When You Feel Overwhelmed Mark 13:9-13, 21-27, 32-37 Feb. 14, 2010
What would cause you to get a feeling of being overwhelmed? Do you think age helps you not to get in situations where you are overwhelmed? How about education and experience - will they help eliminate the situations where you feel overwhelmed? I believe education, experience and age can all help you to not get in situations where you are overwhelmed. But the number one procedure to follow When You Feel Overwhelmed must be to ask the Lord for guidance and trust completely in Him!
1. If You Are Overwhelmed Trust The . . Ministry Of The Holy Spirit. Mk. 13:9-13
A. Trust The Ministry Of Holy Spirit To Provide The . . Preaching Of The Good News. 13:9-10
9 "But you, be on your guard! They will hand you over to sanhedrins, and you will be flogged in the synagogues. You will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them.
10 And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations.
B. Trust The Ministry Of Holy Spirit To Provide Your . . Proclamations. 13:11
11 So when they arrest you and hand you over, don't worry beforehand what you will say. On the contrary, whatever is given to you in that hour—say it. For it isn't you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
C. Trust The Ministry Of Holy Spirit To Provide Your . . Perseverance. 13:12-13
12 Then brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise up against parents
and put them to death. 13 And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who
endures to the end will be delivered.
The Lord tells us the Holy Spirit will provide the message we need in times where we could easily be overwhelmed. The preaching needed at that hour will be provided by the Spirit. The proclamations we give
will be ones we can believe and trust He will provide. They will simply be be the speaking the Spirit does through us. He will also give the perseverance needed. This word here translated delivered may be also be translated saved, complete, whole. Some of those who believe you can loose your salvation use this verse to say we must endure to the end in order to be saved. That places too much emphasis on man. We believe the Lord enables us to persevere and our emphasis is upon the Lord and not ourselves.
2. If You Are Overwhelmed Trust The . . Messages Of Jesus. Mk. 13:21-27
A. Trust The . . Advanced Message Concerning False Messiahs. 13:21-23
21 "Then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Messiah! Look—there!' do not believe it! 22 For false
messiahs and false prophets will rise up and will perform signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible,
the elect. 23 And you must watch! I have told you everything in advance.
B. Trust The . . Angelic Message Concerning The Faithful Messiah. 13:24-27
24 "But in those days, after that tribulation: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light; 25 the stars will be falling from the sky, and the celestial powers will be shaken.
26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
27 He will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the
end of the sky.
The Lord gave the disciples advanced notice they would experience overwhelming situations, and these situations would relate to the coming of false Messiahs. I was visiting in a hospital for mental patients and a lady came up to me and said, “would you like to know my name?” and I told her “Yes.” She then asked, “Do you want my first name or both names?” I told her I would like to know both of her names,” and she said, “My name is Jesus Christ.” Then she walked away. Now I never thought she was the messiah but it seems to me some in our society who claim to be the messiah are just as obviously not the messiah. We will receive an angelic message related to the Faithful Messiah.
3. If You Are Overwhelmed Trust The . . Master Of The End Times. Mk. 13:32-37
A. Trust The Master In His . . Timing . 13:32-35
32 "Now concerning that day or hour no one knows—neither the angels in heaven nor the Son—except the Father.
33 Watch! Be alert! For you don't know when the time is coming.
34 It is like a man on a journey, who left his house, gave authority to his slaves, gave each one his
work, and commanded the doorkeeper to be alert.
35 Therefore be alert, since you don't know when the master of the house is coming—whether in the
evening or at midnight or at the crowing of the rooster or early in the morning.
B. Trust The Master In His . . Telling . 13:36-37
36 Otherwise, he might come suddenly and find you sleeping.
37 And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Be alert!" HCSB
If you believe the Lord is Master of the End Times; then He must be Master of all times. Can we trust the Lord to direct us and watch over us in times when we may become overwhelmed? I think the vast majority of Christians would say, yes! His timing in our needs may not always be when we would think best but that is part of trusting Him. He tells us in advance He is coming again, and we can believe He will provide His presence in the time When You Feel Overwhelmed. Amen? Amen!