Under Demonic Attack

13 Then I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming from the dragon’s mouth, from the beast’s mouth, and from the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty.

Revelation 16:13-14 HCSB

In the Great Tribulation, right before the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, Satan (the dragon), the antichrist (the beast), and the false prophet will dispatch demons to deceive the nations to fight against Him and His army.

As you can see, the ones who attack the Lord are demons through people. When you see atheists, cults, or anyone in between, know with certainty that you are under demonic attack. Which is a good thing because it says that you are doing God’s will or else they would not even bother with you.

The devil hates God and His saints because he is full of darkness which governs him. But we are in the light and are directed by the light. Jesus Christ is the light and the only way to the Father.

Why Worry When Going Through A Storm

Mark 4:35-41

35 On that day, when evening had come, He told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea.”

Jesus commanded His disciples to get into the boat and to row to the other side. If you notice that Jesus didn’t say, “let’s try to get to the other side, but He said, “Let’s cross over.” When Jesus tells you to do something, know for sure that He will empower you to accomplish His will.

36 So they left the crowd and took Him along since He was already in the boat. And other boats were with Him.

When Jesus’ disciples got into the boat to go to the other side, Jesus also went along with them. They were not alone. When the Lord sends us out to accomplish His will, we will not be left alone to do it by ourselves.

37 A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.

While they were in the middle of crossing over to the other side, a storm arose, and the waves started to fill the boat with water. Jesus’ disciples began to panic, thinking that they would drown and die. They forgot that Jesus was in the boat with them. The disciples forgot what Jesus said to them earlier about crossing over to the other side. Jesus will never put you in a situation that will cause your faith to sink to the bottom.

Storms refine a believer’s faith and shapes us into the image of Christ.

38 But He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him up and said to Him, “Teacher! Don’t You care that we’re going to die?”

What is the first thing that came to the disciple’s minds when they were in the storm? They thought that Jesus didn’t care enough for them because Jesus didn’t respond right away to their cry for help. Isn’t it the same way we react when we are in trouble? We cry out to the Lord for help, and when He doesn’t come quick enough to aid us, we conclude that Jesus doesn’t care.

The boat and Jesus is a representation of the Holy Spirit living inside of a believer. As long as Jesus is living inside of us, we have nothing to fear.

Jesus brought the storm to test their faith in Him. The boat they were in was unsinkable. Jesus sleeping in the boat was a good thing because it meant that He wasn’t worried about the storm and the danger that it brings.

39 He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Now you see why Jesus was sleeping in the stern during the storm. All He had to do was to say stop, and it would die off immediately. Everything is under His power. That is the one we have living inside of us if we are Christians.

40 Then He said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?”

Fear Makes Faith Powerless

Sometimes we allow fear to enter us because we take our eyes away from Jesus. When that happens, the waves of the storm seems more threatening than what it really is. Any storm, regardless of its size, is nothing compared to the power of Jesus Christ.

41 And they were terrified and asked one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

The disciples recognized that Jesus was more than a rabbi. Jesus’ authority supersedes anything that they could imagine. They weren’t aware yet that they were dealing with God in the flesh.

Did God Create The Universe In 6 Literal Days?

By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done.

Genesis 2:2 HCSB

God created the universe with the sun, the moon, and stars in 6 days. Was it 6 literal days or millions of years? The Book of Exodus reveals the answer.

For the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and everything in them in six days; then He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and declared it holy. -Exodus 20:11

When it says that God “rested”, it doesn’t mean that God was tired from creating the universe. It just means that God finished what He wanted to create. God didn’t use His hands to create, but He spoke everything into existence.

The heavens were made by the word of the LORD, and all the stars, by the breath of His mouth. -Psalm 33:6

What does all this mean? It means that the Lord is so powerful that no problems that you face or will go through in the future will be too hard for the Lord to handle. The only thing that the Lord Jesus Christ seeks from you is obedience to His Word. He doesn’t look to see how smart you are, what job you have, or your accomplishments. What He’s looking at is if you are following His ways as found in the Scriptures.

How much do you desire God’s favor?