I hope that you are having a great Tuesday.
I am praying that you are being impacted by our new DNA series. I hope that you are growing and being challenged to become everything that God created you to be.
I look forward to being with you tomorrow as we come together for discussion time in the Word.
Here are the notes from Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: Luke 8:22 – 25. The title of this sermon is: DNA: You Need The Storm. This is week 2 in our DNA series.
We have all experienced rain. It is easier to prepare for rain when you know it’s coming. It is not as easy if you never see it coming.
You wake up. You get ready for work, grab your coffee and head out the door. It may not have occurred to you to check the TV or your weather app before you left the house.
After work, it pours and maybe our God is there. You see darker clouds and you see the heavy rain. You know that you are about to be soaked because you don’t have anything that remotely resembles an umbrella or galoshes.
So you decide to make a run for it.
That is rain. What about a thunderstorm?
Have you ever been caught in a thunderstorm? You don’t even want to get out of the car…or boat.
Jesus told the disciples that they were going across the lake. Jesus knew it would take some time so Jesus went to take a nap.
Look at the second half of verse 23. This is not a smooth trip like they thought it was going to be. A windstorm comes. It’s not raining. It’s a windstorm. The wind pushes against the boat, and causes the water to become erratic. The calm lake became their enemy as it sent wave after wave crashing into the boat. The boat begins to take on water and they are in danger.
What kind of storm are you in the midst of right now?
It could be:
It can be anything!
Storms tend to mess with people. Storms cause people to be:
Your perspective is distorted by the storm.
A fog rolls in. Certainty becomes doubt.
Maybe you have been in the storm for so long that you have started to believe that the storm is not going away. Days turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months. The waves have been crashing against you for so long that you don’t even see an end to the storm.
I am going to tell you something that is going to sound a little crazy: You need the storm.
I know what you are thinking. “What?” “How is that true?” “How is that possible?”
The testing of your faith produces steadfastness. We are back to foundations.
Storms are designed to push you to Jesus or away from Jesus. It is not about the storm at all. It is about your faith or lack of it in the midst of the storm.
You need the storm because it will very quickly let you know whether or not you truly believe what God says is true.
How solid is your foundation?
Why do we not have more steadfast Christians?
vs 24 – 25 The disciples went to wake up Jesus. Jesus calms the storm and asks them, “Where is your faith?”
Why would Jesus ask that? The testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
The disciples were in panic mode. They were overwhelmed by their current situation.
It never occurred to them WHO was with them.
They did not realize that the very One who spoke creation into existence was with them.
What is in your life that you find is overwhelming you?
If Jesus can rebuke one storm, He can rebuke your storm.
But…where is your faith?
You need the storm. The storm will show you how strong your foundation is or whether you have cracks in it.
Are you so overwhelmed by your current situation that you have forgotten who is on the boat with you?
Are you telling yourself that you are different? Your storm is impossible.
Impossible is God’s playground.
Impossible is where God likes to hang out.
Impossible is where God does His best work.
Impossible is the breeding ground for miracles.
Jesus is not absent from your storm. He is on the boat with you. Remember, He did say that He would be with you always.
If you can impact the outcome of your own storm, you don’t need God.
If you believe that your storm is bigger than God, you have the wrong god.
Every trial. Every test. Every storm. Jesus is right there with you.
Run to Jesus not away from Him.
The testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
Steadfastness proves your foundation is strong enough to withstand the storm.
It doesn’t matter what you have to go through in this life. Jesus said, “I am with you always.”
I LOVE FAITHPOINT!
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