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Summary: Most Christians have substituted God's truth for facts. They believe facts rather than the truth of the word of God. Facts never set anyone free, truth does.

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John 8:32 'Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free'. In the first story (Mark 4:35-40), Jesus was sleeping while his disciples were worried about a raging storm; the second (Numbers 13:26-14:1) reveals the nation of Israel (save Joshua and Caleb) weeping upon discovering the existence of giant inhabitants in the land God had promised to give them. It is interesting to note that in both scenarios, the promise of God was abandoned or forgotten in the face of turbulence.

In the first story, Jesus' comment to His disciples before they embarked on the boat trip was very simple, was very clear and absolutely unambiguous: His comment was 'Let us go over to the other side' Clearly, He didn't say 'let's go into this boat and perish' or 'let's take a trip into the sea and die'. The disciples should have realised that no matter how fierce the storm was, they would definitely get to the other side SIMPLY because Jesus had said so. The second account is similar to the first. The children of Israel panicked and wept at the news of giants who inhabited the land God had promised them. Here as in the first story, they quickly abandon God's promise in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacle. Again the promise was very clear and unambiguous: 'I will give you the land and all your descendants after you.' Clearly, what the promise didn't say was: 'I will take you to the land so giants could devour you in the land'I see two sets of Christians in the world today. There are those who panic when issues arise and there are those who are calm in the face of trouble; there are those who doubt the promise of God when tragedy befalls and there are those who have quietness in the midst of storm. There are those who are discouraged, disillusioned and ultimately limited by what they see, such as their circumstances; their joblessness; their childlessness and so on, and there are others who see beyond what they see; those who see beyond their immediate predicaments, those who see only the promise of God even in the face of their lager than life situations. The only time you see problems is when you remove your focus from God. There are those who fret in the day of trouble and there are those who know that God is with them especially in the midst of trouble -- Psalms 46: say God is our present help in times of trouble. They know that when they are in trouble that is exactly where God is. Psalms 103:8 says: though I pass through the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil for thou ART WITH ME.

There are those who run after miracles and there are others who activate their own miracles. There are those who think they have to be at a particular 'miracle conference' or be anointed by a 'great man of God' for them to receive their miracle; and there are others who KNOW that miracles are their birthright and that they don't have to anointed by any man of God for them to receive what is lawfully theirs. Mark 16:17 says -- 'these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name they shall cast out devils . . '


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