems all they want to do is to judge you and you seem to say to yourself, they are not walking in my shoes to understand this deep pain of mine. So I open up your scriptures to read the following words that seem to ring so true for me today.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”. These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the “Mighty One” with shouts of joy and praise, among the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me, therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan the heights of Hermon–from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls, all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me–a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt  me saying to me all day long, “Where is your God.?” Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Dear Lord

Help me in this holy time, at your feet, to pour my soul out to you. Enable me to be transparent. I surrender every burden, fear, question, and emotion. Empty me of myself. Free me from all the clutter in my heart and mind. Consume me with Your Spirit now and everyday of my life.

Amen

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Storms

Psalm 107.jpgThen they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and be brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord unfailing love, and his wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.   Psalm 107:28-32

There are so many times that the storms that we go thru are so very hard, they weight us down with worries, and at times cause emotional pain. Even when we share those problems with someone we called a friend it really doesn’t make us feel any better, all we can seem to say they just don’t understand what you are going thru, and too many times all they can do is simply judge us for any decision we have made. We look up to the heavens and ask God why must I endure these hard times, why can’t life be a little bit more easy to go thru, do you hear me God? do you care or even understand what I am dealing with right now? Once we seem to go thru with being angry at God for any difficult times you need to know that you can laid them all down to God in prayer. Even though there is no relief in sight, your trouble are actually light from an eternal perspective. Your problems feel so heavy because you have given them too much power. Each time you focus on them and forget about Jesus, you empower them a bit more. Jesus wants you and me to put all of our life troubles down long enough to view the vast expanse of Life that is spread out before you, all the way into eternity! Our problems feels like a big wave ready to crash down onto our world, but when we give all of the problems that we are carrying inside of us to Jesus, he calms those storms to give us his peace. The book of Psalm is filled with all the emotions that we seem to go thru each and everyday of our own lives, and once we go thru these difficult emotions we can begin to Praise our Lord thru the storms in our lives, because what I can tell each and everyone who reads these post is that Jesus does care what we go thru, he understands all the emotions we go thru as well, all we need to do is to bring them all to him so that he can calm all the storms we carry in our lives, and we do not need to.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”

Matthew 11:28

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends