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Standing Strong Through the Storm - February 7

  • 2012 Feb 07
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JESUS REVEALED IN THE STORMS

“He [Jesus] said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’  They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!’”   Mark 4:40-41 (Read Mark 4: 35-41)

Storms ultimately do come to an end. And they reveal something new about Jesus. Here the disciples express their amazement that He even controls the winds and the waves.   

We received a report of a Christian arrested for selling Bibles in front of a university in a middle east Islamic country’s capital. He was repeatedly interrogated during six weeks of imprisonment. In a final effort to intimidate him, his captors brought his wife to the prison and threatened to execute him unless he renounced his Christian faith. “If I have to choose between my wife and children or Jesus Christ, then I choose Jesus,” he reportedly told his captors.

When this and other attempts failed to coerce him to renounce his faith, he was finally released from prison. He was forced to sign a letter agreeing not to sell Christian literature, although he continued to actively evangelize in parks and other open-air areas. 

“I don't know why, but I cried the whole day,” he said upon release, adding that he wished he could have been martyred for his faith. “I felt very close to heaven in prison. I was happy that the Lord had heard my prayers for my love to be a sacrifice in that small prison cell. But it seems that the Lord wished me to be alive and active in His work again.”

RESPONSE:  Today I will be thankful that the storms in my life will come to an end. I will deliberately seek to discover something new about Jesus.

PRAYER:  Pray that you—and believers everywhere—will have spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear new lessons from Jesus in the storms of life. 

STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM (SSTS) -A daily devotional message by Paul Estabrooks
© 2010 Open Doors International. Used by permission

“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” Proverbs 10:25

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