Thursday, October 02, 2014

October 2, 2014 … Peace in the Storm

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 275

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to see/hear a video of a popular rendition of Lawrence Chewing’s, The Anchor Holds, with his lyrics, declaring and reminding believers that our anchor of faith is affixed to the solid rock of Christ, Who always is in control of the storms of life.

Highlight Passage: Mark 4: 39 [NKJV} … Remembering Christ with our communion table…
  39 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. 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Mark 4: 35-41 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK … Jesus calms the raging storm in the boat with His disciples …

Reference Passage #1: Psalm 9: 9-10 … GO TO THIS LINK [NKJV]  … Our anchor of faith always holds in the storms of life when it’s affixed to the ROCK of Ages …

Reference Passage #2: Proverbs 3: 5-6 … GO TO THIS LINK [NKJV]  … The question always is … DO WE REALLY TRUST in the One Who controls the storms of life?

Reference Passage #3: Isaiah 26: 3 … [NKJV]
  3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Reference Passage #4: Philippians 4: 6-7 … [NKJV]
  6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Poh Fang Chia, reminds us of THE ROCK to which we affix our anchor of faith, especially when we face the storms of life.

 To illustrate this truth and stability in the rough storms of life, the ODB author uses one of my favorite stories in the Gospels, … that of Jesus sleeping in the back of boat, found in Mark, Chapter 4 [linked above]. And as you probably know, The Disciples, in stark terror, due to a raging storm, awaken Jesus, Who, recognizing their lack of faith in Him, rebukes the storm, allowing His followers a glimpse of His power over the very waves for which He is their Creator.

 The attached photo, depicting this story, was painted by a friend of ours, Dave McGraw; and it hangs in our living room, reminding us every day of how our faith and trust in our Lord will never forsake us; because that faith is solidly affixed to the One Who ALWAYS has power over His own creation; … yes, even the raging storms of life.

 So, the ODB devotional and I, today in this blog, ask the obvious questions … Do we really have our anchor of faith affixed to the Rock of Ages; … and does our faith calm the raging storms of life as it should?

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … My anchor is set deeply in You today!! Amen

Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries. If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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