The night the disciples were completely caught off guard, and taken by surprise by a terrifying wind storm that threatened to take their lives, they witnessed a power far greater than anything they could have imagined.
They had lost all hope of surviving until they saw Jesus stand up, in their boat and rebuke that demonically inspired wind.
Did you notice how Jesus rebuked the wind and not the waves? It may have looked like the waves were the real problem for the disciples that night. They were crashing into their boat, throwing them around, shaking and rocking and pounding, while filling it up with water.
The truth is, even though the waves were all they could see, they were only the symptom of the problem, not the source of it. The unseen force of that wind is what was causing those waves to rise up and reek absolute havoc with that fishing boat that night.
I want to remind you of what <strong>Ephesians 6:12</strong> says, <strong><em>“For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”</em></strong>
The problem you are facing in the natural is only a symptom of what is causing it in the unseen world of the supernatural. If you can’t understand why your marriage is suddenly falling apart, or why there is so much strife in your home, stop wrestling with what you can see in the natural. Your enemy is not your spouse, or your family members. Your enemy is not flesh and blood. It’s unseen forces that are on an all out attack to kill, steal, and destroy anything good in your life.
The Bible clearly says they have absolutely no right to do that, in fact, every weapon they form against you cannot prosper – they are already defeated concerning you! It’s time you stand up and do exactly what Jesus did. Face the real enemy and rebuke him into submission!
Once we deal with the spirit realm, things in the natural realm will be resolved. It’s that simple.
<strong>James 4:7</strong> says, <strong><em>“So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”</em></strong>
The key here is to know you are subject to God. If you have been flirting with sin, or giving the enemy an open door into your life, or marriage, then resisting the devil will do you no good. He’ll just laugh at you and bring you more trouble.
Now, when you are living by faith, and walking in God’s love, and being careful to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, then you can stand up strong in the authority God has given you, rebuke the devil, and he will flee from you.
Once Jesus rebuked that wind, the waves were easily calmed. Look at what the Bible says happened:
<strong>Mark 4:39</strong>, <strong><em>“And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).”</em></strong>
Hallelujah! Once Jesus dealt with the unseen spiritual force that was in that wind, all He did was speak to the sea and tell it to be still! Don’t you love how the Amplified Classic translation says the wind sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating! The word <em>ceased</em> literally means to give up the fight! And as a result, the Bible says, “… immediately a great calm, and perfect peacefulness” came over it.
Jesus knew full well that the source of that storm was the demonic force behind the wind. He knew all that was needed was to rebuke it, pull it into submission and then speak peace over the waves.
There is nothing stopping that from happening in your life too. No matter what you’re facing, and how terrifying it may seem – know the source of your trouble doesn’t have to do with what you see or know in the natural. So stop trying to fix it or spend all your energy fighting it in the natural.
Learn to take authority in the spirit realm – you don’t have to read up about spiritual ware-fare, or attend seminars on the structure of the kingdom of darkness, so you can map out where the spiritual high places are to strategically pray from.
No, the Bible says in <strong>Psalms 24:1 that, <em>“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it.”</em></strong> All you need to do is know who you are in Christ Jesus, and stand up in the authority He has given you, and rebuke the devil. Command him and his forces to stop what they are doing and to get out of your affairs in Jesus Name.
The spiritual realm will hear you and obey when you open your mouth and speak God’s will in faith. Jesus showed us exactly how it’s done, and we are expected to follow His example.
So submit yourself to God, stand up strong in faith and rebuke that wind, because as Jesus is, so are we in this world!
All my love,
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