Did you know when you speak to your storm the way Jesus did, you can command the waves?
Just ask Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill, who are professing this truth across the country at the Dare to Be conference. In a night of worship and time in the Word, they are reminding women of God that that the breath of their Creator is within them.
For a long season, this truth was in me, but it was buried. Buried under distraction, lies and fear. I didn’t use it. I let the waves tossed me about, but I didn’t rebuke them or speak to them. Instead, I let them throw me against cold, wet stones.
I went through a life chapter where God seemed distant. I didn’t feel his presence in my day-to-day life like I used to, and my prayers felt sluggish, like I was fumbling in around in the dark.
Everything in our family’s lives was going well. We had a nine-month-old baby girl and two healthy boys who, despite driving each other nuts, were best friends. There was no difficulty wreaking havoc or chaos on our lives. And yet, somehow I couldn’t grasp hold of the light I knew was there.
Joy eluded me, but for almost a year, I denied I felt this way.
After months of thinking I was having another bad day or I could somehow snap out of it, I confided in someone I trusted. A sister who stood up at the front of the church and said, “Someone here is struggling with depression. God wants you to know his healing is for you.”
This woman spoke into my storm and proclaimed life and truth.
She proclaimed victory. I stood there at the altar with tears streaming down my face as she crushed every lie I believed with a declaration from God’s Word. A promise to hold onto in the days ahead, when I’d be tempted to listen to lies again.
Did you know you can speak to your storm?
That you can speak to others’ storms? You might be the vessel God wants to you use to bring hope to someone who is hopeless. You might be the voice he wants to use to silence the enemy.
If we want an example of how to speak to the storm, we need look no further than Jesus himself. In Mark 4, his disciples wonder how he could possibly be sleeping as the wind and waves toss their boat, nearly sinking it.
The question they ask when they wake him is the same one we often ask, whether out loud or to ourselves.
“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Mark 4:38 NIV
Instead of answering them, Jesus addresses the storm itself. He rebukes it, and the wind dies. No hesitation. No pause.
Why was he able to do this? His disciples are shocked and according to Mark, “terrified.” What these men didn’t seem to understand is who they were in the boat with. Jesus was able to command the storm because he had the power and authority to do so.
And when his Spirit of truth is in us, we do too.
Friend, your storm is probably not literal, like the one pictured in this story. It may be a job loss, a season of deep loneliness, or a child who is going down a self-destructive path. It may be an unanswered prayer, the death of a dream, or the sudden loss of a loved one.
But can I tell you something?
Your storm does not dictate your future. God does.
His Spirit, who is in you, is far more powerful than anything the enemy will use to try to destroy you.
Speak his truth to the wind and waves and speak it out loud. Don’t hold back. As we declare his truth with our mouths, we find a calm that can’t be explained. Somehow, the tide recedes. And although our situation may not have changed, our stress level will.
Here are some verses to get you started:
- “He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4 NIV
- “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 ESV
- “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 ESV
- “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19
Can I encourage you to make these verses and others your own today? The enemy of our souls would have us believe God’s faithfulness is dependant on our circumstances. But it isn’t. His faithfulness is who he is.
Let’s declare victory over the lies we’ve listened to today, and remember who holds our tomorrow.