Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 85
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In my first reading through this book of Michael’s, “Day 200” has 3 “big!’s” - 2 “Wow!’s” – 1 “yes!” – and 1 “Amen & Amen!” in the margin of my book. To me, it is that kind of reading. See if you agree with my exclamations…
Miracles Rooted in Unbelief
And behold, there arose a great storm in the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves; but He Himself was asleep. --Matthew 8:24
I have two thoughts on this passage. Jesus is asleep, the storm comes, the disciples are frightened, and they call on Him. Should we not always call on Him in a storm? Yet when they call on Him they are rebuked. Why? Jesus had permitted the storm for their perfection, a process interrupted by unbelief. Jesus stopped the storm, He did a miracle, and all that at their bidding, but it was not a positive. It was not a revelation of their importance but of their unbelief. Instead of crying out for the storm to stop, they should have crawled next to Him and gone to sleep, resting in the storm. The storm would not have harmed them either way; it was not the issue. What the storm could perfect in them or expose in them was the issue. In Christianity today, calling on Jesus and forcing a miracle is viewed as proof of spirituality, but the opposite is true. Imagine having a rebellious child; the parents have a choice in that storm: call on Jesus to stop it or lie down next to Him and rest. I know which one they will do! They will beg for the storm to stop!
My second thought is this: We have prayed to share in the power of the resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings, and to be like Him in His death. What is the fellowship of His sufferings? It is many things. However, there is one thing that it must certainly be. If we are parents, we must have a child that refuses Him. That was His greatest suffering. All the created children of God, every one to the last man, refused Him. We must share in that pain to begin to see just how deeply He suffered. We begin to understand the gospel as we share in suffering, death, and the power. Suffering comes before the power. We do not like what is happening, but we can refuse to beg to be taken out of it, refuse to ask Him to quiet the storm before the storm has perfected us.
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
OK…check my markings:
“big!” – “Jesus had permitted the storm for their perfection, a process interrupted
“big!” – “It was not a revelation of their importance but of their unbelief.”
“big!” – “What the storm could perfect in them or expose in them was the issue.”
“wow!” – “All the created children of God, every one to the last man, refused Him.”
“wow!” – “We do not like what is happening, but we can refuse to beg to be taken out
of it, refuse to ask Him to quiet the storm before the storm has perfected
“yes” – “In Christianity today, calling on Jesus and forcing a miracle is viewed as
proof of spirituality, but the opposite is true.”
“amen & amen!” – “Instead of crying out for the storm to stop, they should have
crawled next to Him and gone to sleep, resting in the storm.”
What did you think? Agree with me? A wonderful writing giving us some beautiful truths to think of the next time a “storm” of life comes our way!
This day’s writing tests our believing, and the faith God has gifted us with when we REALLY believe Him. This plays off last week’s email on Day 199. Faith is not believing. Faith is God’s gift of solidification of our believing where nothing (circumstances) or no one can deter us.
What is “walking by faith”? It is: us believing, God solidifying our believing by gifting us with His faith to carry on…knowing not, seeing not…in the storms of life. WOW!
One last thing we must remember: how quick after salvation we can forget our rejection of Him…”we must share in that pain to see how deeply He suffered.”
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