Gennesaret – When the Son of Man comes will He find faith on the earth?
This morning after I woke up and had my private and
then corporate prayer time, I lay back down on my bed and began to seek
God for insight and prioritization for today. As I lay there, the Holy
Spirit softly whispered this word to me… “Gennesaret” and then prompted me
to get up quickly and look it up before I forgot or allowed it to get
crowed out of my mind. When I found it, He illuminated many things that
He had been speaking into my spirit for several weeks now in my studies of
the books of Luke and Romans, and my own life experiences. Indeed God is
showing this to us throughout all of His creation today… the importance
and the need for FAITH.
When I looked up the word Gennesaret, I found that it
is the name of the city or region on the northwest shore of the Sea of
Galilee where Jesus arrived in the boat with the 12 disciples after He had
just commanded them to “go to the other
side”[of the Sea of Galilee] – Matthew 14:22 and Mark
6:45. As I studied this time period, God showed me how it is filled with
examples of the kind of faith that He is looking to see and also speaks a
lot to where His people are today.
Back in the boat, after experiencing the terrible
storm and then later seeing and not recognizing Jesus as He walked on the
water and approached them, fear gripped the disciples and they cried out
and were sore afraid. While they were still in the storm, Jesus called
out to them and said “Be of good cheer; it
is I; be not afraid.”
Remember that it was Jesus himself who sent the
disciples out there in that boat across that lake. Even though they may
have felt like Jesus was physically absent (for He was not in the boat
with them), He was in actuality always with them, even watching over them
from the mountain on the shore as He prayed. In that moment they forgot
about all the many miracles, signs, and wonders that He been doing in
their presence (demonstrating that He was the omnipotent God). They even
forgot that Jesus had commanded them that they would “go to the other
In Matthew’s account, Peter calls out to Jesus and
says “if it’s you, bid me to come unto you on the water.” When Jesus
called him, Peter had the faith to step off of that boat into that
storming sea. Notice that the storm did not stop, but Peter knew that
Jesus was with him and had spoken, calling him to do this. In faith he
stepped off, but even though he was walking on the water, he took his mind
and eyes off of Jesus and started to focus again on the storm and you know
what happened next.
There are storms that all of us all going through
today (storms both literal and figurative). No matter where you are in
that storm(s), ask yourself these things…
What has God already spoken
to me about this situation?
Am I actively trying to hear what God is telling me or has told me?
Am I in this moment focusing more on this storm (situation) than on what
God has said to and about me?
Do I believe in my heart that this situation is bigger than God or has
somehow caught Him by surprise?
When He comes, is He going to find me with faith in Him that can move
mountains or walk on water?
After the storm was calmed and they arrived at the
shore at Gennesaret, the bible says that when the men of this region knew
that Jesus had arrived, they sent word and went all about the region.
Knowing who Jesus was and demonstrating strong faith, they gathered all of
the people who were sick or diseased and brought them to Him knowing that
if they could just touch the hem of His garment, they would be healed. Notice
this in Matthew 14:36 that “as many as touched [the hem of His garment]
were made perfectly whole.” They were not just healed
of their sickness; they were made whole in Jesus because of their faith
and trust in Him. That is a much better thing than simply being healed
any day. That’s what God wants for us and that’s what faith can do
people. Faith to trust Him no matter what the situation looks or feels
like. Trusting in what He has already said and in what He is trying to
say to you right now. Step off out of the boat and launch into the deep.
Faith is the key.
In John 4:23 Jesus says “But
the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship
Him. God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit
and in truth.” We are living in a very special time today
when God is looking for such to worship Him. This is worship that goes
way beyond the boundaries that we usually place around worship. He is
looking for worshipers who will do so not only with their lips, but with
their whole hearts… indeed with their whole lives. This is tied directly
to faith such as was seen in Gennesaret in that when this type of worship
is embraced, you will find that it is Spirit-filled, it permeates your
entire life, and it is not affected in any way by the storms of life.
Back in Matthew’s account at Gennesaret after Jesus
had made whole all of the faithful, in chapter 15 the scribes and
Pharisees approached Him pointing out how His disciples did not observe
the traditions of the elders. Jesus then had a lesson with them about
worshiping in spirit and in truth in which He culminated with the
hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 8This
people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their
lips; but their heart is far from me. 9But in vain they do
worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
– Matthew 15:7-9
Challenge for today: I challenge each of you
today to experience this wholeness that being complete with Jesus brings
with it by considering the following prayer. It is a simple yet dangerous prayer
because it pushes everything you have and are into the center of the table
and you never know how things might get re-arranged. Yet even while it is
dangerous, it is also a prayer that will bring an indescribable peace
knowing that you are in the absolute best place that you can possibly be…
in the center of God’s will. Here is the prayer:
Father, I know that you
have already purchased me with a price, the precious blood of Jesus.
Today and everyday I offer myself unconditionally to you and ask that you
would have me go wherever you want me to go, to do whatever you want me to
do, and to say whatever you want me to say in each and every area of my
life. I lay it all at your feet unconditionally and pray that you would
have your way LORD. When simplified to its basic form, my prayer to you
is simply “YES” LORD. I believe and trust you.
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