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We were in Mark 4 this morning, and we were talking about storms. We're going to look at storms again, but in a
different place, a different storm. Have a look in Mark 6:45, a nd I want to just share on the gospel on the
supernatural. I'll just keep it brief, because I think the testimonies are just very powerful themselves, in letting us know
that God wants us to have his power, and to make His gospel known.
Let's have a look in this scripture here. Immediately He made His disciples - Jesus compelled His disciples - verse 45
- to get into the boat, and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida. Bethsaida means: house of fishing. And He
sent the multitude away, and when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. And when evening
had come, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land; and He saw them straining at
rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, He came to them on the sea, and would
have passed them by. When they saw Him, walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and they cried out.
Now that word 'cried out' means: AAAGH! They shrieked out; so if you thought you someone saw someone walking
on the sea, you would probably shout out too; and they all saw Him, and were all troubled. But immediately, He talked
with them, and said to them: be of good cheer! I am; or: it is I. Do not be afraid. Then He went into the boat to them,
and the wind ceased, and they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marvelled; for they had not
understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.
Tonight we were hearing about the loaves and the fishes, and the disciples had just seen an amazin g miracle.
Sometimes when we read the gospels, we just read them almost with eyes blinded to the reality of the supernatural,
so this is a problem particularly in the west, as we start to rationalise everything, and lose our understanding that the
God we serve is a supernatural God. This is what Jesus said, when He commissioned the church: go preach the
gospel, and signs will follow those who believe. See, Owen's not an ordained Pastor, but he's a believer. Sandra's a
believer. People that are believers, signs can follow them; and so Jesus made it very clear that the supernatural
would accompany the preaching of the gospel. Why? Because the gospel will go to cultures where there are idols,
idols openly worshipped, sorcery, witchcraft. There's a need for demo nstration and release of the power of God. Our
idols are different. We cover them over. We call them a car, and we put them in a garage and then take them out and
dust the dust off them, polish them all up, and spend half our life paying them off.
We've got our own set of idols that we worship in the west. It's usually material things, but nevertheless they do
represent idols, when they've got a hold of your life, and take the place of God. I want you to see in this story here,
Jesus wants every believer to engage in the work of harvest, every believer. Notice what it says: He compelled His
disciples. He had to pressure them, and persuade them, because there was a reluctance in them to get into the boat.
The place He wanted to send them to, was a place He in tended there to be a harvest. It's called Bethsaida, the house
of fishing. Jesus said: follow me, I'll make you fishers of men. The heart of God is to help people who are broken.
There is a harvest everywhere. You don't have to walk very far to meet someone who tells you their story; a story of
tragedy, of heartbreak, of marriage, of family, or abuse, or some kind of horrendous thing that has happened in their
I was praying and ministering to a girl recently, and she was adopted out at the age of five , and all her life she lived
with this bitterness and grief and rejection in her heart. She encountered the Lord, and He took away all of the pain.
We prayed with her, she went into an encounter that lasted an hour and a half. I've got a picture of her, an d she's
literally fro zen like that, reaching and stretching out to Jesus, and Jesus is encountering her. She spent an hour and a
half just - I can hardly do that for a minute, you know, hold your hand out like that's pretty hard going. It strains your
back, strains your arm, and in the end you get tired; but she was frozen in an encounter with Jesus for an hour and a
half, and in that time, He spoke with her, and ministered to her; and all that pain of her adoption and abandonment
was just taken out of her soul. Just amazing. People need the power of God. Why are lives in such a mess? They're
in a mess because there's wounds, there's griefs, there's abuse, there's traumas, there's issues that people cannot
get free of without the power of God. People need the power of God.
Some of you here tonight, you'll be stuck in your life, stuck in your spiritual walk, because there's issues in your heart
where you're not free, and you need God to touch you, need a breakthrough, need to get someone to speak into your
life and help you. So Jesus compelled them to get into the boat to go before Him. Jesus always requires we go before
Him. Now this is an interesting thing. It said: He sent them. In Luke 10:1 he says: He sent them into the cities He