These scriptures don’t mean that God will not allow difficult situations in our lives or He will not prune us when we need discipline. They felt that Jesus didn't care about them. If you are going through a storm, don’t be afraid. Most of them were fisherman and had been out on those waters hundreds of times since their childhood. I trust you to be the One who is in control of all things. He longs to reveal more of himself to you. If you are suffering from any sickness, remember, Jesus is in the boat! Stop looking for a supernatural, audible voice and start reading your Bible. Stress is that measurement of the degree to which you have your eyes on the storm and not on God. It was a wonderful day when the Lord helped me realize that I could come to Him for peace in the midst of my problems. Jesus intends that this inheritance of peace be ours now and for eternity. While some scholars ascribe Jesus’ peaceful sleep to his own faith in the Father’s care, others see it as a sign of Jesus’ sovereignty and security. But we need to kill fear by faith! If you have only the Word, you will dry up; if you have only the Spirit, you will blow up. We see in verse 23 that Jesus was sleeping when the boat was being filled with water. We need to choose to make faith the norm for our lives. Give an example of how you trust the Word of God. What the disciples learned in Matthew chapter 14, as they encountered a storm shows us what real peace is. He is the “Prince of Peace” (see Isaiah 9:6) and the Bible says He’s our shelter in the storm. Although it took me some time to wake up, when I finally did, I realized that the power to quiet my storm was in my hands from the authority given to me by God. We serve a mighty God! The storm was life-threatening. The One who listens to all our distressed cries and distraught prayers. He longs to reveal more of himself to you. Through every hardship and sorrow He has given me a peace that I could not manufacture on my own. Joyce Meyer (April-05-2020) Daily Devotion: Peace in the Midst of the Storm. D. God will fulfill His purpose Psalms 57:1-3 IV. (see Isaiah 4:6). The anxiety creeps up our necks and into our heads and hearts quick. Peace in the Midst of the Storm Acts 27:1-44 In Matthew 13:18-23 Jesus explained the parable of the sower that he had given to his disciples saying, 18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. But trusting God in a crisis is not useless advice! In the text we read a moment ago, we know that the disciples of Jesus were placed in a storm because of their obedience to Jesus. Some believers sing of trampling the serpents under their feet, but some are afraid of even cockroaches. The One who loves us beyond our capability to comprehend. In the Midst of the Storm Text: Acts 27:22 It's not the absence of the storm, but peace in the middle of the storm is the kind of peace you need right now. SERMON TITLE: How to Find Peace in the Midst of Your Storm SERMON REFERENCE: John 6:16-21 LWF SERMON NUMBER: #2158 We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this outline produced from a sermon preached by Adrian Rogers while serving as pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in … He is in control! Many of us could use that kind of peace right now, and it is the kind of peace that you can have right now IF you’re resting in Christ, where you ought to be. Where is your faith?”. we need to ask: What does this mean for me, and how can God use my situation? The disciples with Jesus were in the midst of a huge storm in the see of Galilee. Isaiah 26:3 – You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. He is the “Prince of Peace” (see Isaiah 9:6) and the Bible says He’s our shelter in the storm. Maybe that's the kind of peace you need right now. “Peace! Jesus subsequent actions (8:24) and the disciples’ response (8:25) seem to support the suggestion that Jesus, the Son of God, was sovereign over the storm! Today, when you face adversities, one of the most powerful things you can do is simply stay calm. The third key to experience peace in the midst of the storm is: Be assured of God’s goodness. And Jesus, exhausted, fell asleep. Discover Purpose. Along the way, the disciples would be taught an unforgettable lesson about His power. In the midst of my storm, I allowed envy and anger to distract me. ), even if it means that He has to take us through storms in our lives. The scriptures tell you what God will do in any situation for you. 24 Suddenly a violent storm developed, with waves so high the boat was about to … They didn't recognize that he had authority over the wind and the waves, The words “Let us go over to the other side” had as much authority and power as the words, “Let there be light!” in. You’re the only place we can find peace and strength. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. John D. Miller. – “God did not give us a spirit of timidity (ESV: fear), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”. You may fail, flounder, and sin; but God is ultimately in control. I am sure if I were to ask the question, "how many of you have experienced storms in your life," every hand would be raised because that’s how life is. Before we criticize these "timid" disciples, we must search our own hearts. Paul believed in God and could say, "Be of … Remember, God does care. The cry of the disciples in verse 24 does not come as a request but as an expression of utmost fear. says, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. He was crossing the lake in order to enter a new area of ministry. Still, Jesus asked them, “Where is your faith?”. This is the response God is calling us to, this is the antidote to our fear. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous [cheer up…why? The Scriptures say, ". Scripture Reference: John 6:16-21 John 6:16-21 tells the story of Jesus walking on the water to his disciples’ boat in the midst of a treacherous storm. But what do we do in the midst of the storm? Question:  So how did they respond to this “unexpected storm” in their life? Give an example of how you trusted in God’s goodness. When we go through the storms of life, sometimes, we doubt God's goodness and even question His sovereign will. I want to give you four keys this evening through which we can experience peace even in the midst of the storm. They felt that Jesus didn't care about them. If we backtrack a few verses, the Bible tells us in verse 16, “That evening the people brought to Jesus many who were demonized. God’s peace is perfect. Jesus intends that this inheritance of peace be ours now and for eternity. Storms. [by saying…] “Why are you gripped with fear? Some of these disciples were experienced fishermen. He was crossing the lake in order to enter a new area of ministry. 2. I felt like God was punishing me and that I just needed to accept my punishment. One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. Matthew 8:23-27 [TPT], They [speaking of Jesus and His disciples] all got into a boat and began to cross over to the other side of the lake. Give an example of how you recognize that God is in Control. If you don’t know how to trust God in the storms of life, you need to learn because we are commanded to walk by faith and to be built up in faith (Col. 2:6-7). How to Find Peace in the Midst of Your Storm February 16, 2020 Sermon Overview. The antidote to fear is faith. Where is your faith?”  Then He stood up and rebuked the storm and said, “Be still!”  And instantly it became perfectly calm. - faith comes by hearing the Word of God; in the same way, fear comes by hearing the world and Satan. Scripture Reference: John 6:16-21 John 6:16-21 tells the story of Jesus walking on the water to his disciples’ boat in the midst of a treacherous storm. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”, that “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”, In verse 25, Jesus is essentially saying, “Why are you afraid when I'm in the boat?”. But, this evening I want to remind you that we can experience God’s peace even in the midst of the storm. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Prayer without the Word is like watering the ground without the seed. Make A Difference. It can feel impossible to trust God when you are in the midst of the storm that He knew was coming but did nothing to save us from. Just like these disciples, many times we find ourselves in the midst of storms, problems, and difficulties in our lives. You cannot escape them. Faith kills fear, just as fear kills faith. 4:6-7. We need to have faith in our trustworthy God. He is completely in control. The disciples doubted God's goodness. Series 59 Study 8 THE PROMISE OF PEACE IN THE MIDST OF STORM. They were not afraid for no reason. As the wind and waves assailed their boat, they were frightened by conditions so far beyond their control. It is what has sustained the saints in many horrible trials down through the centuries. A Message Of Peace - Note: They were still in the storm when He told them to cheer up. Saints, in the storms, it is the Word of God that gives us peace, hope, and assurance and that’s why we need to trust the Word of God. Most of them were fisherman and had been out on those waters hundreds of times since their childhood. 27 The disciples were astonished by this miracle and said to one another, “Who is this Man? What the disciples learned in Matthew chapter 14, as they encountered a storm shows us what real peace is. Tell Him every detail of your life, 7 then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ [God’s peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.]. “But God wants us to find peace in the midst of our pain.” I really believe this, too. Many of us cry out to God for a word while our Bibles are lying in a shelf. Emotional peace is the peace of God. that “Let not your heart be troubled.” We shouldn’t allow fear to rule over us. Answer:  I personally believe He was demonstrating [or giving us an example] of what it looks like to have PEACE in the midst of a storm [When He stood up and said, "Peace be still" to the storm...all He did was RELEASE what was inside of Him.]. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. Saints, we need to trust the word of God even in the midst of a storm! says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”, The writer to Hebrews says, "15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. It was a wonderful day when the Lord helped me realize that I could come to Him for peace in the midst of my problems. When life feels overwhelming, there’s only one place we can go for true, lasting peace—Jesus Christ. They felt that their Master didn't care about them. Give an example of how you experience peace in the middle of the storm. Philippians 4:4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. And by Jesus only speaking a word of healing over them, they were totally set free from their torment, and everyone who was sick received their healing!”, Then it says in verse 18, “At the sight of large crowds gathering around Him, Jesus gave orders to His disciples to get ready to sail back over to the other side of the lake.”. Saints of God, when we are going through storms, we should not stay in fear! Recognize his presence with you. The place we find peace is found in God’s Word. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (. God’s peace is perfect. The written Word of God is a surer prophetic word than an audible voice! The third key to experience peace in the midst of the storm is: Be assured of God’s goodness. . But we must not stay in fear! He is the “Prince of Peace” (see Isaiah 9:6) and the Bible says He’s our shelter in the storm. He fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. B. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. Can we find peace in the midst of a storm? Therefore [because He is present] we will not fear. 14:33). God has already spoken to us through his Word! Along the way, the disciples would be taught an unforgettable lesson about his power. We need to read, meditate, and live in God's Word! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. [“don’t You care that we are going to die”], 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your care [anxiety, the things that are causing your mind to be divided, worries and doubt] upon Him, [WHY?] Paul believed in God and could say, "Be of good cheer," even in the midst of his storm. As Christians, our peace needs to be firmly rooted in Christ. says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”. Such moments, and such responses, happen to us all. For God will never lead us to battle and then abandon us when the going gets tough. Introduction Storm is a devastating wind or encounter that blows off or destroys. . Jesus accomplished what in the OT only Yahweh could do (e.g.. We’re going to die! Remember, the Lord is coming soon. How to Find Peace in the Midst of Your Storm February 16, 2020 Sermon Overview. Read this powerful sermon and experience the peace that Jesus gives even in the midst of a storm! Romans 15:13, I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. This shows that the disciples still didn’t comprehend Jesus’ authority. Jesus ministry was never without purpose. He cares for you. I preached this sermon exactly 26 days after my Mom went to be with the Lord. The little ships A. Make a Difference. The phrases like “Fear not”, “Don’t be afraid” are used 365 times in the Bible. A Message Of Power - When Jesus showed up, He came declaring His identity. The disciples were in a terrible situation. When we are in a storm, God may Change the circumstances or Deliver us out of the difficult circumstances or Walk with us through the storms! since God is not a God of disorder but of peace" (1 Cor. Discover Purpose. Rachel Wojo God has been with me through each hard thing and has taught me to trust. Faith enables you to see what to do next in the midst of a storm. We need to have a revelation of who our God is! Jesus’ ministry was never without purpose. Philippians 4:6-7 [TPT], Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Come to him. Be still!” As well as his words to the disciples (in paraphrase), “Have faith in God no matter what!” With these phrases in mind and recognizing that a storm can be a metaphor for conflict, I have chosen stories that speak of peace even in the midst of struggle. (. PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM. It disorganizes or destabilizes the structure in an attempt to remove it from existence. Talk about what is happening in the beginning of chapter 8. ], for I have conquered the world!”, Hebrews 13:5 [AMP], …for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstance] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”. We can make jokes and create funny graphics to cope, but that doesn’t fix the problem or cut out the chaos inside. Trusting God In The Midst Of The Storm . When life feels overwhelming, there’s only one place we can go for true, lasting peace—Jesus Christ. GREAT PROMISES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT by Francis Dixon (Key verse: Isaiah 26:3) This promise was given by God in the darkest period of Israel’s history, yet it will be a great help to us now when we are surrounded by much gloom and depression, constantly threatened with the three enemies of doubt, fear and worry. The Bible doesn’t ask us to use faith during the times of crisis, but the Bible says in, says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. We can make jokes and create funny graphics to cope, but that doesn’t fix the problem or cut out the chaos inside. The One who supplies perfect peace through the fiercest storms. He promises to fight for us, fight with us, through every battle– big or small. Life has storms and no one is immune to them and yet in the midst of these storms, for the believer, there can be peace. “Peace! When you are at peace, you are displaying your faith in God. Trials. God will speak to you through his Word. Peace is not just the absence of a storm, but true rest in the middle of the storm. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Find him in the midst of the storm sleeping at the stern of the boat. 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