Contend earnestly for the supernatural
‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.’ – Isaiah 43:2
When you find yourself in trouble, do you sometimes think, ‘I must have done something wrong? Perhaps I’ve missed God’s will and He’s punishing me’? No. Trouble is multi-sourced, and frequently unrelated to our wrongdoing or God’s punishment. The disciples weren’t in the storm by disobeying, but by obeying Jesus; not by rejecting God’s will, but by embracing it. The Bible says, ‘Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go,’ and they obeyed. At times you’ll find yourself in troubled waters because you did what was right rather than what was popular, easy or selfish. When that happens, here are some helpful lessons from the disciples’ experience:
1. Obedience doesn’t guarantee there will be no storms. The disciples had just seen Jesus feed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, and end up with more food than He started with. Shouldn’t their faith have been strengthened? Yet they forgot it completely, when fear came knocking. Jesus had told them that He would meet them on the other shore, yet they forgot His miracle-working power and His promise and gave in to anxiety. Understand this: When God doesn’t solve your problem, He will show up in the middle of it and cause you to come out with your faith fortified.
2. Fear doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It’s just a reminder that you’re human, and, like the disciples, you’ve forgotten Who has the power and Who’s in charge. These are lessons that transform your trial into triumph.
Jesus, I thank You that You are The Lord of the storm. You have brought me into this season of trial and will use it to strengthen my faith, my trust in You, and to help me become fully dependent upon Your grace to bring me through. Thank You for trusting me enough to place me in this burden that will produce lasting fruit. I will come out of this storm with more faith than when I began it and into a new revelation of Your love for me. Help me to keep my eyes on You God and not to be overtaken by my circumstances. Keep me through this trial so that I don’t wander off or miss the opportunity that awaits me in this season. Make the bitter waters sweet and train me to help encourage and strengthen others who go through difficult times. I am blessed of God because He loves me enough to use all things for my benefit. Arise in me God, quiet my troubled heart and bring me peace in this difficult trial, that at the end of it, I will come out refined in Your anointing and empowered for more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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