all authority.

Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Matthew 8:23-27

Things happen, life happens, often without warning. Situations spring out of nowhere, catching us off guard, and sometimes swallowing us up, like the ocean waves. But with one rebuke, Jesus calmed the storm.

We have that authority to rebuke and take control over our situations, rather than letting them control us. But, like the disciples, our first reaction is often, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” That is by no means walking in the authority that we’ve been given.

I think the outcome of a “storm” in our lie is not necessarily determined by our rebuke, but simply by our attitude. When we are walking in our authority, we are walking in faith. Do we know that God could calm the storm, or do we know that he will? It’s that fine line between knowing God well enough to know what he’s capable of, and knowing him well enough to know that he will follow through with it. When we take action and rebuke the “wind and the waves” on the basis of our faith, we are overcomers.

I think that one of the reasons for Jesus’ coming to earth was for God to show us, through Jesus, that we have authority over sin. Jesus came to equip us with the wisdom and understanding we need to overcome that which burdens us and those around us.

We will overcome
By the blood of the lamb
And the word of our testimony
Everyone overcome.

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