Crossing Over!

In Mark 4:35-5:2 there is the story of Jesus calming a storm on the Sea of Galilee as the disciples were trying to get across to the other side to the country of the Gerasenes. In this passage I see several insight that can help you cross over to the other side in 2010. If you like, have a quick read (Mark 4:35-5:2) to orientate yourself with the story and the context.

(4:35) “Let us go over to the other side.” Jesus calls his disciples to the other side and he is still calling you and I to the other side of what he has for us in our lives. The other side can be whatever it is that God is asking you to step out in faith on or obey him in that seems risky or challenging.

(4:36) “Leaving the crowd.” Going to the other side requires you to leave the crowd behind. Mediocrity travels in packs but excellence is found one person at a time. The crowd places peer pressure on you to conform but if you are going to cross over to the other side you must be willing to not conform to the negative peer pressure. Leave the crowd and head for the other side of what God has for you.

(4:37) “A great windstorm arose.” Don’t be surprised if you encounter a storm as you cross over to the other side. Be it a storm of criticism, financial challenges, relational conflict or sickness. Storms aren’t always a bad thing, they could be an indication that you are on the right track. Some scholars think that Satan is the initiator of the storm, trying to stop Jesus heading to the country of the Gerasenes to deliver a man of a stronghold of demons and set the region free of demonic influence. Satan doesn’t want you to get to the other side and he’ll try everything to stop you from getting there.

(4:38) “But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion.” Jesus isn’t moved by the things we get moved by. He is always in control and at rest. Often what i think is a disaster, Jesus is sleeping through. Jesus is as there in your storm but he’s asleep. Just wake him up in prayer and let him comfort you while the waves rage around you.”

(4:39) “Peace! Be still!” Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” When you are in a storm be still before Jesus and rest in his peace. When the winds and waves cease there will be a great calm.

(4:40) “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” It’s not as bad as it seems. Assume the posture of faith. Be assured, God is sufficient for the storm you face and never, ever let your storm distract you from getting to the other side. The devil wants to get you afraid by the storm because he knows the only thing that will stop you from getting to the other side is your fear. Fear is the opposite of faith and faith in God will get you through the storm to the other side.

(5:1) “They came to the other side.” Remember the other side is what you are heading towards. There is ministry on the other side. There’s influence and deliverance on the other side. Yes you might have to face the enemy himself on the other side but you would have prepared by the storm you encountered along the way.

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