The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Seeking Jesus in our desperation can be a time of spiritual breakthrough in our life. I believe we all experience times of distress in our life to various degrees. The question is, “Will you let the Lord use this desperation to change your life?”

After decades of being away from worship, a man I came to know entered the church I was serving. Incurable cancer broke a once vibrant and proud man. He was desperate both physically and spiritually. Through the Holy Spirit’s work, he returned to the Lord like the prodigal son.

 Like the prodigal son, he had come to the end of himself. His illness showed the foolishness of his life apart from the Lord. The Lord welcomed him back with open arms as he humbly repented and asked the Lord to forgive him. Later, he asked, “Why did it take incurable cancer to see what was important in life?” God, in His mercy, can use desperation to strip away the ways of the world, which shows us the actual value of our relationship with Him.

Desperation Redefines Priorities

Jews and Gentiles generally disliked each other. But a desperate Gentile woman was willing to seek out Jesus. Her daughter was demon-possessed, and she knew she could not rid her of this evil spirit. She was ready to lay aside prejudice to seek help. God often uses our desperation to show us our need for Him.

Mark 7:25 Right away, a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit, 26 and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter. [1]

Jesus Came to a Desperate World

Through God’s grace, Jesus entered a desperate world as the Messiah. The Lord knew that we could not save ourselves but needed a Savior who would give His life for us on the cross. Jesus paid the total price for our sins on the cross.

This woman’s encounter with Jesus changed her life because He healed her daughter. Mark 7:30And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone. [2] Can you imagine the joy of this woman when she saw her daughter? Scripture doesn’t tell us more about this woman or her daughter, but I am sure they were praising God. Psalm 106:Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.[3]

To hear about seeking Jesus in our desperation, listen here:

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[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

God wants more for us to fulfill the destiny He has for us. An evangelist friend says, “Many people are satisfied with crumbs when they could eat steak.” There was a time in my life when I was also satisfied with just crumbs in a spiritual sense. But God was calling me into deeper water; I didn’t recognize that I had been satisfied with crumbs until the Holy Spirit gave me the courage to move forward.

Is the Lord stretching you today as you read this? Is He awakening your spirit to help you recognize He has more for you? If so, you are blessed!

Jesus Had More for the People

The day before Jesus landed on the other side of the Sea of Galilee, He had fed 5000 men, including women and children, with five loaves and two fish. Now He continued His ministry on the other side of the lake. The question is, do they want to be just healed, or are they interested in becoming followers of Jesus?

Mark 6:53bThey brought the boat to shore 54 and climbed out. The people recognized Jesus at once, 55 , and they ran throughout the whole area, carrying sick people on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed. [1]

The sick people came to Jesus for physical healing, but few came for spiritual healing. They were satisfied with crumbs when they could have had more. This prolonged their lives on earth, but did they secure eternal life? The text does not say but Jesus continued to have compassion on them like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus Wants More for Us

God has a plan for each of us. Psalm 139:16You (Lord) saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. [2] Reading what God has for us in His word is exciting! God has unique plans for you that don’t include spiritual crumbs. Let the Holy Spirit lead you as you seek the Lord.

Romans 12:2Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [3] As we let the Lord transform our hearts, He gives us a desire to seek His perfect plan for our life. Don’t wait too long! The Lord is waiting to listen to your prayers as you seek Him for the plans, He has for you.

To hear how God wants more for us, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-walking-on-water


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

Our heart affects our understanding. This becomes more evident as we journey through life. Nothing affects our life more than how we respond to the call of Jesus in our life. Some may respond as young people, others later in life, and others not at all.

All of us are a work in progress as the Lord calls us into deeper water. As we respond to the Lord’s call into more profound things, it stretches us and forces us to rely more on the Lord and less on ourselves. New callings or experiences with the Lord often challenge our faith walk. Will we continue to follow? Will we continue to be teachable and moldable? As you journey through life, let the Holy Spirit lead your heart.

The Disciples’ Hearts were too Hard to Take It In

The disciples had seen Jesus feed 5000 men plus women and children with two fish and five barley loaves. This act stretched their faith because they still did not fully understand Jesus was Messiah. As they struggled in the storm on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus stretched their faith as He came to them walking on water.

Mark 6:48bJesus intended to go past them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, 52 , for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.[1]

The Lord Calls Us into Deeper Things

Why were the disciples’ hearts too hard to take in what Jesus did when He fed the 5000? Perhaps they could not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. Or maybe they thought if this was Messiah, how could He pick such ordinary people like them? We are often like the disciples because we can also harden our hearts for what Jesus wants to do in our lives. We can also find it hard to believe the Lord has chosen us to be His followers. The good news is Jesus is calling you into more profound things in your life!

Yes, you are worthy of being a follower of Jesus because of what Jesus did for you on the cross at Calvary. He died for your sins and my sins. Philippians 4:18I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. [2] Take a step of faith and let the Lord open your heart to see the deeper things He has for you.

To hear how our heart affects our understanding, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-walking-on-water


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mk 6:48–52). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Eph 1:18). Tyndale House Publishers.

Jesus climbs into the boat with us. This is comforting because this is what He does in our life. I remember when I was a little boy, we all gathered around the dinner table to eat our evening meal. My grandmother had just passed away, and my mother was crying as we said our prayers. This was the first time I ever remember my mother crying. She was in a storm, but Jesus was with her.

When our world is upside down, Jesus comes to where we are. He hears our prayers as we struggle with the circumstances. You may be in such a circumstance now or experienced one in the past where the Lord met you where you were. Psalm 40:2He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. [1]

Jesus Climbed into Boat with the Disciples

The disciples are in the middle of a raging storm. Jesus sees their struggle and comes walking on the water to calm their fears. Mark 6:49About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed.[2]

When Jesus climbed into the boat, the wind stopped, which is symbolic of what happens when Jesus climbs into the boat of our circumstances. There is something about the presence of the Lord that calms the storms of life.

Jesus Climbs into Our Boat

All through our lives, Jesus climbs into our boat with us. We may not be aware when Jesus climbs into our boat, but we can sense His presence in the storm. He sees you and me straining at the oars. He is not limited by what we believe are impossible circumstances. Instead, He enters our boat. When no one can help me, Jesus confidently climbs in the boat with me and surrounds me with His love.

It is difficult when we feel we are alone, but you are not alone. Jesus is not calling to you from the shore but getting into the boat with you. You can stand tall with the Lord’s strength in the middle of your circumstances. Remember the Lord’s love for you and how He gave His life for you and calls you to faith. He gave His life for you upon the cross, so He can make His home in the boat with you when your life is upside down. May the love He shows you overflow on others who need encouragement.  

To hear how Jesus climbs into the boat with us, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-walking-on-water


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 40:2). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mk 6:48–51). Tyndale House Publishers.

Jesus walks on what we fear. This gives us perspective as we encounter the trials of life. What do you fear? You may be afraid of death. Revelation 1:18I (Jesus) am the living one. I died but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave. [1]

Children are often afraid of the dark. John 8:12 I (Jesus) am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness because you will have the light that leads to life.[2] Jesus has power over all things, and while we may be afraid, we do not need to fear as the Lord walks with us through life. The storm may not go away, but He walks through the storm with us. Fear is a normal human experience but knowing Jesus and having peace in the storms of life is supernatural.

Jesus Walks on Water

The disciples sailed across the Sea of Galilee when a sudden storm blew in. The disciples were in serious trouble for fear of drowning. Suddenly, in the middle of this storm, Jesus came walking on water. They thought He was a ghost and were terrified.

Mark 6:48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49, but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed.[3]

Battling Our Fears

In this story, the disciples are battling against the storm. Fear comes to the surface when Jesus shows Himself in a way they had never seen before. We may face a storm in life, but Jesus wants to come and show us a new way to overcome. Jesus reminds us, Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage! I am here!”[4]

The good news is if we find ourselves battling the storms of life, we can cry out to Jesus. Jesus is the way out of fear. He is showing us, leading us, and guiding us on how to overcome. But to overcome, we must keep our eyes fixed on Him. Psalm 27:1The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? [5]

To hear how Jesus walks on what we fear, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-walking-on-water


[1-5] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

Jesus protects us in the storms of life. We may not think about this until a trial is upon us. When we think of the storms of life, we immediately think of physical protection and forget about spiritual protection. We live in a sinful world, and people are injured or killed in storms of life that can be natural or man-made. Disease or other physical ailments may cause a storm.

On this side of eternity, we don’t always understand why things happen the way they do. You may be experiencing a trial right now, and God is not answering your prayers as you desire. It can be challenging to trust that God knows best regarding our physical and spiritual health. Psalm 46:1God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come. [1]

Looking to Jesus in Our Storm

The disciples were sailing across to the other side of the Sea of Galilee when a sudden storm came. The storm would be a test of their faith.

Mark 6:48 Jesus saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49, but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!”[2]

Jesus traveled by foot across the water during the storm. He waited for them to call out and ask for help as He walked by. But they thought He was a ghost and were afraid. So, He calmed the winds and joined the disciples in the boat. This reminded the disciples to look to Jesus in their storm.

 Jesus Always Protects Us Spiritually

I may not survive a storm to my physical body, but a believer in Jesus is always protected spiritually. I may not be healed in this world, but the Lord can heal me in heaven. I get older, and my body wears out, but eternal life awaits me. Only Enoch and Elijah left this world as living people.

Fortunately, we are always spiritually safe in the Lord’s hands as we journey through life and finally to heaven. Jesus reminds us of this spiritual protection. John 10: 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one. [3]

To hear how Jesus protects us in the storms of life, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-walking-on-water


[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

Jesus comes to us in our struggles. I find this reassuring. You can always ask the Lord what to do if you are in a battle. As we struggle, it may seem the Lord is far away, yet He is with us. He is closer than a mother with an infant child. God may answer our prayers by bringing people into our lives to encourage us. Or we may read or hear a Bible verse that speaks to our situation. Often, God comes in ways we don’t expect as we call out to Him.

No matter what, Jesus can give us peace in the storms of life. The Lord gives us peace in the storms of life, reassuring us that He is with us. Every struggle in life is different, and each response by the Lord is different. God treats us as individuals and tailors His actions based on our needs and His purposes.

The Disciples Struggled in a Storm

Jesus stayed on land to pray but sent the disciples to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. An unexpected storm blew in during the crossing. Jesus came to them in their storm, but in a way that surprised them. He comes to us in a similar, unexpected way. How has Jesus come to you in the storms of life?

Mark 6:47Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49, but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!”[1]

Jesus Teaches Us in Our Struggles

Struggles in life, although difficult, can bring a time of renewal and dependence on the Lord. The Lord wants us to look to Him for guidance, peace, encouragement, and discernment. Storms in life teach us that we are fragile and don’t have all the answers. This can be humbling. When I am humbled, I become more moldable and teachable. The Lord wants to develop the trait of humility so we can fulfill the plans He has for us. Storms in life can take us off the course we are on and redirect us to the path the Lord has for us.

Jesus is Aware of Our Circumstances

Just as a mother watches over her children, the Lord watches over us and knows when we are in trouble long before we do. In his perfect timing, He comes to us just like He did with the disciples who struggled on the Sea of Galilee. Psalm 46:1God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. [2]

If you are struggling, look to the Lord, who is like a lighthouse during the storms of life. Take His hand and let Him bring you safely through your trial. To hear how Jesus comes to us in our struggles, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-walking-on-water


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mk 6:47–50). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 46:1). Tyndale House Publishers.

Recharging through prayer is an aspect of our Christian faith that can make a significant difference in our life. It is not unusual to have a mountain top spiritual experience followed by a time of a spiritual low.

Mountain top experiences can be spiritually draining. While they energize, they may mask fatigue. Spiritually, we are like a battery, and just as a battery needs to be recharged, we also need to be restored. One of the ways we can recharge is by spending time with the Lord in prayer and His word. The Lord rejuvenates us as we spend time with Him. This is important even after a spiritual high as it helps us avoid spiritual lows.

Jesus is the Model for Getting Recharged

Crowds ran ahead to the place Jesus and the disciples were going. Instead of a restful place, Jesus found masses of people. Even with this, Jesus cared for the people and began teaching them many things. The disciples came to Him late in the day because the people needed to go home to eat. But Jesus did not send them home but did an amazing miracle. He fed 5000 men plus women and children by multiplying two fish and five loaves of bread.

After this exhausting day of ministry, Jesus sent the disciples to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Mark 6:46 After telling everyone goodbye, Jesus went up into the hills by himself to pray. [1] Teaching and feeding thousands of people was a mountaintop experience, but Jesus knew the importance of recharging Himself through prayer. The same is true for us.

Get Alone with Him and Pray

Scripture guides us in our prayer time. Matthew 6:But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. [2]  When alone with God, we are free to pour out our hearts with complete honesty. Ask the Lord to guide your prayer time by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit may suggest what to pray about or direct you to a passage of Scripture on which to meditate.

James 5:16The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.[3] Time spent with the Lord in His word and prayer refreshes us and gives us renewed strength for the journey the Lord has for us. Instead of a spiritual low, God raises us. Psalm 104:10You make springs pour water into the ravines, so streams gush down from the mountains.[4]

To hear more about recharging through prayer, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-walking-on-water


[1-4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation . Tyndale House Publishers.

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Jesus has power over death! Sometimes with all that is going on in the world, we don’t take time to thank the Lord for what He has done. Jesus conquered sin, death, and the devil through His death on the cross and resurrection. He was victorious!

We begin a new life when we place our faith in Jesus as our Savior. This is possible because Jesus has power over death. Romans, 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. [1]

Jesus Called Jairus’ Daughter to Life

Jairus’ daughter was seriously ill and close to death. So Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet to ask Him to come and heal her. Tragically, while Jesus was on his way to heal her, they received news that she had died. This did not surprise Jesus; He told Jairus not to be afraid but to have faith. When they arrived at the home of Jairus, Jesus took Peter, James and John, and the parents into her room.

Mark 5:41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.[2] Jesus’ power over death was a foreshadowing of His resurrection.

What Happens After Death?

As you read this, you may be concerned about death. Death is not a pleasant topic to discuss, but there will come a time when all of us will die. The real question is: do you know Jesus as your Savior? When we have faith in Jesus as our Savior, we know He is always with us, especially when we pass from life to death. As a believer, your death will mark your first day in heaven, almost like being born. You will go from one world to the next, which is your heavenly home.

How wonderful will heaven be? 2 Corinthians 2:9No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. [3] What a wonderful verse to meditate on! People have great imaginations, yet we can’t begin to fathom all God has for us in eternity.

We Have a Home Waiting for Us

We read about the home the Lord is preparing for us.John 14: There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[4]We can look forward to eternal life because Jesus has promised all who place their faith in Him. We need not fear what is ahead.

To hear how Jesus has power over death, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-the-urgent-inconvenient


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ro 6:23). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mk 5:41–42). Tyndale House Publishers.

[3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Co 2:9). Tyndale House Publishers.

[4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 14:2). Tyndale House Publishers.

Jesus touches the untouchable. This was one of the reasons that the Pharisees criticized Jesus. They thought that if you touched an unclean person, you would become unclean. Thus, they would not minister to anyone they considered unclean. Jesus, on the other hand, came to reach out to those society considered untouchable.

Jesus was willing to come to this sinful earth from heaven and mix with sinful humans. God came to earth with skin on to help His people. You may feel like an untouchable, shameful person. Do you assume that God is not willing to extend His hand of grace to you?

The good news is God is more than willing to reach out to you in His mercy and grace. David gives insight into the Lord’s willingness to reach down and touch the untouchable. Psalm 40:I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. [1]

The Hand of the Savior

Jairus pushed through the crowd and fell at Jesus’ feet. He begged Him to come and lay His hands on his daughter and heal her. While Jesus was on his way to heal her, He was interrupted by a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years.

This bleeding made the woman unclean. This was probably why she wanted to touch Jesus while remaining unknown. She came forward trembling when Jesus stopped and asked who had touched Him. She likely felt that she would be criticized for causing Jesus to become unclean. Jesus says nothing about this. Instead, He points out that her faith has healed her.

As this interruption ended, messengers told Jairus that his daughter had died. In the Jewish mindset, this meant all hope was gone. Yet, Jesus proceeded to the home of Jairus. There the mourners were making much noise, and Jesus sent them away.

Mark 5:40 Jesus took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around![2] The child was dead and unclean, but that did not stop Jesus from taking her by the hand and calling her to life.

Will You Touch an Untouchable?

This is an excellent place to ask ourselves, “Who am I afraid to touch?” Perhaps it is not someone who has a disease but someone from a different demographic group or thinks differently than you do. Yes, you may be courteous to them, but are you willing to touch them?

As we go along our spiritual journey, we will meet people unacceptable to the crowd for whatever reason. With God’s strength, we can touch the untouchable. We can cross the line, open the door, walk across the room, send a text, or write a note that touches them. As followers of Jesus, we are given the privilege to be his hands, feet, and mouthpiece in the world. Who is the Holy Spirit calling you to touch?

To hear how Jesus touches the untouchable, listen here:

https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/mark-the-urgent-inconvenient


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 40:1–2). Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mk 5:40–42). Tyndale House Publishers.

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