Thursday, August 28, 2014

On the subject of persecution...

By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,[d] and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Hebrews 11

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

There Arose A Great Storm

Anytime you are on the front lines of battle and you are doing something for the kingdom of God, the enemy attacks against your life will escalate.

Even Jesus came under such attack when He was preparing to cast a legion of demons out of the demoniac of Gadara. Mark 4... Violent winds seem to show up from nowhere, attempting to capsize Jesus' boat.  Read it and you will see "and there arose a great storm". The phrase, "there arose" is taken from the Greek ginomai. This word discribes something that happens unexpectedly or catches one off guard.

I'm sure that Jesus' disciples, being experienced fishermen, launched their boat in perfect weather. Nothing was overcast. No bad weather was brewing. They expected a perfect night for sailing.

Who has ever been there? Everything was thumbs up. A-OK. Everything looked very positive and good.  ...."when suddenly there arose a great storm of wind." The Greek for "great" here is "mega"... as in megastorm.

Get the picture?

Another point to understand is that it was a mega storm of WIND. Not a mega storm of rain, thunder, lightning, etc.  This obviously was an attempt to destroy or hinder Jesus and His crew of disciples. Because on the other side of that lake was one of Satan's most prized possessions, the demoniac of Gadara. He did not want Jesus to make it to the other side. So Satan made his move, his best strike against the kingdom to prevent or undo the work of Jesus.

I'm sure you know what happened next. Jesus exercised His authority of that mega storm of wind and the waves it kicked up. The Word says "the wind ceased and there was a great calm."

If Jesus is your Lord, then you are no different than Him. Your attack will come on the brink of your victory. Satan will try to shake you. He will try to paint a bleak and dark picture of your future. Prepare yourself now.

  • Put on the whole armor of God.
  • Take authority over the wind and waves that come suddenly. (mega is no problem for Jesus)
  • Be deligent about covering yourself in prayer, along with family, business, church, finances, ministry.
  • Leave no "doorways of sin" open.
  • Get ready to see a demonstration of God's power in your life!