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Land Ho!

Here is the conclusion of the story:

Mark 6:53-56

(53)  And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.

(54)  And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,

(55)  And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.

(56)  And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

While the story does not specifically state that the disciples were healed or had soft hearts, what we see is a safe landing and a continuation of service with Jesus.   The difference between this story and ones that happen today is the fact that they did not burn out or quit.  No one stopped trusting Jesus, no one committed suicide, no one turned back and went to their old ways, no one falsely accused Christ, etc…

The main differences between the success stories and failures of today are clearly seen by their actions.  Those who recover continue to serve, while those who have a hard heart quit.  I am not trying to be critical of the quitters, but much is to be learned by those who once had a hardened heart who are now serving again.  Much satisfaction and true Joy comes for those who overcome with Jesus rather than giving up and quitting.

I would also like to point out that their faith in Jesus was restored.  How do we know that?  By their actions!  The simple fact that they still followed Him shows that they trust Him deeply.  Remember how He calmed the storm that they were in?  They gave Jesus a chance to help them by calling out to Him in their trouble.  Let me encourage you today Christian to give Jesus a chance to help you in your hour of trouble.

The disciples saw more miracles and were part of more miraculous things because of the healing of their hard hearts.  What a great thought!  When you give Jesus a chance, He gives you more opportunities to serve Him when you get healed.  You get to be a part of many more miraculous things!

So much is at stake when are hearts become cold and hard.  Let me finish by encouraging you to do what the disciples did in this passage:

  • They obeyed by getting into the ship.
  • They continued on even when they could not see Jesus.
  • They were busy working; they did not give up.
  • They cried out to Jesus for help.
  • They let Him in their boat

 

Will you let Jesus calm your storm and soften your heart?

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August 2, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , | Leave a comment

It wasn’t Immorality, Back-sliding, or Rebellion.

(52)  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

As I want to stick with my main thought, I want to ask you a question:  What caused the disciples’ heart to be hardened?  Was it Immorality?  Was it from being backslidden?  Was it rebellion?  What was it?  The answer to the questions is found here:

(41)  And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 

The answer was from serving others.  What?!!!!  Their hearts were hardened from serving?  I will say that serving is not bad, neither is doing the Lord’s work bad either.  The hard hearts came from the weariness of serving.  If you have ever served to the point of weariness, you will understand where I am going. 

Our hearts can become hardened when are wearied from anything, especially serving.  This is why it is very important to make sure that you are not serving so much that you miss out on the main thing.  Well……..what is it?  The main thing is Jesus!  While I may not know the answer to a lot of things, I do know that much weariness can lead to a lot of bad outcomes.  I have seen it so many times in others and myself in the ministry.  Full-time paid ministry workers and volunteer workers are both effected by this. 

We run the risk of losing sight of Jesus when we do not balance our serving with resting.  No, I am not going to tell you to stop serving…LOL.  What we need to be aware of is the need for balance in the ministry.  I have seen so many great workers get burned out or become hardened because of the weariness that serving brings.  Serving is great;  we should always be willing to serve the Lord when He presents the need, but we also need to understand that we should be balanced in our service for the Lord.  I will address this in more detail in the next devotional.  I will also attempt to share with you what each Christian should do in maintaining a balanced work load while still keeping the main thing, the main thing.

July 28, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments