Jesus Calming the Sea Mark 4:37-39

Know Jesus, Know Peace! No Jesus, No Peace…

If you have not met the Prince of Peace, let me introduce you to Him. Even in the midst of the storms of chaos and confusion, there is one who is the Peace that passes all understanding! My sister Rene reminded me of the story of the One who was asleep in the boat, amidst the swirling winds, the raging waves, and the mounting fear of all who were present, except the One, the Prince of Peace who was seated, actually sleeping in the boat. What an amazing picture of finding Peace in the midst of the storm, it is a Person, actually Peace personified! They did not have to go find Him, He was already there with them though everything around suggested another picture! What childlike faith my sister Rene expressed to me, “I want to be asleep with him in the boat!”

So maybe, we just need our spiritual eyes to be opened to see where He is sleeping in perfect peace in the boat! And where He is, there we may be also, presently, not just in the “By and By!”

I am also reminded of my youngest son, Michael, who at the time was five years old. And he had heard this Bible story in Sunday Schol. Well, we were all out at the soccer field, and his older brother Zachary was out on the field playing. Then it started raining cats and dogs, and all of the families and parents ran to get under the cover of a pavilion, while our children were still out there playing in the rain, and they had not stopped the game. So Michael stood at the edge of the covered pavilion, and looked at his father behind him, garnering his support. Michael went and stood out in the rain and held his hands up and said, just like he heard Jesus say in the story, “Peace be still!” Well, al little bit frustrated, he looked back at his father, wondering why it didn’t work! So he tried this again, out in the soaking rain, with his hands up, and said louder, “Peace be still!”

Looking back at his father in amazement that nothing happened, his father Paul went and stood right next to him, with his arms raised in the rain, mind you in front of a couple hundred parents and families, safely tucked away under conver, and they both raised their hands to Heaven, and loudly proclaimed, Peace be Still!!!

And immediately, the rain was reduced to a little trickle, to the shock of everyone! I was never more proud of two people then that moment! And then I realized, Michael found where the sleeping one was in the boat, and with the same authority, spoke to the storms and the waves around him, and they obeyed the Lord!

Two lessons were learned and demonstrated that day, through the childlike faith of my five year old son. First, find the one who is Peace, and from where He is at rest, administer Peace to the storm, chaos and confusion! Instead of marveling at how chaotic and crazy things are, speak to it and demonstrate how Marvelous our Prince of Peace is to the world!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:                                                                                  Ephesians 1:3

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,                                                                                                 Ephesians 1:20

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:                                                                                                                                                                 Ephesians 2:6

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;                                                                                                               Ephesians 2:14

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.                                                                                                                                                                              Ephesians 2:21-22

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,                                                                   Ephesians 3:10

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.             Ephesians 2:14-22

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.                                                                                                                            2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Let me bring this stream of thought to conclusion…

My sister Rene Semones always stirs my heart with God has been showing her, and I don’t think she would mind, she was sharing with me a vision she had recently, where she was in the Throne Room, sitting next to Jesus, next to the Father. And under her feet was blackness like a cloud… she asked what is that? And the Lord replied, that is Satan, and all his chaos and darkness! But guess what it is all under you your feet!

My father who was here with us, reminded us of scripture…

The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”                                                                                                                                                    Psalm 110:1

It is all under our feet in that Heavenly place where we are seated with Christ! And guess what else? I know the One who walks upon the waters, amidst the raging storms. He extends His Hand out to us, to walk upon the water with Him! Keep your eyes focused on Him, and you will not sink!

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.                                                                                                                            2 Corinthians 5:16-21

I am an Ambassador of Christ, and a minister of reconciliation, a citizen of Heaven, seated with Him in Heavenly places!

Just a few thoughts in the middle of a storm…

Dr. Raelynn S.Parkin

Bride Song Ministries

Worship Houston! Project Founder