CONFRONT YOUR STORMS HEAD-ON
Preacher: Felix Ngunjiri
We all go through different types of storms in life. Some of the storms we face in life include life threatening diseases, dangers and calamities, bankruptcy, marriages on the rocks, unseen evil hand frustrating our efforts making us feel trapped/cornered/sinking, etc. the Bible tells us that we can learn how to confront storms like the eagle because we are assured that we can mount (above the storms) with wings like the eagles. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah. 40:31)
The eagle gets excited by an approaching storm. When all are fleeing from the disaster area to save themselves from an approaching deadly storm, the eagle runs towards the storm to confront it so that it rides the storm and gets airborne in what aviators call ‘take-off’. The principle of aerodynamics which is the science that deals with the movement of objects flying through air was adapted by manufacturers of airplanes from studies of how eagles confront the storm so as to be airlifted by the storm. Scientists had noted that eagles position their wings to cut through air masses and get uplifted by the air mass of the storm. Similarly, pilots adjust the wings of the plane when speeding to the end of the runway for the plane to be lifted by the air that beats below the belly of the plane.
The eagle knows the secret that the greater the storm, the greater the uplifting. Confront your storm today and that storm that was meant to destroy you will lift you up. You will walk on the storm like Peter and water will not suck you in to drown you. “Around three in the morning, Jesus came towards them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear. Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.” And Jesus said, “Come.” And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” (Matt 14:25-29 [KJV]) When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water coming towards their boat that was being beaten by strong winds, he wanted to walk on the water like Jesus. When Jesus told him to “Come,” and he quickly climbed out of the boat and jumped into the sea towards Jesus. He actually landed on the water with a thud, the way you would land on a tarmac. He started walking on the water in a manner no other mortal man has ever done in history. It is not told how many steps he made walking on the water climbing the small waves and the big waves while his eyes were focused on Jesus. At a certain moment of that wonderful walk on water, he must have stopped fixing his eyes on Jesus when he looked around and saw how wild the sea was around him and that was the time he started fearing that he will sink. And he started sinking. What you fear that it come to you will actually come upon you. You attract fear by your fear. Job said that what he feared came upon him. “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” (Job 3:25 [KJV]) The above verse is explained earlier in Job 1:4,5, where we find that Job continually made sacrifices for his family, because he was afraid they might have “sinned or cursed God in their hearts,” and judgment might fall. This was “the thing” which Job greatly feared. Job was worried that his children might have done something wrong therefore he decided to offer sacrifices to God to appease Him for the probable sins. What most people do not see is that deep in Job’s heart was fear that destruction would fall onto his entire family. If you fear that the disease that you have is going to kill you, it will definitely do. Job feared for his children. The more he feared for his children, the more he attracted Satan onto the scene, and Satan came and camped in his compound with his demons. Fear brings the enemy called Satan who brings destruction and death. What Job did not know was that we are not supposed to fear for anybody. We are not supposed to confess fear. Job confessed fear and he possessed fear because ‘what you confess, you possess.’ Job feared that the sins of his children might bring disaster to the whole family. And because he was anticipating that the worst might come upon his family, that became an open door for the devil to get in and destroy him and his family. What he feared eventually came upon him. But we are not supposed to fear for God has not given us a spirit of fear but the spirit of fear came from the devil. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Fear is a form of bondage where the victim is enslaved and gripped by anticipation of an impending danger. In his letters to the Romans, Paul told them that “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Rom.8:14-16) When one is in bondage or in prison, there is constant fear that the worst including death is likely to happen. But when you receive the Spirit of adoption, it does not matter whether you are in bondage or free. He will call you from there and adopt you as His son.
And the LORD saw from heaven “the affliction of His people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;” (Exod 3:7 [KJV])
God remembered the covenant He had with Abraham. “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” (Gen 17:5-8 [KJV]) and He reached out to the Israelites who were enslaved in Egypt, introduced Himself to them and adopted them as His sons. He then delivered them out of that house of bondage and led them to the promised land. When you are in the midst of a storm like the Israelites when they were escaping from Egyptian captivity, do you look ahead only to see the frightening Red Sea, or look around for you to see the raging waves around you or do you look behind where you will see the Egyptian army pursuing you? (Exodus 14:8-31) God is telling you “Do not fear! Stand firm and see the salvation of the LORD that he will provide for you today; for the Egyptians that you see today you will never, ever see them again. The LORD will fight for you, and you only need to be still.” (Exod 14:13-14 [NET]) The Egyptians you see today, the waves, the storms, the challenges you see today, you will never see them again for God will fight for you if only you stand still, fixing you eyes on Him.
Jesus is the answer to our problems. God is telling us from the book of Hebrews 12:2 that we should “Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” for He won the battle for us at the cross. He was so determined to redeem us back from the hands of the devil that He was prepared to offer Himself as a sacrifice so that His blood would be shed for us to be forgiven of our sins. The Bible says that the only thing that can make us be forgiven of our sin is the shed blood. “Without shedding of blood is no remission or forgiveness of sin.” (Heb 9:22) “But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, and He entered once for all into the most holy place not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, and so He Himself secured eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow sprinkled on those who are defiled consecrated them and provided ritual purity, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our consciences from dead works to worship the living God.” (Heb 9:11-14 [NET]) “But now Christ has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice.” (Heb 9:26 [NET]) “After Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.” (Heb 9:28 [NET])
Our sins had enslaved us from the time Adam and Eve defied God’s commandment and decided to sell themselves into the hands of the devil. They saw the devil as a better option than God. They decided to disobey God and try and obey the devil and God was so angry that He chased them out of His presence and threw them together with the serpent into the world whose god is the devil himself. “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” (John 12:31 [KJV])
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2Cor 4:4 [KJV])
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Rev 12:9 [KJV])
If an eagle is able to confront the storm by positioning its wings for the air below to lift it up, why not you? The eagle knows full well that the greater the storm, the greater the uplifting. Face your challenges head on. Confront your storms like an eagle so that you ride those storms and the storms will uplift you.
Our Lord Jesus has given us power to make our problems as our stepping stones as God launches us to our destiny. “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 [KJV])
When we have Jesus, we have the creator of the heavens and the earth in us.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.” (John 1:1-3 [HCSB])
“He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,” (John 1:10-12 [HCSB])
We have the one who calmed the sea in us.
“And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 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? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:35-41 [KJV])
We have in us the one who cursed a barren fig tree and it dried immediately. (Matthew 21:19)
Christ walked through a brick wall
When Christ is in us, we have the one who walked through a wall and stood in the midst of His disciples who had locked themselves in a room for fear of prosecution. No man has ever passed through a wall of brick, but Jesus had to tell the wall to make a way for Him to enter into the room to show Himself to them after resurrecting from the dead and fill them with His Holy Spirit.
“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:” (John 20:19-22 [KJV])
When Christ is in us we have power over every power of the enemy
When we have Jesus Christ in us, we are empowered over every power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt us. When Christ is in us, we become untouchable by demons. We become unsinkable because elements of the air and sea and land obey Him who is in us because He created everything that is seen and unseen. This is what is called the good news of the Kingdom of God.
When Peter preached this good message, the religious men who were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Pentecost, they were deeply convicted that the one whom they crucified is both Lord and Messiah.
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah! ” When they heard this, they came under deep conviction and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what must we do?” (Acts 2:36-37 [HCSB])
“Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation! ” So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.” (Acts 2:38-41 [HCSB])
When you have the gift of the Holy Spirit in you, you are empowered to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ which is the good news of the Kingdom of God and nothing shall stop you. No storm can stand in the way of the Gospel. When Christ who is the Messiah is in you, you have the anointing or the power of God on your flesh enabling you to do extraordinary things that flesh cannot do. You will then be able to lay your hands on the sick and they will get healed. You will have the power to cast out demons and when they see you, they will flee.
“And Jesus said unto His disciples, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:15-18 [KJV])
The storms ahead of you will then become subject to you as you ride on them. Make those storms, diseases, curses, challenges, powers of the enemy your stepping stones and command them to be subject to the one in you because Christ is in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27). Amen.