From the Heart - The In Between #3
Opening Scripture: Mark 6:47-52
As we get into the Word of God today let’s celebrate the “All the Brave Men and Women who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces” for all they do.
This is a series called from the “From the Heart.” In this series I am sharing my heart with you but for you to know God’s heart for you.
Mark 6: 47-52
47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,49 but when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
The disciples had just witnessed and took part in the Feeding 5000 but walked into a storm and hadn’t made it to the next miracle.
In our life, we have the similar experience. We come out of a great victory and walk into a battle and are awaiting the next victory. We are not at the beginning, but we’re not at the destination either. We are in the middle. The power from the Kingdom that did the miracle is the same power and Kingdom that is with you in the middle.
48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,
It is in the middle where the chaos happens.
It is in the middle where the adversity happens.
It is in the middle where we experience the testing of the “painful headway.”
It is in the middle where the sleepless nights happen. The 4th watch is between 3AM & 6AM.
It is in the middle where we see God moving for others, but it seem like he is passing us by.
Most of your life isn’t starting something or finishing something it is figuring out how to deal with the storm and painful headway in the middle.
When we are in the middle, will we trust him with outcome even though we are still in the process?
Faith isn’t for the arrival at the destination, Faith is to get you to the destination. Faith is for the middle!
12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.
Could the miracle you need be in something you already currently possess?
What in your life do you currently have, that if you poured yourself into it, life would flow out of it.
It is not about getting a newer model but pouring yourself into what you already have. You do not need a new car, house, spouse you need to pour yourself into what you have.
You are anointed! Whatever you intentionally pour your life into, life will flow from it again.
Human nature always wants someone else’s bread’ when the answer is to look at the baskets in our own boat.
We do not need more “things” to fulfill us, we need Courage to use what we have. It is not in the knowing but in the doing that the miracle happens.
Because it is “Close and Common” we never think it could be the answer. Most of the time God’s answers come not when we cry out for something new but when we choose to move in what we already know.
God only spoke through a burning bush 1 time. Your next step is to do something you already know to do.
- It is not in a new workout plan but getting the courage to put the shoes on you already have.
- It is not in a new marriage but getting the courage to listen to the person living in the house with you.
- It is not in a new Bible but getting the courage to open the one you already have.
- It is not in a better sermon but getting the courage to get up and go to a prayer team member.
We want to apply more knowledge to the last thing He told us to do that we didn’t do.
The disciples disconnect was the same as ours. They were more familiar with the boat they were in than the Kingdom with in.
“He meant to pass by them,”
If Jesus meant to pass them by it is because they already had the answer they needed.
The difference between people who know Christ and those who don’t is that those who live from Kingdom have life to give, while those who don’t exist on earth trying to figure out how to live.
We will always act and operate in the kingdom we are most familiar with.
The disciples had been on that water before. They had been in that boat before. They had been in storms before. They knew the outcome because they were so familiar with storms of that region.
What they didn’t realize is the Kingdom that they were living from had power over the storm they were living in.
What we don’t realize is the Kingdom we are living from has power over the storm we’re living in.
Where you are living determines from which Kingdom you are giving.
Henry Ford said, “If I were to ask people what they wanted they would have said faster horses.”
People cannot ask for what they do not know is available.
To many times we give out of what we have and not out of what the Kingdom has to offer.
When we see an issue, we do not need to ask, “What can I do about it?” but “What does the Kingdom have to offer it.”
We must give them different way of thinking because we think differently.
We must show them a different way of doing because we do things differently.
If the Kingdom of Heaven does not transform how we conduct the way we live as the Church, we can never expect God to empower us to transform people outside the Church.
History tell us a well-known story about Alexander the Great. Once he was passing by a beggar and gave him several gold coins. Someone noticed that he gave him several gold coins and asked him why, mentioning that copper coins would have meet the beggar’s needs.
To this Alexander the Great replied, “Copper coins would suit the beggar’s need, but gold coins suit Alexander’s giving.”
Too many times the church is giving out “Copper Coins” when “Gold Coins” suit what the Kingdom has to offer.
Our greatest challenge is not to take the commands and promises of God and put them off to a time period in which we have no responsibility.
The greatest news is, we have the power within to see the promises of God lived out!
Over the last 3 months which kingdom have you been most familiar with?
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