Hello again friends, It is I, Bro.Drew , the Pastor of Southside here to share a bit of time with you again. I hope and pray that all is well with you, and I am hopeful that something in this post might be of a benefit to you. I want to start our topic today in the Gospel according to Mark , in the 6th Chapter. Let us start reading with the 1st Verse.

Mar 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
Mar 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
Mar 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
Mar 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
Mar 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

We find here that Jesus Christ is in his earthly ministry , and has traveled back to his own Country. The Scripture says on the Sabbath he begin to teach in the synagogue , and that many that heard his teachings we astonished. In fact, many of them were curious where his knowledge and wisdom could have come from since he was just a “carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James , Joses, and of Judah, and Simon” The scripture goes on to say that He couldn’t do as great of a work in this place , other than healing a few sick folks, as he had intended. It seems self-evident that Christ had a desire to do many miraculous works amongst his own country;however , he was unable to do so great of works due to one aspect. UNBELIEF.
It would appear that those that were there in The Lord’s own country were hindering the Lord from the maximum potential , by simple not believing he was who he was , or that he was able to do the things he spoke of. In a simple frame of thinking , it was as if the people of Nazareth put the brakes on the Lord’s work for them.

Now when it comes to brakes , I happen to be guilty of a time or two leaving my emergency brake in place , and trying to drive away. I grew up in Tennessee , and if you’ve never been to Tennessee , there is something you need to know. There are an abundance of hills, and the amount of parking done on a flat surface is nearly non-existent. So I was raised and trained to always apply your emergency brake when parking. Now , I live in the great state of Indiana…..where in and around Indianapolis , there is not a great deal of hills.So as you can imagine, there have been a few times where I have taken off driving with the “E” brake still applied. Now I’m sure it will come as no surprise , that I generally don’t go very far , and I realize something is very wrong. There is an obvious and evident hinderence and struggle that my vehicle goes through. I of course make a stop to figure out what is causing the slow down, and release the emergency brake so I can proceed as intended at maximum power and speed.

Now lets bring these two aspects together into one. I feel that similar to the residence of Nazareth, we as today’s church members often put the brakes on the Lord’s work , and hinder Him from the maximum ability and effectual power he desires to have in our lives. For instance , in our witnessing for the Lord. I am afraid that Many of God’s children put the brakes on witnessing to individuals who do not fit the mold of what they have in mind as a person in need of the Gospel. Many of God’s people are so terrified of rejection , we skip witnessing to others altogether. Just because someone has tattoos all over , or is homeless, or a different race than we are, that does not exclude the need for them to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also in our church services, we are habitually found with our brake on. If someone worships in a way that is not cohesive to our preference , we automatically brake , and disassociate ourselves from the service. Now , please don’t take me out of context , if someone is acting in a way that is unscriptural , or practicing in a way that is contradicting to our beliefs , that is one thing. But on many occasions we find something as simple as singing a different type of song (contemporary) or a different style of praise (Hand-raising) to activate the brakes of many of our churches. I believe that God has a desire to be greater that what we allow him to be many times. God’s children limit him in their lives in various ways, just like the dwellers of Nazareth. I long for the day when we can worship God in a church serves where no one uses the brake. Where there is no friction , no tension, and hindering. I long for a day when God’s children spread the Gospel without discrimination or preference.
In closing , I hope we all can take the brakes off of our service for the Lord. Let him move freely in our services , and in our lives without friction, without tension, without hindering.