Saturday, August 25, 2012

FAITH!!!

This morning the pain level in my back has escalated with uncontrollable tears... The realization that I have to let people down was overwhelming; I am due to facilitate the low ropes at camp this afternoon but just will not be able to do it in the rain.. I cry out and ask God to show me how to be content in the pain, to show me mercy!!

'Where does your help come from" again comes to my mind as this verse came to mind earlier this week.. My help comes from the Lord! I open my bible to Mark 4:35-41


Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”


**The Storms in our lives

The storm in this story comes from nowhere. Jesus recognises the source of it and deals with it. I think that the storms in our lives come from one of four sources:
  1. Satanic attack
  2. Other people
  3. Ourselves
  4. Things just happen that way 
 Jesus will stand with us in the storms in our lives. If the source of our problems is ourselves we may well think that we don't deserve Jesus' help. And we'd be right. But that's the beauty and mystery of Grace: we don't deserve His help, but we get it anyway.

 If the source of our storms is Satanic, then we must engage in spiritual warfare (which is a sermon in itself, really). Scripture tells us that if we resist the devil, then he will flee from us [James 4:7] If the source is other people then, as people called to live in relationship with others, we have to deal with the problem: with love, with tact, with prayer and with all the Grace of God at our disposal. If the problem's source is ourselves then we must not forget that we are not alone: Jesus stands with us (whether we feel we deserve it or not) and our brothers and sisters in Christ stand with us (for they are called to live in relationship with us as much as we are called to live in relationship with them). If the problem's source is "it's just one of those things", then we need to tackle it by accepting and not go around blaming ourselves, others, or even Satan  But what if the storms don't subside? What if calm doesn't appear? Jesus promises to be with us [Matt 28:20] and He will keep that promise, no matter how long the storms may last.    
Mark 5:34  "Daughter , your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering"
 
 
**Mark 5:34 Speaks of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had seen many doctors but none were able to make her well. And while she spent all her money seeking a cure, her condition only grew worse.  Then she heard about Jesus and believed that if she could get to him she would be healed.  What a testimony to her PERSISTENCE!
Imagine the scene; "A large crowd followed and pressed around him" (Mark 5:24) Some were blind, some deaf, some were mothers carrying children.  And no doubt the day was hot and the road dusty.  But this particular women DETERMINED that in spite of the crowd she was going to touch Jesus and be healed.. And she was!!
Jesus responded to faith's touch by asking, "Who touched my clothes?" The woman fell at his feet and told him her problem.  How characteristic of the Master to respond in a comforting voice.
Jesus is just as interested in your need as he was in the woman's need many years ago. Whatever YOUR situation, whatever YOUR problem, He stands ready to help you.
 
(**Devotion from my bible)
 
 
WOW!!! I want to be known for my determination and persistence NOT my LACK OF FAITH!!! 
    Mark 5:36 "Don't be afraid; just believe"  
                                                                                               

 






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