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     What Jesus Taught About Faith

       #6 “Faith or Fear”

 

Mark 4:37-40 “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

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?

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.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

 

Most of us are very familiar with this text of Jesus calming the storm. However, in verse 40 Jesus is teaching us something about fear and faith. He reveals that when fear is present faith is absent. The two cannot coexist. We are either in fear mode or faith mode. Fear and faith are the exact opposites of each other.

Fear is natural and faith is supernatural. Fear focuses on what can go wrong and faith focuses on what can be right. Fear excludes God just like his disciples didn’t factor his presence, power and protection in with the storm. All they focused on was the storm and the potential for things to go bad. Faith includes God in the equation. That can change the dynamic of any situation and circumstance.

Fear creates panic. Faith produces peace. Fear thinks about all the things that can go wrong and even if they don’t come true we experience the emotions as if they were happening. That’s why the disciples panic to the point of asking Jesus if he even cared. He had done nothing but demonstrate that he cared deeply about them and others. He had also demonstrated his power enough in their presence for them to believe he could and would help them if needed. Fear negates all the reasons to believe and fear elevates all the reasons to doubt.

Jesus asks them specifically why they chose fear. How could they forget all they had seen him do and say. Again, we see both fear and faith our choices. He was holding them responsible for them choosing fear over faith. It wasn’t the initial fear but the accepting of fear that grew into panic mode. It was that they worked them self into a state of doubting him in spite of all he had said and done. After the first thoughts of fear we make a choice to surrender to the fear and indulge or we can reject it so we can believe and behave differently. The antidote for fear is faith!      

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