Thought of the day:

Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” Reference Luke 8:22-25 NKJV

(Note: I was going to share this with someone earlier but felt led to share it on a wider scale)

Many who teach on this particular passage, reflect on how Jesus calms the storms in our lives. They reflect on how we just need to call on Him in Faith. He has The Power to rebuke the storm and bring piece. They are not wrong.Let’s take a look at something many miss.

When the storm was at its most powerful time, and the disciples were freaking out, what was Jesus doing? He certainly was not in freak out mode like the disciples. He was resting peacefully.

It was not a sleep that was brought on because He was exhausted from depression. He seemed to be setting an example for us, even more, that we can rest peacefully during the storms. Why was He resting peacefully? Because, He knew Who His Father is and that He would Protect Him.

When we are in the midst of struggles, we forget that Jesus is there by our side. We forget that we cannot save ourselves and that any attempt to “fix” a problem without God’s Aid, leads us on a path of destruction. It gets us trying to depend on ourselves more and not seeking Our Lord. Most of the time when we do this, we find ourselves in even more trouble.

Let’s follow Jesus’s Example and rest in Him, Who will calm our storms, when we turn our troubles over, we will find more Hope than if we do it ourselves.

If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.  
It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it. We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already.
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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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