Rebuking the Storms
Hi Sarai! I hope our God is blessing you tremendously as you are growing up! If you are healthy and happy and have a family, you are already blessed – but I pray that God will bless you even more with intelligence, sensitivity, a desire to hear God’s voice and know Him and follow His ways.
It has been raining and raining and raining in Houston and in Texas with a lot of flooding. The same thing happened last year at the same time. It is very sad to see so many people suffering with water coming into their homes from creeks and rivers overflowing. It has been really bad and I as I write this, there is a storm going on right now. One good thing is that all the rain has helped me grow my tomatoes and cucumbers!
You know, Jesus rebuked the storm (and it calmed down) and it is recorded three times in the Gospels: in Matthew 8:23, in Mark 4:37 and Luke 8:23. If it is recorded three times, then it must be important and something for us to pay attention to. You see in every Gospel, he rebuked the storm and then he reprimanded the disciples for having little faith and not rebuking the storm themselves! So what can we learn from this? That storms are from the devil and that they can be rebuked, and SHOULD be rebuked! Do you want Jesus reprimanding YOU for NOT rebuking a storm? I don’t! So every time a storm is upon me or coming my way, I start rebuking it in the name of Jesus.
Jesus said in the Gospel of John 14:14, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.”
So Jesus tells us that we can do the works that He has done and even greater. So rebuking a storm is just a normal thing – not even a “greater” thing. So we should definitely rebuke storms. Period. Start practicing this, and remember, it’s in Jesus’ name that you rebuke the storms.
My great grandmother grew up in Cuba and one day there was a tornado coming toward her house. She ran in the house and grabbed a couple of knives, ran back outside and made the sign of the cross facing the tornado. She said something like, “With this cross I rebuke you, with this cross I defeat you!” to the tornado, and it went back up into the clouds.
So, there you go, that’s a good lesson, right? Just last week, I had a dream. In the dream was a big tornado coming toward me. I stood in front of it as it was coming, and I started rebuking it in the might name of Jesus. I think in the dream, some people around me thought I was crazy. But I didn’t care, and I kept rebuking it. It went back into the clouds and that was the end of the dream.
Well, Sarai, I think I am leaving you with some good advice. I send you a big hug and kisses!