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On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:25-41)

Jesus instructed His disciples to go to the other side, and while obeying Jesus, a storm hit. They didn’t realize that the moment He gave them a mission, He gave them the authority to stop anything that would prevent them from carrying it out. We can be in the perfect will of God and still have to endure violent storms. An absence of storms doesn’t mean we are inside of God’s will. It is often a sign that we are in the center of God’s will. The storm is the devil trying to overwhelm you and get you off track.

Jesus came so we can have peace in the storm as well as authority over it. Any storm we can rest in, we have authority over. When the devil can’t take our peace, it means that we will overcome him in victory.

Jesus spoke into the unseen world. He took authority over the unseen demonic influences that were trying to destroy their mission and journey. This is a portrait of what Jesus said in Matthew 18:18:

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 

Jesus spoke firmly, powerfully, and authoritatively to the wind. It calmed, stopping the waves. We need to talk to the ill winds of the devil and tell them to stop to prevent them from causing so much calamity in our souls. Often the things driving the upheaval in our lives are the unseen factors of demonic activity. We can rebuke them and overcome them with the shoes of peace.