Rebuked the …

In the account in which Jesus stills the sea as recorded in the gospel according to Jesus’ disciple, Mark, the scripture tells us that when Jesus was awakened and questioned, as to whether he cared not that his disciples would perish, Jesus rebuked the wind and calmed the stormy sea (Mark 4:39). Rightfully so, it was not the wind that needed rebuke, but it was the mind of those who fretted without faith (Mark 4:40) while they had the one who created the sea (Psalm 95:5), right there with them. Furthermore, the disciples in their lack of faith, interestingly and ironically questioned Jesus on the very purpose, that He came. Jesus who is the Life itself was questioned at to whether he did not care if those with him lost theirs (perished). He came to give life and to give it more abundantly (John 10:10) and all who believe in Him, though they die (perish) shall live (John 11:25), for God not only cared, but He loved the world so much, that He sent His only begotten Son (Jesus) and whoever believes in Him (Jesus) shall NOT PERISH but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Rightfully so, Jesus should have rebuked the mind of the disciples, but he spared them of that and rebuked the wind. It was the SPIRITUAL storm of blown faith and doubt INSIDE and not the PHYSICAL storm of wind and waves OUTSIDE that needed rebuke.  Are you and I questioning God, due to the lack of our faith, that deserves rebuke? God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind (one that does not deserve rebuke).

John 11:25 (KJV)
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


Faith and Fear

What is Faith? Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). It is the substance, meaning it it real. It is an evidence, meaning that it can be proven even if invisible.

What is Fear? An acrostic for the word ‘FEAR’ reads False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear is diametrically opposite of faith. There is no substance and the evidence is not only invisible, but non-existent and cannot be proven.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17)
Fear comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of the enemy of God, Satan. When Eve and Adam listened to the lies of Satan in the garden and sinned against God, they were afraid (they feared) and they hid themselves from God.

God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7). So are we living by Faith or are we living in Fear? The question really is, whose voice are we hearing – God or his enemy?