Peace! Be Still!

“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.”  Mark 4.39.
Jesus was in a boat with the disciples when a great storm arose.  The storm began to rage, and the boat was being flooded by the waves.  The disciples were in a panic.  They were afraid the boat would capsize.  Where was Jesus? He was taking a nap. How was it possible that Jesus could be sleeping in the midst of a violent storm?  I believe Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was at peace because of His intimate union with His Father. God was with Him.
God was with the disciples also.  Unfortunately, they were in panic mode because they were operating out of the flesh and not according to their union with the Father.  Even though they accused Jesus of not caring for them, Jesus woke up, and spoke to the storm and the winds, and all was calm.
Where do you need Jesus to speak into your storms?  In the midst of whatever is causing you to panic, be afraid, to operate according to the flesh, are you doubting God’s love for you?  Are you focused on the storms, rather than the One who controls the storms?  Are you wrongly assuming that God isn’t doing anything?  Have you lost your bearing?  Take a moment to sit with Jesus, in the middle of the storms, the chaos, the darkness, and listen to the voice of God speaking into the raging waters: “Peace!  Be still!”  
Whatever you are going through – whatever you are experiencing – now is the time to draw near to God.  Don’t allow your fears to cause you to stop living according to the peace that is yours by being in union with Christ.
The glory of Jesus is revealed in storms – in the dark – in the chaos.  As children of God, who are called to live in union with Jesus and led by the Spirit, we have the opportunity in the darkness, and in the storms of our current world circumstances, to be the one that is at peace.  To be the one that is not moved by storms.  But, rather, is going around doing the Father’s business, doing the same works as Jesus, and fulfilling the great commission and expanding the Kingdom of God across the earth.  (Schylce Jiminez)
People you know are perhaps living in fear, operating out of panic mode, being overwhelmed by the crashing waves.  You, with the presence of Christ dwelling within, can show up into their lives, into their storms, and just by your mere presence can offer peace.  You also have the ability and the authority to speak into the storms and proclaim: Peace! Be Still!
Continue to intercede for families, marriages, church, cities, and our country!  Peace! Be Still! Speak into the storms of violence and evil: Peace! Be Still!  Speak into the doubt and confusing, the anger and division that seems to be wreaking havoc.  Peace Be Still!
Because of your union with Christ, the intimacy of the Father, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, let us speak and proclaim peace into the places where the enemy is trying to bring destruction and division.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4.7)
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Sue Woodruff - February 20th, 2021 at 12:31pm

Thanks for this message of peace dear Bill