Christ has His way in the storm
You can live a life of such peace in a world of turmoil
Christ, the Prince of Peace, will cause you to be still
Nahum 1:3 (NKJV)
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.
The Lord has His way
In the whirlwind and in the storm,
And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
… God is shaking everything that can be shaken. At the same time, as God is shaking all things around us, things will become better for the sons of God as we grow internally and become more mature in the things of God. God is beginning to not only shake the church, which is a good thing because a lot of things have come and attached itself to the way we did church. God is purifying His church, purifying His people in the church so that the church can come to its original intent. The Lord is shaking the earth like He has never shaken it before. There are so many negative things happening in the earth, violence, anger, agitation, upheaval and unrighteousness being exposed. All these things are being exposed for one purpose, so that we can deal with, and work through, it as a people of God to rule and reign in the earth like God intended right at the beginning. God is causing a shaking. Those things that are not supposed to be there will fall to the ground. Everything that will stand will get even stronger in your life. What God does in the world will cause an opposite reaction. When things get worse in the world, things should get better in the church.
While God is shaking everything, He is also adding. There is a lot of change that God wants to bring to us. He wants us to be still, to rest in Him, and then there will be a knowing. God wants us to be free, not free from a good life. He wants us to be free from the rat race, freedom from being driven by things. People’s lives are in turmoil when they are driven by things. This produces anxiety, pressure and stress.
God is in your boat. There is no other way to get to the other side, except the storm. While the storm is raging, He is saying take no thought of it. This is a position and posture. Become overcomers, and be what God has earmarked for your life even before the foundation of the earth.
In order for you to get to the other side, this journey will lead you through storms. As in Matthew 8:23-26, after God calmed the storms, He rebuked His disciples, His sons. After some of us get to the other side, we may receive a rebuke. He is going to say, “Didn’t I bring you through, haven’t I always been with you even in the storm”? You did not realize that God is in your boat. You only think about yourself. You are not nervous that He is going to drown, but you are nervous that you are going to drown. The One that can speak to the storm is in your boat. The One that can calm the storm is in your boat. We have experienced sunshine, the gathering of the clouds, rain and tears of sorrow. Somehow, we have come through the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter. You can always look up and say, “You always have us in Your hands”. All along we did not understand, we didn’t know which road to take. He wants us to become still.
God is looking for the kind of people that have so much faith in Him. Sometimes, the other side always seems better. Somehow, it looks better. Sometimes, we take the same turmoil, the same internal state that we are in, to the other side. We, as intelligent human beings, want to calm the storm through our natural abilities. We want to be in control. When God says be still, we are thinking about the outer realm not realizing that He is actually speaking about the inner realm of your life. Many people say, I will leave this church and go to another church. I will leave this city, and go to another city. I will leave this nation, and go to a better nation. I will leave my wife and go for a better wife, or another husband, better job, better salary, not seeing that God’s finger is on you. God is saying you have caught my eye. I am in the boat with you. I don’t care about the storms that will come because I am with you. Your answer is in the storm. Be still. Say, I will not be affected. Job went through the storms of life.
In the storm, you will find His authority, His DNA, manifest in you. His rule comes in the storm. God shows Himself strong and mighty. There’s a people that God is raising up who will have peace, and calmness, in the midst of the storm…
– Dr. Ben Kleynhans
5 July: Your True Identity, Part 1, by Dr. Ben Kleynhans: “Your true identity is son of God”.
Acts 17:28 (AMP)
28 For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children’.
12 July: Your True Identity, Part 2: God so loved that He gave, by Dr. Ben Kleynhans: “God has given us everything necessary for life and godliness”.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (AMP)
3 For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature.
19 July: Your True Identity, Part 3: Exercising Godliness, by Dr. Ben Kleynhans: “Strict training will ensure that you manifest your true identity on earth. Subject your body to discipline. God is forming a champion”.
1 Corinthians 9:25 -27 (AMP)
25 Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither].
26 Therefore I do not run without a definite goal; I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing].
27 But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service].
26 July: Patient Pillars, by Pastor Charles van Onselen: “God wants to keep the world steady through you as a pillar”.
Jude 24:24-25 (AMP)
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight,
25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.