I’m sharing these testimonies to let someone know that regardless of how dark it is today, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This too shall pass, and you will look back someday and testify…
I remember how once while heavily pregnant, an irregular growth was suddenly discovered within my upper jaw bone which a surgery would be required to extract: and experts said it was a potential hazard. However, they couldn’t do anything but manage the condition because I was pregnant.
My, those were extremely dark and gloomy days! It was like my entire world stood still.
I’m sure readers in the medical practice do understand this well and might even wonder why the fuss, but for me, it was really big deal. You can imagine how worrisome such a thing would be for any pregnant woman. I was scared. I was helpless, and as far as I was concerned, life would end soon. The fear alone was enough to kill…
I don’t know if anyone has ever gone through the agony of not being able to dream of life beyond now. A challenging pregnancy for a working-class woman is a handful enough, fancy the baggage of extra complications. I could only keep praying- asking the Lord over and over if I would ever survive.
And that particular pregnancy was really tough. I was plagued with issues at work and everywhere as the pregnancy came unexpectedly at a very critical time in my career. If only people had a glimpse into what was actually eating me up, sure things would have been much better. But no one knew.
I remember how barely four weeks after delivering my baby via a Caesarian Section during which the anaesthesia almost knocked the life out of me (which itself is another testimony) I had to go in for another surgery: a real time surgery this time. Real time because I would have to stay conscious all through the surgery, probably so that I wouldn’t choke on particles of my flesh and my own blood.
I remember running out of the procedure room upon sighting the scary equipment which would be use on me- whatever they are called.
I remember pacing up and down the hallway and visiting the ladies many times while the surgical team kept assuring me that all would be well; until the consultant finally threatened to bill us for extra time if I didn’t cooperate, which was when I committed the procedure to God for the last time and summoned some courage to face the drill and chisels…
I remember hearing my bones crack as the doctor drilled and chiselled through my skull. And how could I ever forget the bitter taste of chunks of my own flesh mingled with blood and the vibration of my entire skull as my upper jaw was ripped open and the drill ripped through my inner mouth.
When I was eventually sewn up after the about the full hour the surgery lasted, which of course for me was like eternity, my mouth looked like a shredded piece of cloth inside and I wondered if I would ever heal without any scars. However, to the awe of the experts, my family and me, I did not feel any pain at all after the surgery when the effect of the anesthesia had waned- contrary to my doctor’s predictions, who had also asked me to eat well before the surgery as I might not be able to eat for days after for the pain.
I ate without any stress much earlier than expected, and I’ve been eating ever since. Better still, I never felt a single pain till date. Not a headache, no pain at all! The best part of the story is I healed fast and perfectly. Contrary to the devil’s nagging lies that I would never make it through that web of issues, I’m still alive today testifying.
Now isn’t the Lord awesome!
Mar 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 was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose…
Are you facing any predicament? Is your job, health, marriage, business, etc. on the line? Are you in jeopardy? Is the storm of life beating vehemently and threatening to rock your boat?
Apart from holding on to your peace and not fretting as discussed in our previous posts Where Your Strength Lies In Crisis and How To Not Fret In Crisis, we need to move a step further and tackle the issue at hand just like the Lord Jesus did when faced with a crisis during His earthly tenure.
When the storm arose, Jesus AROSE too to address the situation.
As you’d notice in our text for today, apart from not fretting when His attention was drawn to the issue, Jesus did not just fold His hands and allow the storm to rage on. Let’s put it this way: His peace and calmness enabled Him to put the crisis in the right perspective and to tackle it effectively; and afterwards there was a GREAT calm from what started out as a GREAT storm.
Therefore, we can say summarily that after ensuring you are so calm and restful that you do not fret or lose a sleep over the issue at hand, which would enable you gain a proper perspective and full mastery, the next thing to do is to go ahead and address the issue.
When His panicky friends wouldn’t … Read more
Mat 14:29-30 (KJV) And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
In our previous post on Where Your Strength Lies In Crisis, we stated that the first thing to ensure in any crisis situation is to hold on to our peace and NOT fret.
But how feasible is it not to fret or lose ones peace in crisis when the storms of life come threatening to capsize ones health, job, business, finances, relationship, marriage etc., someone may wonder.
Truth is naturally speaking, this might seem unachievable. But when you put your focus on Jesus and His promises, despite the storm, He will keep you in perfect peace!
When the storm raged vehemently in the sea on which Peter walked (from text for today), Peter did not sink as long as he did not fret. And he did not fret along as His gaze was on Jesus.
However, when he shifted his gaze from Jesus and began taking in the ugly details of the storm, he became fretful and began to sink!
Peter did not sink as long as he did not fret. And he did not fret along as His gaze was on Jesus.
Therefore, the way to stay unruffled in any crisis is to put your focus not on the crisis, but on Jesus and His words through it all.
This is not to deny the realities of the crisis, but to choose to judge the outcome by what the word of God promised rather than by the harsh realities.
For example, the way to ensure peace through a financial crisis is to… Read more
2 Chr.20:14 (ESV)… Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.
(Related to this post is Where Your Strength Lies.)
Is anyone in a predicament? Is your job, health, finances, relationship, marriage, business, etc. in jeopardy? Is the storm of life beating vehemently and threatening to rock your boat?
Then it’s not time to give in to despair or leave yourself to distress.
The target of the enemy in every crisis is our peace. When peace goes out, men cast off every iota of hope and faith, lose their sleep, then despair and distress set in. This launches one into the panic mode which is a period of much upheaval and confusion – a perfect atmosphere for the enemy to freely walk in to further steal, kill and destroy.
The kingdom of God, however, is the dominion of Christ through Righteousness, Peace and Joy. Where confusion thrives, the enemy of our souls goes into operation and the situation worsens. Wherever these three factors are intact however, the enemy has no foothold – no room to manifest!
Hence, the first thing to ensure in any crisis is to do all we can to hold on to your Peace.
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? … Mar 4:37-39 (KJV)
When a storm arose against Jesus, His disciples were jeopardized…and truly, the storm would have swallowed them up, but for Jesus who did not give a hoot! He did not even loose a sleep! He just kept snoring… His peace was intact because He was A Man of Peace. And with that calm and tranquil spirit, Jesus was able to address, arrest and prevail over the situation.
… a man of peace will defuse heated situations …because internally he has discovered and experienced “perfect peace” (Is.26:3)
– R.T. Kendall
In summary, the first rule for Crisis Management from the biblical point of view is … Read more
Mat 9:21 (KJV) For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
You don’t need all of this world’s faith to move your biggest mountains
Faith just like a mustard seed will suffice
You don’t need to shout or chant vain babblings to get Heaven’s attention
Just a whisper in the name of Jesus will do…
The centurion said, “Jesus, why trouble You and insist You visit to heal my servant
When just a word from You would be enough?”
The syrophoenician woman thought, I don’t need to hug all of Jesus to heal my ailment
Just the hem of His garment and I’m whole!
The Caananite woman did not need to feast with the children to get healing for her daughter
Just crumbs from the Master’s table was enough…
Two hundred pennyworth of bread weren’t required to feed five thousands men in the wilderness
Five barley loaves and two tiny fishes sufficed…
The blood of Jesus atones for the ugly details of our countless sins not by gallons…
Just one drop is enough.
You call for all of Heaven’s throne to quell your life’s greatest turmoils?
Please chill… this whole wide earth is just God’s footstool!
God never needed a large army to deliver His people
He is mighty to save with many or few…
He wouldn’t need to send legions of angels to help conquer your life’s toughest devils
In Jesus’ name, not even an angel’s feather would be required…
You wouldn’t need all this world’s wisdom to be reckoned with In life
When God’s ever superior foolishness is wiser than man…
You wouldn’t require all of this world’s strength to conquer territories
For with weakness His grace doth abound
God is incomparable, indescribable
Not to be compared with anything on earth
Each time you magnify and fret over your problems
You make Him too small in your life.
Lord, truly I have made You too small in my eyes to have ever exaggerated my life’s issues in your ears. Lord, please forgive me.
Now I know that my life’s issues are nothing to be compared with You. Speak the word only… And I will be whole. Amen.
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