October 29, 2013

This week’s topic (Putting Boundaries Around Worry…Part II)

Category: Thoughts — chuckie @ 12:42 am

To my fellow passengers…as communicated, this week the station we stopped in is called “No Worries”.  Thanks for hopping aboard the train.  Kick it (The music for the post)

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Now, as wars continue around the world, we must remember our true battles are not against flesh and blood – not against terrorism or deceptive governments, nor an oppressive boss or unappreciative spouse – but “against the spiritual
forces of evil in the Heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). The true battles occur in a world which is real, but unseen; and yet, the battles we see and hear everywhere we turn are the ones which tend to consume our thoughts and
cause us to become angry…and to fear.

As Jesus was teaching and healing around the Sea of Galilee, large crowds of people began to come out to Him. One  evening, Jesus decided to leave the crowds behind and sail with His disciples to the other side of the sea. As Jesus slept in the back of the boat, a terrible storm soon developed. The disciples woke Jesus and cried out in fear, “Teacher, don’t You care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38).

Mark 4:39-40
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to His disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?'”

The disciples had seen Jesus cure a man with leprosy, heal a paralytic, and teach with the authority of Almighty God; but now they thought Jesus didn’t care. When Jesus rose, He rebuked the storm as well as His disciples. These men who were chosen to walk with the Son of God were now accused by Jesus of being afraid and living without faith.

This same event occurs in our life today. Jesus climbs into our boat and directs us to a distant shore. We’ve heard about His miracles so we joyfully cast off, expecting a smooth sail. Suddenly, the wind begins to blow and the waves turn white – this is probably not the voyage we had in mind. No longer able to see the shore, we begin to wonder why we ever set sail. Did we  really hear His voice? And in our desperation we pathetically cry out, “Don’t You care if we drown?” … Is our faith really so weak?

In the midst of our fears, we must remember that He is the same God who created the Heavens and the earth, sent His Son to die for our sins, and gave us His Spirit “with whom we were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). He is the same God who chose us to walk by His side!

Jesus is still committed to our journey, and still in complete control. In His perfect timing He will calm ALL the wind and waves – ALL the roaring seas. When doubts begin to surface, we must draw even closer, hold on even tighter, and trust Him even deeper. No matter what battles we see with our eyes and hear with our ears, we must be determined to live each moment by faith and refuse to be afraid.

So my fellow passengers, not a sermon…just a thought!

All aboard!  The LiFeTrain!!!

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1 Comment »

  1. Hey Mr. Conductor, The picture in your post asked a very pertinent question… ‘Got Faith?’ Yes I believe that all believers have faith, the next question I would probably have trouble answering is how long will it last?

    The illustration given about the Disciples on the boat is a very real moment in some of our lives. I believe, when they got on that boat, they had faith enough to believe they would return safely, if not, I doubt they would have ever boarded. It was only when the sea got turbulent, and things were “not under their control”, that’s when their faith faded quickly. As with some of us, as long as we know there’s a paycheck coming at the end of the week, or there is food in the refrigerator, or maybe it’s that everyone has a clean bill of health, we have “faith that can move mountains.

    I believe another reason why we fail to exemplify our faith in troubled times is because I believe there are a lot of us that are ‘reactors.’ We are reactors to our circumstances and what is immediately before us. We look at our situation through our human lenses and not our spiritual lenses. And by us not seeing what is going on through our spiritual lenses, we counter-attack with a quickness, because we are not focused on the real culprit.

    I am so grateful that Jesus is committed to our journey, and He does have perfect timing, even though sometimes I stop to wonder why things happen like they happen, He still shows up when it’s the right time. He’s done it time and time again, I just have to remember that when the water get a little rough, Jesus is in the boat with me.

    Excellent ride today Mr. Conductor, it was thoroughly enjoyed. May we all remember to set our eyes on the One who controls the storm and not focus on the storm. Be Blessed in all you do is my prayer for you.

    Your faithful passenger,

    Comment by Carmen — October 29, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

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