Peace In The Storms (Mark 4:37, 39)

The waves were rolling high and every effort to prepared for them was useless. They pounded upon the sides of the vessel, flooded over into the boat and lowered it deeper into the grips of the sea. Frantically the disciples tried to bail out the water, but their efforts were met with the dismal blows of the storm. Unless help would arise, the ship would go down and all would be lost.

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full…
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. (Mark 4:37, 39)

Some 30 odd years ago, my life was in a similar state. As life pounded upon my empty heart, the swirling sea began swallowing it into despair. All my efforts towards happiness, were useless. Pales of success, possessions, and ways of escape were unable to remove the water from my vessel. Unless help would arise, I would have gone down and been lost.

And then, I finally heard Jesus calling me. He had been working all the while, but I didn’t recognize him. My sinful heart and religious efforts drowned out the soft tender voice of his calling. It was only when I fell broken and hopeless that I heard him. I responded to his call and immediately he was at my side. He lifted me from the storm and placed me upon a solid rock in the midst of the waves. No longer could they flood my upon heart. As they dashed upon the rock upon which I was placed, I experienced no fear. The storm clouds parted and rays of God’s shining love brought warmth to my heart. The storms of life were still all around me, but as peace and calm are in the eye of the storm, I enjoyed a similar peace and calm in the eye of his care. For over 30 years , he still brings peace in the midst of my storms.

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He Lifted Me Out (Mark 1:30-31)

I have read the gospels countless times and each time that I read the words and account of Jesus’s life, my heart is moved. As I read of how Jesus healed Simon’s wife’s mother, I can identify with a similar miracle that he has done in my life and hopefully in yours also.

But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. (Mark 1:30-31)

To have a fever in that day was much more serious than it would be today. This woman, who was loved by her daughter, was in peril of death. When Jesus entered the house, they desired for him to perform a work of healing. As the scriptures tell us, he took her by the hand and lifted her up. It is amazing how Jesus by his touch can lift somebody from the depths of peril and establish them in good health.

It was not long ago when you and I were in the depths and peril of sin. There was no hope to be found and then Jesus came. He reached out with his tender loving hand, grasped your heart, lifted you out and established your feet to walk a new life. The world cannot explain what happened and for me, even after all these years, I cannot explain how it happened. As the blind man said, “I once was blind, but now I see”, I too can say, “I once was in the depths of sin, hopelessness and despair, but Jesus lifted me out.” It was a miracle that changed my life and destiny forever. Praise be to God.

Immediately after her healing, Simon’s wife’s mother ministered to others. God desires for us to do the same. He lifted us up and set is free for a purpose. Our purpose is to fulfill our part in his work. Years ago a bible college teacher defined “The Work” as God using man in his plan for the ages. God has a plan for the ages and he lifted us out of the pit to be a part in that plan. As you walk with The Lord today, seek how he may want to use you in ministry to others. When you recognize the opportunity, step out and be the part of God’s that only you were meant to be.

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