Mark

THE GOSPEL OF MARK

Mark 3:7-11 -v8
“They heard how many things He was doing”
Jesus was continually mentoring, saving & changing lives
-this should be happening through the body of Christ in our community, nation and world
*As we continually are about our Fathers business, storms will develop….
                   Mark 4:35-41, 5:1
     How to have victory in a Storm….
(1) CLAIM A PROMISE – vs35, 5:1
-we have a promise that we will make it to the other side
a. we will all go through storms – Acts 14:21-22 – no exemptions
b. this was an unexpected storm – most storms were in the afternoon
-be ready at all times – be filled up all of the time
c. Realize you have a Word from the Lord – we will make it to the other side
-stand on the Word of God regardless of feelings and circumstances and the situation you find yourself in…
(2) PERSON – vs36-38a
Focus – keep your eyes on Jesus Christ
-the Lord was always with them in the boat and all the ay through the storm
-this was a hurricane intense storm
Reactions – our reactions are based on our FOCUS…
Focus on the storm:
***their attitude changed – v38
***they had a lack of faith, peace and joy
***they walked in fear instead of faith – v40
We serve a BIG God who can take care of big problems…….
Magnify the Lord with me – Psalm 34:3
(3) POWER – vs38-39 – USE THE POWER JESUS HAS GIVEN TO YOU
     a. The POWER to praise
v38 – they actually criticized Jesus
       -they rebuked Him
       -they complained
-we need to praise our way through a storm
-your praise does not change God.  It changes you
-a sacrifice of praise – Hebrews 13:15
     b. to resist the enemy
-the enemy may start the storm or just jump into the situation after the storm develops.  But he is always involved….
-rebuke the enemy – use your authority over the enemy and demonic forces…
(4) PURPOSE – REALIZE THERE IS A PURPOSE – vs40-41
-there is a spiritual purpose for everything that we go through
-the purpose is designed for each individual depending on what they need from Jesus
Some of the purposes of storms:
1. to reveal issues in our lives that we need to work on
2. to build up their faith – v40
3. to learn how to use your authority over the enemy – v40
4. to make right choices
5. to realize every storm is an opportunity to practice the Word and see how strong we really are as a Christ follower