What The Lord Said To Me Today
The Storm

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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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