Mark 6:49-52 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
It can be said that, as “church folk”, we have experienced answered prayers; we have witnessed miracles, and if we haven’t encountered the supernatural, we have at least read about heaven touching earth in the Bible. We believe God blesses us, and that His goodness and mercy follows us. Yet, when an answered prayer occurs, a miracle manifests, or the presence of God invades, interestingly, we often hear this expression come from the mouth of a “believer” :
“I can’t believe it!” or “that was unbelievable!”
Of course, we know that the intent behind that expression is to show the emotion of amazement, surprise and excitement. We are amazed at our God–and rightly so; however, it is also a way of showing that you didn’t see it coming, or truly didn’t expect it to happen.
Bluntly, being shocked, or surprised at a miracle is indication of a hard heart–a hard heart towards the reality of heavenly principles, the Word of God and His very nature; attention to the natural more than the supernatural is indication of a hard heart towards God.
A hard heart dulls a person’s ability to perceive, understand, and receive, or be penetrated.
“…and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their hearts were hardened“
The disciples had witnessed countless miracles at this point, had been used in distributing Gods miraculous provision, and had been under the most anointed teaching! In fact, just a few hours before, had experienced Jesus feeding thousands of people with 5 loaves and two fish.
Yet, Jesus said they were amazed at him walking on water….because their heart was hard, and their heart was hard….because they CONSIDERED NOT.
Consider means: to study, ponder, deliberate, examine, think upon—lets just say–to meditate.
Brothers and Sisters, whatever you CONSIDER, your heart will be softened to. If you consider pornography, you will be soften to it, and it will be become easy, natural and normal. If you consider the lies of the enemy, you will be soften to the reality of them–they will be of comfort, and will be familiar and normal to you.
If you consider the presence of God, His anointing, His Will, His miraculous power…..His word, then the reality of the I AM, and all of His benefits will be easy, natural, and normal. That’s why Abraham “considered not his body…nor the deadness of Sarah’s womb” (Romans 4:19). He CONSIDERED the promise of God.
Check out Mark 8:17-21. Even after Jesus reveals the “spiritual retardation” of the disciples after He walked on water, He again relays to them the fact that they still were not softening their hearts to true reality.
What are you considering today? What is your reality? What are you considering to be normal: Walking on water, or drowning in the storm?
If heaven on earth is not normal to you, it may be time to consider a new normal!