The Storm Is Over: Peace, Be Still 5

The Online Christian Fellowship.
(The Church in the Web)
6th April 2020
Topic: The Storm Is Over: (Peace, Be Still 5)
Text: Mark 4: 39; Psm. 1:3; Prov. 10: 25; Jonah 1:13-15; Isa. 9:6.
For all of you that have tagged along with me in this study, I am grateful to you. I hope all you have learned through this study will guide us as we continue along this path with Christ on to the day of the Lord.
I will round up this series of ‘Peace, be Still’ by examining the aftermath of a storm and our reaction to it.
In the morning, after a stormy night, there is usually a plain peace and quietness in the locality. Whenever a ceasefire is declared between warring factions, there is always a calm feeling in the atmosphere, and the ruins of the encounter will be clear everywhere.
When Jesus stilled the storm, there was great calm in the sea, and the disciples looked around in disbelief and amazement. Mark 4:39-41 “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 they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
When the blind man realized he can see, he jumped about joyfully, telling everyone how he was blind, but now could see. John 9:25, He answered and said, ‘Whether he is a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.’”
When Sarah barren spell was broken, she called all the people and said, she can now laugh amongst people and not as an object of laughter. Gen. 21: 6, “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”
When the reproach of the Israelites was removed at the killing of Goliath, the women praised God, singing that “Saul has killed his Thousands and David ten thousand;” much to the chagrin of Saul.
When the Storm is over in any situation, people’s reaction varies according to the circumstance.
In the morning when the raging storm in the night has passed over, we go about picking up the broken pieces of our properties, and putting them back together. It is the same about our ruins; we tried to rebuild our homes to start afresh.
Jesus said it more distinctly in Matthew 12:43-45. “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out: and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth it and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be unto this wicked generation.”
He was like saying that when the storm is over in our lives; it is time to rededicate ourselves to the service of the Lord. We walk with God more in the Spirit and deeds than with mouth. Matthew 7:5-8; John 12: 35; 1:5-7; Rom. 6:4; 2Cor.6:16-1. “Then Jesus saith unto them, ‘Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.’ These things spake Jesus and departed and did hid himself from them.” John 12:35.
Our walk with God will become meaningful if we obey Him, and carry out His great ‘commission,’ Mk. 16: 15-1. “I must walk the works of Him that sent me while it is the day: for the comet, when no man can walk.” John 9:4.
The Samaritan woman could not hide her joy after Jesus rid her of her secret about many husbands, and she went into town preaching Jesus. John 4:29 “Come see a man, which told me all the things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” The simplicity of this woman accepting Jesus as Christ is disarming. Could we all accept Him that much, when we realize that he stills the storm in your life; that this raging pestilence did not come to you and your entire family?
Abide in His Presence always and you shall be like a tree planted beside a river, Psm. 1:3; and because He is the one who stills storms, He will make you free. John 8:36.
Conclusion: It does not matter what storm is raging in your life, and ravaging through the world, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 25-33; Matt. 9:1-3, 18-22; 14:22-33; Mark 10: 46-52).
NO MATTER THE STORM WE FACE, BE ASSURED, THE STORM IS OVER, IN JESUS NAME.
Concluded.
I marvel at what God is doing in my life, and I worshiped Him in my Soul with this rendition of His great works. Come worship with me as you give tone to these lyrics in your own way.
“They are the works of His Hand”
“How glorious and how perfect
Art the works the Lord hath done”
For upon nothingness, He formed the earth.
When nothing that breathes upon the vast universe lived,
He made all things alive by His breath of life.
From the little tadpole to the great whale
in the depth of the waters, doth the Lord made.
“How glorious and how perfect
Art the works the Lord hath done.”
Upon the vast endless space
where the universe cosmos display;
the thousands stars in the firmament
twinkling upon the dark starry night,
are the wonders of His Word.
“How glorious, how perfect, art the works of His hands.”
Thus, I will raise my voice high in singing,
From the Everglade of the Amazon over the rolling
billows of the Oceans; to the Evergreen of the Congo
Rain belt: to the southern Asian rain forest,
all swaying and raging tempestuously in worship
to the Lord who hath done all things perfectly.
From the Alps ranges to the Everest Peak,
I see the awesomeness and beauty of God’s
greatness, spreading into the Himalaya’s crest;
From the Sierra Nevada Ranges to the Appalachia,
the power of God transcends: through the Gullies
and canyons, to the coastal plains of the many seas.
“How glorious, how perfect art the works of the Lord.”
 
The inconsequential troublesome gnats,
To the great beast of the field whose roar
trembles the jungle; the little fluttering
harmless dove, to the soaring powerful eagle,
are all marvels of the Lord perfect creation.
I can’t help but sing continuously,
“How glorious, how perfect, art the works of the Lord.”
But of all He hath done, I am the most
uniquely and beautifully made.
So precious and gracious he doth make me.
His strength doth He bestowed on me to have
dominion and power over all that he hath made.
How could I pause in my praises on to Him,
“Who hath done all things perfect and glorious.”
 
I am the most tender and weakest of His creations.
Thus, His Spirit lives in me; hovers over me,
strength to my weak state: reviving my soul.
He restores my estate; empowers my hands,
and bears me through this fitful voyage of life,
over the snares of my adversaries; hence, I’ll sing:
“How glorious, how perfect art the works of the Lord.”
 
As I mourn the passing on of a loved one,
and weeps on account of the wickedness of man,
He takes me into the hollow of His arm;
He is a comfort to my weary soul,
as He restores my broken spirit with His peace.
Thus, my joy doth He fulfills: For there’s none that’s
“so glorious and perfect in works, as the Lord.”

Published by davidbokolo

There are so many things that give me pleasure in life, but none as rewarding and satisfactory as expressing my thoughts in writings. I served my term in my country's Police. I have terms in the private sector of our economy. I have read books, both academic and fictional literature. These motivated my desire to write. I have published two books: a compilation of brief stories, and poems on KDP, selling on Amazon. I am writing from Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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