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s Christians, sometimes we allow the storms and circumstances of life to dictate and control the level of faith we have in God. According to Scripture, it doesn't have to be like that. Today, I'd like to walk you through one of the most compelling stories in the Bible. Through God's Word, we can put an end to the control that adverse circumstances put on our lives by finding the stern of our peace.  

"And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion." (Mark 4;37-38)"

I can only imagine what it must have felt like for the first disciples. As they were making their way across the sea of Galilee, a storm came and began to shake the boat. The good news, as the disciples thought, was that they were not alone on the boat. They had Jesus. But wait, what was Jesus doing while the storm was happening? He was sleeping! 

There they were, thinking nothing could ever happen to them because they had Jesus in the boat, and then boom, a storm hits. This is such a picture of what it's like following Jesus sometimes.  After we are born again, we believe we will never have a storm for the rest of our lives.  When a storm hits us, our immediate response is the same as the disciples.  We look to Jesus. But where was Jesus when the storm was happening for the disciples. He was asleep.

Often, it is in our misunderstanding of Jesus that attracts the attention of the enemy to come in and cause a storm in our lives. As Jesus is metaphorically sleeping in our boats when a storm arises in our lives, the enemy will begin to tempt us by saying, "You see that Jesus isn't even real. Look at Him. It's all just a religion! He has no power! Look at Him; He's asleep! What kind of a God does that?" 

Jesus Is In The Boat

It is in these moments that I believe we have to remind ourselves of this fact. Jesus is in the boat with us! We have to start there. For you to understand how to find the stern of your peace today, you have to realize the God will never leave you or forsake you. For Scripture teaches us in Deuteronomy 31:8, "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." 

God is always in the boat with us. Even though circumstances may look bad, when you are a Christian, God is always with you. He cannot be talked out of the boat. He is always present, always there for you. As Psalms 46:1 eloquently puts it. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." 

After this realization and amazing truth, the next logical question is always this. Well, if God is with us always, why are the storms happening? Well, for starters, it's to help you find the stern of your peace. Some of your greatest breakthroughs and releases of divine peace are hidden inside of your deepest problems. 

Some of your greatest breakthroughs and releases of divine peace are hidden inside of your deepest problems. 

God has placed the solution to your problems right inside the belly of them. Jesus proves that there is a release of rest amid storms. How do you access this supernatural peace and rest? We have to do what Jesus does. Find the stern and sleep. 

How To Find the Stern of Your Peace 

The disciples were afraid of the storm because they had their eyes focused on the storm instead of who was with them in the storm. While their eyes were on the chaos, Jesus' eyes were on his eyelids, asleep.  

How could Jesus be sleeping at a time like that?  

"Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble." (Psalms 119:165)  

The Word of God brings peace in the middle of life's storms. This is a promise in Scripture. If our eyes are fixed on God's Word during the most difficult storms in our lives, there will be a release of great peace to us. This is evident from Jesus' reaction to the storm. While his disciples were losing their peace, Jesus was sleeping in it.  

While his disciples were losing their peace, Jesus was sleeping in it.  

The Word of God is the stern in which the peace of God is supernaturally released to those who choose to find it. Although God is always with us, we still have the privilege to release the power of God in every situation. He chooses to work through us. He chooses to give us supernal peace, but we have to find it through God's Word.  

What is amazing to me about this story is the two different reactions from the people in the boat. On the one hand, we have the disciples who are losing their minds because of the storm. On the other, we have Jesus, who is asleep because of the storm. For the disciples, the storm brought out the worst in them; for Jesus, it brought peace and rest.  

This supernatural rest from Jesus did not go unnoticed and was, for a moment, misunderstood by the disciples.  

"And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" (Mark 4:37,38)

This Scripture brings up an amazing truth. You should have so much peace in your life during the storms, that the only way the world can understand it is if they give their lives to Jesus.  

Jesus' peace was offensive to the disciples. They were hurt that He was asleep during the storm. This is sobering to me because it brings up the reason why so many of us have blamed God for Him sleeping.  

Maybe we have prayed for healing, or for a breakthrough, or for a financial need, and nothing (according to our eyes) has happened. Have you ever asked God, "do you even care?" 

What I am about to say next is something that, if you truly understand it, will set up for supernatural peace during any situation. You cannot blame God for something He has already delivered you from.  

You cannot blame God for something He has already delivered you from.  

It should gave the disciples great confidence that Jesus was in the boat. Instead, they aligned with fear and blamed Jesus for not doing anything. Sometimes we love life, more than we love peace. The fact is, they should have been rejoicing in faith knowing that because they had Jesus, no harm would have access to touch them. Like Jesus, they should have found the stern of the boat and said in their spirits, "If Jesus is sleeping…. I am sleeping."  

I love Jesus' reaction to the storm! "Oh a storm, what a great time for a nap." 

This is amazing to me. When the enemy brings you a storm, you should rejoice at the fact that already God has given you a release of peace in it. You don't have to understand the storm to be able to sleep in it.

We know the reaction Jesus had to the storm, but what was his reaction to the disciples? 

"And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm" (Mark 4:39)

If the disciples first thought that it was crazy for Jesus to be sleeping in the boat, I can only imagine what they must of first thought whenever He was rebuking the wind. This would be crazy to the natural eye, and I think that was the point, Jesus.  

"He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" (Mark 4:40)

Jesu rebuked the wind and waves, and then He rebuked them. What was Jesus' main concern, and the reason why he rebuked them? It was because of their faith.  

What Jesus was trying to tell them was this. Your faith should not be built upon the winds and the waves; it should be built upon me. Your faith is in my, not the waves.  

You see, Jesus could release peace on the storm and because He is the Lord of peace. Jesus could rebuke the disciples for their lack of faith, because He had faith. Do you see the point I made? How could Jesus be asleep in the storm? Because His kingdom isn't built on the natural, it's built on faith. Jesus knew exactly what to say to the stem because the winds and the waves do not determine His faith.  

This supernatural peace is not something that Jesus only possessed, but is something that He has released to us through the work of the cross. 

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27) 

Jesus has given us access to the same peace he released upon the storm! When we access the stern of your peace and allow it to rule in our hearts, no storm or circumstance can ever take it away.  

Are you ready to sleep? The next time a storm or trial comes your way, find a great place to sleep in it. Jesus has released it to you through the Holy Spirit. How do you find it? Through God's Word.  

10 Storm Altering Scriptures On The Peace of God 

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it." (Psalms 34:13,14)

"I leave peace with you; I give my peace to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it fear." (John 14:27) (Darby Bible Translation)

"do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.¬†Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me‚ÄĒpractice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:6-8)

"he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

"The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace." (Psalms 29:11)

"Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone." (Romans 12:18)

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." (Colossians 3:13)

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27) 

"Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble." (Psalms 119:165)  

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References:

https://joycemeyer.org/everydayanswers/ea-teachings/gods-peace-is-for-you

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/the-gift-of-peace/

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/026009438703800201?journalCode=tbtd

https://studybible.info/strongs/G1515

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