This morning, while reading Mark 4, two verses stuck out as pertinent to the times and season the Remnant is in right now.
“Take heed what ye hear.” -Mark 4:24
“Why are ye so fearful? How is it ye have no faith?” -Mark 4:40
We are in a season unlike any other. The voice of God and the voice of man have never been so divided.
Media states a fact, the Remnant a different fact.
The masses believe one thing, the Remnant another.
Some pastors claim submission, others shout for persistence.
So, when I read “take heed what ye hear” my heart was struck.
The most important thing we can do right now is protect ourselves from the lies of the enemy because the lies are destructive, tempting and become addictive. When we listen to the masses, to the media, we become downtrodden, upset, discouraged and disappointed.
We HAVE to protect our minds, our ears, our eyes and our thoughts during this season because there are so many “facts” being thrown at us from differing views that it seems like we are in a hailstorm of confusion.
But, we can take courage in knowing our God, “is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Cor. 14:33), so anything that brings us confusion we can turn away from knowing it did not come from the Lord.
We must “take heed” what we listen to and who we listen to.
Now is the time to stay encouraged, dig into our faith and shut the world out as we wait upon the Lord to do a mighty work.
The second verse humbled me; “Why are ye so fearful? How is it ye have no faith?”.
Jesus said this to the disciples right after rebuking the storm that seemed as if it would kill them. When you really think about it, the disciples fears were reasonable. They were in a small boat in the middle of waves crashing, lighting striking and thunder rolling. They couldn’t see land, they were lambasted by ferocious rain and most of them probably couldn’t swim. So, their fear, in mans eyes, was rational.
But, not to Jesus.
Jesus told the disciples, “Let us pass over unto the other side” (4:35), which means He had already SPOKEN their safe arrival, therefore nothing could stop them from landing securely on dry land.
We are the disciples in the boat right now. The waves are crashing, the lighting striking and the thunder rolling. Many are crying out in fear, in confusion, in belief of certain death.
What will we do?
Will we join with the voices crying, or will we look at the storm and command it to be still?
This is a defining moment for the Remnant. How we react will forever distinguish us as participants in the pack or as leaders of the pack.
I never want the Lord to look at me and ask, “Lydia, how is it ye have no faith?”
So, during this time of lies, of confusion, of turmoil, of “certain death”, I will shut out the world and fill myself with the Word.
I will cling to the promises of my Father that I, we, WILL arrive safely on the other side of this storm.
I will silence the voices that confuse me and listen, instead, to the voice that only brings peace.
I will look at this hurricane bombarding us and tell it to be still.
Remnant, this is our time, this is our defining moment.
Rise up, stand with me, shut out the world, tell the storm to be still and have peace in knowing we will, “pass over unto the other side.”
“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” -Luke 22:32