Who Is In Your Boat?When Jesus was still with the disciples, He gave them very clear instructions regarding their purpose and the authority they were to use in His name. He “called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick” (Luke 9:1-2). “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”…37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Jesus Expected the StormI know we’ve often read this story, but do you realize that God was in the boat with them? Jesus told the disciples they were using the boat to cross to the other side of the lake. Jesus expected the storm. Although Jesus knew the storm was coming, He still told the disciples to go. They were going to make it! Jesus would not have told them to do something that they could not achieve. However, during the storm, the disciples (not yet grounded in faith) went from, “Ooh, this could be scary,” to “God help! We’re going to die!” They took their eyes off Jesus and focused on their surroundings. The moment Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples were astounded at His authority. They did not fully appreciate Who was with them in the boat or the authority He had given them. The disciples didn’t need Jesus’ help that night. They had everything within themselves to get across that lake; they just didn’t realize it. Storms will come. In fact, Jesus promised they will (John 16:33). However, even in the middle of a storm, remember who is in your boat! Jesus will never leave or forsake you. He has given you all the power to overcome!
Keeping Your Eyes on JesusAnother storm gave the disciples an opportunity to step out in faith. Again, they were out on the sea in a boat, while the storm raged. 25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Isaiah 26:3).
Storm Survival Guide
At some point, everyone will face a storm in this life. The good news is, no matter the size of the storm or how impossible the situation looks, you can use the Word of God to overcome every challenge this life throws at you. But just like a life vest, you have to know how the Word of God works, and put it on before it will keep your head above water!
Live Legendary Growth Track
This world wants to place limits on you, stuff you into a box, and label you with a stereotype. But God has a good plan for you – a plan to disrupt the darkness and to make a positive impact that lasts long after you have left.
Not only has God designed you for a specific purpose – He has provided everything you need to accomplish it! Use this Growth Track to cultivate a deeper revelation of God’s provision overcome every hinderance the world throws at you so that you can live legendary.