What The Lord Said To Me Today
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Jesus displayed awesome power and authority when he rebuked the storm. The effect was
immediate. The sea and wind obeyed him and the disciples were struck with awe at that
authority over the elements.
Have any of you ever tried this? Well, I've done it a few times. Most of the time, the results
were, shall we say, less than satisfactory. I'll leave it at that. Apparently, I have not yet been
given full authority over storms and waves. Greater works we may do than Jesus someday,
but as for me, I'm still waiting.
The Greek word for storm seems to have a blending of connection to the demonic and to a
seismic event. Evidently, the storm Jesus rebuked had a demonic source, since Jesus always
rebuked demons, so demons can cause storms.
Other types of storms can come in our lives. Storms can come when you obey Jesus. You
would be considered an accurate forecaster if you predicted that.
We are told to count the cost of following Jesus. Recently, I did that and said yes to the call
to a certain position. I knew, when I gave my assent, that the storm would come, and it
certainly has come. I'm in a calm right now: I don't really know for sure if it is over, but it
has calmed enough for me to write for the first time in four days.
I found myself, in the middle of the storm, getting ready to do just what I have warned others
not to do in the word of prophecy that I issued on 12/6. I was getting ready to say some
very hot words toward a sister of mine. My pastor warned me to heed the prophetic word I
had received from the Lord.
Oh, you know, now, that is really humbling. I receive the word, and then I become the one
who needs to hear it most, spoken back to me by a reader. Yes, that is humbling.
Pride? Sure, we all have it in varying degrees. We don't want to admit it, but it's there.
Why else would we have to die daily? We are constantly running into circumstances that
demand that we die. The Lord puts it to us this way: if you are the more mature disciple in
this storm of conflict, you are called to be the first to die.
This crucifying death to self, daily performed, is the only known antidote to pride, and yet it
only seems to work it's cure for the day. Tomorrow will come, and pride will rise up, needed
once again to be put to the sword, and my Lord is willing to lead me to the place of
crucifixion all over again, so that I may get over myself, for this life I live is NOT ABOUT ME,
it is about Jesus Christ.
And so, these storms, these circumstances, are engineered by the master to give us the heart
of the servant. The servant has no rights: he does his master's will. I'll close with this
devotional, taken from the back of my Sunday Church bulletin. It sounds like Oswald Chambers
to me, but I'm not sure.
"The Undetected Sacredness of Circumstances" Romans 7:28
"The circumstances of a saint's life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint, there is no such
thing as chance. God, by His providence brings you into curcumstances that we cannot
understand, but the Spirit of God understands. God is bringing you into places and among
people and conditions in order that the intercession of the Spirit in you happens. Never put
your hand in front of you and say-I am going to be my own providence today. All your
circumstances are in the hand of God, therefore never think it strange concerning the
situation you are in."
Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ
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