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Mark 4:35-41In our Scripture passage today, I would like us to notice Jesus’ words, “Let us go over to the other side (v.35).” Jesus must have been very tired from all the ministry He has been doing. He has been teaching and healing many. With the increase awareness of His miraculous healings there were multitudes of people pressing Him, grabbing Him and touching Him. So, on the boat as He and His disciples started crossing the Sea of Galilee, He fell asleep. He was in such a deep sleep, that as the storm came up and their boat was being tossed around, He continued to sleep. Until finally, the boat was almost full of water. And then at this time the disciples woke Him up and they said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown (v.38)?”
Misconceptions.First, let us first look at some misconceptions, things that are not true because of wrong understanding about troubles and problems, about storms in life or difficulties we face in life.
Living in Confidence with the Lord.How do you and I live in confidence with the Lord? How can the disciples decide to commit their lives to the Lord and decide to follow Him and serve Him and live for Him and to put Him first when it seems that God has forgotten about them? In days when it seems that God has forgotten about you:
Lessons from walking with the Lord in the storms.
1 Chronicles 14:8-17What situation in your life looks so big, so overwhelming, so difficult that it looks impossible to conquer? What circumstances in your life that you are hoping for a breakthrough? When we talk about breakthrough, it means a time of moving beyond and penetrating an obstacle. It is an event that helps to improve a situation or provide an answer to a problem. For many of us, it is seeing a promise of God in our lives come to pass and receiving an answer to our prayers. A time when God Himself brings the breakthrough in areas we have been believing for and trusting God for a time. Familia, we need to come to genuinely believing that God desires and is willing to unleash power and bring breakthroughs into our impossible situations. Understand that life will test all of us and hopefully we begin to discover that the barriers we face will require the help of God. Help in an ongoing struggle, unresolved conflicts, physical ailments, addictions that you want to get free from, maybe even in your spiritual walk with God, or in your prayer life. Truly, we need to realize the things we are facing that is insurmountable will require God’s intervention in our lives.
What is it that brings about breakthroughs? What is it that causes God to move and do something that we believe for Him to do?
2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “9 But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
◦ James 4:6 “But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”· Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
How many of you have ever been offended?
Offended by the truth from Jesus
Choosing not to be offended releases God’s miracles.
Jesus was deliberate in choosing not to be offended.
Mark 1:40-45; Mark 5:21-43We live in a world today that encourages us to be self-sufficient in that we are to do things our own way, that we should not worry about getting any kind of help or care, that we should figure things out and do things ourselves. We live in a world that teaches us that things would be better if we just give it time and everything would be alright. The world today tends to say not to rely or trust on anyone else because they will end up failing you. That the very ones that says they will help you and care for you are the very ones that fails you. Eventually, this world tells us that we even can’t trust and rely on God and therefore, why bother going to Him.
The Need1. A man with leprosy (Mark 1:40-45).
Jesus is WillingIn each of these situations, Jesus provides a direct answer to each one. He deals with power the decay that sin causes. He deals with the sin that eats us up. He deals with the death that is happening in our family. He deals with the draining of life in us. The Lord wants us to see Him, to go to Him with our great needs and even with the everyday practical things of life. He loves us. And when we get to Him, everything changes. The issue sometimes is that we believe that we have come to Jesus, but it seems that nothing has happened. We ask, does God care? Is He willing to heal? Is He willing to deliver and intervene into my situation? Hopefully, we remain waiting at His feet, in His presence and recognize things are happening because Jesus is compassionate and committed. Jesus is willing and reaches out and touches our lives. We are never too unclean or unimportant for Him. Jesus is willing!
Mark 6:1-6It is probably safe to say that everyone has their own opinion about the miraculous. Opinions about what God does, why and when He does what He does. And even opinions on why He doesn’t do what we think He should and when He should do it. Everybody has opinions of the miracle power of God, the supernatural touch of the Lord. In our Scripture passage, this is now the second time Jesus returned to Nazareth. Remember that Jesus has been in Nazareth before this account (Luke 4:14-16). In the meantime, He was preaching the gospel to the poor, healing the broken hearted. He had been preaching deliverance to the captives and had healed the blind and all manner of sickness. He was doing what He proclaimed He would do (Luke 4:17-21; Isaiah 61). He had even raised the daughter of Jairus from the dead. On this visit, the disciples were with Him. He is now returning to His home town once again, the very town that had rejected Him before and even sought to kill Him (Luke 4:22-30).
He could not do any miracles there.
1. We hinder the work of God when we treat Jesus as just being common (v. 3).
2. We never get to experience the intervening work of God in our lives because of unbelief, lack of faith. (v. 5-6)
What are some of the things I should do to believe?
Mark 2:1-12 (Matthew 9:2-8; Luke 5:18-26)Can you just imagine all the talk and maybe the commotion in this village of Capernaum when people heard and found out that Jesus was back in their town? Remember that Jesus had been in their village a few days earlier teaching and healing many including the mother-in-law of Simon Peter (Mark 1:21-34). When the people heard that He had come back they began to gather at the house where He was staying and possibly at Peter’s house. So many had gathered that there was no room in the house to hold them. But here we find Jesus preaching the Word to them, performing a miracle of healing and declaring He is God by forgiving the sins of the paralyzed man. This is one of many stories of a great miracle in the Bible. Let us look as some of the elements of the miraculous when God moves in people’s lives.
Elements of the miraculous.1. People who experiences the miraculous, who experiences the miraculous touch of the Lord are people who move with a great deal of passion. People who are truly committed and no matter the cost to bring their personal needs or the needs of others to the Lord. The miraculous doesn't just happen in people's lives unless someone has a passion for it. Someone with a deep desire for God to do something. (v. 3-4)
Luke 24:13-35Have you as a disciple of Jesus experienced a time in life when you seemed to be faltering, unsure of what to do next and maybe even confused or discouraged at times? And yes, you still love the Lord, you still believe in Him, and you’re still loyal to Him but lost some hope or passion. I am sure some has if not all of us have experienced such a time or maybe even going through such a time today. Going through a time such as this, I can say that it is always so amazing to me how the Lord has such a capacity to come to us just at the right time and say to us the right things and touch us in just the right way.
1. We should be thankful and recognize that we serve a persistent Lord. (v. 15-17)
2. We should be thankful and recognize that the timing of the Lord is perfect and right.
3. We should be thankful and recognize the restoring love, restoring work of the Lord.
Questions I use to test if I am in a good place or a bad place in my life:
1. God’s love is great. His love for us is vast and huge.
2. God’s love is everlasting.
3. God’s love is sacrificial.
4. God’s love is amazing.
Acts 12:1-17In the account of the Apostle Peter’s miraculous escape from prison I believe that we can conclude that he was thankful for the goodness of the Heavenly Father not simply on this one occasion but over his whole life. Today, I myself and I’m sure many other people have many things we are thankful for because the Lord has been so good in our lives. There are certain things we are called to do and are responsible for and that the Lord requires of us as His disciples. In all the things that we are to do we can find ourselves overwhelmed and in very difficult situations. But amidst these times there is something comforting that we can have in our heart that even though we are trying to do things and keep things level that we know that we can rest assure that our Heavenly Father is still in control. He is in control always and I believe that He is making sure that we end up doing what we need to be doing and end up where we need to be.
1. God sees all my troubles. - He sees all my life and knows everything about me.
2. God hears our prayers.
3. God places value on you and me.
4. God is faithful.
Ezekiel 13:1-14Ezekiel’s Four Purposes of Prophecy
God’s Question to Ezekiel:“Son of man, can these bones live?”
God’s Command to Ezekiel:“Prophesy to these bones…”
God’s Explanation to Ezekiel:“Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.”
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