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The Frantic Mother (3 of 8)
Series: The Kinds of People Jesus Ministered To
INTRO: Most people discover God through one of two ways, either by a godly example or through some painful experience in their life that makes them search for a greater source of strength than mankind alone can give.
In this way, difficulties are a gift from God, provided they draw us toward Him rather than make us harder against Him. It is ironic that difficulties will make some softer, others harder ... like an old Arab proverb that says, "The same sun that melts butter hardens clay."
What does it take to get you to come to God? So often it is brokenness that helps us find Him and helps us discover a wealth of precious fruit in our lives.
ILLUS: God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume--it is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever. Vance Havner -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 15.
God graciously awaits our coming to Him, even in times of being frantic you can count of God being there for you, just come in faith.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that God will always hear the cry of faith, no matter how desperate the situation, no matter how hopeless, no matter how helpless. God always responds to faith.
I. POWERFUL PRESENCE Mark 7:24-25
A. Needed Peace Mark 7:24
1. How often Jesus sought a place of refuge after ministry to the crowds!
a. Jesus attempts to get away for a while, to rest from the busy ministry to large crowds He had just completed and no doubt to spend some time alone with His own disciples which needed His instruction and personal attention.
b. Going to the territory of Tyre would get Him away from the Jewish crowds, after all this was Gentile territo ...
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