Summary: There are many Storms of Life that come against us that seem like they are About To Sink Our Boat.
KEEP YOUR EYES FOCUSED ON THE ROCK!
•Isa 43:1-3a 1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior
•1 Cor 10:1-4 1For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3They all ate the same spiritual food 4and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
•The story is told of two men crossing a rugged mountain range on horseback. •As they came to a large and swift-flowing river, the older and more experienced man said to the younger,-- "As we get to the deepest and swiftest part, be sure not to look down and from side to side at the swirling water around you, it will only make you dizzy." •"Listen to me," the older man continued sternly, "see that big rock on the other side? Keep your eyes focused on that rock!" •"OK" said the younger man.
•As the men then crossed, they quickly approached the swift and turbulent midstream waters. •The horses began to panic, the spray of the icy waters splashed against the men’s faces. •The young man Got Nervous and began to Look on the waters swirling angrily around horse and rider. •Becoming dizzy-headed, he began to struggle to remain on the saddle. • The older man looked back, and noticing the young man Struggling, hollered out,è"Keep your eyes focused on the rock! Keep your eyes focused on the rock!" •The young man, barely able to hear, desperately and with great difficulty Focused His Eyes On The Rock. • Soon his head began to clear, and in a Few Moments they were on the Other Side Safe And Sound.
1. Life Is Filled With Daily Struggles In All Shapes And Sizes. • We all Experience Difficulties and Problems in Life. Sometimes our Problems are as Nagging Irritations and Aggravations, sometimes they are much Bigger and seek to overwhelm us. We Experience Sickness or Disease, Hardship, Financial Problems, Legal Problems, Family Problems.
•There are many Storms of Life that come against us that seem like they are About To Sink Our Boat. • And Sometimes people do Sink Under the Storms of Life.
•As Christians, we Recognize that Satan is Against Us and is Trying to Destroy us. • We know that Everything that Steals, Kills, and Destroys is the Work of the Thief, the Devil. •He is our Adversary. • He hates God but cannot hurt God, so he Strikes out against that which God loves, People.
Peter says: •1 Pet 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Then he says to Resist him with your Faith.