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I pray you are truely empowered to prosper in all ramifications now henceforth. I got a little glimpse of what JESUS CHRIST wants of us. Please have a look at the story of the departing for the Gadarenes in Mark 4:35 and Mark 5:1

( 35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.)

and Matthew 8:18 and Matthew 8:28

(18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. 28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.).

You will notice that both narrations show that Y'shua gave an order to go over to the other side and that they got to the other side. If you jump over the middle of the story, you could be told that after the order was given (a word), they got the fulfilment of the word. You could skip the testing of the word that the disciples passed through.

Let us now go back into the different stories.
Following the command to go over to the other side (a word from God), they all eventually got into the boat/ship to fulfil the word. Jesus was also in the boat with them (the presence of God). In carrying out the dictates of the word, they encountered great opposition.

Anyone who was outside the boat and didn't hear the command that was given by Y'shua would have advised the disciples to come back to shore on account of the storm and opposition to their going to the other side. His advice would have been seen as rational and any attempt at disputing the advice would have been seen as foolish and obstinate. Remember that in all this, Y'shua was sleeping (at rest)!

The account in Mark 4:37(37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.) indicates that the waves and turbulence had caused the boat to be full of water (and Jesus Christ was still sleeping!) and to the normal person, it looked like they were going to sink/flounder.

The disciples got scared and rushed to wake Him up, asking if He didn't care about them (don't we all like to do that to God). They even proclaimed that they were about to die! (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?).


What did CHRIST do then? He spoke to the source of their anxiety and calmed the storm, then He did the unthinkable! He asked them why they were scared! Then He asked them why they did not have faith in His word!

In essence, "Why did you guys not trust me?". Imagine what was running through the minds of the disciples (Can't Y'shua see that the waves were so severe and the boat was full and would have sank and killed us all? Who won't be scared?).

His question and rebuke suggests that since He gave them the word to cross over to the other side, cross over they would! Storm or no storm, full boat or no full boat, they would have reached their destination. He was saying that they paid attention to the environment instead of having confidence in

His word and as such, their peace was stolen from them and consequently fear came. In the same wise, He is simply teaching us that when He gives us a word (His word), He is right in the boat with us, sleeping or at ease or rest as the case might be (because He is confident in His word).

He expects you to imitate Him and be at rest, fully confident in His word (He had confidence in His word so He went to sleep). He is assuring you that as long as you rest and not focus on the environment or the circumstances, irrespective of how the wind howls and how the waves pound your boat or even if it seems the boat is full of water, rest!

Don't be afraid but rather keep having confidence in His word that He gave you. He is the one that will watch over it to bring it to pass. You will get to the other side. All the storm did was to divert their attention from His word.

The storm is only there to try to cause you to lose confidence in what God has said to you (either from His word or to your heart). It is only there to appeal to your senses and cause you to fear and doubt. If it can get your attention, you/it will short circuit God's plan for you. Rest once you have the word and get the fulfilment of that word. No storm can stop you as long as you rest in His word!



Study from Mark 4:35-Mark 5:1 and Matthew 8:18-28.


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