Vol. 29, No. 7 July, 2005
” MASTER, CAREST THOU NOT THAT WE PERISH” (Mk 4:35-41)
So many times this seems to be the cry of our heart. “Lord, do you see me?” “Lord, have you forgotten me?” “Does anyone care?” “Does anybody know about me?” “Lord, I am in a desperate condition, can’t you help me?”
“And the same day, when even was come, He saith unto them, let us pass over unto the other side. And when He had sent away the multitude, they took Him even as He was in the ship. And there were also other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 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? 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. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly and said one to another, what manner of man is this that the wind and sea obey Him”
This text is taken from Mark 4:35-41. Multiplied thousands of sermons have been preached from this text. This text is the source of countless Beautiful Hymns that challenge us, that bless us, that have encouraged us down through the ages. I cannot add to what has been said, I only want to use this text to remind us of our Saviour’s promises. Remember He said, “Lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Today, He is in Heaven as our Great Intercessor. He sent His Holy Spirit to take His place in our hearts while we are here on earth. Just as He was with the disciples on the ship that night, He is with us wherever we are. In good times, in trying times. His Holy Spirit, our comforter is with us. So, let us take courage today. There is stormy weather ahead for each of us to face.
1. A GREAT PERIL. A great storm at sea. Any moment they may sink. They have fought the storm. They have done what they could, all to no avail. They are in A GREAT PERIL. They were sinking. There are many lessons we can learn from the storm the disciples faced that night.
(A) Christianity does not free us from the storms of life. They had Christ with them
In the boat, and they still found themselves in GREAT PERIL. We should be reminded that it rains on the just and the unjust. Two builders in Matthew 7:24-27 faced the same storm. The wind and rain beat upon both homes. One home stood the storm because it was founded upon a rock.
(B) Storms remind us of Satan’s devices. Satan is the “prince of the power of the air” (Eph 2:2) Satan is not all powerful, but he has great power. Many times he tried to kill the Saviour. When Christ was born, Satan had all the male children killed from ages two years and under, (Mt 2:16). Satan tried to get Christ to jump off the Temple, in an attempt to kill Him, (Mt 4:5-7) Satan tried to push Him off a cliff. Satan tried everything he could to destroy Christ. “This is the Heir, let us kill Him.” (Mt 21:38). Perhaps this storm is another attempt to kill the Saviour. But, ” No water can swallow the ship where lies, The Master of ocean and earth and skies.”
And our Lord warned us, “If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”(Jn 15:20).
(C) Storms prove what kind of faith we have. “How is it that ye have NO FAITH?” asked the Saviour. “My brethren, count it all joy WHEN ye fall into divers temptations,(Storms, testing, trials) knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”(Ja 1:2-3).
(D) Storms show us His Power in the midst of our helplessness. At their cry, Jesus spoke to the storm. He is Lord. An old song asks the great question, “Where could I go but to The Lord?” Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Mt 5:8) In the dark night, in time of trial, in difficulties, keep your heart pure, and trusting. “They shall see God.” They shall see Him calming the storm of their lives. They shall see Him, they shall hear Him as He says, “Peace, be still.”
Now, let me share with you today, that as a nation, we are in A GREAT PERIL
(A) A MORAL PERIL. I do not know where to begin when I speak about the Moral condition of our land. I believe, that as a nation, we parallel what was said about Israel in the Book of Isaiah.
“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, they have forsaken the Lord. They have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they are gone away backward. Why will ye be stricken anymore. Ye will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises, and petrifying sores, they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.” Please take a few minutes and read the first 5 or 6 chapters of Isaiah. It reads about like our morning paper. God compares the nation to Sodom and Gomorrah. God pleads with the nation, “Come now, and let us reason together saith The Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Anyone with common sense can see that we are in a great MORAL PERIL. Our cities are unsafe. Crime, immorality, alcoholism, drug addiction, venereal diseases, abortions. Our land is polluted. “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but SIN is a reproach of any people.” (Prov 14:34).
(B) A RELIGIOUS PERIL. Our Lord sent strong indictments against the Pastors, the Prophets, the Priests, the Princes, and the People. (Eze 22:25-31) I believe that God is still looking for that man who will make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Him. “Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.”(Isa 5:20). Our greatest need in America is a turning to the God of Heaven, in repentance, and trusting His faithful promises that He “will hear from Heaven and heal our land.” The Bible says that in the last days, the “time will come when they shall not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the Truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2Tim 4:3-4). Today, across the land, we have preachers who, when they do not like what the Bible says, they just say, “I checked the Greek, or the Hebrew, and that means something else.” This is a blatant attack on the authority of The Word of God! I do not know what Greek, or what Hebrew text they are referring to. Mostly, they refer to the weak, liberal, Wescott And Hort texts. When I started in the Ministry over 40 years ago, we had only one Bible; The King James Bible. I know, there was the ASV and the RSV, but most preachers knew about the weaknesses of these versions. Liberal Colleges, and liberal universities turned out liberal professors and teachers, who in turn turned out over 50 “versions” of the Bible. God is NOT in the confusion over the Scriptures. God gave His Bible to the English speaking people of the world. I believe that He gave us a perfect Bible. It needs no “Up-dating.” A turning from the Word got us into this PERIL, and a turning TO the Word is the only thing that will bring us out of this PERIL. May God give to this generation strong voices that preach loudly, “Thus saith the Lord.” It is time for every preacher to discover what the Word of God is, (KJV), to believe it and to preach it. Now, everybody has his own version, or versions. We are in a STORM, a RELIGIOUS PERIL.
(C) A POLITICAL PERIL. The Bible says that in the last days there would be “distress of nations, the sea and waves roaring.” (Lk 21:25) That pictures the nations of the world as they struggle, some for survival, and some for dominance. The Middle East and the trouble in Iraq. World wide terrorist activity, and attacks against our homeland are a constant threat. Just one terrorist with a chemical, or bacterial weapon small enough to conceal on his person can contaminate an entire city. Multitudes can die at the hand of just a few. If you read the Book of Revelation you can see where millions die during the tribulation period on earth. The Bible say in Rev 9:14, “loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.” The angels were loosed and multiplied thousands die as that valley is poisoned, probably by chemicals. I am not trying to start a new denomination over this, but since much of the language in the Book of Revelation is symbolic, I just believe that the four angels bound in the Euphrates could be four canisters of chemicals thrown in the river by Saddam Hussein as he destroyed or hid his weapons from the Americans. There they are, in the river, just rusting until the day appointed in Rev 9:15. (JUST THINKING!) The world is on a collision course with disaster. The World economy, the World poverty, the nations of the World knowing about the threat of terrorism, and nuclear weapons in Iran, and in North Korea. (Read Rev 16:12) all make the conditions right for a man to come on the scene with the answers to these problems. This man is called the antichrist. The world will one day bow to this man, this antichrist, resulting in man just about destroying himself. The world refused the Real Christ, they will receive the false Christ. I am forever grateful that the Bible (KJV) teaches us, very clearly, that BEFORE the antichrist is revealed on earth, the Church will be caught up to forever be with The Lord. (1Thess 4:13-5:9). You can bank on it that there is Stormy weather ahead for the nations, but there is a brighter day ahead for the Church. Amen!
2. A GREAT PRAYER. “Master, carest Thou not that we perish?” “Lord, do you care about us?” ” Can you help us?”
(A) Here is a GREAT PRAYER. Not great because it was a lengthy prayer, because it was not. I believe that sometimes we think that we can gain the attention of God with long prayers.
(B) This was a GREAT PRAYER because it was a SIMPLE PRAYER. Like the prayer of the Apostle Peter as he said, “Lord, save me.” Nothing lengthy about that prayer. It was brief and to the point. That’s what prayer is. It is coming to Christ and telling Him the desire of our heart.
(C) Here is a GREAT PRAYER because it contained no language meant to impress Christ. You know, we just want to impress Him with our vocabulary.
(D) Here is a GREAT PRAYER because it was addressed to the only One who could help them. Christ alone was their help that night, and Christ alone is our help today. You will find none other name under Heaven, no, not Mary, not saints or angels, Christ alone!
3. A GREAT PERSONAGE. “What manner of man is this that even the wind and sea obey Him?” (v41) No ordinary man was with them on that ship that night. He was Man, but He was also God. God was manifest in the flesh, (1Tim 3:16). He was Man as He lay asleep on the pillow, but He was God as He said to the storm, “Peace, be still.”
This is the Christ I Love and serve. He became a man, that He may know me, my weakness, my temptation, for the Bible says that He was “Touched with the feeling of our infirmities, in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” The only hope of their Salvation that night was in this GREAT PERSONAGE.
The only hope for OUR Salvation is in this GREAT PERSON. No, not in any other Name under heaven. (Acts 4:12) And my dear friend, I sincerely hope that your trust is in Christ alone.
4. A GREAT PEACE. At the voice of the Lord Jesus, immediately, there was a GREAT PEACE. The wind ceased, and the waters were calm. All is quiet, all is at peace, for the Lord has spoken. There is nothing in the world that can compare with the Peace that Jesus gives. I well remember when He stood on the deck of the vessel of my storm tossed life and said, “Peace, be still.” Since that hour there has been a deep inner calm. Oh yes, there has been many storms in my life, but what’s a little storm when you have the Master of ocean and earth and sky with you. This same Jesus, who was with the disciples, who calmed their storm, this same Jesus can come into your life and still your storm. No one forced the disciples to call upon Christ that night. This was their choice. Christ was there but they had to call upon Him. Christ is where you are. He is there in the Person of the Holy Spirit. As He speaks to your heart just now, receive Him. You may ask, “How do I receive Him?” The Bible says, “Ask, and ye shall receive.” You can know the Peace of God which passeth all understanding. Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!
Across the land, we are in a storm. Let us one and all turn back to God, back to the Bible (KJV) back to Biblical Morality.
(From the WILDERNESS June, 2004)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
July 4, 1776— July 4, 2005
229 years young
When the extremists who wrote the Declaration of Independence assembled in Philadelphia from over the thirteen colonies, the first thing to greet them was an anonymous note found on the speaker’s table. It said, “Take care. A plot is framed for your destruction and all of you shall be destroyed.” When the final vote was taken in Independence Hall on July 4, every man who signed the Declaration Of Independence took his life in his hands. If Washington’s ragged, outnumbered army could not repulse the British, every signer would be tried for treason to the British Crown. Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration Of Independence pledging their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor that this Nation under God, would not perish from the earth? Five were captured and tortured by the British. Nine fought and died from wounds and hardships of war. Twelve had their homes pillaged and burned. Two lost their sons in battle. Another had two sons captured. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she lay dying. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. His mill and fields were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in caves and forests, and he returned to find his wife had died and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and heartbreak. Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Carter Braxton of Virginia saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and property to pay his debts and died destitute. Vandals and soldiers looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, McKeon, Hayward, Rutledge, and Middleton. At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. urged General Washington to fire on his, (Nelson’s) home which British General Cornwallis had taken over for his headquarters. Washington did, and Nelson too, died broke. Who were these Patriots? Twenty four were Lawyers and Justices, eleven were merchants, nine were Farmers. These men we call Patriots today were regarded as radicals by moderates of the time who counseled, “Come and let us reason together with the King.” They all signed the Declaration Of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. They knew that King George would brand them as traitors, which he did. They knew they would be tracked down, persecuted, killed, which they were.
By Pastor George Mills
America, you’re Great,
You’re the Land That I love,
For sure you’ve been blessed
By God Up above.
You’re a haven for the poor
And for all The oppressed,
You’re a refuge, a freedom,
A comfort, And rest.
May you long endure.
May God be your Guide,
Though nations about us
May mock and Deride,
The Bible we love, as we seek
It’s Great Mind,
To be our One Teacher,
And our Pathway design,
And may it be said
In each generation,
That God is the Builder
Of this Great Nation.
THE BEAUTY OF JUSTIFICATION
By Pastor George Mills
“Be it known unto you therefore men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. And by Him all that believe are justified from all things from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39) Justification is an act of God where He calls the sinner Just, or Justified, or, just as though he never sinned. Through the Work of Christ, God can justify the sinner, and not violate His Law. The debt of sin has been paid at Calvary, Now, that’s BEAUTIFUL!
1. THE BASIS OF JUSTIFICATION.
Paul stood and preached His message:
(A) The Death of Christ. Acts 13:28-29.
(B) The Burial of Christ. Acts 13:29.
(C) The Resurrection of Christ, Acts 13:30-37. That’s the BASIS of Justification. May I add that you cannot leave one of these out and still be justified. (1Cor 15:1-4, Ro 10:9-10)
2. THE BLESSINGS OF JUSTIFICATION. V38, Forgiveness of sins. “In whom we have Redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace.” (Eph 1:7) “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven.” (Ro 4:7)
FORGIVEN, what a wonderful word.
3. THE BENEFITS OF JUSTIFICATION. V39 says, “Justified from ALL things.” The Law could not justify us. Paul says in Ro 3:20, “Therefore by the deeds of the Law shall no flesh be justified in His sight, for by the Law is the knowledge of Sin.” The Law could only show our condition, but it could do nothing about our condition. That Law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.(Gal 3:24) To look in the mirror is to see ourselves as we are. The Law is that mirror that shows us our needs and to point us to Christ.
4. THE BOUNDS OF JUSTIFICATION. V39 says, “All that believe.” There are no bounds, no barriers, no limits to Justification. It matters not what a life may have been. It matters not about Race, or Gender, or Age. The rich man, the poor man, the beggar, the Doctor, the Judge, the moral, the immoral, and all in between. The Bible is clear, “For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the lord shall be saved.” There are no bounds, the invitation includes you.
5. THE BEAUTY OF JUSTIFICATION. I could not help but see the beauty of justification in this text. Acts 13:41 says, “I work a work” I see a two-fold application.
(A) THE BITTERNESS OF JUDGEMENT. “I work a work” refers to the Book of Habakkuk 1:5-6. God told the Prophet that He is working a work. The Chaldeans will come down upon Israel and utterly destroy the land. The people would not repent so God raised up that army. The land was leveled by invading forces of Nebuchadnezzar. People are still talking about that work of God in Israel. In our text in Acts 13, God says to the nation again, “beware, turn to God, believe the message about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Of course the nation did not turn to Christ. The Roman Emperor Titus leveled the city again. This is part of that “Work of God.”
(B) THE BEAUTY OF JUSTIFICATION.
The text in Acts 13 tells about the Gentiles turning to God. V47 says that Salvation is unto the ends of the earth. The Great Commission is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the uttermost part of the world. Take it to the Islands of the sea. Take it to the jungles, to the cities, great and small. Take it to the heathen lands where people are living in ignorance and idolatry. And wherever you take this Gospel, whoever will believe the Message of Jesus Christ are JUSTIFIED from all things, all sin.
You can see the BEAUTY of JUSTIFICATION if you spell it like this;
JUST-IF-I’D never sinned. !
How about YOU my dear friend, Have you turned to Christ in Faith believing Him? If this is true, I rejoice in that fact. If this is not true in your life, this could be the greatest day of your life. If you are troubled, or confused about the Gospel, Let the Holy Spirit end your trouble and confusion now. Open your heart to Christ. Tell Him that you receive Him Now. He is there, where you are. We are not saved by receiving some denominational teaching. We are not saved by repeating some prayer. We are saved by receiving Christ. “How then, do I receive Him?” The Bible says, “Ask, and ye shall receive.”Do that and Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!. That’s the BEAUTY OF JUSTIFICATION.