Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Mark 4:37-41
How often do we find ourselves at a place where we just wish everything could settle down. The competing voices we hear, the anger and animosity, the fear and crisis of life that pounds at our door like a storm without end. It seems more often than not, we have no refuge, no place to escape.
In Mark chapter 4, Jesus had just taught a multitude of people, in the thousands, then departed with his disciples by boat to cross over to another region. While Jesus slept, a great storm arose on the waters, pounding at the vessel to the point the disciples feared for their very lives. They cried out to Jesus for help and he looked at them and asked, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? He then commanded the storm to cease.
This example serves to remind us all that even in the darkest of hours, Jesus is in control, we have nothing to fear. Believer and non-believer alike – Jesus is always there, ready to listen, and willing to save us according to the will of our heavenly Father. It also points out that storms will come, regardless of how close or far away we might be from our Lord, but even in the storm, there is peace to be found and nothing to fear. God knows where we are and what challenges befall us and He has a plan for our lives. To the believer, we must daily strive to have fellowship with our Lord through time of prayer and bible study. To the non-believer, this is a call to you – Jesus stands at the door and knocks, and He is ready to come in and abide with you. All you have to do is answer that knock at the door of your heart, by believing that Jesus gave his life for you on that cross and God raised him from the dead.
Recently, a visitor to our site shared this example with us, they had been witnessing for some time to a friend, but that friend was not ready to accept Jesus into their heart because they were not ready to give up the things of this world. This friend had stated they believed in Jesus, but they knew to accept salvation would require a change in their life and they could not come to make that commitment. How many others share that reluctance to make that step of faith and follow Christ?
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26
Lets make one point perfectly clear, there is no gray area with God, you can’t live with one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom. You must choose one or the other. Jesus warns us, if we deny Him on earth, He will deny us to the Father in Heaven. The way of the cross is hard and we are required to deny ourselves – to give up the things of this world that we desire – in order to follow Christ. Jesus, beaten and bloodied by a soldier’s whip, carried a splintered rugged cross along the Via Dolorosa, the way of suffering, to his crucifixion atop Golgotha, also called Calvary. We must take up our cross daily and follow Him, placing our faith and trust in God, that Jesus was raised from the dead in order to be saved.
It is not easy to follow Jesus – but it is worth eternity. Jesus offers peace, even during the storms of life and He gave his life for you. We ask you today, take a moment to honestly look at your own life. Without Christ there exists a void that can’t be filled with worldly things. Aren’t you tired of searching? Maybe you’re put off by what you see in the church of today or maybe you just don’t think you would fit in with the church crowd. Put those thoughts aside for a moment – your life with Christ will be a daily walk with Him – that is the reward of accepting Jesus as your savior. That is where you should focus, all the other things will fall away and you will find full acceptance in the family of God.
Jesus says, “whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Don’t continue to fall for the lie, your soul is too important to allow yourself to continue to be deceived by the enemy. There is nothing to gain in this world but an eternal separation from God. Do you like what you see in the world today? The day is fast approaching when God will remove all who have placed their faith in Jesus – and the enemy will run rampant across those left behind. Don’t put it off any longer – the storm is raging, you can see it with your own eyes. It’s time to call out to Jesus and let him stand up for you. “Peace, be still.”
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John Stephen Frey – Director and Senior Editor, Life Beyond Horizons Ministry