Love Gives, Faith Takes

” And He said to them, Why are you so fearful. How is it that you have no faith?”

Mark 4:40 NKJV

Physicians prescribe antibiotics to fight infection in your body.  The instructions indicate the medication is to be taken for a certain period of time, usually 5-7 days, sometimes more. Even though the symptoms may subside after a couple days, it doesn’t mean that the infection is gone. However, following the doctor’s instructions provides the most likely successful treatment. There is a biblical faith lesson to be learned here.

The disciples had just left church, hearing a great message from the “master teacher”. Afterwards, they had questions regarding the parable and wanted to get a better understanding of the sower, the seed and the ground.  Once this intimate session was completed, they were to board the ship and cross over to the other side. Jesus went below to catch some Z’s.  He had been pouring of Himself for quite some time which can take a lot out of you physically.

Not long after they got underway, a storm interrupted their journey. Being that several of them were experienced fishermen, this should not have alarmed them. But this was no ordinary storm. It was like a tsunami to them and they panicked as the ship began taking on water, starting to sink. Someone said, “Go get the Lord!” Master, Master! How can you sleep during this? You act like you don’t care that we are all going to die! Jesus was so cool. If I could use my imagination, He said something like’ Chill Dawg!” You wit me!

The Master of the sea calmly went topside and said three words. “Peace be still.” The bible says those three words
brought about a “great calm”.  He then questioned why they were afraid in the first place. Where was their faith?  No doubt they were puzzled by this reaction from their leader.  What they failed to realize was what He had been trying to teach them earlier that evening.  Faith for anything can only be supplied by hearing the word of God on a consistent basis. But it’s more than hearing only. Faith must be taken. By that I mean ingested, meditated on, spoken, until the symptoms dissipate. Then it must be taken some more; over and over again just like an antibiotic.  Smith Wigglesworth was quoted as saying: “We feed our bodies three square meals a day and our souls one quick snack a week, expecting great faith.”
Regular consistent  doses of the Word of God  according to Joshua 1:8 successfully fight the infection of life’s trials. That explains the “great calm” you have when all hell is breaking loose around you.

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