Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
And he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man (Lk. 21:29-35, ESV).
Where Is Your Faith in the Storm?
Michelle Rabon iBelieve Contributor 2021Feb 05
My Counselor shared a story with me earlier this week about rip currents. They can be deadly if you do not know what to do when caught in one. The current can take you out to sea, but ultimately the current will cause you to sink.
You don’t sink because the current takes you under, you sink because you have struggled and fought against the force of the water. When this unseen enemy is pulling and moving you, your instant response is to fight.
Fighting against the current will leave you exhausted.
The longer you fight the more tired you become and ultimately you sink and drown. The trick to surviving the current isn’t one of our natural responses. In order to keep from drowning, you must float.
Giving in to our urge to fight will cause us to sink, when letting go will enable us to survive.
It is amazing to think that fighting would be what defeats us. It goes against what feels right. In our own lives rip currents will come. They will seek to cause us to fight so hard we drown. It may be five (5) grief, anxiety, depression, financial hardship, sickness—each one seeking to drown us.
How to Float When You Want to Fight
It can be easier said than done to float in hard days, to not fight the current or panic at the waves. Floating requires a body that is fully relaxed and free from panic and fear. A body that is floating in the middle of pulling waves must rest in faith and not doubt the one who is holding us fast.
“One day he got into a boat with the disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they said he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke rebuked the waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” (Luke 8:22-25)
In this story, the disciples are with Christ on a boat far from shore. Naturally out in the middle of the water a storm came and crashed hard against the boat. I imagine the boat was being tossed around the waves, water crashing over the edge of the boat.
The disciples were filled with fear, surely this would mean their death. There is no way they thought that they would survive the storm. Out in the middle of the water they would drown in the waves and all would be lost.
Their response in the storm and waves was to panic.
When We Want to Panic in the Storm
When we read the story and see them run to Christ who is at peace, sleeping soundly on the storm-tossed ship we almost laugh at their fear. If Christ was calmly floating in the storm, why weren’t they?
Those who followed Christ daily, who watched Him work miracles, and witnessed His ministry were panicked by the storm when Christ was not. How could Christ rest under such frightening circumstances? How was He not being pulled under by the waves of fear?
It wasn’t that Christ was unaware of the storm, it was that He knew who ultimately controlled the waves.
To the disciples a sleeping Christ on the boat was too much. How could he sleep? Does he not care about the storm happening?
God is not absent from our pain and struggles (Psalm 137:7-10).
God is not sleeping while we are struggling (Psalm 121:1).
When the waves rage and currents seek to pull us under we plead with God, we cry out as if God is surprised by our circumstance and isn’t present in the midst of it. The problem with the current and the waves that pull us under is our fight to control it. Surely if we can control the wave, calm the current, if we fight hard enough, we can overcome. But the truth is, we cannot control the currents that come, the waves that over power, and the storms that shake our lives.
Only Christ Can Calm the Chaos
When Christ woke up He calmed the storm with just a word. He wasn’t surprised to see the storm happening. He wasn’t afraid of what the storm would brought with it. He simply spoke the word and the storm stopped raging. Christ knew that being at peace was the only way they would survive.
Christ’s response to His disciples after speaking to the storm reveals the root of their response and ours, “Where is your faith?”
Faith is what allows us to float.
The disciples who journeyed with Jesus panicked in that moment of chaos and forgot to be still and remember who was on the boat with them. They chose to allow their circumstances to be greater than the great I AM. The current is no match for God.
We can learn a lesson for the disciples on the ship. When the current is pulling us out to sea, when we are fighting against it we will be pulled under. But when we hold fast to faith, still, relaxed, and remembering the truth, we will find our way out of the water.
Rescue Will always Come
Just as Christ spoke to the storm and rode the waves with the disciples, so He is also with us, riding every wave. He is able to speak to the storm at just the right time. He is able to deliver us from the current taking us under.
Remember when you’re caught in a rip current don’t fight, have faith. Relax your mind and body, recite the truth of Scripture, trust the Father who has the wave in hand and knows the words required to calm the storm. Fighting in your own strength will only cause you to drown. When the current starts to pull you from shore, ask yourself, “Where is your faith?”
Michelle Rabon is a wife and homeschooling mom of three who feels called to help women thrive in their walk with Jesus every day. In 2012, she started Displaying Grace, a ministry that is focused on helping women engage with God’s Word. Michelle has also served in women’s ministry for the past five years seeking to equip women in the local church through Bible study. When she is not writing or teaching, she enjoys reading, being close to the ocean, and drinking a lot of coffee
Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.