Saturday, August 8, 2020

Let US Go...

"Your security is not in the absence of crisis."
~Dr. Myles Munroe

I was watching a sermon my husband sent me of the late Dr. Myles Munroe.  When I heard him say the above quote, my mind shifted back to the Gospel of Mark, when Jesus was asleep during a storm. Before the storm arose, He told the disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." (Mark 4:35 NASB)
The beautiful thing about Scripture is that you can receive so much revelation from one Scripture. 
I personally gained a few beautiful nuggets from this Scripture that I will expound upon.

1. Emmanuel
Jesus was named "Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us" (Matthew 1:23).  As it pertains to the quote above, our security isn't, and shouldn't be in the finest of alarm systems or a seemingly peaceful environment. Our security is found in God and God alone.

God is our refuge and fortress...Psalm 91:2. 
A refuge is a shelter or place of protection.  A fortress is a fortified place or stronghold that isn't easily infiltrated. It's strong and secure. When the coronavirus first took the globe by storm, I've heard my fair share of sermons and references to Psalm 91, which is a psalm of protection. Then, as the pandemic raged on with sickness, rising death tolls and unemployment numbers, seemed like the Church (the universal Body) responded in a way that aligned with the rudiments of the world. And let me be clear: I'm not just referring to the closing of the "brick and mortar." It's more to this walk than simply "going to church."  I understand that. I'm talking about the number of conversations and criticisms I've had, and faced from fellow believers whose faith seemed to waver and dissipate at a virus. Fellow believers who are reluctant to even fellowship with me in person due to "wisdom" (translated as fear). We must remember and stand on this:
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
The blood of Jesus is greater than the coronavirus!
There is no "BUT" after that statement. 
Jesus is Emmanuel.  He is with us; therefore, we should be secure in knowing that we're safe.
In the storm, approaching the storm and even exiting the storm--Jesus is with us always!  We have no need to fear or worry!  When you cross to the other side, approaching the impending storm, test or trial, Jesus is crossing along with you!

2. Omniscient
Jesus is God in the flesh; He has all the attributes of Father God, for He and the Father are one (John 10:30). Therefore, Jesus is omniscient, or "all knowing," just like Father God.  Do you think that Jesus wasn't aware that a storm was approaching? Jesus, in all of His omniscience, knew and was well aware of what was coming.  However, He chose to take nap. 
Lesson to be learned here:  When a storm arises, grab your pillow and take a nap (Mark 4:38). One thing Jesus did do that was considered as "using wisdom" is that He was in the hinder part, or the stern, of the ship. We know that when storms come, we are instructed to take cover. Read my blog on it here.  Although we take cover, we must rest in the safe, blessed assurance of our strong tower, which is the name of the Lord (Proverbs 18:10). 

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3.  Sight over Savior
Y'all.  Jesus was right there, with them!  And His disciples, bless their poor lil' hearts, got caught up in the situation.  Jesus was physically, right there! Straight chillin'. In the ship.  And they, legit, started making accusatory remarks, indirectly asking Him if He even cared (Mark 4:38). The disciples walked with the Lord.  Personally seen Him perform many miracles and just that quick, they lost sight of Him. I'm reminded me of Elijah. He made the prophets of Baal look straight dumb, won the showdown and the next minute, he got wind of Jezebel, tucked tail and ran (1 Kings 18:21-40; 1 Kings 19:1-3).   
Introspection:  How quick are we to run, or point the finger at God, just blaming Him for all of the stuff we're going through? And, if we are honest, we, in our carnal intelligence and self-will, placed ourselves into those gruesome situations without even taking stroll down Proverbs 3:5-6 (let that marinate).  
Sometimes, we (me and you) allow the vicissitudes of life to sway our thoughts and shake our faith.  We, oftentimes, allow what we see, make us lose sight of our Savior.  Once again, Jesus was in the boat with them!  (Emmanuel!) When He said He will never leave or forsake us, He meant that!
Do not allow what you see make you lose sight of the Savior.

In conclusion, Mark 4:35-41 beautifully demonstrates Jesus being down for the cause.  He cares and is right there, even in the self-induced storms we may create. The late Dr. Myles Munroe said, 
"Your security is not in the absence of crisis."  Just because things seem peaceful, does not mean that we are fully secure. Our surety and security are unequivocally found in the One who said, "...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:20 KJV) 

I pray you were inspired,


Scripture References: Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 28:20, Proverbs 3:5-6

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  1. Amen Shairon. I often say Peace is not the absence of problems but the presence of Christ.

    1. Amen, I agree! Thank you for your response and feedback!