ALL STORMS CALM DOWN

We live in a world where our lives isn’t static. It’s constantly moving, changing and turning directions. Nothing can be trusted in this world. Today can be paradise but tomorrow?  Therefore, since your trust and hope cannot be based on anything in this world, it should be in Christ and Christ alone. Nothing else. In this way, since Christ lives forever, so will your joy. So even if, tragedy or troubles come our way, you will know that Christ is always by your side.
Mark 4:35-41 is a story of a storm in the Bible. Let’s study this scripture…..

Mark 4:35 – That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “let us go over to the other side.”

In life you are given direction to do something God has told you to do for his glory.

Mark 4:36 – Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, Just as he was in the boat. There were also other boats with him.

You obey God by leaving the crowd behind. You put your trust in God alone.

Mark 4:37 – A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.

The storm arrives and disturbs your journey. You feel like you are about to sink. Why would this happen when God was the one who sent me?

Mark 4:38 – 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?”

We feel as if God is asleep and he is not worried about us. We often ask “Lord do you not care?”

Mark 4:39 – He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

God comes to our rescue and saves us. He doesn’t just save us he saves us completely.

Mark 4:40 – He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

God is asking you why did you have so little faith?

First of all, the time factor is unknown. We don’t know how long the storm lasted. Second of all, as long as Jesus was in the boat, it would have never sunk. We will face problems, situations and dilemmas in our life. It could be for a long time or for a short period. A day or a year, it doesn’t matter, God will help you through. The fact that Jesus was at the stern means he must always be in the front leading our lives. He was sleeping on a cushion which shows that Jesus is our comfort through the storm. The question that Jesus asked His disciples was not past tense because they were still afraid even after the storm was calmed.

The main question is ‘WHY?’. Why does God allow us to go through the storm? Why does God allow these problems occur in our everyday life?

  • To bring glory to God {John 9:1-3}
  • To increase your faith {Romans 4:18-21}
  • For your own testimony {Revelations 12:11}
  • To help others in that situation
  • Draw you closer to God {Proverbs 18:10}
  • To learn something {Proverbs 1:5}

What do we do in the storm?

  • Wait upon the lord {Psalms 46:10}
  • Be patient {Romans 12:12}
  • Trust in God
  • Pray {1 Thessalonians 5:17}
  • Be thankful {1 Thessalonians 5:18}

No matter what, God will never leave you nor forsake you {Hebrews 13:5}. Never doubt God, you are making Him seem smaller in your life than He really is. Hardships prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary purpose.

What are we doing?

When we think of Church, what images cross our minds? Sitting in pews while the preacher speaks while we expectantly await the closing of his sermon? Giving your tithes? Singing songs of praise and worship? Or praying to God?

We find that the Church of the early century had a profound difference from the Church of today. Prayer, worship and reading of the Scriptures were considered a normal lifestyle. It was there life. Yet today, we seem to only do that once a week. Some may say that they pray and read the Bible everyday. But for how long? 5 minutes? We don’t spend as much time as we ought to and that is why the Church has lost its efficiency in the world of today.

The two great ministries that the Church was involved in were:

  • The rapid spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • The feeding and clothing of the poor and widows as well as orphans.

Let’s look at the Church of today, are they involved in these two great ministries? No, rather they are preaching how rich we can get and how live for the best life. Christians are seeking the better life while there are people with no food on the sidewalks. What a false religion has overtaken us all! We want all that Christ has to offer but do nothing to be like Him. That beggar could be praying for something to eat and you could be the answer to His prayer yet we go on judging him for his lack of faith…..

Feeding the poor was so important in the early century that the apostles delegated seven men to take care of this ministry. {Acts 6:1-7}

And the Gospel still spread rapidly because the apostles spoke with boldness. They were not ashamed. Today, Christians are so afraid of speaking the truth in love. We don’t want to lose our friends so we compromise with them instead of standing by Gods’ standard. We crave the approval of men so extensively, that we lose our focus on the real reason why we are here. All this around us will fade away one day so don’t invest your life in something that will one day be non-existent for all eternity. The souls of perishing individuals are more important than the opinions of men.

It’s time that we stand up for what we believe in, ignore the traditions of men, and seek Gods kingdom and obey His commandments………

 

Apologetically insane…

So I was really interested in apologetics as the Bible says that you always give an answer for the hope that is within you….. 1 Peter 3:15. I decided to research apologetic debates and i did this on Google+. I then joined an atheist community to see what their arguments were all about.

Not a word of lie…. all the posts were Biblical scriptures! Why? They weren’t posting things against Christianity, they were posting things about the Bible! So i decided to comment…

“Hello there..
I just joined this community about atheism but all i see here is Christian stuff! What’s happening here?”

Immediately somebody started to verbally abuse me with foul language. However, one guy actually stood up for me by saying:

“Wait a minute here. That’s a good point! This is an atheist community, why is there things about the Bible? That’s a good question…”

And they started to argue amongst themselves, I slipped out of their community, never to be seen again…