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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Cultivating Your Faith"

Date published: 09/25/2011
Mark 4:40 “He said to His disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?’”  (NIV)  
 
The disciples feared for their lives while being caught in a terrible storm.  After calming the sea, Jesus challenges their faith while rebuking his disciples.  Jesus’ response indicated the disciples had seen greater miracles from Him; why should they doubt Him in this circumstance?  This, after all, was a mere storm that Jesus could rebuke and make quiet!  Despite what the disciples had previously seen and experienced, they doubted and feared for their lives.  How often do you experience turmoil, fear, and anxiety over the events in your life in spite of God’s promises to you?  Jesus understood this human weakness of believing, but faltering in the flesh when He told the disciples in the garden in Matthew 26:41, “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”  The secret to standing firm in your faith is learning how to allow God’s Holy Spirit to take charge of your life.  Romans 8:9 says “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit.”  Allowing the Holy Spirit to take charge and consume your life flows out of the abiding relationship you have with Jesus.  Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”  The process of dwelling in Jesus for relationship, growth, direction, and comfort allows Him to cultivate faithfulness in your life.  It is out of your relationship with Jesus that your faith will move from fear to faithfulness!
 
2 Corinthians 4:10-12 “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.  So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”  (NIV)