Faith Comes from Being with Jesus
- Date: July 19, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
- From Faith That Prevails
We remember the story in Mark 4 as the disciples were in that boat and it was filling up with water, they were in a quandary. They were bailing the boat out and as they went back to wake up the Master they said, "Lord, don't You care that we perish" (Verse 38)? Remember what happened? The multitudes were coming down upon Jesus. He was walking in power and authority with the multitudes pressing. He wanted to get His disciples alone so that He could build some faith in them. There was a core group of people that He wanted to build foundations in so that He could build His church on them. The church is built upon the apostles and the prophets with Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. He wants to confer upon this church, upon His apostles, the wisdom of the prophets, the Word of God.
He wants them to be set apart and He says, "Let's get in the boat and go to the other side." That's the last He had to say about that. Many of us want to have continual revelation. "Lord, speak some more. I'm in the Word. Give us another word." He said, "Let's go to the other side." That's all He had to say about it. We want six, eight, ten more Scriptures. He said, "Let's go to the other side." They came back, woke Him up and said, "Lord, don't you care that we perish?" The Scripture doesn't say this, but I'm sure Jesus was thinking this, "I don't remember saying anything about going half way and perishing. I said, 'Let's go the other side'." He didn't tell them whether they were going to go in a boat or a submarine, but He said, "We're going to the other side."
This is the simple faith that I'm talking about. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by a love affair with God, by trusting in the Word of God, by believing the Word even when it's beyond our senses, all that we know in this life, or even physics. If we're going to walk in biblical faith, we are going to have to throw out physics sometimes. Good old Isaac Newton sang a song, "What goes up…" But that is not so, not if Jesus is up there. One of these days we're going up and we're not coming down. We're going to meet Him in the air; praise God! What do you believe about Him? "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou can make me whole." What do you believe about Him? Take no thought for tomorrow. What do you know about? Many of us know His promises, but we don't know Him. I want to encourage us to come into a love affair knowledge of the goodness of our Father; the Father of lights, and the giver of every good and perfect gift.
"Go to the other side." "Lord, don't You care that we perish?" "I didn't say anything about perishing." We see a sign here, and we see it throughout the Scriptures, thank God. He said, "…Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith" (Mark 4:40)? He stands up and He rebukes the wind and the waves. In response they say, "What manner of man is this?" At what point in your relationship do you know Him? Do you know what manner of man He is? Do you understand that the wind and the waves are subject to Him? Why would we fear then? Is anybody here afraid? Is anybody here facing the impossible? I'll ask you the question, is anything too hard for the Lord? The answer is "no;" praise God! Where does faith come from? It comes from being with Jesus.