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How to Make it Through the Storm (12 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
I wonder how many of you this morning find yourself in a storm? It may be the storm of some unexpected change. It may be the storm of tragedy. It may be the storm of failure or fear!
You say, ''Ernest, there is no storm in my life today. It's all smooth sailing. I don't have any troubles.'' You remind me of the church sign that read: ''If you have troubles, come in and tell us about them. If you have none, come in and tell us how you do it.''
You may not be in any kind of storm today... but know this: the winds of trouble are brewing. There is no escaping it. ''Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble'' (Job 14.1)
And one type of storm we can all identify with is the storm of fear. One day a lady approached Evangelist D.L. Moody and told him she had found a wonderful Bible promise that helped her overcome fear. She quoted Psalm 56.3, ''What time I am afraid, I will trust in You.''
Mr. Moody replied, ''I have a better promise than that.'' Then he quoted Isaiah 12.2, ''Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust, and not be afraid.''
Do you hear the difference? ''What time I am afraid, I will trust in You.'' ''Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust, and not be afraid.'' Why be afraid and trust Him when you can simply trust Him and not be afraid?
There was a man preparing for an important meeting. One night while preparing, he was talking to his wife and said, ''You know, when I think about making my presentation, my palms get sweaty.''
About an hour later he said to her, ''When I think about doing this, my mouth gets dry.'' She said, ''Honey, I know what will help. If your palms get sweaty and your mouth gets dry, why not try licking your palms?''
Well... in John 6 we find the disciples with sweaty palms and dry mouths: full of fear. It's from this account we learn today...
Now John is not the only gospel wri ...
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