Full Assurance In The Heart – Day 46

June 7, 2011

51 Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. 52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.

Mark 6:51-52 (NKJV)

Since the first of the year, I have been focusing on discovering the keys to growing great faith.  People who are growing in their faith have an ability to forge ahead in trustful hope through life’s challenges; because they possess a full assurance in their hearts. 

In reading today’s passage, I discovered an important key to growing great faith.  The key is to have a soft heart.  In this passage, it was the end of a full day, where the disciples had witnessed the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitude after a day of teaching the word. With just five loaves and two fishes, 5,000 were fed. And if that wasn’t amazing enough, there were leftovers! Twelve baskets were full of fragments of fish and bread.  That alone is an amazing miracle; yet, each basket represented a tangible witness in the hands of each of the disciples.  

At the end of this day, they were placed in a boat to row to the other side, when out of the blue a storm arose and they became fearful.  But just like the storm showing up suddenly, so too did Jesus.  He encouraged them to cheer up and not be afraid, and at His presence, the winds suddenly ceased the storm subsided, and the disciples were astonished and amazed by the power and dominion of Jesus over the storm.

But verse 52, says it all, even after a day of seeing the miraculous their faith remained weak, because of the condition of their heart.  Their hearts were hardened and seemingly impenetrable to the miraculous evidence presented to them.  Their fear-filled ways created a blindness that dulled their senses which fostered their unbelief.  Fear had become the filter in which they measured their world therefore they could not fully grasp the power of love and therefore they did not learn from their exposure to Jesus.

If you and I are going to grow great faith, we must choose to possess a soft and teachable heart; a heart that believes and a heart that perceives.  To do so, we must first acknowledge the sin of fear and pride that blinds us to the truth and fosters our unbelief.  We then must to choose to enter our day with our eyes open to see the many ways God is showing up and allow them to be the building blocks that reinforce our faith in Him, even in the storm. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  

Psalms 51:10

 


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