himself and his disciples; and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake: and they launched forth.
Luk 8:23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy.
Luk 8:24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish.. And he awoke, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and There was a calm.
Luk 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And being afraid they marvelled, saying one to another, Who then is this, that he commandeth even the winds and thewater, and they obey him?
Recently the Lord gave me a vision concerning the circumstances that can surround us. I wanted to draw a picture of what He showed me, but for now I will attempt to draw it with words. I saw a vision with a path laid before me. It was strewn with obstacles. As I continued to look at the vision I saw the arm of the Lord sweep all the obstacle out of the way. The path was clear as to walk on. Then some time later the Lord gave me another vision. I saw this path that I was on, with huge waves roaring from both sides like walls that could fall and collapse upon me at any moment. In side the waves I saw financial problems, health issues, family, foreclosure, lack, poverty all manner of problems roared in these waves. The path was still before me, somewhat overshadowed by these waves. Just like walking through a forest, you may have to duck now and then to avoid a tree limb or a vine, but the way before you is still clear. Just like the children of Israel when they crossed the Red Sea. The walls of water could have fallen in on them just as easily as it did upon the Egyptians but the Lord held back the waters, just like He will hold back the waters for us now if we will believe and trust Him.
God has a destination for each one of us to obtain. We must be fixed, and un-moveable, locked on that target to obtain it. If we look to the left or to the right all we will see is the raging of the storm that can fall upon us at any moment. But if we look ahead at the finish line that has been set before us all we will see is God. I have said this in times past, whatever we look upon becomes big. If we look upon Jesus and stay fixed upon Him these waves will become like little trickles of water that flow after a hard rain, nothing to worry about.
Father God has been developing in each one of the character of Jesus. He has been causing us to become strong and totally dependent upon Him, fully trusting in His word and His promise to us to perform it. He has been bringing us to a place where we are not moved by what we see or hear. We are only moved by Him. We wait upon Him, receive our instruction from Him for the circumstance and move forward knowing “He’s got this”.
If you have been your resource, if you have trusted in “your” abilities to take care of yourself and say that you still trust God; you will find out very soon how much you really trust Him. If in all your efforts you still can’t pay your bills, not matter what you do you can’t lose weight, no matter how well you eat you still suffer in your body, not matter how many doctors you have seen you can’t get well…. God will let you exhaust all your options, He doesn't need our help and He will just wait until you turn to Him. If you don’t, He will allow you to perish in the storm. Why? Because He’s God and He is the only one who can move the obstacles out of your way. God does not say He helps those who help themselves, He says, "He helps those who trust in Him." Your eyes must be fixed on Him. People suffer panic attacks and heart attacks for fear. Fear is not from God. Fear has torment. Fear comes from looking at the storm. It comes from looking at the problem and not the Answer. Jesus says is this way. Mar 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful? have ye not yet faith?
Contrary to the popular belief that God’s people if they are blessed won’t have storms, it’s because we are pressing into the things of God that we have storms. It’s for our growth and development in the Kingdom of God. God permits us to go “through” this training to bring us into “Christ” likeness. We have to be like Jesus if we are going to walk like Jesus. Jesus walked upon the storms and the sea; He was not overtaken by them.
Mat 14:25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
Mat 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
Mat 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
When we are ready to get out of the safety of the boat, Jesus will bid us to come walk on the water in the midst of the storm with Him. This is part of our spiritual growth. Jesus was headed to His destination, He was not going to let raging storms stop Him, neither can we.
Mat 14:28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
Mat 14:29 And he said, Come.And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
Mat 14:30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Mat 14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
Mat 14:32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Just like Jesus we are called to command the wind and the seas to obey us. Not just physically rains and storms, but every kind of storm that rises up against us. As sons of God we have authority over the systems of this world just like Jesus. We just have to be hearing God constantly to know what we are specifically to address. We are spiritual people in a carnal world. We have been trained to think and address things carnally, but as sons of God we are commanded to address them spiritually. The ultimate purpose for circumstances is to develop us as sons of God and release others from captivity to become sons of God. We are not called to get involved with everything that is going on around us. We are called to influence it. The only way we can do that is by walking in“the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ”. God is calling His people to walk in“Extraordinary Faith”. The only way we can do that is to have the faith of Jesus in us. That’s why we go through the storms. Jesus had to learn how to walk on the water through the storms and so do we. We can’t be those who just seek after Jesus for the provision and the things which are temporary. We must seek after Him for the Kingdom of God, for those things that are eternal.
Joh 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw signs, but because ye ate of the loaves, and were filled.
Joh 6:27 Work not for the food which perisheth, but for the food which abideth unto eternal life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him the Father, even God, hath sealed.
You know when you are beginning to walk in “faith” because you have peace in the midst of the storm. That despite the raging of the storm around you, you are not moved and are continuing in forward progress toward your destination. You are not making excuses as to why you cannot accomplish the tasks which the Lord has set before you. Even if it’s not clear, when you first start toward your destination, as you continue to “go”the image in the distance will become more clear. You will not be pulled off of your assignment by distractions around you, no matter what they are. You will stay fixed and un-moveable, ever abounding in the work of the Lord.
1Co_15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
God Bless You.