Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Weathering the Storm

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I hope that you all are doing well this fine Tuesday.  Today, I wanted to share with you notes from this past Sunday's sermon at our church (Celebration Family Church).  The topic was "Weathering the Storm" and it came from Mark 4:35-41.  There you will find the story of the Jesus and the disciples as they are in a boat and a great storm came about.  Jesus was sleep only to be awaken by scared disciples.  Jesus gets up in a calm manner and tells the storm "Peace. Be Still". 

Now this is where my notes pick up.  I hope they aren't too choppy and that they make sense.  Any church members, feel free to correct any errors or send me additions.

  • There is always a challenge when you're going from one place to another

  • The disciples had Jesus in their boat
    • Even with Jesus in the boat their is no guarantee that there will be no storms (this speaks to the fact that although we have Jesus at our side, we still can have problems/issues/tests in our life)

  • The effectiveness of your assignment will be determined by the quality of your alignments
    • if you align yourself with Jesus & positive people, then you will be effective in what you do;
    • however, if you have folks who are negative and you are not turning to Christ yourself, you can expect a bad outcome.

  • How did Jesus Weather His Storm
  1. He found rest in His Father's purpose - You have to understand the sense and purpose of your life.  Storms are just temporary and you cannot allow them to cloud your overall purpose or you could be stuck there forever (see Jerimiah 29:11).
  2. He spoke with authority to the problem (see Isaiah 54:17).
  3. He spoke peace to the storm - you can only speak peace when you are already in peace yourself.  If cannot speak peace when on the inside, you are really scared and unsure.
  • 2 Things that we Deal With the Most
  1. An Abundance of Fear - if we do not check our fears they will eventually become reality.
  2. Lack of Faith (see Heb 10:35-36)

I hope this helps someone as I thought it was a excellent and different view on some versus we've heard quite a few times.

Be easy fam!
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