It has been a while since my last blog. Our church and our lives have been extremely busy. However, today in church we learned some very important truths. It is true that there will be times in every Christian's life in which we will experience a discouragement that can rock our faith. In those times, we will have a tendency to sin against God by thinking that our Lord has abandoned us. We will think that he has left us in the middle of the storm by ourselves. The scared mind will believe that Jesus has stopped caring.
This type of thinking is not biblical and to its core, it is sinful; sinful to the utmost. In Mark 6:45-52 we see the tender loving care of our Lord. Christ sends his disciples into the storm and yet while he is praying at the mountaintop, he is praying for them. The word tells us that Jesus can see them straining. Physically, this is an impossiblity. Spiritually, however, our Lord never looses sight of us. While we struggle, our Lord has his ever watchful eye on us. He never gives us more than we can handle.
When the trial becomes to much, he comes to us. Granted, he comes to us on the fourth watch and not when we would like him to. But our Lord comes to us in our most desperate need. He comes to us walking on the water. In the Old Testament, only God walks on the water. Christ does so in the New Testament. He is about to pass them by, just like God the father does in the Old Testament when demonstrating his glory to Moses. Christ is about to walk by them to show them his glory; the glory of the everlasting God. Christ identifies himself as the "I AM." This is the proper title of God. God walks on the water, is about to pass them by in order to show them his glory, and takes the sacred name of God. God never abandons us.
When Christ enters the boat, peace and order are restored. Only in Christ can a disciple have peace and security. He brings them safely to their destination. Can such a God ever forget us? Can such a God ever abandon us? No dear Brother and Sister. Never give in to the tempation of doubting our God. Ever believe that he has his heart set on you; on completing the work that he has begun.
And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. Mark 3:14-15 God’s choosing is a Holy thing. In this passage of Scripture we see...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 This verse is one that is well known among Christians. We rejoice at its implication and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him, and he...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:14-15 We find in this portion of Scripture...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 ESV) Our Lord Jesus Christ has done it all. He came, lived a perfect life, kept the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]