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Getting through difficult times. Marks 4:35-41

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Getting through difficult times.

Intro: What is a difficult time? It depends on you are ask. It could be something small.
But there are some huge things that come into our lives. Cancer, other sickness, Hurricane comes through. House fire. $, death family member, child.
Difficult times (storms in life) How do we deal with them?
Suicide, drugs, alcohol, nervous break down, try to deal with on their own. Give up on God.
In this verses today we will see a difficult time that came up for the disciples, a storm that came up suddenly. They were in fear, but Jesus was there.

I. Have faith in the words of Jesus. VS 35-36

Mark 4:35–36 KJV 1900
35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 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.
Mark 4:35–36 NASB95
35 On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.
It had been a long day for Jesus.
a. Jesus is in the same boat that He had been teaching from.
b. There were other boats making the trip with them.
c. We need Jesus on board in our lives so we can have a since of direction.
d. If you are not going in the directions that Jesus is leading , then you are going in the wrong direction.
c. But, just because you are going the direction that Jesus is leading you in, just because you are doing everything right, doesn’t mean that you are not going have storms in your life.
d. The disciples were getting into a boat, with Jesus, not knowing that a storm was on its way. This is where the words of Jesus come in.
“Let us pass over unto the other side”
2. This is a statement if fact. We will pass over to the other side.
a. Not, lets try. Not, I hope. Not, we may. But, we will pass pass over unto the other side.
b. When you become a follower of Jesus. Elab
c. Here is somethings followers of Jesus are promised.
Hebrews 13:5 KJV 1900
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrews
John 10:10 KJV 1900
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 3:16 KJV 1900
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 10:
d. But, He never said we would live a life free of difficulties. And He didn’t promise His disciples that there would be smooth sailing when He told them “lets pass over unto the other side”
e. They just needed to trust Him. Trust Him to get us through whatever you are going through.

II. Have faith during difficult times. VS 37-40

Mark 4:37 KJV 1900
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
Mark 4:
Mark 4:37–38 KJV 1900
37 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?
Mark 4:37–38 NASB95
37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. 38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Mark 4:37 NASB95
37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.
1. This storm came suddenly. The sea of Galilee was located between hills. The cool air from the hills would come down, and met the warm air and cause a storm.
a. The storms of life come suddenly, and severely. Storms that make us anxious. Everything seems to be going well, then boom, it hits and it hits hard.
b. That’s how life is. Cancer, some other sickness, death, lose of job.
c. Things in life seem to be going great, then it hits.
d. This is one of the reasons we need Jesus is our lives.
2. Reasons for these storms in our lives.
a. Sometimes we bring them on ourselves. This what happened to Jonah. Elab.
b. God may use a storm, (difficult time) to get our attention. He may be calling on you to do something, to be more faithful in your giving, to just start giving.
c. To share your faith.
d. Whatever your storm is, and for what ever reason, the devil is going to attack you.
3. Sometimes it may be the devil
e. The waves hitting the boat, water is coming in the boat. Things weren't looking real good. It seemed that this boat was going to sink.
f. The disciples were fearing for their lives, The storm that caused them to picnic. NEXT VERSE
Look at verse 38
Mark 4:38 KJV 1900
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?
Mark 4:38 NASB95
38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
The wake Jesus up, “Don’t you care that were are perishing?” Its was like Jesus didn’t know what was going on.
a. Have you ever felt that way? Like Jesus didn’t know what you are going through? I have.
b. Why did they question Jesus? Why do we question Jesus? We will see in VS 40. Lack of faith.
c. The disciples had seen Jesus is action. Elab.
d. But now they were allowing fear to take over. They were afraid of the storm.
e.They had no reason to be afraid. Jesus had given them His word. “Let us pass over unto the other side”
2. We can read the Bible (God’s word). But we have to be our trust in what we read. Faith is taking God at His word. You don’t have to be afraid when Jesus is on broad.
Mark 4:
Mark 4:39 KJV 1900
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.
Mark 4:39 NASB95
39 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
When problems rise up in your life, Jesus will rise up.
a. Jesus gets up from His sleep, rebukes the wind and says to the sea, peace to still.
b. Jesus has power over nature. He has power your storm.
c. Jesus brought a claim and peace in the mist of a storm.
Mark 4:40 KJV 1900
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Mark 4:40 NASB95
40 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?”
Jesus, in a loving way, asks them. Why were you so fearful? That term means, why were you acting so cowardly?
a. How is it that you have no faith?
b. We get that way. We are fearful at times. Our faith can lack if we don’t put all of our trust in Jesus.
c. But we can have faith in Jesus.

III. Have faith in who Jesus is. VS 41

Mark 4:41 KJV 1900
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?
Mark 4:41 NASB95
41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
These men had been with Jesus. They had seen the things that he had done. But they still didn’t understand everything about Him. But they knew there was something special.
a. We will never compliantly understand why God does what He does, Or why He allows things to happen.
b. But we can have faith, we can trust that even in the difficult times (storms of life) that He will get us through them.
Look back at VS 35
Look at 5:1
Whatever you are going through, whatever is coming your way. Trust, keep your faith. Jesus is on broad.
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