Owning Your Storm

When you own (dominate) your storm, you talk to it. When the storm owns you, you talk about it.

  Mar 23, 2017   admin

Matthew 8:24-27 (NIV)
24  Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
25  The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
26  He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27  The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"

How wonderful it is to have a refuge in the storm. A place to hide away is necessary when the winds are blowing strong and the rain is pouring down. Weathering the tempest and making it through to the other side is found in the Secret Place, where we are safe beneath the sheltering wings of the Master. 

There is, however, another place where faith will lead that is more than just an escape. When the storm and the battle is threatening to disrupt and overwhelm, the best escape may be removal, or quietening of the storm. This is when words are spoken to the storm rather than about it. In competitive terms, it would be when the storm, or mountain is "owned". So often the mountain of difficulty or storm of conflict is avoided. However, when the mountain prohibits progress, and the storm is bringing destruction, taking authority and dominating them with faith words will be much more effective than talking about them from a place of refuge. 

Both Jesus and the disciples were in possession of the storm. For the disciples "their" storm was about to destroy them, and "their" words were filled with fearful descriptions. Jesus' storm, however, was "owned" in a completely different manner. More like how Mohamed Ali "owned" his opponents, Jesus completely controlled, dominated and directed the storm. Whatever He wanted for it to do, it was going to do because it was "his". There would be no need for Him to escape from something He could simply remove with a rebuke. 

Responding to the Master's directive to go will result in a complete change of ownership for anything that might stand in the way. Snakes, deadly substances, demons, storms, and impossible barriers may have once been "owned" as insurmountable restrictions and reasons to give up and fail. Now, though, for the one who is going in the name of Jesus, the ownership changes from "having" a formidable foe to completely "owning" an overrated and inept opponent. The very things that had caused fear and an inability to move will be walked on with bold confidence and dictating force. The path to victory will be formed by the very things that used to prohibit any passage. Stumbling blocks will be transformed into steppingstones. 

Taking on Jesus' ownership will include taking on how He addresses or refers to those things possessed. No longer talked about in fear to someone else, they are spoken to directly from a position of overwhelming authority. After all, the far Greater One on the inside, the One in whose name we've been sent, is greater than any worldly opposition that would rise against us. 

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