Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
When Jesus calmed the storm after His disciples awakened Him, He rebuked them (Luke 85) by asking them, “Where is your faith?” That may well have been a “You talking to me?” moment. After all, this was a storm on the Sea of Galilee. He still speaks in storms, but we must learn to obey Him, even then.
In my 15 years of ministry before pastoring, I travelled in ministry, and did many tent and/or outdoor meetings. One such meeting took place in a small town called King, NC in the early 1980’s. We were ministering outside, our stage being a large flat bed of a semi-tractor. It was a lovely Saturday afternoon. A gentle breeze was keeping everyone very comfortable, and the ministry time was moving along very nicely. Quite suddenly, a terribly dark cloud appeared from the south and began moving quickly in our direction. The winds were so strong they were blowing over music stands, and even instruments. The people became noticeable frightened.
That’s when the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Tell everyone to be at peace, and release their faith when you (that was me) spoke to the storm.” I admit, the skies and clouds became so dark so quickly that I, too, was concerned. When the Lord spoke His command to me, I had a noticeable “You talking to me?” moment. But the strength which the spoke to me caused that thought to be quickly vanquished from my mind.
Nevertheless, I told the crowd what the Lord had said to me. What followed was truly supernatural. Everyone in the crowd sat back down and began to praise the Lord. I obeyed Father, rebuked the winds and lightning, and returned to the moment at hand in my ministry. The winds stopped blowing within seconds of my speaking, and the lightning stopped immediately. In mere moments, the clouds stopped and reversed their direction and intensity. Soon, with the winds having stopped and the clouds moving back, they dissipated, and the sky became sunny again with a small breeze to keep things cool. We continued and finished our service with great blessing and a strong presence of the Lord all about us.
I realize that some who read this may ask, “Do you expect me to believe this?” For any such person, this is a “You talking to me?” moment. And the answer is, “Yes, I’m talking to you.” It would behoove you greatly to read this report again and again. It is absolutely true. God never changes, and Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Only in this covenant, He speaks to us to carry out that which He once did. He has authorized and empowered you to do He did, and to do greater. Your “You talking to me?” moments will not stop the Lord from working through you. But your refusal to believe will.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4