Daily Devotional | Called In The Storm

Mark 4:37, 39 KJV
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

Are you a Christian? Have you faced a storm in your walk? Can you relate or recollect how your calling began? Can you see yourself as one of the disciples according to the scriptures? Did you find God, or did God find you? We will like to get your testimony. Did you twitch… Lol!!

You may ask, what’s with all the questions? Well, FYI, there is no testimony without a test. Sometimes, time and events seem to erode memories. The harder I tried to forget, or convince myself that God was not there when all those ‘things’ happened, the more my convictions grew stronger that it was all in the Master’s Plan. I gasped, but thank you Lord. At least, I am alive to notice that you were there, as the scripture says; “…, shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?” (Amos 3:6).

Before the birth of Moses, the man of God, it was evident that envy, fear and an inferiority complex lead Pharaoh and his cabinet to conspire elimination of the Israelites.  They agreed to commit evil, not knowing that God’s big eyes was watching. “Come on, (they said), let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.” (Exodus 1:10). Can we relate with such conspiracies around our world today? God is still watching. Before the story ended; killing, hardship, deprivation, oppression and hate was at the peak. Children were slaughtered, separated from their mothers, and some even abandoned their infants in the midst of the storm.

I don’t know who is reaping the benefit of today’s devotional, but God has put it in my heart to let you know that He is still God, and is watching, waiting for a time for your deliverance. Amen. God is training you for the better, your excellent future, and for your ministry. James put it this way; “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”(James 1:2-4). If there is no storm in any believer’s life, there will not be a testimony, and complete revelation concerning the MIGHT of the God we serve. My advice is simple; do not quit, keep on walking in faith.

As the story continues, “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. And his sister stood afar off, to witness what would be done to him. And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews ‘children.” (Exodus 2:1-6 KJV). The word ‘Hebrew’ to the Egyptians was an enemy, but God’s plan brought promotion to the despised. Pharaoh’s daughter knew who he was, but could not hate him like the rest. God gave her a heart. There is a heart for you out there. All you need to do is to stay in the right place, – The Church, the real Church (Revelations 5:9).

“And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she called him Moses, for she said, Because I drew him out of the water” (Exodus 2:10 AMP). This is to say, forsaken, abandoned, et al. Do you sometimes feel abandoned? God is still God, and has the perfect plan for you.

In the next few verses of exodus chapter 2, the story of a good fruit and a bad fruit was told. The difference between every good and every bad is simple: good is good, and wants bad to CHANGE. Bad on the other hand hates good, and wants him DESTROYED. As the boy Moses grew, he stood on the side of his real self, a good God-fearing man, a man of peace, who hates evil in high places, (Exodus 2:11-12). Every good that is faithful will have a storm over his neck. Moses was about to face his first storm in life-like every one of us. Be careful how you handle words spoken to you by others. If you are not stable, it might create a life threatening storm. Do not bail, bond with God and destroy its effect. It is designed by the enemy of good things, and must be stopped.

“He went out the second day and saw two Hebrew men quarreling and fighting; and he said to the unjust aggressor, Why are you striking your comrade?  And the man said, Who made you a PRINCE and a JUDGE over us?  Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? Then Moses was afraid and thought, Surely this thing is known.  When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh’s presence and took refuge in the land of Midian, where he sat down by a well”. (Exodus 2:13-15 AMP).

Have you ever been accused by your ally for pursuing justice, or for doing good? I do not want you to be naive, the accuser knew something Moses did not know, at least not now. Wow! He called Moses a Prince, and a judge! and truly he was…

In Egypt, he was raised a prince, although not yet aware of his ministry, it was later revealed to him by God to judge His people (Exodus 18:13). I pointed this out so that I can counsel all my readers. Do not deny what you are not sure of, especially when it comes to spiritual matters. Your enemy will confront and accuse with what belongs to you. Instead of distancing or denying the good name given to you, plead the fifth, and ask God to reveal yourself to you.

As Moses fled into the wilderness due to fear, God showed up! Be encouraged that every storm in your life,  If you don’t change roles, God will reveal Himself to you. “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.'” (Exodus 3:4, 14 NIV). By changing roles, I meant looking for worldly quick fixes, an easy ways out. God watches over us, and knows when you are enticed by His awesomeness, in this case with Moses, the unconsumed burning bush. Remember that even in the storm, Moses was still doing Good, seeking the justice from God. He finally called him, “Moses, Moses, …”.

Are you answering your name today, or do you think God has changed? No way… He is still calling. Remember that, “…, When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19).

God Bless You today. Amen

Scripture of the day: For many are called, but few are chosen. ~ Matthew 22:14 KJV

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Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.

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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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