by John and Ruth Greene
“As the whirlwind passes by, so the wicked are no more, but the righteous man has an everlasting foundation.” – Proverbs 10:25, direct translation
You hear all kinds of reports about storms, unusual weather and frightening tornadoes these days. This is just part of what Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah foretold in the days that we are living in. However, if you are a disciple of the Messiah, filled with the Holy Spirit, you have the power and authority that Yahshua [Jesus] gave to you in dealing with natural events that you may face. If you believe or are operating in this knowledge, you also know that prayer is not a last ditch option in your life, but a first response to any situation that you may face, whether literal storms or personal storms or trials in your life. (Matthew 9:20-29) Multitudes of Christians don’t know about the power they can have in facing the storms in life. In fact, many have hardened their hearts against any real power through the Sanctified [Set Apart, Holy] Spirit, endangering their spiritual walk entirely. (Proverbs 28:14; Romans 14:4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30) Operating in Spirit and truth involves submitting to the Will of YHWH and your trust through your Savior. (Matthew 5:34; Acts 3:16)
“And on the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us pass over to the other side.’ And having left the crowd, they took Him along in the boat, as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And there came a great windstorm, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already being filled. And He was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. And they woke Him up and said to Him, ‘Teacher, is it no concern to You that we perish?’ And having been awakened He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. And He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you not yet belief?’ And they feared exceedingly, and asked each other, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!'” – Mark 4:35-41, ISR98
The passage at Mark 4 (see also Matthew 8 ) took place early in the ministry of Yahshua [Jesus] and his disciples were spiritual babes, so to speak. They did not fully understand the power that their Master could command and the power that they would eventually hold through the Holy Spirit and their belief. Yahshua [Jesus] was apparently asleep in a larger ship and His disciples could have been spread throughout several ships along with others in passage. Apparently, the smaller ships were in immediate danger, which drummed up immediate concern for those on board. As the storm continued and the waves abounded, they became afraid for their lives, a natural instinct of man. They were not spiritually mature enough to consider praying, nor did they understand the full power of Yahshua [Jesus]. Had they understood, they would have realized that any ship with the Messiah was entirely safe, regardless of the storm. Perhaps the disciples were not together and some of them on smaller ships grew anxious. The possibility becomes evident when you read the parallel account at Matthew 8:24-37. Whatever the case, when the disciples onboard stirred Him, Yahshua [Jesus] rebuked the storm. The storm immediately abated.
As His disciples grew spiritually, they learned of the power of YHWH that they could and did operate in. Disciples today are in much of the same situation. Still, there is much resistance to this idea because the world of science and secular belief doesn’t deem this as either possible or likely.
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A personal account by Ruth Greene
When you choose to believe the philosophy of the world, you will reap what you sow through unbelief. Unbelief even prohibited the blessings of Yahshua [Jesus] for most in His home town. He was even rebuked by some members of His own earthly family. Despite this, Yahshua [Jesus] continually admonished His disciples to believe what He said. You and I have the same choice today. You can refuse to believe in the Master and His miracles altogether, just as you can rebuke them or ignore them today. This doesn’t make truth a falsehood or unreal. You are simply unable to see truth. When you doubt, you are certain to reap the fruit of that doubt, which can be very dangerous to you. (“Life Healing & Belief“; “Healing in a World of Rage“; “Healing Wounds That People Can’t See“)
“’Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak from Myself. But the Father who stays in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, otherwise believe Me because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he shall do also. And greater works than these he shall do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My Name, that I shall do, in order that the Father might be esteemed in the Son. If you ask whatever in My Name, I shall do it.'” – John 14:10-14, ISR98 (also take note of the verses after this concerning the Holy Spirit.)
This includes all the storms in your life, both in the sky and in what you face through the world of man’s power. The passages in scripture don’t devote a lot of time to these events and people today tend to dismiss the importance of these accounts, even to the point of disobedience against YHWH.
Hopefully, you are not in the middle of a storm because of disobedience. (Galatians 5:4; Hebrews 6:6; Jude 1:24) Consider the rebellion of Jonah and examine the Bible passage about the crew that ignored the warning of Paul in Acts 27:10. For an unbeliever to doubt the Messiah or one of His representatives is one thing, but for disciples, especially ‘mature disciples’ to disbelieve shows the danger that multitudes within professed Christianity are in. Remember that when you don’t believe in ‘miracles,’ you can’t expect to see them, in fact, you choose not to ever see them. Instead, you might ‘pretend’ to ‘hope’ for miracles just as the world does today. Multitudes today deny the possibility of YHWH’s mighty works despite the admonition of scripture. They would deny these mighty works even if they were confronted directly by them. Even those that profess the impending “latter-day reign” often operate in doubt, in fear of what others might think should they fail to go along with a resident world of unbelief. They are afraid of being considered as “freaks,” and go along with the world while professing to change some day in the future. That isn’t faith, but doubt leading to destruction.
To a disciple of the Messiah, ignoring the Word through disobedience is especially important to avoid. Falling away from Bible truth or failing to recognize YHWH’s instruction has a great spiritual penalty. In fact, you quickly become poised to be in direct opposition to Elohim because of your breaking away from the truth of the Bible. (Matthew 6:24-34) This falling away happens generally through three processes: fading away because of becoming weary, disappearing because of trial and circumstances through fear, and disappointment because of false or incorrect expectations. In opposition to falling away from Bible truth is faith or belief through trust. Faith means reliance, loyalty and complete trust in YHWH. (2 Chronicles 20:20; Isaiah 7:9; Matthew 6:6, 11:22; “A Branch of the Vine through Trust“; “Disciple: Your Basis of Trust“; “Trust YHWH, Not World Leaders“)
This isn’t about a singular prophet among Christians or the elevation of certain men or women, but is about belief that is resident in all of YHWH’s gathering, grounded in the Holy Spirit. The truth is that all of this gifting is designed to witness to the world, part of setting disciples of the Messiah apart in the season before the Messiah returns to bring His Kingdom into full fruition.
Without question, you can be reasonably well-centered and established in Bible truth and still come to a period of doubt or insecurity, as is evidenced in Matthew 14:
“And straightway Yahshua constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone.
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Yahshua went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a spirit’; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Yahshua spake unto them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.’ And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Master, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water.’ And He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Yahshua. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, ‘Master, save me.’ And immediately Yahshua stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, ‘O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?'” – Matthew 14:22-31, WoY
Even though Peter shows initial doubt through his questioning of the Messiah, as long as he is focused on the Messiah, he is able to sustain the fruit of his trust in Him. To say that you trust YHWH and to trust YHWH are two different realities.
The fact remains that disciples of Messiah have no good reason not operate in belief beyond the tarnished thinking of a personal past, especially when these same disciples have allowed the Messiah to abide in them and the power of the Holy Spirit in their trust. However, the unbelief of the world is very great and can root out or divert the power of YHWH where unbelief exists. Does this mean His power is weak or limited? No, for Elohim gives each of us a choice in the matter right now, just as this is extended to others. Either you can choose to believe or you can choose not to believe, realizing the fruit of that harvest. This applies to every person around you. With so much doubt, you can begin to see the problem that the world really has in accepting YHWH’s Word. (“YHWH Sustains His People through Doubt“; “Living in an Apostate World“)
In opposition to the dominant world view, trusting disciples of the Messiah will come to be known for personal operation of their faith. This is not through tele-evangelists or excited teaching, not through rumors or revivals, but through the fruit of personal faith and the good works that extend from devotion. The peace or shalom that surpasses human understanding is reality for some and all good things spring from that reality. This isn’t about perfection in anything, in mind or body (don’t be deceived here), but about abiding or resting in Him in trust and obedience. Life has good times and bad times in man’s system. The world around us has waxed and waned for a long time. Many people, even some professed Christians, believe that this will always be the case. (“Spiritual Fruit & Renewing Your Mind“; “Disciples of Messiah and Spiritual Fruit“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“)
However, disciples of the Messiah have a New Kingdom to look forward to, a Kingdom that is now waiting in the wings as man’s systemic rule comes to a close. In the meantime, you can take comfort in the reality that you are precious to YHWH and His Son. They seek you continually, even when you don’t seek them, even when you ignore them. Remember that the words you utter and your actions are vital to others around you. You have the ability to touch many lives around you directly. You aren’t insignificant because you can be part of YHWH’s Kingdom. The Spirit in you as a disciple is greater than Satan is in the world. (John 16:13; 1 John 4:4; Proverbs 3:51; Psalm 23:4; Romans 12:24; James 1:25; Philippians 4:19) The seed of your faith is real and can bear much fruit, always evidenced through your belief and the action that belief creates. Your Heavenly Father’s creative work within you will be abundant when you agree daily with Him, when you say the same thing that YHWH says about you. (Matthew 16:19; Mark 16:17-18; Colossians 3:15; “Prayer and Your Faith“; “Disciple: Remember Diligent Faith“; “Facing Adversity in Faith“) That is the beautiful reality of YHWH’s Kingdom, even as you prepare to the degree that you can for His Kingdom and the conclusion of the world that you know.