In the previous blog (Here) I shared the words of the Lord to my heart about embracing the mess, struggle, and pain. This article will explore the fruit and importance of saying yes to His path, regardless of the difficulty.
Refresh yourself with the story in Mark 6:45-56 and let’s take a look at the fruit and the lessons to be learned from the struggle on the lake. Jesus came walking on the water, the disciples called out to Him, He came on board and spoke to the wind and calmed it. Verse 52 says, “for they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” Such a curious phrase! What was it about the loaves that they should have applied to this situation?
Remember when Jesus said, “you give them something to eat?” (Mark 6:37) He showed them that God does miracles through the hands of His servants. They should have translated that lesson to the situation with the wind. God works through us, so we should look to God and use the authority we’ve been given to calm the wind.
I’m hard headed sometimes and allow my current circumstances to cloud my faith vision. Like the disciples, I don’t always apply past lessons (and God’s perfect faithfulness) to current ones, especially when they look different. Bread. Wind. Uh, that’s like comparing apples to oranges, Jesus. It’s interesting to me that Jesus expected them to make the connection though. We must have God’s vision to see.
Jesus was not afraid to embrace all the struggle, mess, and pain of His human experience. He became one of us so He could identify with all of our issues and yet overcome them all.
“He understands humanity, for as a man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin.” Hebrews 4:15 TPT
What does embracing these struggles do? It assists us in our death. Self-promotion, self-preservation, and any other self related motivation must die. We can come alive only when we are fully alive in Christ, fully surrendered to His life within us.
Embracing the struggle frees us from the grip of fear, laziness, and despair and propels us headlong into the throws of grace and faith. In response, we pour ourselves out, not allowing anything to stand between us and victory in Christ. We will not take the path of least resistance, as tempting as it is, because we will not be held in bondage to any circumstance or situation.
The result? True fruitfulness, grace to overcome and thrive.
What happened when the disciples made it to the other side of the lake? Great miracles. This too is your destiny, dear one, but you must be willing to walk through all obstacles and difficulties in your way, learning to walk in His power and authority planted within you.
Declaration: I will deal with my mountains and slay my dragons because this is what God has called me to do. I will rise up mighty in His power with His intercession as the wind beneath my wings and I will walk boldly, confidently, and humbly on the path of destiny for my life. In Jesus’ name and by His grace!