We have 8 different websites that we actively use and we studied to see what words were the most searched that brings the traffic here in by the droves. They were: Jesus and Adversity!
Now that’s amazing because Jesus is The Adversity Stopper! He has that much power! And it’s also true that he said…”and greater works will you do because I go to the Father.”
Yet, I don’t see greater works the way that I should because I’ve noted that a lot of people wan t to take baby steps and then wait for God to take giant steps and get mad if He doesn’t. Most of us hear what God has to say…but are we truly listening?
For in Mark 4: 24 he says:
He went on to say to them, “Pay attention to what you’re hearing! You will be evaluated by the same standard with which you do your evaluating, and still more will be given to you,
I have often been guilty of not hearing well. It’s not an ear problem, it’s a focus problem. Let’s keep our focus on God and His message. We don’t have to go back 10 years…let’s just go back to Sunday or the day that you heard your last message in church. For many of us it was yesterday for mid-week bible study.
People want to know about Jesus and adversity…just like they want to know about Online Banking or smart phones. For them, it is something that they realize they need to know and they believe it will help them. They are right on both accounts. But guess what? Online Banking really can’t solve your problems and as smart as a smart phone is that baby will mess up and freeze faster than you can say it! (trust me…I know!) But Jesus…will not fail you and he will not forsake you! I know it!
Let’s talk. Below you’ll find that the disciples jumped on a boat with Jesus. No one gave a thought to danger. After all, this was Jesus, The Anointed One who they had seen perform miracles. There was no reason to fear.
Now while he slept a storm came and they fell apart. They said: “We are going to drown!”
22One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
I thank God they didn’t get what they believed! Jesus got up and rebuked the wind…which stopped immediately and asked them where their faith was?
I guess they left it on the other side.
Then I go back and I think about Jairus whose daughter died while he was trying to bring Jesus to save her. He could have fallen apart, he wasn’t even a disciple…but did he? NO WAY!!
In terms of a faith walk, we will all be tested! Your job is to past that test so that you can go on to the next one. For surely when your biggest test of all comes…you want to be ready. And there will be a big test . Stand in faith!