Written by Ken Pritchard
We are living in desperate times. Currencies are being devalued, repossessions are at an all-time high, and terrorism and political unrest are in the news continually. Families have been pushed to the limit. Adding to this, we have church organizations that are advocating a lifestyle that includes actions that the Word of God clearly says is sin.
However, we are of a different kingdom. We are in the world, but we are not of it. Proverbs 3:25-26 says, Do not be afraid of sudden terror; nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”
God’s Word is true, and as ministers and leaders we must teach and obey what He says. We must be led by His Spirit instead of being led by earthly advisors. No matter what the News Media says we can be at peace even though the storm is rocking our boat.
We believe and we speak (2 Corinthians 4:13) We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, “I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;” What is it that we believe? WE BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS. And what is it that we say? WE SAY WHAT GOD SAYS.
So understanding this truth, what do we do? Even though we are in a ship that is being tossed by the storm, we must follow the example of Jesus instead of reacting in the natural. WHY? 1Corinthians 2:14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Only when we are led by the Spirit will we receive results that originate in the spirit realm. REMEMBER THE VICTORY THAT HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD IS OUR FAITH.
Faith is a substance in the realm of the Spirit and activates the power of God that delivers us.
There was a time when Jesus was in a boat and there was a great storm. While His disciples were frantic and screaming at Him, Jesus Himself was asleep on a pillow.
It’s interesting to note that Jesus did not deny that the storm existed. So many people do that. They say, “This storm does not exist.” They say, “I’m not sick.” They say, “I’m not broke.” They say, “I’m not in peril.” But Jesus never said anything like that. JESUS SPOKE FAITH. HE DID NOT SPEAK DENIAL.
He actually acknowledged the existence of the storm by speaking to it. Faith and denial are not the same. Denial says, “The attack is not happening.” Faith says, “I am victorious.” DENIAL IS NEGATIVE. FAITH IS POSITIVE.
The Word tells us to call those things that be not as though they are. But too many people are doing just the opposite. They are calling those things that are as though they are not---and that is the opposite of faith.
When the disciples screamed at Jesus and accused Him of not having compassion because they were about to die, He did not stand up and look at the storm and say to the disciples, “What’s wrong with you guys? There is no storm!”
Instead, He took authority over it by speaking to it and commanding it to be calm. Then He looked at His disciples and He asked them two very pointed questions. He said, “Why are you so fearful?”
Then He asked them, “How is it that you have no faith?” In other words, “Why are you afraid? And why is it that you don’t believe what I have told you?”
It is true that many ministers have dwindling funds. It is true that many churches have had to cut back because offerings have fallen to such low levels. Even though many Christians have remained faithful to tithe, we must remember that tithing is a percentage and when jobs are lost and personal income is down, the actual amount given is less. Although these things are true and factual, THE TRUTH OF THE WORD OVERRIDES THE FACTS.
If we seek first the Kingdom of God, He will supply. If we will take care of God’s house He will take of ours.
This cannot be something that we only teach, but it must be a truth that we believe and act on ourselves.
GOD’S WORD IS TRUE. HE WILL MEET ALL OUR NEEDS AND SUPPLY IN ABUNDANCE FOR EVERY GOOD WORK THAT WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO DO. WE DON’T DENY THE ATTACK OF THE ENEMY, BUT WE TAKE AUTHORITY OVER IT AND PROCLAIM DELIVERANCE AND VICTORY.
He is our victory. He supplies all of our needs. No weapon formed against us will prosper.
This is the victory that has overcome the world---our faith. Remember the words of Jesus during the storm: Why are you afraid? Why don’t you believe what I have told you?
Instead of screaming in panic, act on the promise. TIMES MAY BE DESPERATE, BUT YOU ARE NOT.
Believe what He has told you. You are of His Kingdom. Rest in the storm. Your deliverance will come to pass.