IT’S A NEW SEASON: SURVIVING LIFE’S STORMS
(Beausejour Church – Pastor Chris Jordan)
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OPENING TEXT: “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19, NKJV).
- It’s a New Season! God wants us to forget the past and move into the future!
- “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.” (Phil. 3:13-14, NLT).
THE BIG IDEA: Jesus never promised us a life without storms. However, He did promise to be our peace in the midst of those storms.
1. JESUS IS IN OUR BOAT:
“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” (Mark 4:35).
- As Christians on the journey of life, it’s helpful to remember that Jesus is in our boat.
- The disciples were in this particular boat being obedient to the command of Jesus.
- Sometimes we think we only get into trouble when we’re being disobedient.
2. STORMS ARE INEVITABLE:
“Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow…” (Mark 4:36-38a).
- “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have PEACE. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
- We need to realize that storms will come – they are inevitable!
- However, if you have Jesus in your boat, you can have peace in those storms.
- What storm are you facing in your life?
- Relationship storm? Financial storm? Health storm? Emotional storm (no peace)?
- Whatever your storm, don’t forget who’s in the boat with you – Jesus!
- Where was Jesus in the storm? He was so at-peace that He was sleeping!
3. WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A STORM – GO TO JESUS:
“And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:38b-39).
- Don’t we normally say the same thing when trouble comes in our lives?
- Just because we’re in a storm doesn’t mean God doesn’t care about us
4. AFTER THE STORM WE RECEIVE A NEW REVELATION OF JESUS:
“But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:40-41).
- After Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples had a new revelation of the Prince of Peace.
- Jesus will visit us in our storms and troubles, too!
HOW CAN WE EXPERIENCE THE PRINCE OF PEACE?
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6, NLT).
- How can we experience His peace in our lives?
- DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING:
“25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not. 28 “And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! 31 “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. 32 Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, 33 and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:25-34, NLT).
2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING:
- What did the disciples do in their storm? They went to Jesus. This is wisdom!
- Peter writes: “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
- If you give your cares to God, then who has them? Leave them with Him!
- Illustration: Put your prayer requests in a bag by the top of your door.
3. THANK GOD FOR ALL HE HAS DONE:
- We usually start to worry when we focus on our problems and not on God.
- Take the time to write out a Blessing List of all the good things God has done for you.
4. PURSUE PEACE IN ALL OF YOUR RELATIONSHIPS:
- God cares a lot about peace in our relationships – and it doesn’t happen by accident!
- Romans 14:19: “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace.”
WHEN WE DO THESE THINGS, WHAT IS THE RESULT?
“If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7, NLT).
Storms will come, but they don’t have to overcome you.
- Beausejour Community Church Website: www.beausejourchurch.ca
- Pastor Chris Jordan’s Blog: https://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/