God Is In Control. Peace, Be Still. And The Wind Ceased, And There Was A Great Calm. Be Still, And Know That I Am God: I Will Be Exalted Among The Heathen, I Will Be Exalted In The Earth. God Will Not Allow A Storm Unless He Has A Purpose For It. God Will Allow The Storm To Move Us To Where He Wants Us To Go. God Never Promised Us A Trouble Free Trip To Heaven.
Praise and Worship:
He’s in control.
He is in full of control
He is in control
Bible Text : Mark 4:35-41
35: And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side
36: And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
37: And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves best into the ship, so that it was now full.
38: And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not we perish?
39: And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40: And he said unto them, why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?
41: And they feared exceedingly, and said one of another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
3. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah
4. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be more bed: God shall help her,band that right early.
6. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is out refuge. Selah
8. Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketg the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Father we thank You for how far You have helped us in this year. Thank You for daily provision and keeping. Thank You for travelling mercies. Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for moving with us in Your glory. Accept our praises and thanksgiving in the mighty name of Jesus.
Today, we want to talk briefly about how to behave or act in stormy situations. How should we as believers and strong people of faith act when we face the storms of life.
How can we hear the voice of God in the storm. Psalms 29:3-10. God speaks in the fire, in the wilderness, in the den of lions and indeed everywhere there is life. We need to ask for listening ears to hear Him when He speaks. I believe He is speaking concerning the situation in Nigeria but we are too busy to hear. He is also speaking concerning Covid19 pandemic. I pray we will be more discerning and sensitive to His voice.
Knowing God does not exempt us from the problems of life.
God will not allow a storm unless He has a purpose for it. God will allow the storm to move us to where He wants us to go.
The winds will blow you to a new level of your destiny in the name of Jesus. Don’t let your faith fall apart when storms come. God will not permit the storm if there is no good purpose.
You may not see the sign of it’s abatement but you need to hold on to your faith in the promise of God.
There comes a time when you quit fighting and release yourself to the control of God. Quit losing sleep, quit worrying and trust God. There are times when situation don’t turn out the way we want. Turn loose the sail and allow God to work out His purpose.
The battle is not yours the battle is the Lord’s. 2 Chronicle 20:22
Let go of what did not workout. Let that job, relationship, property go. God has something better in your future. Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego faced a storm (fire) I am sure they prayed. There is a delivering faith and a sustaining faith.
The three Hebrew children were sustained in the fire (storm). They could be delivered but God wanted to take glory over Nebuchadnezzar. God is in control of the furnace. There are times God caused our enemies to be obstinate like He did with Pharaoh. It is because He wants to be glorified.
Also Senacherib in 2 Kings 18-19 was disgraced by God to show him that ultimate power belong to God. God made Senacherib to receive an evil report that made him break the siege over Jerusalem and rushed back home to Assyria, where his own children conspired and killed him.
Daniel knew who he was and that was why he slept in the lion’s den. Daniel 6:21-22 and Daniel 11:32.
Your test will become your testimony. Whatever the case, stay in faith, God will come through for you. God’s ways are not our ways. There are somethings you can only learn in the storm. Delivering you will not let you learn that experience. You need to go through.
Be good to someone in the midst of your storm. Don’t lose your grace. Airplanes take off against the wind. The Eagle stretches out its wings and rises up above the storm.
Like the Eagle, come to that place of peace and just let the wind take you to the fullness of your destiny.
It is also important to note that God does not exempt the people He uses from struggle and sorrow. God never promised us a trouble free trip to heaven. Jesus said in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world. TENACIOUS FAITH AND COMMITMENT IS ONE OF THE GREAT THEMES OF SCRIPTURE. It is one of the secret of victory.
Learn to look for opportunities in your storm. Paul and Silas could have chosen to murmur and complain about their situation in the jail. They instead started a praise and worship session and other prisoners joined them. It was an opportunity to praise God without distraction. Paul in Acts 27-28 took the opportunity of the ship wreck in the island of Malta to preach the gospel and heal the sick. Acts 28:8-9
Isaiah 45:3– God promised to give us HIDDEN RICHES of secret places. Look for the HIDDEN TREASURES in your challenges.
Our trials and tests are not meant to destroy us but to give us strength and faith in God’s ability. We need to change our perspective of God. He does not tempt, it is the Devil that tempts and derail those who fall under his temptation. Our God rules over the storm as we saw in Mark 4:37-40. He still has power to rebuke storms if we involve Him in the stormy situation. God will not allow us to go through what we are not able to bear, at the end of the trial, He will make us perfect, entire and lacking nothing in Jesus name. James1:2-3
1. Father, let the wind meant to destroy me take me instead to my destiny.
2. Father, please rebuke the contrary wind of the storm I currently face. Let there be a turn around. Amen.
3. Father please still the storm of terrorism over Nigeria. Rebuke the spirit behind the kidnappings and killings in the land.
4. Father kindly put an end to the storm of Covid19 virus all over the world. Please give us total relief.
5. Father, thank You for safekeeping and mercy since the beginning of the year. Let your grace and favour lead us into the new month and the rest of the year. Amen.
6. Father, please bless us as a church and expand our coast as we serve You in righteousness.
7. Father, let every dark cloud in our lives be blown away to the sea of forgotten deeds. Amen.
Good morning and God bless you richly.
Thank You Jesus.
Jesus Loves You.
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Pastor E A Adeboye With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
May God Bless Israel, Nigeria, And America And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!
May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!
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