Mark – The Facts.

As believers, we surprise ourselves when a plan comes together to help others, we react better than we thought we would to a difficult situation, or we do something nice for someone without thinking about it. Those are moments of reflection that make us think, Mm, how did that happen? I hope we give the glory to God and His Spirit that lives within us. When we pray for God’s Holy Spirit to help us, transform us and guide our navigation through difficult, challenging circumstances, HE WILL! That is the work of God’s Spirit.

At Jesus baptism, Mark shares that the sky split open and God’s Spirit came down to rest on Him. Now this same Spirit pushes Jesus into a very challenging circumstance…a battle with evil in the dessert…for 40 days and nights. So, if you are in a difficult situation at the moment, be assured that God’s Spirit is with you and will help you. I am there now. I can testify that God’s Spirit is helping me greatly. I cannot do life or have life abundant without God’s Spirit. I am nothing with God.

Mark 1, The Message
12-13 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.

14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

16-18 Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.

19-20 A dozen yards or so down the beach, he saw the brothers James and John, Zebedee’s sons. They were in the boat, mending their fishnets. Right off, he made the same offer. Immediately, they left their father Zebedee, the boat, and the hired hands, and followed.

Mark 1 God's Spirit

Think about it…
–God’s Spirit led Jesus to a place of challenge. He was never completely alone. God’s Spirit led Jesus through it. Then angels took care of Him when the challenge was conquered, the battle won over evil. Round 1.
–God’s Spirit then led him to seek the help of others for his mission to seek and to save the lost of this world. “Come with Me” and “I’ll show you” are words from God’ Spirit to give others confidence in joining God’s Kingdom thinking and behaving.
–God’s Spirit. Holy. Comforting. Challenging. Transforming.

Dear Heavenly Father, We lay our challenging circumstances at your feet today and ask for Your Holy Spirit to lead us through the fire without being burned. In Jesus Name, Amen I believe. My trust is in You.

And I’m singing…

Create in me a clean heart, oh God
And renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence oh Lord,
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me, the joy of Thy Salvation,
And renew a right spirit within me.

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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