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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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June 29, 2011 - Are You Ready for the Storm?

By Ron Johnson

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing.’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?’ Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?’” (Matthew 8:23-27, ESV).

We see here a beautiful portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ. First we see His humanity. He was so tired that He was sleeping through a violent storm. While the disciples were struggling and fearful of their own lives, our Lord was asleep. As a man, Jesus grew tired and needed rest. Second we see the picture of His divinity. He arose from sleep and immediately calmed the storm with supernatural command.

This is the Lord that we must have a personal relationship with. He is the Lord Jesus Christ, both God and man, who is our Mediator with God the Father.

I cannot overemphasize the fact that our security in the storm is based upon our relationship with Jesus. The disciples were in the boat with their Lord. There was no safety outside of the boat.

The disciples, filled with fear, woke the Lord and pleaded for their deliverance from the storm. Fear isn’t always a bad thing. It is a natural response given to us by God. It causes us to react to danger. If we will listen to and respond to our fear in a correct manner it will help protect us in times of danger. Many have lost their lives because they did not listen to their inward sense of fear and respond in an appropriate manner.

Ultimately, though, fear alone will not save us. For deliverance, we must look to our Lord Jesus in faith, realizing He is our shelter in the time of trouble. Our fear should drive us to our knees in prayer, asking our Father for His protection.

If we will hold onto His hand as He holds onto us, we will persevere and survive the storms of life and safely arrive into His glorious Kingdom.

— Ron Johnson ministers at Gospel Publishing House at the Assemblies of God national offices in Springfield, Mo., and attends Central Assembly of God.




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