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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For March 24, 2020
Raging Storm

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Luke 8:22-30 KJV
22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.

How often we might feel in the world we are like a ship in a storm. Feel the waves and the wind beat against us and only to realize we need Jesus even more. How many times a day are you praying right now if you feel fearful, or uncertain about the days ahead. I even struggle at moments, especially if love ones are far away and are sick. The normal reaction is to travel and not to remain in one's place. We are instructed to be behind closed doors by our government. Some are saying big deal and doing as they please. Some are like me in regards of trying to get a few extra things before everything might be shut down or will be shut down for a time frame of unknown. We sit and watch and wonder, especially if we been out what going on, because even stores that are not usually as crowded are now packed with cars in the parking lot. Seen on the news people were at the beach in crowds. There others of us sitting in isolation wondering are people not hearing or are we made to look like fools.

Well the storm that was happening in disciple days were very real. The waves were causing the water to over flow the ship with water and the boat was about to sink. Jesus was aboard asleep, when his disciples came to him and woke him and says we are about to die. And Jesus arises and rebukes the wind and raging water. I been in a boat a time or two, but never seen the wind cause the waves to almost sink a boat, but I have seen the wind carry a boat down river. I seen the wind force strong enough it took two people to row the boat ashore. I can only imagine the wind causing the waves to rise up to overflow the boat, but I know waves can be larger at different times.

Life problems can feel like they will consume us, life stuggles might feel they may overflow our ship, but the disciple knew who to wake, but not what to do. Often we know to consult the word of God and to pray in times of trouble, but do we have the faith to go with our actions or are we seeking with little hope of an answer.

The question is not if we know who to seek, it do we have the faith to see him quiet the storm. We bow to God in prayer in this crisis, but God has been quieting the storm long before Christ came in the flesh. The Psalmist speaks of the storms at the sea and how sailor cry unto the Lord and are delivered. They know to praise the Lord because of deliverance, wear was the disciples faith to cry out to God to calm the storm. If sailors knew to cry to God and to faith, why did they not?

Disciples still did not know who Jesus was, and yet when he arise and calms the storm, they ask what matter of man was this, for he commands the water and wind to obey him. The obedience of the impossible was seen by many prophets of old. Miracles of impossibility. Yet Jesus calms one storm and it causes them to question who he is. They understood not despite the fact that some even called him the Christ(the anointed) before they followed him.

Our question should be who do we pray to and why? If Christ is only a prophet or man why pray to him, for he would not be able to save you being only a man. No he is more then Man, he is the Son of God and is God in full humanity. Why bow to Christ if he not greater then prophets? The Bible says every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ Is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The word God in scripture means Elohim in Hebrew and in the Greek Theos, speaking of God in three persons by definition. Supreme rulers or judges. speaking of authority of God. God in the since of being one persons. If we study long enough we discover Lord God is Jehovah God, if we continue we understand his word has power. Same power Christ had when he walked the earth as the Son of God/word of God.

Moses was not God but miracles came from his hand not by his power but the power of God. Jesus was greater then the prophet Moses. What we can learn from Moses is his ability to ask God for almost anything, and some things he did not ask God for but he still received or did with the authority of God, the miracles of God only demonstrate the power of God.

I know the power of Jesus name and authority of His name, though do we use his name and word with the authority as well as in accordance to his will. God does not want us to be sick or have corona, but it does not mean no one will be sick, what it means is all must discover the will of God so when we pray, with God's authority healing will occur in life. Often I also imply healing can come through death, but I realize that we need to remember that life or death God will be glorified. Yet when Christ walked the earth we only see healing, and miracles and no burials without resurrections. The authority of Christ to raise the dead was proof of who He is as well. Man has the authority to make all kinds of request to God and to pray, but does not have the authority to demand God to deliver. To pray in Christ name, tells God we are praying by his word, by his authority, by his will. Now my question is are we praying according to God's will based on what He will do for us, or by the authority one thinks they have with no results because it not according to the original word of God. What he will do for his people and others that are lost, in need of redemption? Our power to pray is there, but is our request selfish, is it our own desire because of our wants, or is it for God's glory that we desire miracles?

I ask myself everyday why I write, or maybe not every day, but what is the purpose. The purpose is to glorify God and not the enemy. To show God's power within scripture. To know that when we pray, we ask God according to his will, and know he hear us. The storm God is in charge of is called Corona. Charge of because God has authority to defeat it. Are we praying are a we asking God in faith to take care of the diesease of our land, to move the mountain of sin from our life, to heal our land, to deliver us in the storm and to give us hope through the power of His name? Let us pray with faith, knowing God can do the impossible.

Hebrews 2:4 KJV God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

It is always according to God's will, not our own. It takes faith to know God delivers, but it take greater faith to know when man is unable, and the only chance is God and God delivers, we need to glorify God for the work he does in our life. For no one else but the power of Jesus name, the word of God can delivered us by his Holy Spirit. Hold on my friends, know that our time on earth is only a vapor. Our time with God will be eternal.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to trust by faith in your authority to deliver, to heal, to make us whole in the storms of life. That you can calm the waves that we are experiencing in life. Help us ot hold to your word and have faith to stand in the storms in life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Psalms 107:19-32 KJV
19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.


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