Sermon – Pastor Tim – Never Alone

Never Alone

August 3, 2014 – Pastor Tim – “Never Alone”

Mark 6:45-52 , Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He sent the multitude away. And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray. Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.

So, when I follow Jesus I may have to going through storms? Not everything will be prefect?

What if with God the fact that we’re following is the success, and not the end result?

Jesus didn’t say, “I am the destination.” He said, “I am the way.” Jesus is the journey itself.

He will never leave us or forsake us.

John 16:32, Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

Remember that you are not alone- never alone. At the time of seemingly greatest aloneness He is closest, watching every move on the checkerboard of life.

The American Indians trained their boys in courage by making them spend a night in the forest amid the wild animals. How dreadfully alone each boy would feel on the night of his testing; but when the day began to dawn he would see his father behind a nearby tree with a drawn bow. Without the son,s knowledge, the father had been watching all night to see that no harm should befall the son. So is God with us. “Suddenly he felt the love of God wrap him about as though an invisible presence enfolded him, and the joy filled him such as he had never known before.” That will manifest Himself when most needed.

Say to yourself, “I live and move and have my being, in all inner thoughts and outer expression, in the wealth of God every moment.”  And say this when you least feel the truth of it and keep saying it.

And to the above statement add these words as you go forth to meet life: “With the peace of God in my heart and with good will toward my fellow men I am ready for the work of the day.” And you will be ready for the work of the day.

Then when you lie down to sleep say to yourself again:  “Today I have lived and moved and have had my being in God, and while I sleep I still live and have my being in Him. He will guide and purify my dreams and in the morning I shall be further along.”

Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

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