STORMS

[SW211] 12/11/2015 message notes by
Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2015

“Storms”

Storms (troubles) come to all of us. You want your storm to be stilled, but you must first understand the cause of the storm. Then you will know how to cry out to your Father in heaven, and He will rescue you!

Please know that Jesus Christ has rescued me out of each of the storms described in Psalm 107.

So why do storms come into your life?

The Holy Spirit tells us, through the psalmist —

vv. 4-9

Cause: Unbelief/lack of trust in God, referring to Numbers 13:31-33, when all but two spies said Israel was not strong enough to defeat the giants in the land.

Result: Desert wandering/humbling

The cry to the Lord: Help my unbelief, change my heart! A broken and contrite, crushed and crouching heart, He will not despise (Psalm 51:17).
The Lord’s response: Deliverance!

Your response: Thank Him for His lovingkindness and His wonders, on your behalf! Continually. Forever.

Don’t do as I did, when the Lord delivered me from drug addiction. I just woke up in my right mind, and went on my merry way without a thought of Him! Thank You, Jesus, for forgiving me, Lord, when I turned to You many years later!
vv. 10-15

Cause: Rejecting God’s wisdom/Word

Result: Chains, labor, darkness, shadow of death

The cry to the Lord: Forgive me, Lord! Change my heart!

The Lord’s response: He brings you out!

Your response: Thank Him for His lovingkindness and His wonders, on your behalf! Continually. Forever.

Well, that’s what happened because I didn’t turn to God after He healed me of drug addiction. I went on, unchanged, not wanting to hear His name mentioned in conversation. But a time came when I found myself in chains and in the shadow of death, and I no longer rejected His wisdom and His Word.

vv. 17-22

Cause: Rebellion/sin

Result: Sickness, just as when I was stricken with MS, an incurable disease!

The cry to the Lord: Forgive me, Lord, Change my heart! Heal me!

The Lord’s response: He sends His Word and heals you, and delivers you from the pit!

NOTE: Example in Isaiah 38: 21 — the poultice of figs to heal King Hezekiah’s boil! For me, “You’re sinking in a sea of doubt.”

Your response: Thank Him for His lovingkindness and His wonders, on your behalf! Continually. Forever. Yes, Lord, yes. Now I do!
vv. 23-31

Cause: A test of faith that has nothing to do with rebellion, sin, unbelief, or rejection of God’s Word and counsel.

The Lord Himself raised up a strong wind.

Result: All their wisdom was swallowed up.

The cry to the Lord: Don’t You care that we are perishing? (Mark 4:38)
Save us, Lord! (Matthew 8:25)

Now the Lord wants to fill you with His Spirit (which had not yet happened to His disciples in this passage), so you won’t cry, “Don’t You care?” You know He does; you just ask what He wants you to do. If it’s just “sit tight,” then you do it. You trust Him to bring you through.

The Lord’s response: He calms the winds and sea.

Your response: Thank Him for His lovingkindness and His wonders, on your behalf! Continually. Forever.

vv. 39-42 Princes (those who do not think they need to cry out) end up in misery, chains, captivity. But He sets the needy (who know they need to cry out) in an inaccessibly high place (seated with Him in heavenly places, per Ephesians 2:6)!
Glory to God!

v. 43 Consider, give heed!

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MARK 5 COMMENTARY

This is a commentary for you and me. It isn’t complicated, because Jesus wants you to understand it, so you can be healed physically and even more importantly, in your relationship with God, which was broken by sin.

Verse 1-2 — Jesus calmed the sea and the boat reached the shore. Immediately a demon-possessed man meets Him. You will find that despite demon possession or illness, you will seek to meet Jesus when you see Him.

Verse 3-5 — The man is terribly possessed, breaking his chains, screaming, gashing himself.

Verse 6 — The man runs up to Jesus and bows down. The Greek word is proskuneo. He worships Jesus. That means he understands, despite his demon possession, that Jesus is God in the flesh.

Verse 7-10 — Then the demons speak from the man. Jesus is telling them to come out. They consider this to be torment. No demon wants to be in a spiritual desert. Demons want to enter into and possess someone or something that is alive.

Jesus asks the name of the demons, and the demons answer “Legion,” because there are many demons in this man. They didn’t want to be sent out of the country. What does that mean? Powers and principalities are demonic forces that occupy geographical areas all across the earth. They are in their area, and they don’t want to leave it.

Verse 11-14 — They can only do what Jesus permits them to do, and they must leave the man because He is commanding them to come out. So they beg to enter a herd of pigs. Jesus gives them permission. Why? He knows what is going to happen next.

As soon as the demons enter the pigs, the animals kill themselves by running into the sea and drowning. There were 2,000 of them. That means there were 2,000 demons in this one man! But NOTHING is too difficult for Jesus, and Satan and his demons must obey Him.

Verse 15-16 — The pig farmers run and report what happened. Everyone comes to see what has happened. They are frightened when they see the demon possessed man clothed and in his right mind, and when they hear the story. Why are they afraid? They know they are dealing with Someone much greater than them, and much greater than demons — they are dealing with God.

Verse 17-20 — Losing 2,000 pigs is a financial disaster. So the people strongly beseech Jesus to leave.

But the man who was delivered from all those demons asks to go with Jesus. But Jesus tells him to go home to his people (he is not Jewish) and tell them what great things the Lord has done for him. The man gladly obeys, and goes to the Decapolis, a cluster of 10 Greek (non-Jewish) cities nearby. Everyone who hears is amazed.

You will be like that man, when you are healed and delivered. You will shout from the rooftops! And people will be amazed at your testimony, just as they are amazed at mine. God the Son does GREAT things!

Verse 21-23 — Again a large crowd gathers as Jesus crosses the sea again and comes ashore. One in the crowd is Jairus, a Jewish synagogue official. He has a daughter who is at the point of dying. He also has a great deal of faith.

He falls at Jesus’ feet, and again, it is proskuneo. He understands that he is before the very Son of God, and he worships Him. He beseeches Jesus, he pleads for Jesus to come. If Jesus just lays His hands on Jairus’ daughter, Jairus knows she will be healed. He has faith!

Verse 24-29 — As Jesus starts to go with him, another large crowd follows, so large that people push up against Him.

But in that crowd, there is another person with faith. She has a bleeding problem which makes her unclean according to Jewish law. She is not supposed to be around other people, because her presence will make them unclean, too.

She has spent all her money on physicians, and endured much at their hands, but they cannot heal her.

She hears about Jesus, and breaks all the rules about uncleanness, breaks through the crowd, and comes up behind Him. She is desperate. As she pushes through, she is thinking, “If I just touch His garments I will get well.”

As soon as she touches His garments, the bleeding stops and she feels in her body that she is healed.

I know that feeling. When Jesus Christ healed me of progressive MS 14 years ago, I felt His power go through me, and I knew He was healing me.

Verse 30-34 — Jesus senses that power has gone out from Him. He asks, “Who touched My garments?”

Important point: Just touching His garments is enough to heal you! Are you desperate? Break the rules, break through the crowds!

His disciples think it is impossible to determine who touched Him, with the large crowd pressing in. But He looks and sees the woman.

She comes forward, afraid and trembling, and falls down before Jesus. Again, it is proskuneo. She worships Him.

You will worship Him, too, when He heals you. She confesses the whole truth. His response? Her faith has healed her. He commands her to go in peace. After all of that sickness, she is well, and at peace!

When Jesus says, “Your faith has healed you,” does He literally mean that faith heals us? No, God the Father heals us. God the Son, Jesus Christ, heals us.

Important point: We will not come to Him to be healed if we don’t believe He can do it. So in that way, the woman’s faith has healed her. If she had no faith, she would never have pushed through the crowd in desperation, in order to touch His garments and be healed by Him. Faith makes you desperate to touch Him.

Verse 35-40 —A bad report comes — it’s too late. Jairus’ daughter has died. No need to bother the Teacher. Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid (that it’s too late). Only believe.”

Only believe. That’s all you have to do. He’ll do the rest. Believe and He will show you that what He says is true. Without faith it is impossible to please God, for if you come to Him, you believe He is real and not just some theory. And He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Jesus arrives at Jairus’ house, accompanied by Peter, James and John. He is teaching them, their faith will be increased by what is about to happen, and they will be eyewitnesses who will report His miraculous works to others.

The professional mourners are busy at work. Unbelief saturates the whole scene. Woe! Woe! Woe!

But Jesus rebukes them and goes into the house. They laugh when He says she has not died; she’s just asleep. He puts them out — He removes the unbelieving ones from the scene, and goes into the girl’s room.

NOTE: When you know Jesus, you do not die. Your spirit goes to Him. To be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:8). But your body sleeps.

Then, the Author of life does what only God can do. He takes Jairus’ dead daughter by the hand and says “Get up!” She has to do it. He has commanded it. And she begins to walk around. She is 12 years old.

And her parents and Peter, James and John are astounded. They wonder, they are amazed, they are astonished.

Jesus says, “Give her something to eat.” It is another proof that she is not a ghost, but alive!

I tell you, when Jesus does His work in you, many will wonder at it, many will be amazed, many will be astonished.

He gives life to the dead, physically and spiritually. He is still doing that, because He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)!

Only believe! If you do, you will come to Him, you will touch His garment, and you will be healed. Even though you have been given up for dead, He will raise you to life!

SCRIPTURE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR HEALING

I am posting this excerpt from my book today, to help a young man who is pursuing healing. Maybe it will help you, too:

APPENDIX 1 – Scripture Prescriptions

Ephesians 6:14-18 (NIV) The Armor of God
“Stand firm, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Does He dwell in your heart? Then put on God’s armor every day, in preparation for Satan’s attacks. God’s armor covers you entirely so that when Satan looks at you, he will only be able to see His armor, not you. And God also promises to be your rear guard (see Isaiah 52:12), so you know by faith that there is no part of you that Satan can successfully attack. And pray, pray, pray.

1 John 4:4 (NIV)
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God? Then Jesus is in you. The devil is “the one who is in the world.” Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Jesus in you defeats Satan every time.

James 4:7 (NIV)
“Submit yourselves, then, to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” You have faith in God and Christ. You are reading His Word. You are obeying Him. You are worshiping Him.  If these things are true, then the devil has to flee. You’re submitting to God!

Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Your situation is hopeless, Satan whispers in your ear. If Jesus dwells in your heart, you have faith. You don’t need to see the results yet. You just know and trust your Father and His Son, no matter how bad things look.

Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)
“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” This promise is for those whose hearts have Jesus in them. The word “wait” means “entwine yourself with.” Wrap yourself around the Lord. You’ll gain His strength.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Do you know Jesus personally? Do you sometimes doubt His ability to help you? Demolish those arguments against God. Take captive every thought. Obey Christ’s teachings. Believe Him.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
“But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Have you been born from above into the kingdom of God? No? The Good News is that Jesus died to take away all the bad things you’ve done. He’s also come to give you an obedient heart. He’s also come to heal your physical body, just like it says in Isaiah 53:4 and Matthew 8:17.  He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.

Hebrews 13:8 (NASB)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” There are no time limits on Jesus’ work. He is still saving, delivering and healing.

1 John 5:45 (Amplified Bible)
“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact].” If you are born of God, you believe Jesus is the Son of God. God gave you that faith. Now, walk in His victory. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (see Romans 8:37).

Psalm 91 in its entirety (NIV)
Read it and believe it. Remember that to dwell in the shelter of the Most High, you must be united to Him in love and settled down with Him like in a marriage. If this describes you, Psalm 91’s promises are yours. If not, ask God to forgive you and change your heart. He will.

Psalm 107:19-20 (NASB)
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”  The Word heals in every way. He’s wonderful. It’s wonderful. Read it!

Seek God – Matthew 6:33 (NASB)
Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When you seek first the kingdom of God, allowing Him to sit on the throne in your heart, you are covered with Christ’s righteousness and the Father’s hand will provide what you need.

Seek God – James 4:8 (NASB)
“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” Are you far from God? Then draw near. He’ll draw near to you. You were created to have intimate fellowship with Him. That’s His design and plan. Do what I did. Rejoice evermore!
Healing a Benefit of God – Psalm 103:1-5 (NASB)
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” The original Hebrew word for “diseases” is tachalu. It literally means “sicknesses, maladies.” Two of His benefits are in view here –– forgiveness of sin and physical healing. That is what Jesus Christ did when He walked the earth, and what He still does today. Want to be healed? First seek forgiveness for your sins and forgive others who have sinned against you. Then believe His promises are yours.

God’s Will – John 5:19 (NASB)
“Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.’” Jesus sees the Father heal. Jesus heals. Jesus sees the Father deliver. Jesus delivers. It’s God’s nature.

God’s Will – 1 John 5:14-15 (NASB)
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” God will not answer your demands, but He will answer your heartfelt, humble prayer. When you ask, don’t doubt. He’ll do it, if your heart is right before Him.

God’s Will – John 10:10 (NASB)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  God’s will is to put Christ’s abundant life into your heart, so you can become like Jesus. Ask Him to live and reign in your heart. He’ll take care of the rest. Trust Him.

God’s Will – Matthew 8:1:16 (NASB)
“When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.” Jesus healed each one.

God’s Will – Matthew 12:15b (NASB)
Aware that the Pharisees sought to destroy Him, “Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed Him, and He healed them all.” Jesus excluded no one.

God’s Will – Matthew 8:2-3 (NIV)
“A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’  Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said, ‘Be clean!’” The Lord is willing to cleanse and heal you.

God’s Will – Matthew 10:1 (NIV)
“He called His twelve disciples to Him, and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” His name is above everything. Only the Father is greater than Jesus (John 14:28). Nothing can stand up against Jesus. Do you believe the message?

God’s Will
“Who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (Isaiah 54:1, NIV.) The strength of the Lord is revealed to those who believe. Matthew 8:16-17 confirms it: “When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him [by people who believed He could help them], and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities, and carried our diseases.’” Christ heals in every way.

Faith – Hebrews Chapter 11
Read it and meditate upon it. Then walk in faith because you know God is faithful.

Faith – Matthew 8:10 (NASB)
“Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, ‘Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.’” The centurion has unwavering faith that Jesus can heal his servant without Christ ever touching the servant!

Faith – Mark 9:23-24 (NASB)
A man brought his epileptic son to the disciples, who were unable to heal the child. The man saw Jesus returning from the Mount of Transfiguration, and said, “But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said, “ ‘If you can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Have you reached the end of your faith? Cry out, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” He will.

Faith – Matthew 15:27 (NASB)
The Canaanite woman  bravely asked for mercy from Jesus for her demon-possessed daughter. “Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once.”

Faith – Matthew 9:27 (NASB)
Two blind men approached. “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Jesus asked. They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘It shall be done to you according to your faith,’” and their sight was restored. They had faith that He was able to make them see, and they were healed according to their faith.

Matthew 4:17 – Repentance (NIV)
From that time on, Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!” To repent means to have a change of heart and attitude, turning away from sin and toward God. In Mark 1, Jesus proclaims the kingdom of God, saying, “Repent! For the kingdom of God is near!” Indeed it is! If you turn to God, and seek Him, He will set up His kingdom in your heart. Then He will rule and reign, and you will rejoice evermore, here on earth and later, in His kingdom in heaven.

Sins Forgiven – Matthew 2:3 (NIV)
“A paralytic was lowered through the roof, to where Jesus was teaching. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven . . . get up, take up your mat and walk.’” First the man’s sins were forgiven; then he was healed.

Man Born Blind, But Had Not Sinned  – John 9:1-41 (NIV)
Jesus heals the man born blind. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” Sin wasn’t the issue with this man. He was born blind so he could be miraculously healed by Jesus Christ.

Worship Confuses the Enemy – 2 Chronicles 20:21-24 (NASB)
Read the account. The enemy armies destroy each other when Jehoshaphat sends out worshipers ahead of his army. Worship God. He will confuse Satan and his demons.

Worship – John 9:31 (NIV)
“We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and a worshiper of Him and does His will, He listens to him.” God does not listen to sinners. Turn away from your sin, ask God to forgive you and then worship the Lord with every breath you take.

Worship/Revelation of Christ as the Son of God –  John 9:38 (NASB)
“And he said ‘Lord, I believe!’ And he worshiped Him.” This man would never have worshiped a mere human; he had a revelation that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, the Son of God.

Worship/Revelation of Christ as the Son of God – Matthew 8:2 (NASB)
“A man with leprosy came and bowed down before Him, and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.’ The original Greek word for “bowed down” is proskuneo, which means “to worship, to kiss toward.” No man worships another man . . . but he worships God.

Worship/Revelation of Christ as the Son of God – From Matthew 9:18-26 (NIV)
“A ruler came and knelt before Him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.’”  Again, the ruler would not have worshiped a mere man.

Worship/Revelation of Christ as the Son of God – Mark 5:6  (KJV)
“But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshiped him.”  The demon-possessed man living in the tombs had a revelation that Christ was deity, the Son of God.

Authority over Satan – Mark 3:14-15 (NASB)
“He appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” If you follow Jesus, you are His disciple and you have this authority.

Authority over Satan – Mark 6:7, 13 (NASB)
“Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.” He gave them authority. As a result, they drove out demons and healed the sick.

Authority Over Satan – Mark 16:17-18 (NASB)
Jesus said, “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Authority Over Satan – Luke 10:19 (NASB)
Jesus said to His disciples,  “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom – Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” If God’s thoughts and knowledge and mind are that much greater than ours, why not seek His wisdom, rather than relying on man’s? “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man” (Psalm 118:8, NASB).

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom – 1 Corinthians 1:20 (NASB)
Paul wrote: “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom- 1 Corinthians 1:23 (NASB)
Paul wrote, “But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and foolishness to Gentiles . . .”

Man’s Wisdom vs. God’s Wisdom-1 Corinthians 3:19 (Amplified Bible)
“For this world’s wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God . . . the Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the [humanly] wise and recognizes how futile they are.”