Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
Mr 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
Mr 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. Mr 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
Mr 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mr 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Mr 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him.
And the same day. Everyone say "the same day".
It had been quite a day. The disciples had spent the day listening to the teaching of Jesus.
They had witnessed His power.
Verse 34 tells us that Jesus had spent time alone with them expounding all things to them.
But as grand as this day was, it would not come to a close without a storm.
Often times that is the case. Great success meets up with great opposition.
Pentecost is followed by persecution.
Peter's sermon followed by his imprisonment.
Can anyone relate to this?
Have you ever been in a super-anointed meeting, felt the power of God, left there stepping high,
and met up with an unexpected storm?
You see, I don't think the disciples were expecting this kind of trouble.
After all, they had Jesus in their boat and they were doing just what He said.
Did you think that because you're a Christian there would be no more storms in your life?
I believe this storm came up suddenly.
Matthew 8:24 describes it as a tempest in which the ship was covered with waves.
Peter, James, John, and Andrew were fishermen. They can read the signs of the sky and the sea,
but they didn't see this one coming. This is, no doubt, not the first storm on the sea they have been
caught in. That's how I know it is severe, because these experienced fishermen are gripped in fear.
They know the difference between a normal gail and a deadly storm.
This is exactly what Satan is hoping for. He wants to catch you off guard, and get you to fear.
Jesus had just taught them that Satan comes immediately to steal the Word.
When our sailing has been smooth, the sky looks clear, and a gentle breeze is blowing from the south,
we are tempted to lay down the shield or some part of our armor.
"I'll pray later." "I'll study some other time." "I'll skip church tonight."
Then suddenly the storm comes.
If we aren't careful, we find ourselves, like the disciples, saying things we should not be saying.
"Master, carest Thou not that we perish?"
I just want you to know today that if you are in a storm, if your ship is being tossed to and fro, and it
looks like you can't endure any longer, the Captain of Your Salvation has not jumped ship!
All it took to calm this storm was the rebuke of the Word of God.
We have His Word. Jesus has already spoken on your behalf. Not only that, but He has authorized
and empowered you as a believer to speak to the storm in His Name.
Our text says the storm arose, then Jesus arose, rebuked the wind, and a great storm was turned
into a great calm.
Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Mr 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed,
and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which
he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Believing and holding to God's Word can turn major adversity into major victory.
So many times when we are in a storm of life, we seem to pray to only survive. It seems that is all we
can hope for.
Survive - To remain alive after some event or occurrence.
Overcome - To get the better of in a struggle or conflict - To prevail over.
We are NOT called to be a survivor. We are called to be an overcomer.
Listen, faith is the substance of things hoped for. (Hebrews 11:1)
We have talked before how that hope hooks up to faith like the thermostat on a furnace.
When faith reaches what you are hoping for it kicks off. It's work is done.
Many times in our storms we don't set our hope high enough.
David was not just believing to survive when he went out to face Goliath.
David looked at the giant that struck fear into the hearts of the king and his army and David said
in I Samuel 17:26,
1 Sa 17:26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man
that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
In other words, "What do I get when I kill him?"
David already had his heart and hope set on victory. David wasn't just expecting to survive,
he was expecting to come through this battle with more than he had when he went into it.
David trusted in his covenant, so he was trusting in God's promise, trusting in God's Word.
Let me show you something else about holding on to God's Word in time of trial.
Matthew chapter 4. There is something in this text that sometimes gets overlooked.
We know that Jesus used the written Word to resist every temptation of Satan.
He answered every temptation with God's Word.
Now look at verse 11.
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Don't quit when the angels are about to arrive with what you need.
There is something on the other side of your storm.
Why the storm?
Let's go to Mark chapter 5.
Deliverance was coming for someone.
Sometimes the storms you face aren't about you at all.
They are about what you have for someone else.
So don't panic. Jesus is still in your boat.
When storms arise, He'll arise.
He said, "I'll never leave you nor forsake you."
THE SAME DAY:
GREAT SUCCESS MET
WITH GREAT OPPOSITION