The Other Side

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Who cares about the other side when your boat’s about to sink?  True, if you reach the shore you’ll be safe from the storm, but it is too far to swim, and the boat is quickly filling with water.  The wind has torn the sails, the waves have long since knocked the starch out of your shirt, and those around you have that terror-stricken look of defeat in their eyes.  It seems that your destiny is in danger.  You were told to go to the other side, but you are about to sink in the middle of the sea.  Reaching your destiny no longer seems possible.  Survival is your only thought, and that hope also seems to be fading quickly.  What do you do now?  You must do exactly what the disciples of Jesus did so long ago.  Remember Jesus!  The Master is on board the ship, He set the goal, and He will get you there!

Remember Jesus! The Master is on board the ship, He set the goal, and He will get you there! Click To Tweet

I love the way Mark describes this particular stormy night.  After a full day of teaching, preaching, and working miracles, Jesus says to the disciples, “Let us go cross to the other side.” [Mark 4:35] Physically exhausted from the intensity of ministry, Jesus reclines on a pillow in the back and sleeps.  The disciples calmly go about the business of sailing the Sea of Galilee, conversing with one another as they work.  Can you see it?  Can you put yourself in their sandals? You are content knowing you are pursuing the will of the Master and all is well.  Then out of nowhere, the storm arises.  A peaceful night quickly becomes a nightmare.

Four of these men are seasoned fishermen, veterans of Galilee’s frequent storms.  At first, they exude the confidence bred of experience.  Soon they realize that something is different about this night.  Within moments, the ferocity of the wind and waves beat these confident men into near basket cases.  The sails ripping apart by angry winds, and waves anxiously seeking to catch a ride on the ship.  With the water rapidly rising inside and not enough buckets to bail it out; the disciples lose hope.  Then someone remembers Jesus.  Perhaps it is John turning to Peter who says, “Wake Jesus!  We’re going to die unless He does something!” The Bible says, “He was in the stern asleep on a pillow. They woke Him and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” [Mark 4:38] I can almost hear the disciples’ thoughts: “How can He sleep through this storm? Doesn’t anything bother Him? He doesn’t even care that we’re going to die out here! “As they wake Him, Jesus simply stretches, yawns, steps to the bow of the ship and speaks three words: “Peace, be still!” [Mark 4:39] Instant obedience!  The wind and the waves recognize the voice of the Creator and humbly obey.  Suddenly!  There is a great calm, and the ship proceeds victoriously to the other side.

The Other Side –for the disciples on this particular night, the other side is the region known as the Gadarenes. It is a place of great deliverance for the demonized with the legion.  And he is the first fruit of significant breakthrough for the entire region. For you, the other side also represents a place of considerable advance, a place where your God-given vision becomes fulfilled. But don’t be naïve! Every move you make closer to the release of God’s plan for your life will be fought with increased intensity!

But don’t be naïve! Every move you make closer to the release of God’s plan for your life will be fought with increased intensity! Click To Tweet

God’s word of promise always meets with warfare from the enemy! But He promises that everything will work together for your good. [See Romans 8:26-29] One way it works for good, is that you discover your abilities, intelligence, strength, will-power, and experience are not enough to withstand every storm. The journey often highlights inadequacies and forces you to trust Jesus on new levels.

God’s word of promise always meets with warfare from the enemy! But He promises that everything will work together for your good. Click To Tweet

 You and I must learn to trust His word! Jesus has spoken!  Andre Crouch said it best, “Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God. Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.”  He charted the course, knowing the storm would come attempting to discourage, defeat and destroy you. Remember Jesus! He said, “Let us cross to the other side…”  HE HAS YOU even if it appears to you that He is asleep! He isn’t! He never sleeps! Psalm 121:3 proclaims, “He who keeps you will not slumber.”

The ferocious storms of life are not enough to defeat you!  Jesus is with you!  He has given you His purpose and His grace, which enables you to fulfill the mission.  [See 2 Timothy 1:9] You can overcome whatever you are facing.  If the season you’re in right now so highlights your weakness that you feel incapable of speaking to the storm yourself,  you can still call on Jesus! Even if He rebukes you for your lack of faith, know first that He will rebuke the storm that seeks to stop you! Call His name in prayer and watch Him move to the forefront of your life and speak the creative words, “Peace, be still!”  [Mark 4:39] GET READY FOR YOUR BREAKTHROUGH! It’s time!  Let’s go – to the other side!

 

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Running With Horses

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Are you growing weary? Do you feel exhausted mentally, emotionally, physically? If so, you are not alone. A number one tactic of the enemy is to wear you and me out. One cold winter morning I received a wake-up call! I was just out of bed on December 14, 2014, and talking with the Lord as I made my way through my morning routine. I was still half asleep and praising the Lord as best I could when He spoke. I heard His precious voice, intense and challenging, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?” I immediately knew it was a gentle rebuke from the Lord, but I also sensed it was more.

The words I heard that morning are in Jeremiah 12:5. It is God’s response to Jeremiah in a time of prayer as recorded in the first four verses of the chapter.  God rebukes Jeremiah by pointing out that He is allowing the “footmen” to defeat him. The Lord dealt with at least four areas in Jeremiah’s heart. As you read the prayer carefully you see that God was dealing with Jeremiah’s:

1). Complaining.
2). Hint of accusation that God is sometimes unjust.
3). Desire for judgement on those who are not following God and are troubling the nation.
4). Impatience and his yielding to the spirit of weariness.

How are you doing in these areas? Are you like me, guilty of all?  Perhaps, again like me, the one you need the most help with is in the area of impatience that produces weariness. Remember the challenge in Galatians 6:9? “And let us not be weary in doing good: for in due season we shall reap, if we do not give up.” I want you to notice two powerful truths: first, it is possible for anyone of us to grow weary while doing good and miss our harvest. Second, it is possible for all of us to refuse to grow weary and reap our harvest!

It is possible for anyone of us to grow weary while doing good and miss our harvest. But it is also possible for us to refuse to grow weary and reap our harvest! Click To Tweet

Jeremiah yielded to weariness. The Lord said, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with the horses?”  It is a gentle rebuke. God was communicating to Jeremiah – there are tougher days ahead, and if you are falling apart now, you certainly won’t survive what is coming. But this is more than a rebuke: it is also an invitation to a place of greater strength, greater influence, and more significant impact! More than footmen are coming! Tougher times are ahead. But God is saying, My destiny for you is to enable you to contend with the horses! You will run with them and even outrun them!

Far too many see this as impossible. Many in the church, view the tough days we are experiencing as signs of our quick departure. But God has destined us to run with the horses in the last days. How can this be possible? The Greater One lives in us! In the same way, God strengthened Elijah and enabled him to outrun the finest horses in Israel God’s supernatural strength will enable you to face whatever the future brings. [See I Kings 18:41-46]

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Think about it! The “hand of the Lord” came on Elijah outwardly and enabled him to do the impossible! We have the very Spirit of Jesus Himself living on the inside of us to strengthen, empower and enable us! If Elijah can do the impossible then certainly we can. In fact, you and I have a distinct advantage over Elijah! The Holy Spirit is dwelling inside us, and the word is alive in us.

You know that more difficult days are coming upon the nations of the world.  The perilous times of great stress Paul prophesied about are here [2 Timothy 3:] Greater darkness is moving in and covering this generation, but we are not called to have our bags packed and be sitting in a corner until our ride arrives! We are called to challenge the day! Challenge the status quo. We are called to go into everybody’s world and proclaim the good news of Jesus!

Greater darkness is covering this generation, but we are not called to have our bags packed and be sitting in a corner until our ride arrives! We are called to challenge the day! Click To Tweet

I boldly declare over your life and mine today: we will not be worn out by the small footmen of life. NO! We will contend with horses and be victorious in every area of living. How? By holding on to the promise. Keeping your eyes on Jesus and running the race! Do not allow impatience to make you weary. Be strong in the Lord and not your strength, intelligence, or ingenuity. You can do it by the power of the Spirit of Jesus living big in you. You were created to run with the horses.

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