Summary: Pick your battles wisely...make the right choice. That was some good advice, because the only thing more scandalous than believing God can do everything, is fighting against God when He is doing what He said He would do!
What would you have me to do?
Mark 4:35-41 MSG
35-38. Late that day he said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side.” They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”
39-40. Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, “Quiet! Settle down!” The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith at all?”
41. They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked. “Wind and sea at his beck and call!”
Last week, I told you that the Lord had impressed to me that something new was on the the horizon, a change was in the air and God was getting ready to do something new.
I believe that God had me share that word with you, to prepare you in advance for what was coming down the road. Jesus up at to this time had been teaching the disciples and preparing them also, for what was to come. He was preparing them, for the next step.
God will never ask you to do something, or to go through something...without making sure the provision to meet whatever lies ahead, is there in advance before you will ever need it.
The thing is, when things start to change and sometimes they will change quickly, God wants you to be prepared with the measure of readiness, He has given to you and know that your Faith, is all you need!
We know, by the prophecy we constantly see happen around us, these are the last days...and we need to be ready, for whatever happens!
Now we know, that the wind is not a living thing, but Jesus addressed it like it was,
He spoke to it, He commanded it, He took authority over it and it obeyed Him.
He spoke to, by what some have been said to say was equal to a hurricane by faith and the storm did what He instructed immediately!
By the way, most of the men in the boat were fisherman, most had surely both seen and weathered a storm or two. I think you know this, but most Christians who have been a Christian very long, have weathered a storm or two! Amen?
Now why do you suppose, Jesus waited to come to the rescue, until they cried out for His help, He could have calmed it hours before, after all He knew they were going to be heading into it, before they ever stepped into the boat.
Why does He wait, to come to your rescue? Your faith level dictates the moment of your rescue! It's true, your self effort postpones your rescue, and your faith summons
Human nature works the same for all of us, because like the disciples...until they realized they couldn't handle the situation, they felt like they were going to have to bother Him, with what was going on!
Illus. By Toby Powers
It is like the man who was stranded all alone on the deserted island who was rescued. His rescuers asked him what the three structures were that he had built on the island. Three buildings seemed perplexing for just one man. He said one was his house, one was his church, and one was where he used to go to church before he got his feelings hurt!
We can't go around, trudging through life. Making life's decisions on what we feel and see, we must live our lives by what God has given to us, and requires from us, by what we know our faith is capable of!
Self effort never builds your faith, only when you cast your complete care on Him, does your faith have an opportunity to grow.
How much do you want from God and how much do you want of God? The answer is, "How much can you believe God for?" Here's a great idea, why not believe Him for everything?
At what point in our walk and relationship with Jesus, our deliverer, do we completely believe and receive every promise God has instructed His Son Jesus, to lavishly distribute to all whosoever will Believe?
Jesus stands ready, God has done his Part. God has continued to give and has never stopped giving. Decision time has come, how much can you believe to receive, of what He has already given? The time has come...to believe “ALL” of it?
Acts 5:12-42 Msg
12-16 Through the work of the apostles, many God-signs were set up among the people, many wonderful things done. They all met regularly and in remarkable harmony on the Temple porch named after Solomon. But even though people admired them a lot, outsiders were wary about joining them. On the other hand, those who put their trust in the Master were added right and left, men and women both. They even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on stretchers and bedrolls, hoping they would be touched by Peter’s shadow when he walked by.