“Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:39 KJV)
What words of authority and rebuke Christ Jesus spoke to a raging storm that confronted His ship! This storm was determined to sink His ship as He crossed with His disciples, the Sea of Galilee, to the land of the Gadarenes.
In Mark 4:35-41, we read a lesson on faith Jesus taught His disciples. He had told them to cross over with Him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. As they journeyed, “there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.” (Mark 4:37 KJV). But Jesus was sound asleep on a pillow at the stern of the ship.
How could He have slept in the midst of such a great storm? And why did He not awake to their rescue, by Himself?
Christ Jesus, though asleep, knew what was happening but chose to leave the situation to His twelve disciples who were with Him in the ship. He wanted them to exercise their faith in the matter. They had been with Jesus for some time and had seen the miraculous, and witnessed His exercise of faith in strange matters. However, these twelve disciples failed to use confessions of faith against the storm.
The exercise of faith is the life of the Spirit. The disciples fail to live the life of the Spirit. They resorted to the life of the flesh, and did what their carnal minds suggested to them. I believe some went for buckets to empty the ship of the water that was filling it, whilst others worked on the sails to keep it afloat. They never considered speaking words of faith to the storm. These disciples resolved to do battle with the use of their natural strength instead of tapping into the supernatural through faith. Therefore, they failed woefully.
Beloved, note that behind the “seen” are “unseen” elements. At the background of every physical event is a spiritual aspect. And matters of the spiritual can’t be addressed with physical or carnal weapons. You need to use the weapons of the Spirit which include the Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16).
In their failure, they called to Jesus, who dealt with the matter the way He had expected them to react at the beginning of storm: “And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no FAITH?” (Mark 4:39-40 KJV). It is obvious that Jesus wanted them to exercise their faith in the matter.
In His lesson on faith in Matthew 21:21, Jesus said, “If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Child of God, know that confessions made in faith are extremely powerful and should not be underrated.
Joshua, son of Nun, understood this spiritual truth very well and appropriated it in his battle against the king of Jerusalem and his confederates. He commanded “in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” (Joshua 10:12 KJV). This was when he saw the sun going down in battle but knew its light was needed for victory to be assured.
It is written in the Scriptures: “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” (Job 22:28 KJV).
Therefore, according to Joshua’s decree, the heavenly elements responded: “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13 KJV). It looks great to have heavenly bodies obey the decree of a mortal man. But, this was an exercise of faith on his part. He was determined to see the victory God had earlier promised (Joshua 10:8).
God asked Job, “Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place.” (Job 38:12 KJV). It’s quite surprising that Job, who was a spiritual man, never knew this. He had never commanded his morning. He accepted all that the Devil brought his way; and so he kept bringing more and more of his arsenals. I believe God had wanted Job to make some faith confessions and declarations to stop the evil hand of the Devil that was at play, behind the scenes, in his affairs. The long season of his duel with the Devil could have shortened if he had “commanded his morning and caused the dayspring to know his place” in his life.
Beloved of God, it is time to exercise your faith muscles. That’s the life of the Spirit. It’s all a life of faith. As it is written, “The just shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11; Habakkuk 2:4). “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4).
My Dear, it is time to put your faith to work. Put it to work, to experience great victories over the raging storms of life. Begin to make some audacious confessions and declarations of faith right now, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
God bless you!!