Advice For The Storm-tossed

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The Storm on the Sea of Galilee – Rembrandt van Rijn

Jesus Calms the Storm

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
– Matthew 8:23-27

What kind of storm threatens you today?

Life in this fallen world serves up all kinds of problems, all the time. And some of those problems are life threatening like that storm.
Jesus rescued the people on the boat with him. But he also asked a puzzling question, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” My answer to His question might have been, “I don’t know, Lord. Maybe it was the big waves, swamped boat, and imminent drowning.” And then He took a very specific action to solve the problem. He spoke to the storm and rebuked it! He spoke to what we would think of as a big, blind, deaf, unthinking force of nature! Why speak to a thing that’s apparently not listening? Was that the faith Jesus wanted to see His disciples use? After all, He had been teaching them things like, “If you speak to this mountain,” in relation to their use of faith.   
They certainly had enough faith to ask the right person to solve the problem. And He did solve it. But He seems to have wanted more from them. They were “the 12,” His own version of “Seal Team 6,” and He expected them to use the moves He had been teaching them.
If you are like me, you were not taught that the power of faith, the kind of faith Jesus chided the disciples for lacking, is often released through the spoken word!
Proverbs 18:21 tells us, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” 
This gives us all the more reason to be careful how we speak. I think that when we use foul language we do not only offend listeners, but we actually reduce the power of our words. We all have times when we need to speak to a situation. If the tongue intended to release the power of God has been weakened, it may not be able to rescue us at a critical moment.

One more example of faith combined with words

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
– Matthew 8:5-13

BTW, I’m preaching to myself, too. It’s time I clean up my speech. Now please excuse me while I have a few words with my car. 😀  
~ TD

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0 responses to “Advice For The Storm-tossed

  1. Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

  2. TD, Thanks as your words are well timed. 🙂

  3. This is a very timely reminder of how we can have peace in our hearts during these times of such tribulation. Thank you for bringing it to us.

  4. Cute re The Twelve as Seal Team Six. 🙂 And who doesn’t love the Roman Centurion’s “Just say the word” declaration of faith!
    The Proverb re life/death/tongue, however, was taken to new extremes by the “Name It & Claim It” crowd who think by declaring “I will have it” will get them whatever it is they want from the Lord. I later learned the occultists think the same way, that they can “call into existence” what they want. So we need to know the difference between genuine Godly expressions of faith, like the Roman, vs. “manipulative” verbal bablings.
    Re clean language, the Internet hasn’t helped in that regard. Even if we’re not cursing but are READING others who do (forums, discussions, etc.), it sticks in your brain! For a long time I never knew what “WTF” meant but was seeing it everywhere online, so I finally looked it up. I wished I hadn’t because now when I see “WTF” my brain repeats the WORDS “What The ****” in my MIND instead of the acronym. So you could say I am “cursing in my mind” everytime I READ others’ abbreviated-expletives. (It’s hard to Unlearn something once you’ve learned it!)
    Paul had something to say about that at 1st Corinthians 15:33, basically that “bad communications corrupt good manners” (or “good morals,” “good character,” etc., per various translations).
    James had a LOT to say about the power of the tongue for good or bad, in James ch. 3:1-12. Though he was addressing the seriousness of being teachers in vs.1, it can equally apply to us all:
    2 …If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
    3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.
    4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.
    5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
    6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
    7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
    8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
    9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God;
    10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.
    11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
    12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
    With all that said, one reason I like FOTM is because I know clean speech is the norm rather than the exception vs., say, folks arguing, ranting & cursing their heads off at sites such as in Alex Jones’ reader comments. 🙂 (I think it’s probably YOUNG guys who curse more(?)

  5. traildustfotm

    Good points, TPR. It’s very easy to indulge in corrupt speech, and a lifelong discipline to tame the tongue. I’m working on it, but make no pretense about having arrived.



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