Handling the Storms of Life
22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. (KJV)
What is it that marks a believer the most? Is it not how you handle the difficulties of life? Is it possible to thrive in life's storms?
Where's your faith?
First you must know something about storms!
". . .for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." (NKJ)
Storms come because I am in the will of God!
Paul Great storm and the crew were saved (Acts 27)
Paul and Silas beaten and thrown into prison in Phillippi (Acts 16)
2 Cor 11:24-25
"Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.(NAS)
Paul was definitely in the will of God.
Jesus led the disciples into the storm!
We need to know something about the nature of faith!
The storm wasn't the disciples biggest problem
Jesus knew the storm was coming!
Faith was their greatest problem!
A. Faith is activity
Faith involves and active participation by the people of God.
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (NKJ)
Faith is acti ...
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