Peace, be still!
Saints Who Pray,
I received this word of the Lord … twice on September 27, 2015.
“This is where everything changes.”
What does this mean LORD?
“Good for the Church, distress for the nations.”
If you have not read the previous Bible Lesson, please scroll down and read before continuing.
YOUR LIFE IN THE LATTER DAYS—PART TWO
Mark Chapters Four and Five give us keys to living in victory in the End Days, especially when you see both chapters as one adventure in the life of Jesus and His disciples.
Jesus placed His earthly mission above all things.
And He always sought His Father in what to say and what to do. John 14:10
We, The Glorious Church, have been given God’s Holy Spirit to guide us and accomplish the greater works of the last days. Let us submit, as Jesus did, and be single minded, more fervent still, with our hearts ablaze with the fire of God; one purpose, one desire, one destination looking unto Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith!
Definition of Destination: journey’s end, goal, plan, purpose, ambition, objective, aim, target, end
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
Jesus teaches His disciples about the mysteries of the Kingdom of God in Mark 4:1-34. Then He demonstrates the unlimited power of this Kingdom being released in the earth.
Assignment: “Let us cross over to the other side.” Mark 4:35
Destination: The Country of the Gadarenes
Jesus and His disciples were on assignment by His Father to go and deliver one man… demon possessed and living in a graveyard. As they traveled by boat, a horrific wind storm arose and the waves beat against their boat so that it was filing with water.
The disciples feared for their lives.
1. You Need Peace to Reach Your Destination
“But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’”
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’
And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’
“And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” Mark 4:38-41
Jesus and His disciples were a unit.
Jesus and His Body are no different today. We are one Body. Ephesians 4:4
The Church, the called out ones, are on assignment by our Father.
Jesus never did or said anything unless His Father had revealed it to Him. That is how He accomplished all that He did.
This is how we must think and act now to do the greater works.
Read John 5:19 & 12:49.
Total submission is a requirement to fulfill our assignments.
Each of our individual assignments are forming the magnificent tapestry of The Glorious Church, the culmination of 2000 years of sowing God’s Word/Kingdom in the earth. The Glorious Church will reap the End of Days rewards as we bring a multitude of souls into the Kingdom of Heaven. Time is short, Saints.
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:7-8
2. You Need Faith to Reach Your Destination
“He said to the disciples, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’”
Every assignment has a destination.
Every life has a destination.
Jesus is our example, not the disciples, for they had heard Jesus teach all day about the Kingdom of God but when opposition came and it was time to put the Word they heard to work, they feared that they would perish. Stony Ground: “When tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.” Mark 4:17
Definition of Opposition: the action of opposing, resisting, or combating; antagonism or hostility; contention against, disagreement, aversion, resistance, defiance, enmity; contrary, contender, enemy
Just because there is opposition to the plan of God doesn’t mean the plan isn’t going to succeed. Jesus dominated opposition!
The Year 2015
You will have to persevere and stand your ground at times. Faith and authority work hand in hand to get you to the other side.
Jesus released His faith when He spoke with authority and rebuked the wind and then said, “Peace be still!” to the sea. While we are on our Kingdom assignment, life is taking place all around us, things we have to deal with from day to day. Let’s remember who we are and Who is in us!
“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
Fear is faith in something you don’t want to come to pass. Fear is a spiritual force, a perversion of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6
Faith is the open channel in which God can manifest His goodness and power.
Fear hinders and closes that channel.
Many Believers have been trained in walking by faith, not by sight. We have been taught the importance of relying on scripture, meditating the Word, renewing the mind, walking in love and patience and so on. But to finish this race we need to continue to follow in what we have learned and not become weary and fearful.
If you don’t stand against fear, fear will stand against you to put you in bondage. Fear is a spirit that Jesus has already defeated!
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Never allow fear to dominate your thoughts or actions. To overcome the world we must walk by faith. Be aware of signs of fear. Cast down fearful thoughts.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 should be memorized and released as the sword of your spirit often.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:17-18
3. YOU NEED TENACITY TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION
Definition of Tenacious: Persistent, resolute, determined, uncompromising, immovable, inflexible, unchangeable, unbending, unyielding, unwavering, steadfast, relentless, adamant, persevering, constant
When it came to fulfilling what His Father said to do, Jesus was certainly tenacious wasn’t He? This is how He lived His life.
The truth that you know will make you bold!
When Jesus and His disciples crossed over to the other side, the demon-possessed man ran to Jesus and worshiped Him. We can stop right here and notice that there is no situation that is beyond the power of God to deliver.
Jesus released His faith and spoke with authority, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit.”
The Prize ....
People who lived nearby came and saw the man sitting and clothed and in his right mind. They were afraid and begged Jesus to depart from their region. Why?
The man who had been transformed begged Jesus if he might stay with Him, but the Lord had an assignment for him to complete in his own country.
“Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you. And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.’” Mark 5:19-20
The first disciple to the country of the Gadarenes proclaimed the power of the gospel to the people and all marveled!
Can you see why that horrific wind storm rose up?
Our divine purpose and calling is taking place right in the middle of every day daily life! Selah
Please read/study Mark Chapter Four and Five.
We will continue with this study of Mark in our next lesson as we look at the faith of Jairus and the faith of the woman who touched the clothes of Jesus.
CLOSING COMMENTS: Peace, Faith, Tenacity!!!
When the Lord tells us to do something, whether it be a kind word to a stressed out cashier, praying for our neighbors, or something like “begin a new ministry,” it is only when we act on His word that provision is released to accomplish that task.
Ephesians 3:10 says we are His workmanship created in Christ for good works which have already been prepared…that we should walk in them. Just walk it out Saints!
Ephesians 1:4-5 reveals that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, predestined to be adopted as His.
Staying in God’s Word transforms the mind from earthly thinking to thinking and acting in Kingdom ways. Jesus said that Kingdom is within us and it is taken by force. Stand your ground! Matthew 11:12
As Ambassadors of that Kingdom, obedience is required so that power can be released and we can do the greater assignment that is ahead of The Glorious Church, while we are looking for our Beloved to return, being ready to meet Him at the sound of the trumpet. See Luke 21:36 & 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
Until then persevere with NO fear and…pray!!!
Kingdom provision is released when we pray.
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