At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? (Mark 8:16-17 NLT)
When things get tight and there is shortage in supply – naturally an argument sets in to point fingers on each other and figuring out who’s responsible for the “mistake” that caused all these mess.
The result is strife, envy and hatred – breaking the unity and losing the self-worthiness.
Disciples were arguing over the food which would really doesn’t matter more than a meal. In fact, they want to complete the root cause analysis on whom to blame before Jesus finds out what’s going on.
But the correction from the Lord Jesus was both rebuking and comforting the disciples! He made them to remember the miracles of feeding thousands with just meager amount of bread.
As God’s children, especially in the family, Lord never wants to beat ourselves or blame others on those forgotten responsibilities and realize we serve a forgiving, wonder working God!
May Lord help us not to pass our stress on each other for things that really doesn’t matter. Let’s trust in Him who is our Provision.
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Colossians 3:1 MSG
One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. (Mark 7:1, 2 NLT)
Usually people who are good for nothing and don’t have anything to do in their lives, look at every good things in a wrong way and accuse all the time.
Lord Jesus never allowed such ridiculous wrong/erroneous accusers around Him or His disciples. In fact, He spoke straight to them that they’re not of God and warned His disciples then and there never to listen to such or become religious like them.
We all have to be careful not to become self-righteous and proud, resulting in narrow mindedness and foolishness to argue with God Himself about the way things ought to work.
Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too greator too awesome for me to grasp. Psalm 131:1
So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds…
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:36, 38 NLT)
Faith in God will make us do astounding things like sleeping peacefully in the middle of a storm – which will very well irritate everyone around us, especially when we are looked up to lead them.
People wants someone who has faith in God among them, they hang around, they’re joyful, they are excited to tell they live by faith – but when a storm hits they panic and demand everyone panic with them – and it becomes unacceptable if the one that has faith says, ‘Be calm and let God control it’.
As much our flesh wants to react and use the opportunity to show our burden, love and care for those panicking in the storm – it is more important to show what our faith in God can do and challenge them to put their faith in use by the way we react, and show how faith handles the storms of life.
God use storm to perfect our faith or at least to find the real faith!
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. (Mark 4:15 NLT)
The result of God’s word in us is all about how we listen to it.
The way we listen determines the way we react to it. The way we react to it tells the way our lives would change, or won’t change.
If we can only believe God’s word that we read or hear – nothing can stop us from being delivered, healed and restored!
Devils toughest job is not after you listen to God’s word, it’s while you listen.
When we are resolved to believe God’s word without any doubt or argument or an after thought – devil can do nothing about it – God’s word just prevailed in your life!
Once you believed, water everyday that seed implanted in you with patience. You will be fruitful!
“So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” Luke 8:18
Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out. (Leviticus 6:13 NLT)
Doesn’t matter what we do or don’t in a day, our everyday calling is to submit before God with the fear that He is our Lord. We should never become cold and indifferent to Who He is!
It wasn’t easy for God to find us, save us and deliver us. The fire (His Spirit, the reverence for God) in us came from Him and it is our responsibility to keep it burning – we must spend time to guard it, feed it and use it.
Reason, by letting the fire go – we can’t start a new fire when we want it, that would be a strange fire not fit to please Him.
Keeping the fire on the altar is the only declaration/confession we could do daily to show that we serve God irrespective of our situation and feelings.
Listening and yielding to Holy Spirit is the only supply to keep the fire burning.
God is faithful, one of these days He will stir it up and we will see His glory!
Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. Acts 2:2-4
Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. (Psalms 36:1 NLT)
Definition of wickedness in simple words – refusing to do in God’s way.
Isn’t it the problem we see everywhere! The sin in us constantly makes us to rebel against the word, will and way of God.
This is the purpose of sin: to keep us away from God until death comes (wages), which would move us permanently away from God.
Forcing ourselves to do what God wants us to do, and how He wants us to do is the only way to escape the hidden wickedness.
You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Genesis 4:7
Thank God for the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus!
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” (Mark 1:37, 38 NLT)
Lord Jesus kept His ministry simple to the point why He came – to preach the good news in every town and villages before He would finish for us on the cross.
Signs & wonders – healing, deliverance and miracles are only the outcome of His preaching and teaching; never in His agenda but always His will!
He set it clear to His disciples that they should never seek the crowd that wants them but go seeking the souls that doesn’t know that they are in need of God. By giving the good news, their eyes will wide open to the truth that sets them free!
There is not one truly free without Christ Jesus. There are billions in the waiting list – waiting for you to come and tell this good news. Let’s go!
So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect. Afterward Paul felt compelled by the Spirit to go over to Macedonia and Achaia before going to Jerusalem. “And after that,” he said, “I must go on to Rome!” Acts 19:20-21