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March 9, 2014 | STANDING IN THE STORMS: Sensing God During the Storm
Dr. Burnie R. Burnside
Every one of us has had our sandcastles leveled. Every once in awhile we back up and say, "Why am I being hit with this storm of life?"
Storms of life reveal the following things about us:
1. The nature of my faith.
2. The strength of my commitment.
3. The level of my maturity.
4. The healthiness of my attitude.
5. The measure of my teachability.
EVERYONE HAS STORMS.
Storms, problems, difficulties, trials come to all of us. There's no exclusion.
Jesus said in Mat 5:45 "your Father in heaven .... causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."
Some storms come because we are out of God's will.
Example: In I Corinthians 11:30, "That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep."
Some storms come because we are in God's will.
Look at verse 22 it says, "Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd."
WHAT DOES JESUS DO FOR US IN THE STORM?
He prays for us (vv. 23-24).
In Hebrews 4:14-6:
"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Jesus came to this world to talk to us about God and He is now in heaven talking to God about us.
He comes to us: (v. 25).
(Mat 14:25 NIV) "During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake."
NOTE WHEN JESUS COMES TO US...
He comes to us at the darkest hour.
He comes to us victorious over our greatest fears. "... Jesus came walking on the water... "
"But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God,”
He ministers to us in the storm (w. 26,27).
(Mat 14:26-27) When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
Verse 32 says, And when Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the wind died down and the men in the boat worshiped Jesus and they said, "You really are the son of God."
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