Jesus was able to sleep in the storm because He was fully assured of the Father’s love. Understanding the perfect love of the Father will cast out all fear. Jesus knew that His work was not finished, and nobody could take His life from Him. He had given the disciples His Word and promise that they would be crossing over to the other side. After He was woken up, He rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith because they had not believed in His Word. Jesus expected them to prevail over the devil’s attempt to steal the Word from them because in the parable of the sower, He had just taught them about how the evil one would manipulate situations to cause fear, and doubt in Jesus’ love and His promise.
Similarly, Jesus expects us to hold on to His Word and keep our faith by focusing on His Word, so that we can rest on His Word and allow His peace to rule in our hearts in the midst of the storm.
God wants our minds to be free from anxiety, worry and cares. If we don’t take control of our thoughts, they will become imaginations, and if we don’t take control of our imaginations, they will become strongholds.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of god which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We are to be anxious for nothing by making known to God everything that makes us worry, and the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The word “guard” means to protect. When we meditate on the Word, our mind is focused on God because we can only think on one thing at a time. We can either meditate on our worries that will create fear, or we can meditate on the Word that will create faith that will guard us with peace.
Sermon Series: Free from Anxiety
马可福音4:38-40 耶稣在船尾上，枕着枕头睡觉。门徒叫醒了他，说：「夫子！我们丧命，你不顾吗？」 耶稣醒了，斥责风，向海说：「住了吧！静了吧！」风就止住，大大地平静了。 耶稣对他们说：「为什么胆怯？你们还没有信心吗？」
主耶稣之所以可以在暴风雨中安睡是因为祂内心全然笃定天父的爱. 理解了天父那纯全的爱, 就可以驱散所有的恐惧. 主耶稣知道祂的工作尚未完成, 无人可以夺取祂的生命. 祂给了祂的门徒们祂的话语并应许他们将渡到那边去. 当祂被叫醒之后, 祂责备了门徒们的缺乏信心, 因为他们没有信祂的话语. 如同”撒种的比喻”里说到的, 撒旦企图盗去门徒们心里的道, 主耶稣的期望是门徒们能够击败撒旦. 在这里, 主耶稣让门徒们看见撒旦是如何操纵外部环境, 引起恐惧, 从而对主耶稣的爱和祂的应许产生疑惑.
同理, 主耶稣期望我们紧紧抓住祂的话语, 以专注于祂的话语来保持信心, 这样, 我们可以于暴风雨中安歇在祂的话语里, 让神所赐的平安在我们的内心掌权.
神希望我们的心思意念摆脱焦虑, 担心和牵挂. 如果我们不主动掌管我们的念头, 念头就变成想象, 当我们不主动掌管我们的想象, 想象就变成坚固的营垒。
腓利比书4:6-7 应当一无挂虑，只要凡事借着祷告、祈求，和感谢，将你们所要的告诉 神。 神所赐、出人意外的平安必在基督耶稣里保守你们的心怀意念。
只要我们将一切的忧虑都告诉神, 就会一无挂虑, 因为神所赐的平安必在基督耶稣里保守你们的心怀意念. “保守” 这个词的意思是护佑. 当我们默想神的话语, 我们的心思意念就聚焦于神, 因为我们无法一心二用. 要么默想自己的忧虑引起恐惧, 要么默想神的话语, 建立信心, 这信心将以平安护守我们.